Legendary India National Cricket Team all-rounder and the 1983 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev came up with a response on who is a better batsman between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.
Sachin Tendulkar, who is referred to as ‘The God of Cricket,’ is the most prolific run-maker in the history of cricket and he holds the record for smashing 100 centuries in international cricket. Kohli, on the other hand, is a modern-day batting great, who has shattered several records of Tendulkar and is the second-highest century scorer in history with 74 tons to his name and he still has a lot of cricket left in him.
The Kohli vs Sachin debate has long troubled and entertained cricket fans. However, it did tend to subside a bit during Kohli’s lean patch, but it has once again reignited following his return to form.
Speaking to Gulf News, Kapil was asked to pick the better batsman between Tendulkar and Kohli. He responded:
“A player of that calibre, you don’t have to pick one or two. It’s a team of XI players. I might have my own likes or dislikes, but every generation is going to get better. In our time, Sunil Gavaskar was one of the finest then we saw Rahul Dravid, Sachin, Virender Sehwag and this generation Rohit, Virat and next generation will be better. You will see a better cricketer and performing better.”
“To win the trophy, you need a stroke of luck” – Kapil Dev
The 64-year-old has said that Team India is fully capable of winning the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, but they will face tough competition from a few other teams. He added that several factors play a role in a team’s World Cup triumph, including luck, the right combination and the fitness of players.
“Yes, we have a team, but there are other teams also who have the ability to win the World Cup. To win the trophy, you need a stroke of luck, right combination and top of that the main players should remain fit, that’s the most important thing.
“When they play so much cricket, injuries are going to take place and I hope when they get to play the tournament they don’t get injured,” he said.