Former Indian captain Virat Kohli scored the 45th ODI century of his career against Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the three-match series at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, on Tuesday, January 10. Former Indian cricketers Gautam Gambhir and Sanjay Manjrekar believe that Virat Kohli can surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most centuries in ODI cricket.
Openers Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma gave the innings a solid start with 143 runs. Virat Kohli received two lifelines as he dropped Sri Lanka twice on 52 and 81 and capitalized on the opportunities, scoring 113 off 87 balls with the help of 12 boundaries and one six. The 34-year-old is just behind by four centuries, while Tendulkar tops the charts with 49 centuries in ODIs.
Virat Kohli Has Been A Master In This Format – Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir feels that it is not fair to compare cricketers of different generations because of the vast changes in rules in cricket over the years. The former India opener hailed Virat Kohli as the master of the 50-over format of this generation and had no doubt that Kohli would surpass Sachin Tendulkar in ODI centuries.
“It’s not about the record honestly. Virat Kohli will go on to get many more centuries than Sachin Tendulkar in 50-overs format. See, the rules have changed. You should not compare eras. It’s not fair to compare eras as well where there was one new ball as compared to now when there are 2 new balls with five fielders inside. But yes, he has been a master in this format and he has shown it over such a long period of time,” Gambhir said on the Byju’s Cricket Show on Star Sports.
It May Happen In A Year And A Half – Sanjay Manjrekar
Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar agreed to Gambhir’s take on the same show and said that Virat has played most of his cricket batting at No. 3, which makes his century accomplishments even more special.
“He is not an opener so in every 50-overs game, he is not going there from ball number 1 and you are looking at the whole innings to get a hundred. He has batted at 3 most of the times so that is something you have got to consider. I have no doubt that he will overtake Tendulkar in one-day hundreds. I mean, it’s just four hundreds to equal Tendulkar. It may happen in a year and a half. It’s a 50-over World Cup year so I believe it could happen,” Manjrekar said.