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When Virat Kohli played his 500th international game, broadcasters displayed a graphic of their respective achievements at the same milestone, making similarities between them and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. During his 500th match, Tendulkar and Kohli were tied on 25,461 runs, a better average of 53.48, 75 hundreds, and 131 half-centuries. Tendulkar had 24,839 runs, a better average of 48.51, 75 centuries, and 114 half-centuries.
Cricket specialists, however, suggest that simple numbers might not be entirely accurate. Both players, who come from different generations and have experienced various difficulties, proudly represent India. Direct comparisons between them might not be fair or accurate.
Famous West Indies legend Curtly Ambrose thinks it’s unfair to compare Kohli and Tendulkar since they are such different players. Ambrose also saw Kohli’s development and had memorable battles with Tendulkar when they were both playing.
Tendulkar was reaching the conclusion of his playing career at the same time as Kohli’s rapid rise was beginning, thus their paths crossed. Tendulkar’s retirement an empty spot that was somewhat filled by Kohli’s development, but it’s important to recognise Tendulkar’s incomparable legacy as the first international cricket superstar of India.
“Sachin Tendulkar was a superb cricketer who achieved almost everything. His understanding of cricket and his playing style cannot be taken away. I’m not the type of man who enjoys comparing things, the illustrious fast bowler told Rev Sports.
Virat kohli Current Performance
Ambrose complimented Virat Kohli’s skills and fortitude at the same time, particularly amid his current dry spell. Ambrose is confident that Kohli will continue to contribute substantially to Indian and international cricket despite suffering criticism for not hitting international hundreds outside of India for a few years.
“I’m happy that he received 100. Unfortunately, it’s against the West Indies, but that should boost his confidence greatly and dispel rumours that he’s past his prime, Ambrose continued.
Recently, Virat Kohli finally achieved his first Test century after a patient 100 against the West Indies in Trinidad, ending an almost four-year wait. The fifth day of the final Test was rained out, ending in a tie, and India won the series 1-0.