Current Indian skipper Virat Kohli has made a habit of scoring centuries at a regular interval since the time he has started playing for his country.
Cricket news: Kohli still needs to get some qualification before the comparison starts, says Sehwag
Kohli is currently leading the Men in Blue in the Test series against England where he has scored two centuries and a 97 as he scored a total of 440 runs in three games, and is highest run-getter so far by quite a large margin.
With the century in the second innings at Trent Bridge, Kohli got to a total of 23 Tests centuries and coupled with 35 ODI hundreds, he has so far scored 58 international centuries.
At his current age of 29, he still has 5-7 years to play and many believe that he will surely break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries.
But former Indian cricketer and teammate of Sachin, Virender Sehwag, wants to wait for Kohli to accomplish the feat before starting to compare the two.
“I don’t feel it is right to compare Kohli with Tendulkar. It will be logical only if he is able to achieve the numerous records (200 Tests, more than 30,000 international runs etc.) set by Sachin. Every player including Virat wants to reach the benchmark of 100 international hundreds set by Sachin so he will try to do the same,” Sehwag said on IndiaTV’s show ‘Cricket Ki Baat’.
Viru believes that the way Virat has shaped his international career so far, he will surely go a long way and will set many new records.
“He (Kohli) can do it as he has the talent and the hunger required to achieve these milestones. It becomes clear after you see the way he prepares and focuses on each match disregarding whatever happened in the previous one,” the former Indian opener added.
Just after the Trent Bridge Test ended, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri said in an interview that Kohli’s work ethic and preparations before a game matches the legendary Tendulkar.
Sehwag also sounded almost the same as he said, “A player becomes great only if he prepares well for each and every game. Today there is no one better than him in all three formats. He is an inspiration for players around the world. Even international players, when I talk to them in IPL, they talk about Kohli and his successful method.”