Virat Kohli as good as Sachin Tendulkar in ODIs: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgIndia may have lost the first ODI against New Zealand but once again Virat Kohli left the cricketing world in awe with a masterful century on a tricky wicket. Kohli eclipsed Australian legend Ricky Ponting (30 ODI tons) and his next target is Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of 49 ODI centuries.The million dollar question now is: can Kohli break Tendulkar’s record?Speaking exclusively to India Today, former India captain Sourav Ganguly reckoned it was possible.”It is possible and you cannot rule that out. We will have to wait and see but 19 hundreds (Virat needs to break Sachin’s record) is a long way and people do not get 19 hundreds in their career. But I think we should forget about hundreds, forget about whether he gets to Tendulkar or not because probably he is as good as Tendulkar when it comes to ODI cricket. He is a fantastic batsman, he will continue to score runs and keep winning a lot of matches for India. He is in his late 20’s now (Virat turns 29 on 5th Nov) and is going to get older and will be in his mid thirties in a few years. He is a very fit cricketer so I do not think age will be a factor for him”, says Ganguly.Virat also became the top run scorer after 200 ODIs and has amassed 1583 runs more than what the Master did after his first 200 ODIs. He has also taken 79 innings fewer than Sachin to score his 31st ODI century.advertisement Name 100s Runs after 200 ODIs Innings to 31 100s 100s in India Kohli 31 8888 192 13 Tendulkar 49 7305 271 20Ganguly and Tendulkar have been arguably India’s most iconic opening duo and hold the record for the highest opening wicket partnership for India (258 vs Kenya in 2001). Sourav believes that Virat is already in the same league as his longtime opening partner and that the Delhi lad has already become an Indian cricket great.”India has produced champions in different generations. It was Gavaskar in his time, Tendulkar in our time and Virat Kohli in this time. He is one of the greats in One-Day cricket. I was fortunate enough to play with some champions like Tendulkar, Dravid, Kumble, Harbhajan & VVS Laxman and I think Virat Kohli is a champion player in this era. He has still got a lot of cricket left and he is going to score a lot of runs in the years to come. We congratulate him on behalf of India Today for what he has done and wish him (the best),” said the former India captain.Kohli’s fighting ton went in vain but Sourav reckons youngsters can learn a lot from watching how Virat played in Mumbai.”It was a fantastic knock, he played very well and paced his innings really well as it wasn’t easy (conditions) in Mumbai. I think he has got to get the middle order right to get the pressure off him a little bit. He played differently and that is what every young cricketer should learn from him (Virat). When they watch him play in Kolkata at the Eden Gardens and then in Mumbai, both were difficult surfaces and he played differently. He paced his innings a lot better and was superb. He is at 31 hundreds and Sachin is at 49, so there is still a long way to go but I think he was fantastic”, concluded Ganguly.India next take on New Zealand in the second ODI of the series on Wednesday which is a must-win clash if Team India has to maintain its proud record of not having lost any series since Virat took over as full time captain.last_img read more

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Indian Super League season 5 to begin on September 29 in Kolkata

first_imgThe schedule of the fifth season of the Indian Super League (ISL) was announced on Saturday which begins on September 29 in Kolkata with a clash between two-time champions ATK and two-time runners-up Kerala Blasters FC.The second day of the ISL season will pit last season’s runners-up Bengaluru FC against champions Chennaiyin FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, according to an ISL release.The ISL announced the fixtures till the mid-season break, featuring 59 games, and the fixtures for 2019 will be announced on a later date. The upcoming season will have three breaks, two for FIFA windows (October 8-16/November 12-20), and one, starting from December 17 for the Indian national team’s preparatory camp ahead of the AFC Asian Cup in UAE.The league has moved away from double headers on weekends this season, while the kick-off for all matches is at 7.30 p.m. (IST), the statement said.last_img read more

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