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‘The real greatness of Tendulkar was his 51 Test centuries’ – SBB Times


Former India captain Virat Kohli is considered one of the best players of this era. With every international century, he gets closer to the great batsman Sachin Tendulkar. If any batsman has the ability to match the Master Blaster in terms of hundreds, it is Kohli. In the 1990s and 2000s, Tendulkar made headlines with his batting and world cricket also got the greatest batsman of the world. And, Virat Kohli has carried the baton as well. While he goes ahead and breaks records, there are also obvious comparisons between them.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

Although Virat Kohli had a lean patch for almost 3 years, he returned to form last year during the Asia Cup and scored back-to-back centuries, and it can be said that 2023 will be his year once again . With Kohli scoring his 45th ODI century, it is only a matter of time before he scores five more tons and also surpasses Sachin Tendulkar for most centuries in the ODI format. Kohli has a few more years left in his career, so it can be expected that he can touch the record of this veteran as well.

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Meanwhile, Sachin’s former Indian teammate Sanjay Manjrekar believes that Kohli’s real challenge is not the next five ODI hundreds, but to match the batting greats in Test hundreds as well. Tendulkar, with 51 hundreds, is miles ahead of all, and Kohli needs 22 more hundreds as well. At the age of 34, with 29 Test hundreds, Virat Kohli has a lot to do but Manjrekar expects Virat to work hard to achieve it.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored a match winning ton

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“It is Sachin’s Test century which is going to be a big mountain to climb for Kohli. He (Kohli) is the all-time great in this format (ODIs); Not saying he is not a great Test match player. The real greatness of Tendulkar was his 51 Test hundreds. That is what makes him a real chaser and I hope he fulfills that aspiration and gets there,” Sanjay Manjrekar, Tendulkar’s former Mumbai and India teammate shared on Byju’s Cricket Live show.

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