'Not the same era': Don’t think we should compare Kohli with Sachin, says Sehwag
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag, who was used to comparisons to Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar himself, has said that it is unfair to compare Virat Kohli with Tendulkar.
Who is better - Virat Kohli or Sachin Tendulkar ? Has Kohli reached the level of Tendulkar? Can we compare Kohli and Tendulkar? If you are a cricket fan, or a media person then you might be used to coming across these questions quite often on various media platforms and in day-to-day discussions.
Kohli has been in sumptuous form in the last few months. Since the start of 2016, he's averaged a staggering 125 in T20Is. He's currently the highest run-getter in IPL and averages 80.14, a country-mile ahead of the others. And with every breathtaking innings, the Sachin-Kohli comparisons are getting rife. However, former India cricketer Virender Sehwag, who was used to comparisons to Indian legend - Tendulkar - himself, has said that it is unfair to compare the two.
“No one should compare two individuals. People used to compare me with Tendulkar, me with Viv Richards, that’s not fair, Sehwag said at 92.7 Big FM's meet and greet session in Mumbai.
"The era is not same. I don’t think we should compare Kohli with Tendulkar,” Sehwag added.
The debate has raged on and earlier, another former India legend - Kapil Dev had come out and said that Kohli was better than the best.
“The more I see of Virat the one step ahead of some of the greats like Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting. Let there be a debate but I am clear in my opinion that Virat, despite achievers like Joe Root and Kane Williamson, is the best in business in contemporary cricket in all three formats of the game. He will grow into the best of all time because of his awesome potential to adapt without fuss,” the former India captain wrote in Mid-Day.
Yuvraj Singh, who is currently playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, earlier this month had said that it's going to take a lot of hardwork for Kohli to come in comparison with Tendulkar.
"I think 100 centuries is really far away to think," Yuvraj had said when asked if Kohli would be able to reach Tendulkar's milestone of 100 international tons.
"Tendulkar was a great player and great ambassador of India and it is going to take a lot (of hardwork) for Virat Kohli to come in comparison with that," he had told NDTV.
"Virat (Kohli) is in great form. He is the best batsman of this generation along with AB de Villiers. So, I hope one day he becomes a great player for India," he had added.
While deeming it unfair to compare batsmen from different eras, Sehwag asserted that the 27-year-old current India Test skipper is the most dangerous batsman at the moment.
“There are a lot of batsmen. But at the moment, I think, Kohli is the dangerous batsman, Sehwag said. "Gayle is not playing, there is AB de Villiers and David Warner, but the way Virat is playing, the way he is scoring runs... he scored two tons in this IPL... He is the most dangerous at the moment,” Sehwag signed off.
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