Both are legends, but who is greater? Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli? Also Read - Indian Cricket Team Kit Sponsorship: Puma Buys Bid Document, Adidas Too Could Enter fray
It is unfair to make comparisons as both the cricketers played in different era’s and their contribution cannot be gauged. But it seems this stat puts a lid on the greatest debate for the moment. In six out of 67 Tests, Virat Kohli has been India’s top-scorer in both the innings (incl. incomplete innings). Sachin Tendulkar also had six such instances in his career of 200 Tests. Clearly, India is more dependent on Kohli now than they used to be on Tendulkar. Also Read - Kozhikode Plane Crash: Virat Kohli to Rohit Sharma, How Cricket Fraternity Reacted After Air India Flight Mishap in Calicut | POSTS
Another stat that highlights India’s over-dependence on Kohli, is the fact that he scored 200 runs in the match, whereas the rest managed to score 214 runs, quite startling!
India lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs, after smelling victory for the most part of the second innings, to be precise till Kohli was at the wicket, is just a testament that cricket is a team game and not an individual sport.
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On an individual front, Kohli became the fastest to 7000 Test runs as a captain. He also registered his maiden century on English soil.
In the past, it was Sachin Tendulkar who was the mainstay and millions of Indian fans prayed while he batted. Sachin Tendulkar’s impact on Indian cricket cannot be judged by number tough. He played at a time when the Indian team were not good travellers and played to draw Tests abroad. Today, India is No 1 in ICC ratings and hence the stakes are higher than ever.