Following Indian captain Virat Kohli’s impressive form in the recent form, there have been comparisons between legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and the Delhi batsman.
Kohli is seen as a natural successor to Tendulkar in the batting department for the Indian team, but former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Yousuf still rates the latter higher.
Yousuf is of the opinion that the bowlers these days are not as good as they were when Tendulkar played.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Kohli. He is an exceptional talent. But I rate Tendulkar much higher because of the era he played in, against the best teams, fast bowlers and spinners,” said Yousuf.
“Nowadays, the quality of players is not the same as it was, say, in the 90s and until 2011. After the 2011 World Cup, the quality has come down.
“Tendulkar was a world-class player and this can be judged by the number of runs and hundreds he scored against strong opposition in all conditions and in all formats.”
Tendulkar made his international debut in 1989 and played at the top level for 24 years. He has a host of records to his name including most Test and ODI runs, and the only batsman to notch up 100 international centuries.
“I played a lot against Tendulkar and he was a masterclass and produced match-winning knocks many a times. I don’t think Kohli is facing the same quality bowlers or opposition,” added Yousuf.