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.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to troll Pakistan yet again – this time, reminding them of the 410-run partnership between Rahul Dravid and himself in 2006.
Sehwag and Dravid had fallen just three runs short of the then world record opening stand in Test cricket, with the former firing 254 and Dravid scoring an unbeaten 128.
A combination of rain, bad light and a flat pitch meant that the Test ended in a tame draw.
16 January 2017 marks the 11th anniversary of the partnership, with Sehwag tweeting: “11 years ago, had the privilege to celebrate #PakistanKaBhootBanaya Diwas!”
They say ‘old habits die hard’ and that was case with MS Dhoni during the first ODI between India and England at Pune on Sunday.
There was a strong appeal against England captain Eoin Morgan from the former Indian skipper standing behind the stumps, but the umpire CK Nandan gave it not out.
Dhoni, forgetting that he is not the captain any longer, immediately signalled to the umpire that he wanted a review. But as is the protocol, the current captain Virat Kohli had to make the signal and only then was the review sent upstairs.
The review was a successful one and the decision was overturned as a nick was spotted on ultra-edge.
You can’t really blame Dhoni here as this was the first time since 2008 that he was wasn’t captaining the Indian side while playing and it will get some getting used to.
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