Kohli has scored 35 centuries in ODIs and out of those 19 have come in successful chases, which is the highest in the world. Kohli has reached the milestone in just 208 ODIs, whereas Tendulkar scored 49 tons in his career from 463 ODIs. In all, 14 of Tendulkar’s centuries have come in a winning cause.
Many already consider Kohli as the best chaser in ODI cricket and Warne too believes the Delhi batsman is in a league of his own.
“I think the way Virat plays and you look at his numbers and it’s uncanny how many times he has got hundreds in ODI cricket chasing totals down. I don’t think anyone, not even Sachin could do what Virat’s done. We know Sachin and Brian Lara were the two best players of all time in our generation,” Warne was quoted as saying by India Today.
“Virat is as good as anyone that I have seen play the game. Wonderful, terrific player, I love his energy and passion. I am sure when he finishes in ten years or so he will be spoken about in the same breath as Sachin,” Warner added.
Kohli put pen to paper with the English county side last week that will see the 29-year-old batsman play six matches in June.
The last time the Indian skipper toured England in 2014, he had a disappointing tour, averaging just 13.40 in five Tests with his highest score being 39.
But former India coach Kirsten believes it’s a great strategic move by the BCCI and Kohli. Although India lost the Test series against South Africa earlier in 2018, he believes India showed enough quality that can cause Joe Root’s side problems.
“Strategically he has done a good thing to sign a contract with Surrey for a month,” the 2011 World Cup winner told reporters in Abu Dhabi.
“To get acclimatized to the conditions, I think that is very smart. But he has three years more experience now from the last tour. I thought the Indian team, although they didn’t win the series in South Africa they had a very strong series.
“If you take the whole tour they won the ODIs easy. England will be a different kettle of fish at home and they will swing the ball. Anderson and Stuart Broad will be very effective in England. If they can overcome that then potentially they will have a good series.”
The Indian management had decided to send Kohli to England to play county cricket for Surrey in June to get some runs under his belt in English conditions after he had a miserable tour last time in 2014 when he averaged 13.4 in five Tests.
Middle-order batsman Karun Nair replaced Kohli in the Indian team which will take on Afghanistan in the country’s first-ever Test in Bangalore from June 14-18.
Interestingly, fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who were integral members of the Indian team during their previous tour of South Africa, have not been selected for the Test.
While Bhuvneshwar has just recovered from a back injury, the workload of Bumrah is a concern as he has become an indispensable member of the Indian team across formats.
Also, there was no place in the team for Rohit Sharma, which means his Test career is on hold at the moment.
India Test squad for Afghanistan Test
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur