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Why Virat Kohli will break Sachin Tendulkar's record

14-11-2017

Virat Kohli vs Sachin's records : Can he or can he not?

Slide 1 Highest run aggregate in Test matches: . ​Virat Kohli is a modern day legend, hands down. He has reached such a stage in his career that more than his contemporaries, he would be compared to himself, time and again. And as has been the case with other legends of the game, he is bound to be compared with his idol, Sachin Tendulkar.Although comparisons are not fair on both him and Sachin, such is the obsession of us fans with numbers and statistics that one cannot run away from them. At 29, the Indian captain is already counted among all-time ODI greats and is raising the bar higher everyday. He had a break out year in Tests in 2016, with his average jumping from 45 to 50. And comparisons in Indian cricket start with your debut.In this article, I am not going to compare Virat and Sachin at similar stages of their respective careers, but would try to project Kohli's career further, about 8-9 years into the future. The basis of this analysis would purely be statistics, but injuries, loss of form and frequency of matches would be subjectively accounted for. The structure of international cricket would undergo rapid changes in coming years, with ICC giving its approval for Test and ODI leagues.So let's dive in, one record at a time.​​Sachin scored 15,921 runs in 200 Tests, playing 329 innings at an average of 53.78. Virat Kohli, at present has scored 4658 runs in 60 Tests, playing 101 innings at an average of 49.55. Given his current form we can safely assume that his average would touch 50 in coming few matches.He is still a whooping 11,263 runs behind the Master Blaster. A conservative estimate shows us that Virat should play for 9 more years, assuming he retires at 38. He might play more, if form, fitness and more importantly, luck remain by his side.With the Test Championship coming into effect post 2019, we are looking at more number of Test matches to be played among the Top 9 teams. The proposed league would give each team six series over two years, each consisting a minimum of two matches, although member boards can decide the number of matches for a series among themselves.Given India usually plays more against Australia, England and South Africa, a good estimate provides us with 20 matches over the two year cycle, although it can vary according to opponent. Accounting for matches missed due to injuries or 'rest' because of high workload, Virat should play about 150-160 Tests if he plays till 38. A conservative estimate of 140 matches seems to be a good calculation point.So in 140 matches, Virat should play about 235 innings. Accounting for not outs, this gives us 220 dismissals. Kohli's average might rise further (to about 53-54) if his current form continues, and he might also go through a lean patch, like the one he had in England in 2014. Taking care of all of that, we would see Virat at a career average of 50 when he decides to hang his boots. That gives him 11,000 more runs.Very close, but again, this was a conservative estimate. He might play the game longer, or have a longer period where he cannot find the middle of his bat, or may find himself on the other side of luck where, God forbid, a freak injury messes up everything for him.Or he might soar new heights and outdo what he did in 2016, more than once. Who knows, but we can safely bet that 'if' everything goes right for Kohli, Sachin's record of Test runs is something definitely within his reach.​ Virat Kohli vs Sachin's records : Can he or can he not?

5 controversies of Virat Kohli

Slide 5 Inviting Anushka Sharma to the pavilion: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma during IPL 2015. ​​Virat Kohli is fast emerging as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. The Indian skipper is taking his game to new heights with each match, playing a pivotal role in transforming India into a dominant cricketing team.Despite all of his gifts as a batsman, Virat, who is famous for his aggressive demeanour and fiery character, has lost his cool on many occasions, drawing the ire of the cynics. It is unfortunate that a man with such charisma and talent has made the news for all the wrong reasons on so many instances. But, given the champion that he is, it is just a matter of time before he gets his balance right and evolves into not only a great batsman, but a great character.On that note, here are five of Virat Kohli's most controversial moments:The adorable couple have given us relationship goals with the manner in which they have conducted themselves thus far. The couple have often come out in public in support of each other, leaving us gasping for breath. In fact, Anushka Sharma has been seen many times in the stands, cheering on the Indian skipper.Virat, however, breached the BCCI's code of conduct during IPL 2015 when he invited his girlfriend to the pavilion. This was against the rules set by the board which clearly stated that no one except the players and the officials sporting BCCI/ICC cards is allowed into the pavilion.The incident took place during a washed-out game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils. Even though Kohli did not face any backlash for this act, he was handed a warning by the board for violating the rule.​​ 5 controversies of Virat Kohli

Top 5 Virat Kohli knocks in T20Is

Slide 5 89* vs West Indies – Mumbai, World T20 (2016): Kohli at the 2016 World T20. ​Virat Kohli is easily the most prized scalp for any opposition that is playing against India. Kohli, who wears his heart on his sleeve, is ice-cool when it comes to high-pressure situations and tense run chases.The 20-overs format is supposed to be one that forces batsmen to play low-percentage cricket and makes it extremely difficult for them to achieve any sort of consistency in run-scoring. Virat Kohli, though, has turned that theory on its head.The current Indian captain has the best average in T20Is - he averages a staggering 53.65 in the shortest format with the next best being 39.10 (Joe Root). He also holds the record for most 50+ scores or even most 50s in the shortest format. He is also 3rd on the highest runs in T20Is (1878 runs).And it’s not that Kohli plays slam-bang cricket. He plays relatively risk-free cricket without compromising on the ability to score runs quickly. Along with a mind-boggling average of almost 54, he also has a career strike-rate of close to 140.So, as the current No. 1 batsman in both ODIs and T20Is celebrates his 29th birthday on 5th November (Sunday), let’s look at 5 of his best knocks in T20 Internationals. With the T20 World Cup being staged in India for the first time and India in very good form (winning 10 out of the 11 T20 games prior to the mega event), the expectation and pressure was big. After losing the first game against New Zealand, India won 3 consecutive games to enter the semi-final and set up a clash with the star-studded West Indies.Kohli was in sublime form with scores of 23, 55*, 24 and 82* in the mega event. After being put into bat on a belter at Wankhede, India started off positively as they were 62/1 in the 8th over when Kohli walked out to bat. He was lucky to survive off his second ball as West Indies missed 3 chances on the same ball (all run-out). But that was the only jittery moment for Kohli as he batted beautifully to score a 47-ball 89.At one stage India were 128/2 in the 16th over and it looked like they would end up with an under-par total on a batting beauty. But Kohli produced an absolute masterclass as he tore apart the Windies’ bowling attack. He ran hard between the wickets (converted 1s into 2s and 2s into 3s from almost impossible positions), consistently found the boundary and kept increasing the scoring-rate as India reached the fag end of their innings. He found an able ally in skipper MS Dhoni. India finished with 192 at the end of 20 overs.However, Kohli’s effort went in vain as West Indies scampered home with 2 deliveries to spare. India rued the fact that they took wickets off no balls and it cost them dearly. Kohli batted like a superman in that World T20 finishing as the highest run-getter (273 runs), but unfortunately India couldn’t make the finals. ​ Top 5 Virat Kohli knocks in T20Is

Top 5 Virat Kohli knocks in ODIs

Special Mention – 35 vs Sri Lanka (World Cup Final, Mumbai) – 2011: Kohli absorbed the pressure of the big final really well at the 2011 World Cup. ​After a successful Under-19 World Cup (both as captain and batsman) in 2008, when Virat Kohli broke into the Indian one-day team back in the same year, everybody could see that this boy had something special about him. But nobody would’ve imagined that he would go on to become one of the best batsmen of the modern era in all three formats.In limited-overs, he seems to be in a different zone altogether. 32 ODI centuries (second-most in the history of ODI cricket) in 194 innings (202 games) and an average touching 56 and strike-rate of 92 - these are staggering numbers. In fact, a few pundits have labelled him as the ‘Best ODI batsman’. So, as the current Indian Captain celebrates his 29th birthday in a few days, let’s relive some of his best ODI knocks. There have been many wonderful knocks, but there has to be a shortlist, so here’s the top 5.​One does not expect a score of 35 to be shortlisted in a player’s best knocks. But this 35 was a special one. Kohli himself has gone onto to admit that he rates this knock of 35 in the World Cup final highly.In the Final of the 2011 World Cup, Sri Lanka gathered momentum towards the back end of their innings as the plundered 91 runs in the final 10 overs to finish with a very good score of 274/6. In reply, India lost Virender Sehwag on the second ball of the innings and soon Sachin Tendulkar followed his opening partner back to the dressing room. Malinga was in the middle of a brilliant opening spell.With the score reading 31/2 and pin drop silence at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai), a young 22-year old Virat Kohli strode out to join Gautam Gambhir. The way Kohli absorbed the pressure in the big final was commendable. Along with Gambhir, he steadied the ship as they shared an 83-run stand to help India get back on track chasing a daunting 275.His contribution of 35 might not look that big, but given the situation India were in, it was an innings which kept India in the hunt. After Kohli’s dismissal, Dhoni’s 91 and Gambhir’s 97 helped India lift their second World Cup.​ Virat Kohli Birthday: Top 5 Kohli knocks in ODIs

India's Top 5 ODI wins under Virat Kohli's captaincy

Slide 5 5th ODI against Sri Lanka at Ranchi (2014): Virat Kohli produced a masterful century in Ranchi to propel India to a 5-0 victory over Sri Lanka in 2014. ​Virat Kohli has captained India in 43 ODIs thus far. The 'Men in Blue' have won as many as 33 of those matches and lost only on 9 occasions. The Delhi dasher's winning percentage of 78.57 is the best among all captains who have led their teams in at least 40 matches.Admittedly, these are early days in the star batsman's captaincy journey in the 50-over format. The likes of Clive Lloyd, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting have managed to rack up an astonishing winning percentage over a significantly extended span of matches. Having gotten off to a strong start in his leadership career, Kohli has raised expectations of an extremely promising future.As Kohli turns 29 this Sunday, we celebrate his odyssey by focusing on his accomplishments until now. In this segment, let us take a look at five of the most memorable ODI victories for India under the right-hander's captaincy thus far. Emphasis has been placed on matches which played decisive roles in shaping the direction of the Indian team's fortunes in those series.Heading into the final game at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, India were seeking their fifth clean sweep of series comprising of 5 or more ODIs. Battered into submission in the previous match by Rohit Sharma's record-breaking 264, Sri Lanka appeared to be down in the dumps.However, skipper Angelo Mathews was keen to salvage something from the tour. He led from the front by hammering an unbeaten 116-ball 139 and helped the visitors reach a strong total of 286 on a dicey track. The all-rounder extrapolated his batting resonance with a sizzling new-ball spell that left India staring down the abyss at 14/2.Extra Cover: 5 times Virat Kohli destroyed Sri Lanka in ODIsWalking in at number four, captain Kohli forged a game-changing partnership with Ambati Rayudu to revive the Indian charge. When the chase appeared to be on track, a catastrophic run-out followed by a stirring performance from Ajantha Mendis breathed life into the game. On a surface which kept deteriorating with each over, Kohli conquered the venomous turn and scored a sublime century to carry his team past the finish line. Apart from securing a 5-0 series triumph, India had also registered their 100th victory against Sri Lanka across all three formats.​ India's Top 5 ODI wins under Virat Kohli's captaincy

Top 5 Virat Kohli knocks in Tests at home

Slide 5 107 vs Australia – Chennai (2013): . ​Virat Kohli is arguably one of the best batsmen of the modern era. Every time he walks out to bat, you can always sense intent, the willingness to dominate and always wants to take his team to a position of strength, Also, every time he strides out to the middle, it looks like the Indian cricket team’s captain is setting up the bar high. His numbers in limited overs are simply phenomenal. With averages of 55.74 and 53.66 in ODIs and T20Is respectively, Kohli is the best when it comes to the shorter formats. However, in Tests, he averaged in the low-40s before the Australia tour in 2014/15. But in the last couple of years, Virat Kohli, the Test batsman has come to the fore. His Test record at home wasn’t great either. But he has evolved into one of the best. So, as the current Indian skipper turns 29 on Sunday (), let’s look at 5 of his best Test knocks at home.​In the first Test of Australia’s tour to India (for a 4-match Test series), Australia posted 380 on a turning Chepauk track. India, in reply, were in a spot of bother at 105/3As soon as Kohli came to the crease at the fall of the third wicket (Pujara), he changed the tempo of the innings. He played a very calm and composed innings and scored a beautiful 107. It was his 4th Test ton and 2nd against Australia.He not only bailed India out of a tricky position but also put them in command as he provided the perfect platform for Dhoni and the lower order to contribute. When he was dismissed for 107, he took India from 105/3 to 324/5. He formed two crucial stands – one with Sachin for the 4th wicket and then with Dhoni for the 5th wicket.Not many people remember this hundred from Kohli as the then Indian skipper MS Dhoni completely overshadowed him with a blistering 224. It’s not often a Kohli hundred goes unnoticed, but this one did and this 107 at Chennai set the tone for the hosts in that series. ​ Top 5 Virat Kohli knocks in Tests at home

Top 5 victories for India under Virat Kohli in Tests

Slide 5 West Indies vs India, Antigua, 2016: Virat Kohli was made the permanent Test captain in 2015 and has led India to many memorable wins. ​Virat Kohli first captained India in a Test on the 2014/15 tour of Australia when MS Dhoni was ruled out of the first game at Adelaide owing to an injured hand. It did not take long for the young Kohli to leave an ever-lasting imprint – he dared to audaciously chase down 364 on a wearing fifth-day pitch with the threat of a loss looming large.Stand-in captain Kohli, hit on the helmet first ball by Mitchell Johnson in the first innings, raked up confident and courageous knocks of 115 and 141 in vain to nearly become only the second captain to slam twin hundreds as well as win their first Test as captain.Soon, Kohli would replace Dhoni at the helm permanently and lead India to memorable Test wins besides playing multiple match-defining innings himself. On his birthday, Sportskeeda remembers five of India’s best Test victories under Kohli.India 566/8d beat West Indies 243 and 231 (f/o) by an innings and 92 runsWith India playing West Indies for the first time since Kohli assumed Test captaincy and a mature Kohli returning to the shores of his Test debut in 2011, an inexperienced line-up would always spell trouble for the hosts. Batting first, India lost two wickets early after winning the toss but Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli steadied the ship with a 105-run association before Dhawan fell for 84.To add to West Indies' frustration, India’s skipper and the promoted Ravi Ashwin – up to number six in the order – added a vital 162. Kohli went on to complete his maiden Test double hundred – he fell for exactly 200 – while Ashwin himself struck 113, his third Test century – all against West Indies.India declared with a massive 566 on the board following which Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami got four wickets each as West Indies tumbled for 243, well short of avoiding the follow-on. Only Kraigg Braithwaite, 74, and Shane Dowrich, 57*, provided some resistance.In the second essay, with India opting to bowl again, Ashwin expertly utilized a slow pitch and extracted appreciable turn to fold up West Indies for 231. Figures of 7/83, the third-best by an Indian spinner outside Asia, led India to their first innings win in West Indies and Ashwin to his fifth Man of the Match award.​ Top 5 victories for India under Virat Kohli in Tests

Top 5 partnerships Virat Kohli has been a part of

Slide 5 Gautam Gambhir (224 runs against Sri Lanka): Kohli has been a part of many mammoth stands. ​Virat Kohli celebrates his 29th birthday on November 5 and millions of fans across the world are gearing up to celebrate it in grand fashion. He has been a true global superstar and a great ambassador for the game of cricket.Kohli has always been a team man and individual records do not play on his mind often. He has forged crucial partnerships across all formats, helping the Indian team cross the finish line on a number of occasions. His stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore has also produced some breathtaking knocks, powering the team's total immensely.Let us take a look at some of the best partnerships that Kohli has been a part of in his international career.​Kohli scored his maiden century in ODIs​India played Sri Lanka in a 5-match ODI series in 2009, after successfully becoming the no.1 Test team. India had took a 2-1 lead in the series, with the fourth match to be played at Kolkata. Sri Lanka posted a competitive 315 on the board, thanks to a magnificent century from Upul Tharanga. However, Kohli joined hands with Gambhir after the early loss of Sehwag.The Delhi duo showed no mercy on the bowlers, blasting them to all corners of the ground. In the process, Kohli brought up his maiden ODI century and Gambhir stroked a magnificent 150. They put on a 224-run stand for the second wicket, and fittingly, Gambhir dedicated his Man of the Match award to Kohli, which was a nice gesture from the opener.​​​​​​​ Top 5 partnerships Virat Kohli has been a part of

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