Will Kohli break the ODI Century record?

kohli-indiaModern India. Probably the most cricket mad nation on this planet. If you can make it as a cricketer in India you will probably have made it. One man who definitely falls into this category is vice captain Virat Kohli. He has the Bollywood actress girlfriend, millions of fans world wide, millions in the bank and is heir to the biggest captaincy job in world sport. What more could a man ask for?

Well he may have his eyes on yet another record. In my opinion he could challenge the magnificent ODI test centuries record set by Sachin Tendulkar. This a record that many feel is unbeatable. I feel it is very attainable for Kohli. If we compare the stats then there is not much splitting them.

Before starting this comparison I would like to state my love for Sachin Tendulkar. For me he is the best batsman that I have ever seen and most likely the inspiration for players such as Virat Kohli. If we were to ask Kohli he probably would agree that Tendulkar was a better player. The stats do not include test cricket where the little master would rule and do not take into account the longevity of Sachin’s full career, it simply is a snapshot of both the stars at 26 years old.

Sachin Kohli
Age 26 26
100’s 27 21
50’s 38 33
ODI Matches 198 146
Strike Rate 88.96 90.50
Average 45.66 52.61

 

Saying all that out of all the current international cricket players Virat has the best chance to break this record. Whether he can is another question. Despite him only turning 26 last month he has 21 centuries to his name already. Thats still a staggering 28 behind Tendulkars 49 total ODI centuries.

What can be gained from this is Kohli’s better strike rate at the same age. If we take into account the number of games needed to score a century Sachin would score a ton every 8 games, while Kohli scores a century every 7th game. 

If we were to take this one step further. We could deduce that if Virat Kohli scored a century at the same rate after the same amount of games (198) he would be one century ahead of Sachin.

Although both players have a high average, Kohli wins again. We can’t make to much of this stat as it is affected by players remaing not out in games. Kohli has always batted at number 3 or lower so he is more likely than Sachin to stay not out. It does however show consistency, and this raises expectancy for him to carry this on.

Another factor to consider that much of Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI career was spent opening the batting. Contrast this to Kohli who has rarely opened if at all for India. Add to this the pressure of being the future captain and Kohli really is starting to look like a genuine challenger.

Sachin had great longevity in the game, Virat looks to have a good fitness level as well as hunger to achieve great things. Who knows if in 10 years time we are reading articles on Virat Kohli being the record holder in ODI cricket for the most centuries. All we know is that he has the potential and time to smash this record so don’t rule anything out.

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Where does Raina stand now?

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It is now nine years since Suresh Raina made his international début for India. When he burst on the scene he was touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket. Despite playing international cricket for such a prolonged period he still does not fill the Indian public with confidence every time he steps out to bat. Not like the belief that the fans have with players such as Dhoni or Virat Kohli.

I am a fan of Raina, but even I cant defend his continuous selection in the Indian side. He got the first opportunity out of the younger generation to fill the test spot vacated by Ganguly. Despite scoring one hundread and seven fifty plus scores in his seventeen games, he was found out. It was a shame that he struggled so much against short pitch bowling, if he could concur this he would have lasted longer in test cricket. His stock in terms of test cricket has fallen away totally, to such an extent that he is not being mentioned anymore. In some ways his career has gone a similar way to Yuvraj Singh.

In one day international cricket Raina has been part of one of India’s greatest side. This and his great fielding is probably what has kept him in the side for so long. He has not made one position his own, batting at number four or five. It is a key position for India going into the next world cup. The position requires him to perform one of two roles. The first being the rescue man, if India lose three early wickets it would be his job to steady the ship. The second function is to score quick runs down the order. He is an expert at the later but does not fill anyone with confidence in the first situation.

With a great batsman like Dhoni lower in the order it now seems that Raina’s position in ODI cricket could be under threat. MSD could easily move up the order and another genuine all-rounder could come into the side. A poor series against New Zealand has not helped his cause, add the fact that he has only three ODI centuries to his name despite playing over one hundread and eighty ODI’s.

He still is one of India’s best players at T20 level and should not be removed from this post. I suggest a little time out of the side will not hurt Raina, every time players such as Yuvraj and Zaheer Khan have been dropped they have come back better. This may be the same case for the dynamic fielder. If his form continues to be poor and he doesn’t get dropped then it could really harm the side going forward to next years world cup.

Virat Kohli will get close to Sachin’s ODI Record

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The huge gap left by Sachin Tendulkar has finally been filled. The prince of Indian cricket has become the king. Virat Kohli has the world at his feet, the vice captain of the side, the best batsman in Indian cricket and probably the best ODI player around currently. He is also rumoured to be dating Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, it seems that life is all too good currently.

At the age of 25 Kohli could already be listed with names such as Sehwag, Ganguly and Dravid. If he stays injury free he still has many years ahead of him to surpass these players. The one name that he could match is Sachin Tendulkar. With eighteen ODI centuries to his name Virat is number three on the list of Indian ODI century makers.

It will be pretty tough for anyone to get close to Tendulkar’s forty nine centuries, but if there is one guy who could do it its him. The amount of limited overs cricket India play I can see this happening in the future. Sachin’s test record however is one that will probably stand for a longer time. The reason behind this is that India play so little test cricket that it will be hard for an Indian to break this.

Two players more likely to break this feet are Alistair Cook and Michael Clark. The only issue I have with these are that they both have had injury trouble and a dip in form through their careers. So in my opinion the only current player to break the century record will be Kohli in ODI cricket.