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.

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Sachin, his legacy and potential replacements

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Thursday will mark the final chapter in Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar’s professional cricket story. Fittingly the final destination for Sachin is his spiritual home,  the Wankhede Stadium.  So many people will hold different memories of him, but the everlasting image for me will be him being held aloft after the famous world cup win. Countless records have fallen to Tendulkar, too many to list.

A mark of the man’s profile is the tributes that come his way. The biggest compliment has to be from the President of The United States of America Barack Obama, who stated the following:

“I don’t know about cricket but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play. Not because I love his play [but] because I want to know the reason why my country’s production goes down by five per cent when he’s in batting”

I am not sure what is more amazing, the fact that Obama took time out to recognise his retirement or the fact that  he attributes one player denting the worlds leading economy by 5%.

Cricket can now be divided into three different era’s, these being before Tendulkar, during his time and after Tendulkar. He has seen a massive change in world cricket and also Indian cricket. Through the course of his career he has seen Indian cricket rise to new heights. There had never been an Indian sports superstar before him, but because of him there will be many more.

What he has left behind is a very strong legacy, players such as Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit Sharma all grew up with him in the team. It is possible that without Tendulkar’s success these players would not have been playing the sport at all. These players in turn are inspiring children as young as age 5 and making their own legacy.

Going forward someone will have to be brought into the squad to replace one of the greatest players to have ever played the sport. I believe the batting talent is already in the squad to cover the loss of such a player. The calls will be for a batsman to come into the side, but I believe that an allrounder or extra bowler should be brought in, especially when playing at home. Kholi is a shoe in to move into the vacated number four spot, meaning Rohit Sharma can be moved up to five.

Dhoni is too good a batsman to be wasted at number seven, in my opinion he could bat in any of the top six positions with distinction. He would be my new number six. Jadeja should battle with Ashwin as to who bats at number seven. When playing abroad the selectors could be flexible for this role. If the pitch requires an extra batsman then so be it, if the extra seamer is needed then this could be an option.

The retirement of Tendulkar will be a sad day for cricket, but going forward, the future of Indian cricket seems in healthy state.

Tendulkar will always be a legend but India need to move on!

Some people call him a national treasure, some call him their idol and a few even call him God, but to me he will always be known as the greatest batsman in my lifetime of cricket.

 The date was 15 November 1989, this day was a very special day for Indian cricket. A young boy from Bombay made his way to the crease in the toughest of circumstances. To start your career against the arch enemy in their own back yard must be one of the toughest starts a cricketer could ask for.

Back on this day no one could have predicted what was to come over the next twenty four years. He has countless records to his name, but the one that sticks out in my mind is him being the first player to score a double century in a ODI. What is great about Tendulkar is that he seems to take joy in every shot and every century. 

 On many occasions it could be said that Sachin carried India, he has seen it all in Indian cricket. Throughout the early to mid 90’s he had very little support from a fledgling Indian side which struggled. Tendulkar kept this team afloat with his class. Playing with the likes of Kapil Dev, Ganguly, Dhoni and Virat Kohli he has gone from the kid of the side to father figure. It is hard to imagine the pressure that this one man has had to deal with but as with everything nothing lasts for ever.

 Over the last five years Sachin has enjoyed a good run of form, helping India to world cup glory and raising the team to world number one in test cricket. This probably was his last hoorah. The last year and a bit have been slightly tougher for the little master. It is evident that like Dravid before him, his seeing of the ball is getting slightly slower. 

 The announcement that Sachin will retire after the West Indies series comes as no surprise to anyone who has seen him play. The only surprise is that it had not come slightly earlier. The state of Indian cricket is the healthiest it has ever been, with many young players in the system. 

 The man that I predict will be given the first opportunity to replace the great man is Rohit Sharma. A very similar type of player, he know deserves a long run in the test side to prove his quality. No one is expecting him to do exactly what Sachin did but they want him to make his own name. If Rohit does not succeed there are plenty of others waiting in the wings for their chance. 

 I could go as far as saying with Dhoni and Kohli at the helm India have the best side they have ever had. These two names mentioned above are the two players who now carry the mantle of Sachin. They ironically grew up watching Sachin the superstar, now they call him bhai or paji.  

 Its with a heavy heart I say that Sachin Tendulkar retiring is a good thing for Indian cricket. He has given me so many good memories that I am sure I will treasure for a life time but I think it is time to keep these as good memories. Lets hope that the last few games of his career will highlight his whole career. Goodbye Sachin, have a great retirement in what ever you do.