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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Delhi need KP and RCB show why they are favourites!

The IPL is back, sorry I meant Indian T20 League. We have a bizarre re-branding of the popular IPL name and also we have two teams who’s official names have changed. Who am I to advise these expert marketers but most people will still call this the IPL.

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Stupid Name Changes:

The worst of the three name changes has to be the competition its self. Over the last few years the IPL has built up a brand, in my opinion it will always be known as the IPL now. As for Rajesthan and Punjab it seems there are a few reasons for the name changes.

I am not sure if the new name have been forced onto the sides, so that all the teams are city based and not state based. This could be true because the sides are listed as Mohali and Jaipur in the league table on the official site but still called by the old names on other parts of the site. Other reasons I can think of are that Kings XI Punjab was an unlucky name and Rajesthan Royals are desperate to shift the spot fixing name.

The First Two Games:

The two favourites for the tournament Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore have been in action over the first two games, to differing results. Mumbai were blown out of the water but Kallis and his KKR side. The veteran allrounder showed that their is still life in the old dog. The break from international cricket seems to have refreshed him. The same didn’t seem to apply for Mike Hussey on the opposing side, who had a début to forget. as with all good players I am sure he will come good. Looking at Mumbai’s players they should be relaxed to know they can esily turn this loss around. KKR showed enough in this game to be ranked as one of the top sides.

Royal Challengers Bangalore are my favourites to win this year. They showed exactly why in their first game. Unfortunately for me they did it against the side I have allegiances to Delhi Daredevils. The north Indian side lacked their leader Kevin Pietersen. The whole side was changed including the coaching set up, but on the field not much has changed. They are still ultra reliant on KP and do not have the quality in their batting. Their opponents today left out Chris Gayle, yet they still eased to victory.

A batting line up that includes Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, AB Devilliers and Albie Morkel will always be considered favourites for T20 competitions. Their biggest issue is if Kohli can keep a lid on his erratic captaincy and if they can convert their strong home form away from home.

 

Ian Smith: “Jadeja is India’s best ever fielder”

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Half way through the first test between India and New Zealand, veteran commentator Ian Smith came out with a very interesting statement. He boldly stated that Ravindra Jadeja was the “best ever fielder” that India have produced. The other players who could lay a claim to this title are Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed KaifVirat Kohli and Suresh Raina. Below I have given my opinion on Jadeja in relation to these players.

Ravindra Jadeja:

A total cricketer who is simply good at every thing that he does. So much so brilliant that he is brilliant at growing a moustache. He is electric in the field, so fast that taking any sort of run to him is a risk. Currently he is up their as India’s best fielder.

Yuvraj Singh:

He probably was the Indian who made fielding “sexy” for his nation. Yuvraj along with Kaif were the first two players to show the senior players that fielding was important. Their selection to the national side was very important as it probably inspired the current crop of players to work hard on their fielding. He made the point position his own until recently for India. It seems that Yuvraj will always be remembered as a great fielder but I would rank Jadeja slightly higher because of his pace around the field. He can field anywhere but Yuvraj has only really shown his value at point. I have also seen Yuvraj go through the complacent stage where he put on weight and didnt concentrate as much on his game. He is now back looking lean and back to his old great fielding.

Mohammed Kaif:

Maybe the first player to get into the side because of his fielding ability over batting or bowling. Kaif was an electric fielder, very fast chasing the ball around the field. There were times that Kaif and Yuvraj stifled teams. He was unlucky not be given much of a chance in test cricket, his fielding may have gone to the next level. A great fielder but I feel Jadeja is naturally more athletic.

Virat Kohli:

The aggressive batting and part time bowling is supplemented by his great fielding prowess. He is up there with one of India’s greatest. He has fielded in many positions most recently being employed in the slips. From the outside it looks as if Kohli puts allot of effort in fielding. I personally cannot distinguish him from Jadeja.

Suresh Raina:

Like Kaif it could be argued that he is currently being retained in the ODI side due to his great fielding. In my opinion he is the best Indian fielder I have seen. I have seen him take all types of catches and run out. On the boundary he has used the parry back well. It is hard to say that he is better than Kohli or Jadeja but I feel his fielding has been better over a prolonged period of time. His inclusion in the world cup quarter final against Australia probably changed the course of the world cup, not only for him seeing India through with the bat but also his fielding saved at least 15 runs.

Cricketer’s who didn’t fulfil their potential

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Sport has always been littered with people who seemed destined for great things but failed to live up to the hype or potential. For every Tendulkar there will always be a Kambli. Some of the players are injury hit and others just cant handle the pressure, many different reasons can be given. So here is a list of some talented players in modern cricket who have not fulfilled their potential.

1. Mohammed Amir:

This boy was probably the most talented bowler of his generation. He looked to be another classy Pakistani bowler in the mould of past greats. He was the youngest bowler to get to 50 test wickets and it looked like he could have gone to the top of the fast bowling records. His misdemeanour’s have robbed the world of a potential great. He may come back one day but will never be held in the same esteem that he should have been.

2.Shaun Tait:

Shaun Tait came at the back end of the great Australian side, he did win things but will not go down as the player he could have been. The name “wildthing” has never left him, when he burst onto the scene he was part of an attack that included Lee and Johnson. Whist the other two have proved to have achieved more. Injuries did not help the paceman.

3. Graham Hick / Mark Ramprakash

When considering the great batsmen of county cricket these two names will always be at the top of the list. Their careers are very similar in the fact that both were super talented but didn’t make the international scene their own. At youth level Ramprakash was rated just as good as Brian Lara. I believe they played in an era of turbulence in English cricket, meaning that they never had a settled run in the England side. What could have been if they had an arm around their shoulder?

4.Irfan Pathan:

When he first came onto the scene India took note of him. He seemed to be the allrounder that India had craved since Kapil Dev. A fast swing bowler who had a batting game for all outcomes. He has even opened the batting for India. I believe he could have continued to bat in the top order for India, but injuries and mismanagement have taken its toll on him. Ten years on from his international debut Pathan is still in and out the India team. Playing the odd good match in the IPL. Definitely one that got away for India.

5. Mohammed Kaif:

Kaif came to the international stage at a similar time to Yuvraj Singh. He was tipped to be a future captain and mainstay of the Indian side, especially in test cricket. His biggest disappointment must have been that he never got a fair crack of the whip at test level. In all honesty he was a good cricketer but the change to speedy cricket pretty much killed his ODI career. Probably one of the best fielders India had seen before the current crop of players turned up.

6. Shaun Marsh:

Son of a great player he has always had pressure on him. Shaun Marsh is actually a very good player, we are just waiting for him to cement himself in international cricket. We have seen him drift in and out of the Aussie test and ODI side, it looks that he may be given one last chance in test cricket as the number six batsman, lets see if he gets the chance and if he takes the opportunity.

7. Vinod Kambli:

How he is not a great for India is hard to know. He was the other player in the world record partnership stand with Sachin Tendulkar at school level. Kambli was so good that he scored two double centuires and two centuries in his first seven test matches. He will also be remembered by Shane Warne for hitting him for 22 runs in an over, not too many people did that. I believe he was just as talented as Sachin Tendulkar just probably not mentally as tough. Shockingly for such a talented player he played his last test match at the age of 24.

8. Graham Swann:

A surprise inclusion in this list, because Swann did achieve alot during his career. He will go down as one of England’s best spinners but what could have been for Swann? He waited eight years to play his second international game after his first. The reason sited for the exile was his personality clash with senior management and players. Imagine if Swann had played for eight years more? Whats more is that he left his side half way trough a series when the chips were down.

9. James Foster:

This may be bit of a bias vote. I have seen Foster play on many occasions having personally spoken to him, I can say he has to be the most genuine guy in sports. All that aside he was always dubbed as being the best wicketkeeper in England. What surprises me is that he has only ever been called up once to the squad. On that occasion he got injured before the series started and for some reason never got a call up. He also is captaincy material, I guess England have missed the boat with him now.

10: Parthiv Patel:

He made his debut in England as a fresh faced kid. Since this time he should have pushed on and cemented his place into the side as either the main wicketkeeper or just a genuine batsman. Dhoni overtook him in the pecking order as did Dinesh Karthick. Patel was always famed for being a good batsman but even this has not improved in the manor we all thought it could have. I believe a career in indian cricket politics is for him now.

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.