The talismanic run-scorer Virat Kohli is inching closer to touch Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries. Many feel the current India skipper is the best to break the maestro’s record of 100 international tons but former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen doesn’t believe so.
Since his breakthrough in international cricket, Virat Kohli has been following the footsteps of his idol. He has made batting look like a cakewalk and consistency a synonym to his name. The cricketer from Delhi has been a prolific run-scorer shattering all-records in the way. And now, Kohli, who has 43 tons to his name, stands closer to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries.
Kevin Pietersen on Virat Kohli breaking 100 centuries record
But it looks more than impossible for the current great to touch the magical figure of 100 international centuries. Speaking to Timesnownews.com, Kevin Pietersen feels Virat Kohli might find it difficult stating that the longevity of Sachin Tendulkar’s career might make it difficult for Kohli to reach the milestone.
“It’s difficult because of injury, the longevity of Tendulkar’s career. Tendulkar wasn’t as emotional when he was in the field and he did not carry the same sort of aggressive attitude on the field. He was a lot more relaxed,” Pietersen said.
Sachin Tendulkar, who represented his country for 24 years has shattered every batting records. While Virat Kohli is almost on his way with 70 hundreds but those magical figure looks unlikely. Kevin Pietersen also explained that Kohli plays all the formats including the Indian Premier League where Tendulkar hardly played the shortest format.
“It depends on how long Virat Kohli continues to play. Remember, Kohli plays all three forms of the game, plus he plays the IPL. For majority of Sachin Tendulkar’s career, there was no T20 cricket and there was no IPL. So it all depends on how long Kohli plays for,” Pietersen added.