Virat Kohli is a giant in the world of cricket. In fact, he is the biggest name in the sport, be it on the field or off the field. The man has an average of 50+ in all three formats and already has 70 international centuries, at just 31 years of age.
Some time ago, there was another man. You might have heard his name somewhere. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar it was. For more than two decades, he butchered bowlers and hammered oppositions. He is the holder of some of the biggest records in cricketing history, such as the highest run-scorer in test matches, highest run-scorer in ODI matches, the list goes on.
Times change and so do the standards of the game. Virat Kohli, in this era, is at the very peak of the pyramid and continues to set new standards. But there are some records by Sachin Tendulkar which King Kohli will find unbreakable.
Let’s take a look at 5 of them:
1. Number of ODI matches played
465 matches. Yep, that’s the number of One-day internationals Sachin Tendulkar played in his career. After having made his debut at a tender age of 16 and playing the format for more than 22 years, he finally rested at 465 matches.
Even Sanath Jayasuriya, who played for nearly 22 years, could reach only up to 445 matches. For Virat Kohli, this seems too far away. If there’s one Sachin Tendulkar record which is most likely to remain unbreakable, this is it.
Kohli celebrated his 31st birthday last November and has played a total of 248 matches till now, after more than 11 years of his debut. Considering that he hasn’t missed many matches during this time, even if he plays the game for another 7-8 years, Sachin’s record will stand tall.
2. Number of Test Matches played
In the winter of 1989, Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut against a formidable bowling attack comprising of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan and Abdul Qadir. No one knew at that time the teenager would go on to play 200 test matches.
To get a perspective of how massive achievement this is, the second in the list is 168 by Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh. That’s a huge difference of 32 matches.
Virat Kohli may be the best batsman of this generation but in all likelihood, this is a record he won’t be able to break. The 31-year-old batting maestro has played 86 test matches so far and going by the international fixtures of the next few years, there’s a very little chance for him to even double it.
3. Most runs in Test matches
If you search, ‘God of Cricket’ on google, the name that pops up is of Sachin Tendulkar. It isn’t there because of nothing. Among the many records he is in possession of, this one of ‘most runs in Test matches’ seems very far away for the majority of the cricketing world.
Since 17 October 2008, when he broke Lara’s record of 11,953 runs, Sachin is sitting comfortably at the top. The closest anyone has come to his tally of 15,921 is Ricky Ponting with 13,378 runs, still a difference of 2543.
Virat Kohli, at the moment, has got 7,240 runs under his belt in 86 matches. Taking into account that he is already into his second half of the career and the age factor coming in as well, it seems very unlikely that he’ll go past the ‘Master Blaster’.
4. Most boundaries in Test Matches
Although cricket was already a popular sport in India and its popularity increased when India won its first World Cup in 1983, it was Sachin Tendulkar who made the entire nation fall in love with the game.
The man who played the most number of Test matches and scored the highest number of runs is also the one with the most number of boundaries in the format. Sachin Tendulkar has hit 2127 boundaries in test matches- 2058 fours and 69 sixes.
Virat Kohli, at 31 years of age, has a total of 833 boundaries- 811 fours and 22 sixes. As of now, he’s behind by a huge margin of 1294. Keeping in mind the time Virat Kohli has left in his career, it is nearly impossible for him to catch up with ‘The Master’.
5. Number of World Cup appearances
Playing international cricket in itself is a huge feeling but representing your country in a World Cup, the biggest stage is an altogether different emotion. Sachin Tendulkar has represented India in six World Cups– a record he shares with just one player– Javed Miandad.
Sachin Tendulkar got this opportunity for the first time in 1992 World Cup in Australia and then played the 1996 World Cup in India/Pakistan, the 1999 World Cup in England, the 2003 World Cup in South Africa/Zimbabwe, the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean Islands and the 2011 World Cup in India/Sri Lanka/Bangladesh. His last appearance came at the Wankhede when India won the World Cup.
Virat Kohli made his World Cup debut against Bangladesh at Mirpur in 2011 and since then has participated in the 2015 World Cup in Australia/New Zealand and the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. If all goes well, he’ll play his fifth World Cup in 2027 and by then, his age will be 38. After that, it is highly improbable that he will wait for his sixth World Cup appearance.
SportsInfo offers cricket, soccer, kabaddi, tennis, badminton, racing, basketball and other sports news, articles, videos, live coverage & live scores, player rankings & team rankings. Also, offers minute details of any match along with live commentary.
- ‘You need to have some logic in the question’ – Virat Kohli to journalist when asked about Ravi Ashwin’s white-ball comeback
- India vs England: Virat Kohli confirms Team India’s openers for the first T20I
- Virat Kohli picks favourites for T20 World Cup 2021
- IND vs ENG: 1st T20I, Match Prediction- Who will win today’s match?
- India move to second spot in the latest ICC T20I team rankings