There is an ongoing debate that does not seem to have a solid conclusion. The two primary players in the debate are Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and top across all formats Virat Kohli.
The debate is whether Virat Kohli will be able to take over Sachin Tendulkar’s position as the player with the highest number of centuries in International Cricket.
If a hard look is taken at the stats, then it shows that Virat Kohli stands at 44 ODI centuries. This is just five short of Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 ODI centuries. Coming to Test Cricket, Kohli’s count stands at 27 centuries. At this point, Tendulkar is 29 centuries ahead of Kohli.
Now, Brett Lee is coming forward with his opinion about the same. He says that the numbers that were spoken about are phenomenal. However, the point to consider here is that Virat Kohli still has a good 7 to 8 years left in his cricket career. At the rate he is going, it is highly possible that the Indian skipper will take over the spot.
Lee goes on say that Virat Kohli is a batsman with exceptional skills and fitness level. Therefore, in these two fields, he is already making strides. The final thing to consider is the mental strength. As of now Kohli has shown the mental strength to lead the Indian team without hesitation. Furthermore, he has fought back against all odds even when fans were doubting him. Lee says that it is possible that even when Kohli is away from his family, he keeps the strength that a skipper needs.
However, this is Sachin Tendulkar that is being talked about. He changed the game and he is one of the primary reasons why Cricket is an emotion in India and not just a game.
Like Brett Lee says, “But, how can you say someone can go past Sachin Tendulkar – this is God here, can someone go better than God, we will wait and see.”