One of the all-time greats, Virat Kohli came close to Sachin Tendulkar’s record of scoring the most centuries in ODI cricket as he scored 88 runs against Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup 2023 match on Thursday. But, Kohli couldn’t go the distance with the bat, his innings fell just short of 12 runs. However, his performance was such that fans reiterated his status as the best batsman of this generation. While there are still those who think otherwise, retired Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir silenced all those who compared Kohli with the greatest stars of this era.
In a chat on Geo News, Amir gave a befitting reply to all those who compared Kohli with most other batsmen, saying that if the Indian superstar played against elites like Nepal, Netherlands, Zimbabwe and of Bangladesh, he would have broken Tendulkar’s record (most ODI tons. ) long ago.
“I don’t know why people keep comparing Virat Kohli; any comparison is stupid. Secondly, you have to look at the intent of the player. He was playing ball-to-ball (against Sri Lanka) , and he wanted to.
“If Virat Kohli had played a series against Netherlands, Nepal, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, he would have broken Sachin Tendulkar’s record by now. He doesn’t play against these teams,” Amir said on the show.
Mohammad Amir –
“Virat Kohli is a great man. Agar wo Nepal or Zimbabwe is against Sachin’s record-breaking feat.”
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— Muhammad Noor (@Noor_Marriii) November 3, 2023
In the match against Sri Lanka, Kohli scored 88 runs to become second in the list of top scorers in this World Cup, with South Africa’s Quinton de Kock as the only person ahead of him.
“Very happy to know that we are now officially qualified. Good effort from the squad, when we started out in Chennai. This was our goal, to qualify first and then of course to be in the semi-finals and finals. these 7 games, it was pretty clinical Everyone put in the effort and a lot of people put their hands up It was a good challenge to put runs on the board, and that’s the kind of role model you have when you try score many runs.3
“50 on any pitch is a very good score and a lot of credit goes to the batting unit for taking us to that score and the bowlers obviously did the job. Shreyas is a very strong boy (in his mind) and today, as you saw, he went there and did exactly what he is known for and that is what we expect from him,” he said.
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