'Virat has done what Sachin could not'


New Delhi, May 14: Virat Kohli has done what Sachin Tendulkar couldn't do. This is what master spinner Shane Warne had to say about the comparisons between the two greats of Indian cricket. He made the comparison in context of succcessful ODI chases. While chasing a score and winning, Sachin managed 17 hundreds, while Virat has already hit 19 tons. Overall, Sachin has hit 51 ODI centuries while Virat has so fir hit 35 ODI hundreds.

"I think the way Virat plays and you look at his numbers and it's uncanny how many times he has got hundreds in ODI cricket chasing totals down. I don't think anyone, not even Sachin could do what Virat's done," said Warne while speaking to a magazine.

For Warne, Kohli and AB de Villiers are the two best batsmen in the world as of now. However, he regards Tendulkar and Brian Lara as the two best he played against. "We know Sachin and Brian Lara were the two best players of all time in our generation. But Virat and AB de Villiers; it's very difficult to separate those guys. Virat is as good as anyone that I have seen play the game. Wonderful, terrific player, I love his energy and passion. I am sure when he finishes in ten years or so he will be spoken about in the same breath as Sachin," Warne added.

Mesmerised by skills of Kohli, Warne predicted that Kohli will be immensely successful in the forthcoming tour of England in July. Kohli in his last outing in England had failed miserably scoring just 134 runs at an average of 13.40. But Warne thinhs it will be different this time.  "… [England is] perhaps the only place which Virat hasn't yet nailed. And I think he will nail England this year. I think Virat will have an unbelievable series in England which will hold him in good stead in Australia also. He played beautifully in Australia in the last tour. His knock at Adelaide was nearly match winning. Jeez! He played well. I love to see Virat Kohli play," said Warne.
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