No record safe the way Virat Kohli is batting: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgSunil Gavaskar tipped Virat Kohli to break all batting records if he continues to play the way he is playing right now and maintains his excellent standard of fitness.Virat Kohli recently became the first Indian batsmen to score three consecutive hundreds in the ODI series against the Windies and also entered the coveted 10,000 ODI-run club. Not only did he enter the 10,000-club, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to reach the milestone.Kohli reached the landmark in just 205 innings while Tendulkar had reached the milestone in 259 innings.Gavaskar believes that all batting records are in danger with the pace at which Kohli is smashing runs and reaching milestones.”No record is safe the way Virat Kohli is batting, all batting records can be broken — most runs, most centuries, all these records can go to Virat Kohli because his fitness is also excellent. When a player is that fit, he can play not only for 5-7 years but 10 more years. Like Sachin played till the age of 40, if Kohli also plays till that age, I feel Test records, one-day records, all cricket records will go under the name of Virat,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak.Gavaskar said that India will surely miss Kohli in the upcoming T20I series against the Windies but also opined that the team will raise their game like they did in the Asia Cup in the UAE.”India will surely miss Virat Kohli but they showed in Asia Cup that when Kohli is not there, they raise their game and even there, India had got a fabulous victory. So that is what will happen in this T20I series also,” Gavaskar said.advertisementThe Indian legend however feels that the T20I series against the Windies will be much more competitive than the Test and ODI series.”I feel the upcoming T20I series should be difficult, it would not be as easy as the Test or ODI series because the Windies team is the world champion, they have big players like Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo is making a comeback, Andre Russel. I feel the T20I series should be well-contested.”MS DHONI SHOULD PLAY REGULAR CRICKET FOR INDIA’S BENEFITGavaskar backed Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision of letting Rishabh Pant take the forefront in T20 cricket after Dhoni was unnamed in the India squad for the T20I series against Windies and Australia.After the conclusion of the ODI series against the Windies, which India won 3-1, Kohli came out and defended the former India captain saying he wasn’t dropped from the squad but instead wanted to help a youngster like Rishabh Pant get chances in the international arena.Gavaskar agreed with Dhoni’s decision saying the iconic wicketkeeper knows that he is not going to be around by the time 2020 World T20 comes calling.”The decision that MS Dhoni has taken, he knows that he won’t be with the team for the 2020 World T20 so he has thought about Indian cricket and its welfare. He wants Rishabh Pant to get more experience in international T20 cricket. Pant’s IPL T20 records are very good but so that he gets more exposure and experience in one-day and T20, that’s why Dhoni made himself unavailable.”However, Gavaskar was a firm believer that Dhoni should play more cricket and stay in match practice by playing for Jharkhand. Experts have said that Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket because he is not going to play much internationally ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup and Gavaskar had the same opinion.”Since he plays less cricket, I want him to play keep playing all matches for Jharkhand because that is where he will get practice. After the age of 35, a player should regularly play because international cricket keeps progressing and it gets quick. Take the example of tennis, Federer or Djokovic, if they have taken a break or an injury break, it takes them a little more time to make a comeback.”Ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup, yes MS Dhoni will have the IPL but IPL is T20 cricket. So from January, I want that he plays more and more cricket, whatever it is three days or four days, it will be good for Indian cricket.”last_img

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