India’s fascinating batter Virat Kohli has been one of the brilliant cricketers in the modern world of cricket with his different techniques of the game. Kohli has been the part of numerous achievements made by India. Recently, team India won the the Asia Cup 2023 where Kohli’s role was huge. India are now gearing up to launch their ODI World Cup campaign that is scheduled to start from October (5) in India. Ahead of the World Cup, India will be playing the three-match ODI series against Australia beginning September 22. Speaking on comparison between Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has said that both batters enjoyed playing cricket. Manjrekar also stressed on the point that Kohli doesn’t want leadership or power in the team.
“The one similarity between Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar is that both of them enjoy playing cricket. They want to be on the field. He was not part of the team for the game against Bangladesh but was still on the field. I don’t think Virat Kohli wants power or leadership,” said Manjrekar in an interview with Vimal Komar on the latter’s YouTube channel.
Further speaking, Manjrekar stated that Kohli led the team for a long time and there’s no scope for unfulfilled dream as winning moments are more important to him than having power.
“He just wants to play and it looks like he enjoys being a part of the team. He captained the team for a very long time, so there is no scope for an unfulfilled dream. Being with the team, travelling with players, going to the ground, and being part of the winning moments are more important to him than having power,” said Majrekar.
Manjrekar also touched upon the records and felt that it would be difficult for Kohli to overtake Sachin in Test cricket.
“Sachin Tendulkar has 51 hundreds, 17 more than what Sunil Gavaskar finished with. For a good player, accumulating runs in ODIs is comparatively easy, as bowlers don’t always don’t try to take a wicket. Tendulkar and Kohli are special because they also have a lot of Test hundreds. However, I believe it will be very difficult for Kohli to reach 51 Test centuries,” stated Manjrekar.