Virat Kohli Better Than Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara? Ex-England Captain Makes Big Statement

Updated: 09 March 2019 10:03 IST

Virat Kohli smashed yet another hundred, taking his total tally to 41 in ODIs, eight less than Sachin Tendulkar in the 50-over format.

Virat Kohli Better Than Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara? Ex-England Captain Makes Big Statement
Virat Kohli is now only eight centuries behind Sachin Tendulkar in ODI cricket. © AFP

Virat Kohli smashed a sensational century, his 41st in ODIs, but it wasn't enough to get India over the line as Australia won by 32 runs to keep the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series alive. This was Indian captain's second straight century after reaching the three-figure mark in the 2nd ODI in Nagpur that the hosts won by 8 runs. Following Kohli's remarkable knock, social media was buzzing with former cricketers and fans reigniting the debate of "who is the best batsman in the world?".

Former England captain Michael Vaughan, who in the past has been a vocal supporter of Virat Kohli, came in with a big statement after the match.

The Englishman first tweeted with an emoji of a goat, saying "The GOAT is at again...#Virat".

Many differing views came from fans on Vaughan's post, one of whom asked the former England skipper if he meant Virat Kohli was better than Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.

This was Vaughan's emphatic answer:

Virat Kohli has scored 41 centuries in just 225 ODIs, the most number of hundreds by any batsman ever after that many matches. The next best is Hashim Amla, who has played 174 ODIs and scored 27 tons.

After playing 225 ODIs, AB de Villiers had 25 centuries, while current record-holder for most centuries in world cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, had 23 in 225 matches.

Virat Kohli also became the fourth Indian captain after MS Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly to score 4,000 ODI runs. Kohli reached the landmark in his 66th ODI as skipper when he moved to 27 in Ranchi. As India's ODI captain, Virat Kohli has so far scored 19 hundreds with a best score of 160 not out against South Africa.

The Indian skipper now is only eight hundreds behind Sachin Tendulkar, who had 49 ODI centuries to his name.

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Topics : Sachin Tendulkar Virat Kohli Brian Lara Michael Vaughan Don Bradman India Cricket Team Australia Cricket Team India vs Australia, 2018/19 Cricket
Highlights
  • Virat Kohli smashed his 41st ODI century
  • Michael Vaughan referred to Virat Kohli as the GOAT
  • Despite Kohli's century, India lost to Australia by 32 runs in 3rd ODI
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