Virat Kohli Sachin Tendulkar VsWhen Virat Kohli scored his 49th ODI century during a World Cup 2023 match, comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar began to draw. With the century, Virat Kohli equaled Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most centuries in ODI matches. Sachin and Virat now have 49 centuries each in ODI matches. After Virat’s century, Sachin Tendulkar praised Virat, writing, “Virat played well. It took me 365 days to go from 49 to 50 earlier this year, I hope you can go from 49 to 50 in the next few days.” Going to break my record. Congratulations”. After the match Kohli Praising Tendulkar, he wrote, “It’s an honor to equal my hero’s record in ODIs. I like to compare people, but I can never be as good as Sachin. That’s why we all look up to him. When he has perfection. When it comes to batting… No matter what happens, he will always be my hero. It’s a very emotional moment for me.
Virat started playing cricket after watching Sachin: Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 while Sachin Tendulkar started his cricket career on 15 November 1989. Virat Kohli was one year old when Sachin played his first international match. Virat Kohli considers Sachin Tendulkar his hero and has said that he started playing cricket after watching Sachin on TV. Virat Kohli started his cricket career on 18 August 2008. Virat played his first match against Sri Lanka and Sachin Tendulkar was not selected for that ODI series but Sachin was part of the squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka. When Virat Kohli first met Sachin Tendulkar in 2008, he started touching his feet to seek his blessings, Virat was very nervous. When Sachin asked who asked you to touch his feet, Kohli named teammates like Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan. Sachin said these players are joking with you. No need to touch the feet.
Virat performed wonders in Sachin’s last match: Virat and Sachin teamed together for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2009. Both Sachin and Virat got their chance in the first match against Pakistan. Sachin was in the team as an opening batsman while Virat got a chance as a middle order batsman. In this match against Pakistan, Sachin scored 8 runs while Virat scored 16 runs. Virat scored his maiden ODI century on 24 December 2009 against Sri Lanka. Sachin was also a part of this match. Sachin Tendulkar played his last ODI match on 18 March 2012 against Pakistan in Mirpur, Virat was also a part of this match. In this match, Pakistan scored 329 runs by batting first, India had a target of 330 runs. Gautam Gambhir was out but Sachin was at the crease when India scored nil. Virat Kohli came into the field as the first down batsman. Sachin was given along. Both shared a 133-run partnership for the second wicket. Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for 52 runs as the second wicket but Virat Kohli was not going to stop. Virat Kohli scored 183 runs with the help of 22 fours and one six. India won this match by six wickets.
In Sachin’s last match, India won brilliantly. The personal record set by Virat Kohli still stands today. Virat Kohli’s 183 runs in this match is the highest score of his ODI career. It is no small matter that Virat scored his highest score in Sachin’s last match. Sachin Tendulkar played his last Test match on 14 November 2013 against West Indies. Virat was also part of the team. Sachin scored 74 runs in this match while Virat played an innings of 57 runs. India won this match by an innings and 126 runs.
Sachin helped Virat when he was in bad form: Virat Kohli was in bad form in 2014. In the Test series against England, Virat scored only 134 runs in 10 innings. Questions were being raised about his career. Virat Kohli approached Sachin Tendulkar for advice. Sachin helped Virat. A change in technique was advised, after which Virat batted brilliantly in the Test series against Australia, scoring 692 runs at an average of 87.