Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the man of many hearts! Sachin ain’t just a name, it is an emotion. God of Cricket! That’s how they treat him. From the streets of Mumbai to scoring hundred centuries in almost every renowned International cricket stadium. Cricket is a religion in India and Sachin is its GOD!
The legendary batsman who served the nation for more than two decades, Sachin was capable of doing everything in the game of cricket. He was one of the best batsmen, the game could ever see.
He was a good bowler who could bowl all kinds of deliveries. He could have been one of the best all-rounders for India, if it hadn’t been for his shoulder injury. He was also very quick in the field even at an age of 38. His dedication, discipline, devotion for the game, attitude, concentration, respect for the opposition, temperament, and the list never ends! All these factors set him apart from all the legends, the cricketing world has seen.
On the other hand we have Virat Kohli, the only Indian player who often gets compared to the Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. Virat Kohli is a magnificent batsman who is undoubtedly the best Indian batsman of the current generation. Virat all-together is a different personality and shouldn’t be compared to the legend.
In Short he is India’s first Virat Kohli but not second Sachin. There are many people who often compare these players. Virat is a legend in making, no doubt in that. His consistency, aggression, hunger for runs, passion, and dedication sets him apart from most of the world class batsmen.
Here are the ten reasons why cricket fans feel Kohli shouldn’t be compared to Sachin:
Early stages of their careers: Virat Kohli played most of his matches in the subcontinent during his early stages of his career which was a major plus point for him to perform well and make a mark consistently.
While Sachin’s early career was mostly out of India where he had to face the deadliest bowlers of all time at a very tender age. Sachin’s first International stint was against Pakistan where he proved himself by facing the greatest bowlers of Pakistan.
Batting Position: Sachin Tendulkar started his career as a lower middle order batsman, he made the most out of the opportunities and scored quick and valuable runs for the team. Sachin who debuted in 1989 opened the batting for the first time in 1994 versus the Kiwis. He was forced to open as Navjot Singh Sidhu was injured.
It was his 70th match and he played quite well as an opener as he scored a quickfire 82 of 49 balls. He impressed everyone as an opener by scoring 4 fifties and a forty in the first five innings as an opener.
While Kohli was always a top order batsman, right from the start of his career. He opened the innings 6 times and he played in the lower middle order a couple of times. The rest of the matches he batted in the position of one down or two down.