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Ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels that India skipper Virat Kohli shouldn’t be compared to iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar since he still has a long way to go in his career.
Kohli has already rewritten the record books on numerous occasions despite only being 29, and while pundits, the cricketing community, and former and current players believe that he has the potential to surpass Tendulkar’s records, Ponting said it is too early to start making such judgments.
“Comparisons are hard to make at this stage of his (Kohli’s) career,” Ponting told PTI as quoted by The Statesman. “You are being compared with someone who has played 200 Test matches. What you remember about Sachin is when he was finishing off. You don’t remember when he was in mid 20s.
“Everyone is saying exceptional things about Virat (Kohli) now but let’s see if he can dominate international cricket for about 10, 12 or 15 years which would be a sign of a real champion player. Sachin did that in all three formats. If someone can play 200 Tests its incredible. I myself have played 168 Tests but 200 is something else.”
Kohli has scored 6,147 runs in Test cricket, while Tendulkar, who is the all-time leading run-scorer in the longest format, accumulated 15,921.
As for ODIs, Kohli has amassed 9,779 runs, while Tendulkar, who also sits at the summit in terms of runs scored, compiled 18,426 runs.
However, Kohli only trails Tendulkar when it comes to ODI centuries as the 29-year-old has 35 to his name, while Tendulkar reached the triple figure mark 49 times in his illustrious career.