Looking at the player Virat Kohli is at present, one would think that he was a born genius with the bat. Why not? It’s very rare that a player plays international cricket right in the same year he leads his team to a title victory in junior World Cup. But that wasn’t the case. Kohli did not deliver the goods right away. He got dropped from the team, worked hard before making his comeback and fixing his place in the side. A member of the 2011 World Cup winning team, Kohli became the fulcrum of Indian batting in 2012, when he started finishing games on a regular basis.
His knock of 183* against Pakistan during Aisa Cup 2012 remains one of the best in the history and who can forget his 133* when India needed to chase down 321 overs against Sri Lanka in tri-series in Australia. In 2013, he led India for the first time in ODIs during the tri-series in West Indies before taking over as the full-time Test captain of India in 2014.
In the first week of 2017, he was made in-charge of Indian cricket team across formats after MS Dhoni stepped down as captain of India. To perform the double role of being a captain and a batsman is never easy for any player but Kohli has donned the role phenomenally well as he continues to break record everytime he walks out to bat.
Often compared with Sachin Tendulkar, Kohli has a habit of breaking most of Tendulkar’s record. From becoming quickest to score 10,000 runs in ODIs to becoming quickest score 60 international century, Kohli has almost done half of what Tendulkar did in his 24 years of international career. While there is surety that he will break a number of his records, here’s a list of records held by Sachin which Kohli may not be able to break –
200 Test matches – Kohli has already played 73 Test matches in first 10 years of his international career but it is unlikely that he will be able to play 127 Tests more. On many occasions, he has himself accepted that he has few of years of international career left in him and the Indian skipper will surely not be able to cover the distance of 127 Tests to reach to Tendulkar’s milestone.
463 ODIs – The Indian skipper has played 216 ODIs till now and hasn’t even played half of ODIs what Sachin played. In recent times, he has been taking extra rest owing to a number of injuries which he has suffered this year. He will have to pick and choose games in order to have a long career and it will be very difficult for Kohli to play even 400 ODIs if he picks and choose games like he is doing now
Six World Cup appearances – Tendulkar played in six World Cups for India. Kohli has been part of 2 till now and is all set to play third one next year. Keeping the injury concerns in mind, it is likely that he might or might not play 2023 and 2027 World Cup. Even if he plays 2023 World Cup, he isn’t expected to play the ICC event in 2027.