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Can Virat Kohli break Sachin's record?


Can Virat break Sachin’s Record?

Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as the ‘God of Cricket’ and there are reasons for it. In the early ’90s, the Indian team was not rock-solid in terms of batting.

India had a weak opening pair and an average set of players who played at no.3, 4, 5, and later on.

But then also, we were confident because of one player and that was ‘Tendulkar’. People switched off their TV sets when he used to get out.

He gave us the hope of winning. He was able to counter any bowling attack and in the process created many records.

He surpassed the records of a number of centuries scored in test and one-day internationals.

Also the total number of runs scored in ODI and Tests. Till now, even after 4 years of his retirement none of the batsmen have been able to surpass any of his records.


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But now his legacy is being challenged by the star batsman from Delhi – ViratKohli. When I was writing this article on 2/17/2018, Virat was on the verge of completing his 35th century.

Till now, Virat has placed himself as a strong contender to beat Sachin’s record in ODI’s and Tests.

Where Virat stands now?

  • In Tests, he scores 5554 runs in 66 matches at an average of 53.4 with 21 centuries and 16 half-centuries. His highest score is 243 runs.
  • In ODI’s he scores 9588 runs in 208 Tests at an average of 58.1 with 35 centuries and 46 half-centuries. His highest score in ODI is 183 runs.

The major records held by Sachin Tendulkar as a batsman are as follows:

  • Most numbers of Test matches played i.e. 200.
  • Most numbers of ODI’s played i.e. 463
  • The most number of centuries in ODI i.e. 49
  • The most number of centuries in test i.e. 51
  • The most number of runs in ODI i.e. 18426 runs.
  • The most number of runs in Tests i.e. 15921 runs.
  • Most international runs in all formats i.e. 34357 runs.

The question arises now that can Virat be able to surpass all the records of Sachin?

Let’s look at the ODI scenario. Virat is most likely to play till the 2027 world cup as he will be 38-39 years old till that time.

So it will be 9 more years before he retires from the ODI format. In the last 5 years, he has played 111 ODI’s.

So that comes to an average of 22 matches every year. So in the next 9 years, he is likely to play 22*9 i.e. close to 200 ODI’s.

Statically Kohli scores a hundred in every 6 matches. So if he plays 200 ODI’s then he is likely to score 33 ODI hundreds.

Hence there are strong chances that he will break the record of most hundreds scored in ODI. By the end of his career, he is expected to get 68 hundred.

The total number of runs scored by Kohli in the last 5 years is 5144. So that comes to an average of 1000 runs every year.

So breaking the record for the most number of runs in ODI is going to be a tough call as the total number of runs scored in 9 years will be 9000. By the end of his ODI career, he is likely to get 18000 runs.

When it comes to testing, Kohli averages 875 runs in the past 5 years. So by assuming that he will continue playing test matches till 2027, his run tally is somewhere between 13 to 14 thousand runs.

Also, Kohli has been able to get a century in every 3 test matches that he plays.

Assuming that he plays 10 matches every year then in 9 years he will be playing 90 matches.

He will be able to score 30 centuries in it. So he is most likely to equal the record of Tendulkar in terms of the number of centuries scored.

To conclude on a statistical basis, Kohli can break few records of Tendulkar but it is too early to say.

The most important assumption that is made behind all these calculations is he staying fit or else there will be a premature ending to his career.

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Written on February 17, 2021