Virat Kohli's manner of batting can take him past Sachin Tendulkar: Sunil Gavaskar

After being India's most prolific ODI batsman in the last three years, run-machine Virat Kohli is well on his way to break Sachin Tendulkar's ODI records, say former batsmen Sunil Gavaskar and Dean Jones.

updated: October 31, 2013 08:18 IST
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India's batting sensation Virat Kohli has already broken many ODI records in his 118-match career, however, cricket pundits feel he is destined to even greater things by going past Sachin Tendulkar's limited-overs records.

Kohli scored the third-fastest century (115* off 66 balls) by an Indian on Wednesday to help India score a 6-wicket win against Australia in Nagpur to level the seven-match series 2-2 with the final match to go in Bengaluru.

Former India batting great Sunil Gavaskar praised Kohli after his blistering knock. "Virat has been simply outstanding. If you compare the statistics with what Sachin had achieved after 115 first-class games, you'll find that Virat is well ahead. I think Sachin took around 80-odd ODIs to get his first hundred. India is blessed to have somebody of the talent of Virat Kohli coming through. The fact that in his emerging years spent a lot of time with the likes of Sachin, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman and put that experience to good use on the field speaks very highly of this young man's cricketing intelligence. He reads the conditions and situation well, he knows the opposition well and that's the reason why he is scoring so consistently. (Virat made batting look easy: Dhoni)

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