After the beautiful partnership of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the first One Day International against West Indies out of the five-match ODI series which was held at Guwahati, Virat-Rohit left everyone amazed.
In the second One Day International at Visakhapatnam, Virat scored the 37th ODI hundred of his career and the 5th ODI century of 2018.
Virat also completed his 10000 ODI Runs and became the 13th overall and fifth Indian batsmen to enter in the elite 10k Runs group. Virat also broke Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s record and became the fastest to 10000 ODI runs. Virat took 205 Innings to reach this landmark while Sachin Tendulkar achieved this in 259 innings.
Though the match was ended in a tie as West Indies responded with 321/7 to India’s 321/6 but the match was very special for Captain Virat Kohli.
On this Sourav Ganguly said that he is at a loss of words to describe Virat Kohli's performance. He told that the wicket was different that day, conditions were different, but Virat changed the entire game. It was a fantastic knock. Sourav said that he doesn't have enough words.
Sourav Ganguly compared Kohli with Sachin and said that he has closely seen Sachin Tendulkar play and Sachin has scored 49 ODI hundreds and 100 tons overall but Kohli is no less than anybody. Ganguly told that Kohli has now scored 37 ODI hundreds and he is not too far behind Tendulkar's record. It is important to see that Kohli can play in all conditions and to change the game in all conditions. He carries the entire team on his shoulders.
Ganguly said, "We saw that in England too where he scored hundreds when all the other batsmen were failing to score runs. India was at a difficult position in Guwahati today but Kohli led the team out of troubled waters. He is an all-time great in Indian cricket and in world cricket. He is not even 30 and has a lot of time left in his career. Since that 2014 England tour, Kohli has completely changed himself as a batsman and has scored 39 international hundreds. This is just unbelievable. Kohli is an example for every cricketer," he said.
Sourav Ganguly concluded saying that Kohli is a master. There's no doubt now that Kohli is on par with Sachin Tendulkar in ODI cricket. He told that he will not compare Kohli with Tendulkar, both are very big players. However, Kohli has certainly taken this generation of cricket to a different level. His consistency and intensity are remarkable. There's no stopping him. Whenever he comes on to the field, it feels as if it's his first time.
Virat Kohli is optimistic about India vs Australia tour and thinks India can compete in challenging conditions too.