Virat Kohli

Curtly Ambrose remained positive when asked if Virat Kohli is equivalent to Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.

Virat Kohli remains a fixture in discussions about cricket’s greatest batters. His international and franchise league performances have garnered him a global fanbase. Comparisons to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar are inevitable, with Kohli steadily approaching Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries. 

Recently, Kohli surpassed Tendulkar’s ODI century record with his 50th ton in the 2023 World Cup. This achievement sparked debate, with former West Indies player Curtly Ambrose placing Kohli alongside Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. However, some analysts suggested Kohli needs to maintain his form for a longer period to truly join those ranks.

“Virat Kohli, the great man, someone who I admire as well, I love watching him. Don’t ask me to compare them (Sachin and Virat). I think, I don’t think I know he’s a great player and how I judge players because people like to compare different eras. I don’t particularly like to do those things,” said Ambrose in an interview with Sports Tak.

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“But what I can say is when I look at great batsmen, how I judge them. Like presently Virat Kohli, he’s dominating today’s cricket, my question to myself is would he have done well during my era or before my era? I believe he would and because of that that’s why I give him great. Sachin Tendulkar is the same thing, Ricky Ponting and these guys are great players because they can dominate any era,” he added.

Kohli’s struggles in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 are a cause for concern. Despite a stellar IPL season, his World Cup performance has been a major disappointment. With just 66 runs in five innings, his average (13.20) and strike rate (108.19) are far below expectations. Opening the batting has not yielded the desired results, and pressure mounts as India faces a crucial clash against Australia on June 24th.

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Last Updated on June 24, 2024