New Delhi. Greatest of all time ie Got (GOAT) who. This debate has started again after Virat Kohli’s tremendous innings against Sri Lanka. an ongoing debate. Which hardly has any end. Difficult but interesting. Can Virat Kohli be called the Greatest of All Time? Before going to this debate, let us know from where this thing came.
In fact, the day India vs Sri Lanka The third ODI match was played between, on the same day Farveez Maharoof, one of Sri Lanka’s legendary all-rounders, said a big thing. Talking to a website, he said, ‘If Lionel Messi is the GOAT of football, then in my view cricket is the GOAT. Virat Kohli deserves this title. The beginning of 2023 has been good for him. This year the World Cup (World Cup 2023) will be held in Virat’s home i.e. India. In the year 2011, he has won a World Cup. If his form continues, then this time also the World Cup will be his. The way they extend their innings. understand the circumstances. I don’t think there is a better batsman than this player in the world.
So will the sports lovers easily accept this big talk of Mahroof? The answer is no. Then why did Mahroof say this? In fact, Virat Kohli K’s game and some records are such that no player is seen around. For example, this Dabangg of Delhi has scored 46 ODI centuries. Only Sachin is ahead of him with 49 centuries. Sachin is first and Virat is at number five in the list of making the most runs. Between these two are Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting and Sanath Jayasuriya. But there is one thing in this list where no one can stand in front of Virat. That is average. Virat scores runs at an average of more than 58 in ODIs. While none of the veterans in the top 10, including Sachin, have an average of 50. There are many other records in which Virat is the topper. Like the most centuries in any country. Most centuries against any team. Most centuries chasing a target.
But then same thing. Can CK Nayudu be compared to Virat’s centuries? Is it fair to compare Virat with Sunil Gavaskar, who started playing cricket when ODI cricket did not even exist. In the same way can Virat be compared Sachin Tendulkar It is appropriate from, whose career was at its peak, then T20 cricket was not even born. And can Virat be compared to MS Dhoni or Rohit Sharma.
The answer is clear. Dhoni or Rohit are contemporary of Virat. All three have batted on almost similar pitches. Have faced similar bowlers. The rules of cricket have also remained almost the same during these three times. Therefore, the figures of these three can be considered equal. But Virat’s figures cannot be compared with Sunil Gavaskar. When Gavaskar used to play, the world’s most dangerous bowling attack used to be of West Indies. And no one in the world faced him better than Gavaskar. Still, when you go through the numbers, you will find that Gavaskar has barely 3,000 runs in ODI cricket. Whereas Virat has more than 12 thousand ODI runs in his name. Similarly, Virat Kohli is being counted among the greatest batsmen of T20 cricket and Sachin Tendulkar has only 10 records in this format. The reason is Sachin has played only one T20 match.
Now when it is difficult to compare Virat’s game with the era of Sunil Gavaskar who played in the 1970-80s and Sachin Tendulkar who played in the 1990s and 2000s, then CK Nayudu or Don Bradman of the 1930s How can this be compared to (Don Bradman). And then we have just talked about batters. How to compare Gary Sobers to all-rounders like Kapil Dev and bowlers like Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne with any batsman.
The truth is that such comparisons are very difficult. Often, from fans to experts who like a player, give him a title like Got. Enjoy such debates. Argue a lot. But believe me, comparing a player who played 50 or 100 years ago with today’s player is a very difficult task. This debate can happen among contemporary cricketers. It is also there and it can also be taken to the logical end. But this debate will remain incomplete if Virat is compared to Bradman.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 17, 2023, 18:58 IST