Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif believes that Virat Kohli may be a legend of modern cricket, but it is not fair to compare him with Sachin Tendulkar. Asif believes that the current Indian captain Kohli is not even close to Tendulkar who has scored 100 centuries. The former fast bowler said that Pakistan captain Babar Azam is very much like Tendulkar and he has also given reasons behind it.
Asif said on Cover Drive Cricket’s YouTube channel, ‘Kohli is a player of the bottom hand. He is doing well because of his fitness. The moment his performance declines, I don’t think he will be able to make a comeback. In fact, like Sachin, Babar is a player of the upper hand. His bat runs exactly like Sachin. People say that Kohli is better than Sachin. I would say no it is not. Virat is not even around Sachin. This is my opinion.’
It is not that Asif is not convinced of Kohli’s abilities as a batsman, but he believes that there is a difference in the style of play of both the greats. The former fast bowler said, ‘Sachin used to bat with the upper hand and very few people knew about his technique. Coach or any player, Sachin used to play cover drives, on drives and cut shots brilliantly. There is no doubt that Kohli also has strokes, but he plays with the bottom hand.
Kohli has 70 international hundreds to his name and is now only 30 centuries behind Tendulkar. Although he is close to Tendulkar in terms of centuries in ODIs and has scored 43 centuries. Tendulkar has 49 ODI centuries to his name. Tendulkar has 51 centuries in Tests while Kohli has 27 centuries to his name.