Gambhir picks Tendulkar over Kohli as 'better batsman' in ODIs

Gambhir picks Tendulkar over Kohli as 'better batsman' in ODIs

Gambhir picks Tendulkar over Kohli as 'better batsman' in ODIs

Being two of the best batsmen during their times, Kohli and Tendulkar have piled up runs at an alarming rate in all the formats they played in. Now five remain. I will choose Tendulkar.

Gautam Gambhir, the former India opener, has opted for the legendary Sachin Tendulkar over current India skipper Virat Kohli as the greatest batsman considering the change in rules in ODI cricket and also the longevity of the former's career. Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar. Virat Kohli is the only one who comes close to Sachin in terms of breaking his record. The Delhi cricketer emerged as a modern-day legend and surpassed Tendulkar's record of being the fastest to score 10,000 runs in ODIs. Thus, Sachin is a better cricketer in ODIs than Team India captain, as per Gambhir. Sachin has 51 centuries and 68 fifties in ODI cricket.

Gambhir said on Star Sports' Cricket Connected, "Sachin Tendulkar, because he played with a white ball when there were four fielders inside the circle". "Virat Kohli has performed well but I believe that the change in rules has also benefited the batsmen".

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Not many current and former cricketers have refrained from praising Virat Kohli and labelling him as the best now. He pointed out that there were five fielders outside the 30-year circle earlier and the ball used to reverse swing as well after some point.

Speaking about how the ODI format has evolved into high-scoring matches these days, Gambhir said, "I'll go with Sachin Tendulkar if we see the longevity and flow of the one-day cricket format". Kohli has an incredible batting average of 59.3 and has already scored 43 centuries until now.

"Look at how Sachin Tendulkar has played, different rules, that time 230 to 240, was a winning total", Gambhir said. Also, with the ball not getting old, the finger spinners have found it tough to make a statement as well. In the last powerplay (overs 40-50), five fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.

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