August 18 is a very special day for Indian captain Virat Kohli, as he debuted international cricket 13 years ago. On 18 August 2018, Virat Kohli, aged 19, played his first ODI against Sri Lanka in Dambulla. Virat had won the Under-19 team under his captaincy before making his debut in international cricket. After making his debut, Virat reinforced his position in the team within a few years, depending on his game. Following this, he was compared to the great Sachin Tendulkar because of his amazing game. Even now, speaking of breaking the 100-year-old’s record in international cricket, here comes Virat’s name. After 13 years in international cricket, let’s find out which of the two players has the best stats in ODIs.
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After completing 13 years, Tendulkar has played a total of 291 matches, scoring 11,544 runs at an average of 44.22 and having a strike rate of 86.55. This included 33 centuries and 56 half centuries. This time, Tendulkar scored 186 not out. On the other hand, if we look at the Virat stats, he has played 245 games in this period, in which he has scored an impressive average of 59.07 and an impressive strike rate of 93.17 with 12,169. This included 43 centuries and 62 fifties. During this period, the big innings of 186 runs came from the Virat bat.
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Talking about the biggest record of international cricket, 100 centuries, Sachin is far ahead of Virat in this regard. Virat has scored 70 centuries in these 13 years and he needs 31 centuries to break Sachin’s record. Virat is now 33 years old and if Virat is believed to have played for 40 years, he would have to score 5 centuries every year to break Sachin’s record. This is possible because Virat is very conscious of his fitness. His problem here is that he has not scored a century in international cricket in the last two years. His last century was in November 2019 against Bangladesh in the Garden of Eden.