Cricket is one of the most popular sports in India and it is never going to lose charm. The cricket matches have become more interesting after the introduction of T20 Format as the matches are quick and the format is certainly very aggressive.
There are many young cricketers in Indian Cricket Team now and they are certainly helping India in winning matches after matches.
At present, the captain of the Indian cricket team is Virat Kohli but India certainly misses the presence of the god in cricket. That is right, we are talking about Sachin Tendulkar. This man had no limited knowledge of stock market but as per many researchers, the market reacted to his innings. Today, there are innumerable debates about the two cricketers and the fans are always fighting with each other over these two cricketers.
Many people believe that Virat Kohli can easily replace Sachin Tendulkar and many people also believe that Sachin Tendulkar can’t be replaced in Indian cricket. Well, that’s just an opinion of both the sides but what matters is the statistics of the two players. So if you are unable to decide that who is a better player, well, here are 10 statistics comparison and you would be in a position to form your opinion.
We have compared the data of One Day International only and this is the only metric we are considering here as it would be unfair to compare the number of T20 Matches or the Number of Test matches because there is a huge variance. T20 matches were not played during the era of Sachin Tendulkar and Test Matches are not popular now.
10. Matches and Innings
As a matter of fact, Sachin Tendulkar is a much more senior player than Virat Kohli and hence the numbers of matches played by Sachin Tendulkar is almost the double of the number of matches played by Virat Kohli. These are the number of One Day International
9. Economy and Balls Bowled
Moving towards the bowling statistics, it is clear that Sachin Tendulkar was an all-rounder and Virat Kohli is more of a batsman. Virat Kohli has bowled on several occasions but that is very much limited. In addition to this, Virat Kohli has proved to be an expensive bowler when compared with the god of cricket. It should also be noted that Virat Kohli has bowled about 100 overs until now and Sachin Tendulkar bowled almost 1342 overs in his entire career.
Next statistics we are comparing is also towards the bowling side and this time we are talking about the wickets taken. Sachin Tendulkar has taken over 150 wickets whereas Virat Kohli has taken 4 wickets. The difference is because of the fact that Virat Kohli is not a bowler and he is a batsman and an awesome fielder.
Talking about the boundaries, Virat Kohli has crossed half the numbers of the boundaries scored by Sachin Tendulkar in terms of 4s and the percentage in terms of sixers are much higher. Sachin Tendulkar scored 195 sixers until now and Virat has scored 143 sixers. This clearly depicts the technique and the aggressive play of the players.
|Virat Kohli||874 (Additional 208 in T20)||103 (Additional 40 in T20)|
6. Centuries and Double Centuries
In terms of centuries, there is a small difference in the number of centuries scored by both the players but you also need to consider the number of matches played by each player. Sachin Tendulkar scored 49 centuries in his entire career in ODI whereas Virat Kohli scored 34 century until now. It should also be noted that Sachin Tendulkar managed to score a double century in the ODIs whereas Virat Kohli has not yet scored a Double Century in ODI.
5. Half Centuries
Talking about the half centuries, Sachin Tendulkar scored 96 half centuries and Virat Kohli scored a total of 64 half centuries. Out of these 64 half centuries, Virat Kohli scored 46 half centuries in ODI and 18 centuries were scored in T20.It may not be wrong to say that Virat Kohli can easily cross this number in coming years.
|Virat Kohli||46 (Additional 18 in T20)|
4. Strike Rate
In terms of strike rate, Virat Kohli scores over Sachin Tendulkar as Virat Kohli has a strike rate of 91.75 in ODI whereas Sachin Tendulkar had a strike rate of 86.24 in the ODI cricket. Talking about the T20 format, Virat is quite an aggressive batsman as he has a strike rate of 137.84 but well that’s T220 format. Talking about the test matches, Sachin Tendulkar has a strike rate of 54 whereas Virat Kohli has a strike rate of 58.
|Virat Kohli||91.75 (137.84)|
3. Average and No of Balls Faced
Moving on to average, Virat Kohli has a better batting average. The number of balls faced by Virat Kohli is half of what Sachin Tendulkar faced but that is because of the difference in the innings played by the two players. The average and strike rate clearly depicts that Virat Kohli is a little more aggressive than master blaster.
|Player||Average||No. of Balls Faced|
2. Highest Score
Talking about the highest score in one day international cricket, Sachin Tendulkar Managed to score a double century and that is certainly an achievement. On the same lines, Virat Kohli was able to score 183 runs in the ODI cricket and he was just 17 runs short of the double century when he had to return to the pavilion.
Now coming down to the final metric, Sachin Tendulkar scored almost double the runs scored by Virat Kohli until now but we can’t really compare the two as Virat Kohli scored these many runs in half the number of innings played by Sachin Tendulkar.
|Player||Total Runs Scored|
These were the 10 statistics about the two of the greatest Indian Cricket Players and well, we won’t comment on who is better and who is not. We will simply leave it to you to decide that.