Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar are considered the best batters to have played for India across all formats. There has been a long-standing debate in cricket circles as to who is the better batter, even though the two players played in different generations. Former Pakistan skipper Saqlain Mushtaq has opened up on this and picked the best batter from these two.
Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored his 75th international century against Australia in the final Test of the recently concluded Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) at home. Kohli is only 26 centuries away from surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries. Many cricket fans and former cricketers believe that the 34-year-old will break the record soon.
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There Is No One Bigger Than Sachin Tendulkar – Saqlain Mushtaq
Speaking on the Nadir Ali Show, Saqlain Mushtaq picked Sachin Tendulkar as the GOAT over Virat Kohli based on the quality of bowling attacks the former Indian cricketer faced. Saqlain opined that Sachin faced tough bowlers like Wasim Akram, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, and Muttiah Muralitharan.
“If there is one batter – and it’s not just me, the whole world agrees – there is no one bigger than Sachin Tendulkar. If you have to give a copybook example of any shot, people give Sachin’s example. Virat Kohli is a legend of today’s era but Sachin has faced extremely difficult bowlers. The bowlers of that era were something different altogether,” Saqlain said.
“Has Kohli faced Wasim Akram? Has he faced Walsh, Ambrose, McGrath, Shane Warne, Muralitharan? These were big names and they were all very clever bowlers. They knew how to trap you. Today there are two types of bowlers – one that will stop you and another that will trap you. Those guys knew how to do them both – especially trap batters,” he added.
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