“If you had asked three years ago…”: Ricky Ponting on whether Virat Kohli can surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 100 tons cricket news

Best Sachin TendulkarThe feat of 100 international hundreds is for ‘Sambhav’ Virat Kohliaustralian great Ricky Ponting Looking at the new hunger for runs of the Indian superstar. Kohli recently ended his 1,020-day wait for his 71st international century when he scored an unbeaten 122 off 61 balls against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup earlier this month. “If you had asked me three years ago, I would have said yes. But the fact that it has slowed as much as … yes, I still think it is possible for him, no doubt about it, ” Ponting said on ICC Review.

“Look, I would say never with Virat, because you know once he gets on a little roll, you know how hungry he is and how eager he is for success. I would never say that It certainly isn’t.” The two-time Australian World Cup winning captain said.

Kohli equaled Ponting’s feat of 71 tons during his century. Kohli now has only one name in the list of most centuries – Tendulkar.

Thirty international hundreds may be a lot, but Ponting said: “I still think he’s got many years ahead of him, but I think still 30 international centuries behind, that’s a lot.

“It’s five or six Test hundreds a year, maybe for the next three or four years. If you throw a couple of ODIs, maybe the odd T20 on top of that,” the 47-year-old said.

With Kohli at his best, there is a debate now whether he should open in place of KL RahulWho has struggled to get back into the rhythm after coming back from injury.

Kohli has opened for India in nine T20Is, scoring 400 runs at an average of 57.14 with an impressive strike rate of 161.29.

He said, “The question we will keep asking is – well, I’m sure, the Indian selectors are asking the same question – does this cause more problems than Virat scoring 100 runs in his batting? What is it? We’re going to go to the World Cup now?” So there are some other questions that have probably been raised behind the fantastic 100 that he made. He was on record to say that he himself was surprised that the first 100 backs were actually in a (T20I) game. They thought it would be the last option that they have to score their first century in a few years.” Kohli returned to the Indian team in the Asia Cup after a month-long break.

Team India will take on Australia in three T20 Internationals starting in Mohali from Tuesday. They will then face South Africa in three ODIs and T20Is before flying to Australia.

Asked whether Kohli should be rested again, Ponting said, “Yeah, it’s a really good question and probably the only question that he can answer.”

“It will just depend on how he is feeling mentally again.

“When you are playing, you never realize how tired you are until you take a step back, because you always bluff yourself and assure yourself that you are 100 percent physically and mentally. are correct.

“Sometimes you’re nowhere near that. And I think Virat has really come out and said that, until he got that extended break, he didn’t realize it That was what a bad place he was in.

“If he keeps scoring runs now, I am sure he will play the next series. If he plays it and plays well and starts playing a little bit, then I think he wants to keep playing. want to continue.

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“But if he has a little patch again, it will probably be in his interest and in India’s interest to give him as much mental refreshment as he can in the World Cup,” Ponting said. .

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