FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN Jonty Rhodes has stated that Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli are both great in their own ways and that it is unfair to compare players belonging to different eras.
Jonty’s take on Sachin-Kohli comparison has echoed with a lot of cricketing heavyweights. As reported by PTI, the Protea stalwart, who was present at the function organized by Velammal Vidyalaya in Tamil Nadu, said,
“I am not a great believer in records and I don’t like to compare players from different eras. They are wonderful players. Both are great in their own way. Tendulkar is Tendulkar and Virat (Kohli) is Virat.”
When asked whether Kohli could break Tendulkar’s records, he said,
“Tendulkar started at the age of 16 and played till the age of nearly 40, for almost 24 years and set several benchmarks. I don’t know if Kohli can play for such a long time, given the demands of a modern-day cricketer.”
Rhodes, who is a part of the Mumbai Indians’ coaching staff, was asked to name his favorite Indian fielder and the South African surprised many with his reply.
“Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif were some of the better fielders around. Virat Kohli, he is ok. But Suresh Raina for me is the best fielder in India. He goes for the ball, regardless of whether he thinks he can get it or not. He reminds me a lot of a much younger Jonty Rhodes.”
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