Former Pakistan legend Waqar Younis applauded Virat Kohli, saying that he will do many more in the coming years. He stated that after Kohli scored his 47th ODI ton against Pakistan in the Super Four clash of the 2023 Asia Cup in Colombo on Monday, September 11. With this, Kohli became the fastest in cricket history to reach the 13,000-run mark, achieving it in only 267 innings, compared to Sachin Tendulkar’s 321 as well. He is also the quickest to every milestone from 8,000 to 13,000 ODI runs as well. Moreover, in terms of ODI centuries, Kohli now sits in second place with 47, only behind the current record-holder Sachin Tendulkar (49) as well.
Speaking to Star Sports, Waqar Younis said, “The difference between him and other players, even Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin Tendulkar, when he finished, had 49 hundreds (ODIs). I can promise you Virat is a long way from finishing his career or being done with cricket. He will end up with a lot more (hundreds) than anybody can think.”
While Sachin Tendulkar’s final ODI century came during the penultimate game of his 50-over career, Virat Kohli still has a few more years in his kitty. And, Kohli also smashed an incredible fourth consecutive century in Colombo on Monday. Waqar Younis also praised Kohli for his incredible running between the wickets as well. He added a stunning 233-run partnership off 193 deliveries (a record for India against Pakistan in ODIs) with KL Rahul to help India post their joint-highest-ever score against Pakistan of 356/2 in 50 overs as well.
“I felt sorry for KL Rahul because he was coming out of injury and he had to run with this man. He runs like a crazy man. Doesn’t miss a single, doesn’t miss any extra run because he wants to be the best. He wants to be the best in anything he does, batting, fielding or running between the wickets. And what he loves about himself is his work on fitness,” Waqar Younis concluded.