Legendary Pakistani fast bowler Waqar Younis has expressed his belief that Indian cricket maestro Virat Kohli has many more centuries ahead of him in his career. Kohli recently scored a brilliant century against Pakistan in the Asia Cup’s Super 4 stage, silencing critics who had questioned his form following a less impressive performance in the group-stage match against Pakistan.
With his century in the Super 4 clash, Kohli has now accumulated 47 ODI centuries, and he is just two centuries away from matching Sachin Tendulkar’s legendary record of 49 ODI hundreds. Speaking about the distinction between Kohli and Tendulkar, Waqar Younis opined that Kohli will eventually surpass Tendulkar in terms of ODI centuries.
“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,” said Waqar Younis in an interview with Star Sports.
During the Super 4 match, Kohli and KL Rahul, another Indian batsman, shared an unbeaten partnership of 233 runs for the third wicket, marking the highest ODI partnership for India against Pakistan. Rahul, who was making his comeback after recovering from an injury, also scored a century in this game. Waqar expressed sympathy for Rahul, noting that he had to run extensively during the partnership with Kohli.
“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 himself is his work on fitness,” Waqar Younis added.