Comparisons between former India captain Virat Kohli and cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar have persisted over time, despite Kohli’s repeated acknowledgments that such comparisons are not fair to Tendulkar. As Kohli pursues various records held by Tendulkar in international cricket, the debate continues on whether he can surpass them. In the context of this ongoing discourse, former cricketer Wasim Jaffer has weighed in, highlighting the distinction between the two extraordinary talents.
Jaffer noted that while Kohli is undeniably the premier cricketer of the current era, drawing parallels with Sachin is unjust given Tendulkar’s dominance over the sport for more than two decades. Jaffer also pointed out that Kohli had his share of flaws during his initial years, but through relentless hard work, he transformed into a formidable force. On the other hand, Sachin played against top-tier bowlers from the outset, leaving a lasting impact on the game.
Recalling his observations, Wasim Jaffer stated, “Sachin was a different player altogether. Other than just being talented, he was hardworking, but I don’t think Virat was very talented. When I saw him in 2008, after the U19 World Cup, I felt he had a lot of flaws in his batting. He was young, wild and expressive, but he wanted to get better. He had the confidence and the self-belief. He had faults in his batting as well. He understood that and changed himself in two years. It shows how hardworking he was.”
Wasim Jaffer further highlighted Kohli’s role in elevating the fitness standards of Indian cricketers, contributing significantly to the team’s overall fitness regimen. However, Jaffer emphasized that Tendulkar’s journey was distinct, playing against formidable bowlers like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Courtney Walsh at the tender age of 15-16. Sachin’s remarkable consistency over his 24-year international career, amassing over 30,000 runs, sets him in a league of his own.
In summary, Wasim Jaffer asserted, “So, Sachin is in a different league, but Virat is definitely the best player of this generation,” speaking during an interaction with Sports Launchpad.
Meanwhile, Kohli and the Indian cricket team are immersed in preparations for the imminent Asia Cup, scheduled to commence in Pakistan on August 30.