India defeated South Africa justifying their number 1 tag in ODI cricket. The Virat Kohli-led team was too strong for the hosts to even give a fightback. India defeated them by 5-1 in a six-match series.
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag is impressed with Kohli's batting performance. Virat had scored three centuries in the recently concluded ODI series and also became the highest run scorer (558) in a six match bilateral series.
Sehwag thinks that Virat is capable of breaking Sachin Tendulkar's record. "Earlier, people used to say that there can't be another player like Sachin. The same can be said for Kohli now. In his career, he'll definitely break some of the records set by Sachin," Sehwag told India TV.
"He can break Sachin's record of 100 international tons," the 39-year-old added.
Sehwag is confident that Virat can play till 40 easily, going by his current fitness and hard work. " Watching his current fitness, I believe, he can play until the age of 40. All he needs is to keep enjoying the game of cricket for eight-nine years down the line."
The former explosive opener sees Kohli scoring around 62 ODI tons. "He can score 62 tons in ODIs. He can play more ODI matches than Sachin and that would definitely bring runs and centuries for him," he said.
Impressed with the Indian captain's hunger for runs, Sehwag said, "He (Kohli) is hungry for runs. Sachin, on the other hand, has set a benchmark for every Indian batsman. Kohli must be having this thing in mind that to reach or surpass Sachin's level, he has to continue scoring runs."
Sehwag gave the much-deserved credit of the ODI series victory to Kohli. He thinks it was not easy to motivate the team after the Test series defeat. But the last Test win was enough to motivate the young Indian team.
"100 percent credit goes to Kohli and the team management that inspired the rest of the team to the historic win," the former India opener said.
While some other captain would have been demoralized by Test series loss, Kohli came up stronger with his aggression and led India to the victory. That best part about Kohli is that he is concerned for every single inning of his career," Sehwag added.