It can never happen that the former cricketers and Cricket Pundits have not mentioned the Indian greats Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar in the debate whenever they talk about the game cricket in the commentary box or in an interview.
Even, they don’t miss to draw the comparison between the duo and many times this issue becomes the reason for the serious debate among them.
Recently, Australian legend Ian Chappell picked Kohli ahead of Tendulkar, and even he went on to term the 29-year-old as a bigger match-winner than the batting maestro. And Chappell ’s comment set fire to this debate that who is better between Kohli and Tendulkar?
Now, former England skipper Nasser Hussain, on Thursday (19 April), joined the debate to keep this matter burning, opining “Tendulkar is the greatest” but Kohli “might finish his career as the greatest ever”.
Since making his debut for India in 2008, Kohli has been playing a lot of match-winning innings for India and even led India to many victorious as well as to the numero uno position in the ICC Test rankings.
While the English man said that Sachin also faced a lot of great attacks, and played many outstanding innings for India in his illustrious care, but "there were others to win games with the fab five" during his era.
The Cricket Commentator told India Today at the 'Star Sports Select dugout', “I want to go out of India alive. You want me to compare Kohli and Tendulkar? I think Kohli is magnificent in a run chase, I have to say. He has won so many matches for India. With Sachin, there were others to win games with the fab five; Laxman, Dravid, Ganguly and Sehwag and him.”
While penning Tendulkar greatness as a batsman, Hussain said, “But you don't get a 100 hundreds without winning games for India. Sachin also had to play a lot of great attacks. As a 16-year-old boy, he had to face Imran Khan, Waqar, Wasim and Qadir and to get two 50's and a hundred in England as an 18-year-old and two hundreds in Australia in his first series there.”
The 50-year-old went on to further explain, “Modern day batsmen and teams find it very difficult to tour. I am not saying that about Kohli, who played brilliantly in South Africa. But Sachin as a young man went abroad and got these runs straightaway.”
Nasser signed off by giving his final verdict on the debate, “So for me, Tendulkar is the greatest but Kohli is not far behind and could well end up as the greatest.”