Legendary Indian national cricket team batsman Sunil Gavaskar has said modern batsman Virat Kohli will be able to break the 100 international century mark provided he continues to play until he turns 40 years old.
The 34-year-old recently played a great strike against Sri Lanka in the third ODI of the three-match series, registering his 46th ODI century and overall 74th ton in international cricket.
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He batted with an excellent batting frequency and hit an outstanding 166* runs off 110 balls, including 13 fours and 8 sixes, at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. He was involved in two partnerships over 100 runs – with Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer.
Virat Kohli now needs just 4 ODI tons to go past beating the great Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar of 49 centuries in 50-over cricket.
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Meanwhile, Gavaskar praised Kohli for maintaining excellent fitness and said he can easily reach the 100 international ton mark if he plays in the next 5-6 years.
“If he plays 5 or 6 years, he’ll hit 100. There’s no question about that. His average is about 6 hundreds a year. So if that happens, he can certainly add another 26 hundreds in the next 5-6 years , if he plays till 40. Sachin Tendulkar also played till 40 and he kept his fitness. Kohli is very aware of his fitness,” India Today quoted Gavaskar as saying.
Turning 1s into 2s and 2s into 3s, he is an absolute champion at that – Sunil Gavaskar
Gavaskar went on to say that Kohli is a champion when it comes to running between the wickets and only MS Dhoni was better than Kohli in this aspect of the game.
“He is still the fastest runner between wickets in this Indian team. It wasn’t until MSD came along that you could say MS Dhoni was just as fast, if not faster. Today, at this age, he beats the youngsters outright. Turning 1s into 2s, and 2s into 3s, he is an absolute champion at that. And not only for his runs, but also for his partners. So with such fitness it would come as no surprise at all that he will play until the age of 40,” he added.
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