‘May look a bit old fashioned’: Sanjay Manjrekar selects his all-time favorite ODI batter

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Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has chosen Vivian Richards as his favorite ODI player of all time. Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. Many people consider Tendulkar to be the greatest batsman of all time due to his record-breaking performances in ODIs and test matches.

During his illustrious career, he achieved 100 international centuries, and at the moment Kohli seems to be the only player with a chance to duplicate the feat. To match Tendulkar’s total, the 34-year-old needs another 26 centuries.

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Viviane Richards. (Credit: Twitter)

Since his ODI debut, Kohli has performed consistently well with the bat, logging 12,773 runs at an average of 57.79 and is among the top 5 ODI run scorers of all time. To surpass Tendulkar’s record of most ODI centuries, he needs four more centuries.

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Manjrekar believes that while Kohli is without a doubt the best ODI batsman of the past 20 years, Viv Richards still tops the all-time list.

“If you look at modern times, the last 20 years or so, Virat Kohli is right at the top. Tendulkar is also regarded as one of the greatest of all time. In my opinion, Virat Kohli is just a one-day player. Another guy that comes to mind is MS Dhoni,” said Sanjay Manjrekar to Star Sports.

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Virat Kohli and Vivian Richards Image credit: Twitter
Virat Kohli and Vivian Richards Image credit: Twitter

“But, one-day hitter of all time, there’s no one who can come close to Sir Vivian Richards. Now, this may seem a little old-fashioned,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.

“The second best in his day was by far the second best”: Sanjay Manjrekar

Manjrekar highlighted Richards’ playing records, stating that there was a significant gap between him and the second best artist of his time.

Viviane Richards
Viviane Richards. (Credit: Twitter)

“Viv Richards played from the 1970s to the 1990s at a time when all top-class hitters, people like Gordon Greenidge averaged around 30s and the batting percentage was in the 60s. Viv Richards, from the 1970s to the 1990s, including a World Cup final of 100, had an average of 47 and a pass rate of 90. The second best in his era was by far the second best. said Sanjay Manjrekar to Star Sports.

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Kohli is currently with the Indian team for their three match home ODI series against New Zealand. The host took a 2-0 series victory in Raipur on Saturday.

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