Thursday, 2 February 2017

What is the Big Difference between Sachin and Kohli as Batsman?

The big BIG difference between Sach and Kohli as batsmen arise in their batting technique. Sachin's got probably the best technique and his technique is more than just a blueprint in modern day cricket. Ganguly once said( yes, I've altered this slightly but dada will forgive me, I'm pretty sure on that ;) )," An in-form Tendulkar can score off a ball bowled at perfect length or pace, enough to swing/spin either ways, in any conditions, towards five different areas/ field locations namely mid on/mid off( Never seen anyone play straight drive better than Sachin), a flick of the wrist towards square on the legside, third man region by cutting it late or his textbook picture perfect off drive with perfect precision". One may argue over his recent LBWs or being bowled by average seamers but then, poor reflexes is sign of ageing.

Sachin proved his class against Akram, Younis, McGrath, Warne, Walsh, Ambrose, Brett Lee, Donald, Pollock etc. and the Indian team was over dependent on him ( in batting and on Kumble in bowling) until the arrival of Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman and Viru who reduced much of the burden rested upon his shoulders which eventually made us win crucial tournaments played outside the subcontinent though bowling still lacked in quality.

Kohli's time is different. Pitches at the WACA, Bridgtown Barbados, Durban and Headingly have become more batsman friendly for "entertainment" purposes.

I'm not saying Kohli's technique is poor but Sachin's technique is something which often imitated but never duplicated. Also, Malinga has troubled Sachin many times. Kohli has thumped Malinga in almost every occasion they have played against each other. :)

Attitude: Well, I've never seen Sachin "flip the bird" towards anyone on the field or off the field. ( Though, I do remember Sachin uttering the f-off words at Mushtaq in Sharjah 1996 :D ). Kohli's more expressive.

Rahul Dravid recentlysaid," Kohli's got the best cricketing brain. The kind of questions he asks are very very unique, yet very much relevant and equally applicable in modern day cricket, he's the best find or rather, has emerged, evolved very well".
The whole team barely stood for half day's play in the test against the Aussie bowling attack at the WACA but on the same day Kohli scored a magnificent ton at Adelaide and sealed that no.5 position previously owned by dada ( aided by Laxman's retierment).   

Captaincy: I'm pretty sure Kohli will be a better captain than Sachin. He's already proved his worth at the under-19 level and also in the IPL by leading RCB in Vettori's absence.

Personsally, well, I was alive when Sachin played for India and to watch him score a ton in front of me at the Chinnaswamy stadium is even more gratifying. :') However, I don't really mind if Kohli overtakes Sachin in terms of records, fame and talent. :) After all, Indian Cricket and its fans must the ultimate beneficiaries.
                                      ----Abhay Chandra


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