Virat Kohli is just 29 and the man is arguably one of the fittest cricketers in the world at the moment. He will be turning 30 in November and despite the amount of cricket Team India plays – there is still no sign of fatigue or slowing down for the Indian cricket captain.
He has been at his peak of career for quite a long time now and going by past records of other world-class batsmen – it’s between 28-33 when the batsman reaches the peak. So if we go by that – we can see Kohli dominating the bowlers for the next four years.
Witnessing Kohli’s temperament and dedication towards his game, Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries definitely looks in danger. His 149 against England in the first innings in the first Test was his 57th ton in 375 international innings. This is just phenomenal as it means Kohli has been scoring a century in every seven innings.
Kohli took 348 innings to reach the milestone of 50 centuries whereas the Little Master took 28 more innings. One can say that the quality of bowlers Sachin faced was much tougher compared to what Kohli is facing but there is no denying that Kohli without a doubt is the best batsman in the world at the moment. He is top in the list of ICC ODI and Test rankings as well.
Sachin Tendulkar took 781 innings to score the historic 100th ton. And if Kohli plays with the same rate, looking at his current form, fitness and age in the consideration, he is all set to surpass Sachin’s record of 100 centuries in 700 innings or so.
Practically and logically speaking – if Kohli plays for around 6 more years he will eventually see his name in the record books. Sachin was plagued with injuries and Virat’s career has so far been injury free – all thanks to his fitness regime and that is one of the most important points. ODIs and T20Is was always Virat’s forte but not he has shown his worth in Test matches as well and that too even on the difficult pitches
At 29, he has already surpassed the likes of Mahela Jayawardene (54), Brian Lara (53), Rahul Dravid (48) and Hashim Amla (54) in the list and is fifth on the list with 57 tons. He is now just behind Sachin (100), Ricky Ponting (71), Kumar Sangakkara (63) and arguably the greatest allrounder ever, Jacques Kallis (62).
Although he may see a rough patch in his career in future but the most interesting thing will be to see how he overcomes that phase. Kohli is the perfect example of the most consistent batsman ever and surely he is in the right path of becoming India and arguably the world’s greatest ever player.