Former Pakistan batsman Muhammad Yousuf has sparked off a debate after he rates legendary Sachin Tendulkar as a better performer than Virat Kohli despite the current India captain’s recent astounding form.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Kohli. He is an exceptional talent. But I rate Tendulkar much higher because of the era he played in, against the best teams, fast bowlers and spinners,” Yousuf told PTI in an interview.
“Nowadays, the quality of players is not the same as it was say in the 90s and until 2011. After 2011 World Cup the quality has come down. Tendulkar was a world class player and this can be judged by the number of runs and hundreds he scored against strong opposition in all conditions and in all formats,” Yousuf said.
“I played a lot against Tendulkar and he was a masterclass and produced match winning knocks many a times. I don’t think Kohli is facing the same quality bowlers or opposition.”
Earlier, Virat Kohli kick started the year like a boss and smashed a phenomenal century which was the key factor in winning game against England in Pune on January 15. Moreover, it was the first match win for him as full-time limited-overs leader.
Following this, Kohlibroke Sachin Tendulkar’s one of the records. He went past Tendulkar in terms of most hundreds in successful one-day international chases.