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Sachin Tendulkar took 81 more innings than Virat Kohli to reach 30 ODI tons

Virat Kohli scored his 30th ODI ton on Sunday came in his 194th match and 186th innings. Sachin Tendulkar got to that milestone in his 294th match which was his 267th innings. Tendulkar has 49 tons to his name, the most by an batsman in ODI history.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: September 4, 2017 1:45 pm
virat kohli, sachin tendulkar, kohli, tendulkar, india vs sri lanka, ind vs sl 5th odi, cricket news, cricket, sports news, indian express Virat Kohli was playing his 194th ODI when he scored his 30th ton while Sachin Tendulkar was playing his 274th while getting to that figure.

Virat Kohli scored his 30th ODI century on Sunday as India trounced Sri Lanka and won the series 5-0. With that ton, he got one step closer to a long standing record held by Sachin Tendulkar. His 30th ton took him level with Ricky Ponting for the second most number of centuries scored in ODI cricket, a chart that Tendulkar leads with 49.

It is to be noted that Kohli has thus far played a total of 194 ODIs and maintained an average of 55.75. Sachin Tendulkar’s 30th century came in 2001 against South Africa in Johannesburg after 267 innings. This means it took the Master Blaster 81 more innings to reach the same milestone that Kohli reached 16 years later. Kohli took 186 innings to get to the figure. Tendulkar was also 28 at the time of getting to the milestone, the same as that of Kohli. It is also interesting to note that while India almost walked to victory during Sunday’s match against Sri Lanka, Tendulkar’s century was scored in a losing cause and it was overshadowed by Gary Kirsten’s masterful 133.

This century is also Kohli’s 19th ODI century overseas which takes him level with Sourav Ganguly for the second highest number of centuries scored by Indians away from home. With 29, Tendulkar leads the charts on this front too.

One may say that Kohli has never had to face the likes of Shane Warne, Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath etc. while it is against these bowlers that Tendulkar scored all those centuries. The Indian captain has always been touted as the heir to Tendulkar as India’s premium match winner. As far as stats are concerned, he seems to be getting to Tendulkar’s records at quite a pace.

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    Ranjeet Patole
    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:06 am
    Dear Sir, With due respect to the game of cricket nowadays i see there is lot of comparision between several players .Eg Mr Virat Kohli who is in special form and Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar.This is my personal opinion that both are great batsman but of different eras.When you compare them on basis of runs or records broken i feel its wrong .Bcoz i have seen videos of Mr waqar younis and Shoaib Akhtar of Trident Hotel Praising the God of Cricket "Sachin Tendulkar".they said he is the one batsman who has proved himself against one of the best fast bowlers and legendary spinners like saqlain mushtaq,Muttaih muralitharan,Shane warne etc which we dont see in Virat kohli's era.There are mostly medium pacers .Thats why cricket has become batsman dominated game.Which many people are not enjoying.During Tendulkars era and sunil gavaskar era there were many fast bowlers.So i dont think so Virat is better than Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar.
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      Sep 4, 2017 at 5:31 pm
      Tendulkar was way better.. his first 80 innings he merely had any hundreds...He was not the batsmen that you know...But if you deduct his first 100 innings his odi average is more than 53 and not to forget greatest pace and spin bowlers of his era amidst Lee,Muralidharan,Warne,Mcgrath,Pollock,Donald,Bond,Akram,Waqar,Saqlain,Bracken,Akhtar,Walsh and Ambrose.You don't get to see even half that amount of talent.Tendulkar has faced 160 speeds but Kohli never faced as bowlers haven't got that power.Watch the bowling of those legends on , todays bowlers will look like kids. During the time when Tendulkar played no one had averages of 50 .Even 40 was considered extraordinary but today atleast 3-4 batsmen in each of the top teams have got 40 average..it's common! ps - Never ignore what was history!
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        ashok bhatnagar
        Sep 4, 2017 at 7:06 am
        It is not just centuries which Virat is getting at much faster rate what matters is he doesn't waste deliveries for reaching centuries. Moreover he is a much better finisher than Sachin isn't just satisfied with 100 he ensures team wins most of these matches.
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