Mohammad Amir, the former Pakistani fast bowler, has suggested that Virat Kohli, the Indian batsman, could have surpassed the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s records if he had participated in series against teams such as Zimbabwe, Nepal, the Netherlands, and Bangladesh.
During an interview with Geo News, Mohammad Amir stated: “If Kohli had played series against Zimbabwe, Nepal, Netherlands and Bangladesh, he would’ve broken Sachin Tendulkar’s record a long time ago. He doesn’t play such series.”
He further emphasised that making comparisons between Kohli and other batsmen is foolish. Kohli fell short of equaling the record for ODI centuries, as he was dismissed for 88 runs during the match against Sri Lanka at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
Mohammad Amir bodied someone 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/SrDEeOa2U6
— Sayam Ahmad (@sayam_ahmad_) November 3, 2023
“I don’t know why people keep comparing Virat Kohli. Any comparison is stupid. Secondly, you have to look at the player’s intent. He was playing ball-to-ball against Sri Lanka, and he was trying,” Amir added.
Virat Kohli’s most awaited century
Virat Kohli of India has achieved his 49th one-day international (ODI) century, thereby matching the world record held by his compatriot Sachin Tendulkar.
On the day of his record-equalling century, the ex-Indian captain, who is now 35 years old, has amassed over 13,000 runs in one-day international (ODI) cricket. He achieved this milestone in 277 ODI innings, which also featured 70 half-centuries.
As India faced South Africa in a crucial top-of-the-table match, Kohli emerged as the highest run-scorer, setting a target of 327 runs. He compiled a determined innings, amassing 101 runs from 127 deliveries and striking 10 boundaries on a challenging, turning pitch under scorching conditions.
The atmosphere at Eden Gardens was electric, with the crowd rising to their feet as Kohli approached the 90-run mark. Every run he scored thereafter was met with enthusiastic cheers. When he was just one run away from a century, the predominantly Indian audience erupted in joy, and countless cameras captured the iconic moment.
Mohammad Amir extends his heartfelt wishes to Virat Kohli
Pakistan’s talented fast bowler Mohammad Amir, conveyed a heartwarming message to Virat Kohli, with whom he has engaged in some captivating cricket battles. While their head-to-head matches have been limited in number, each confrontation has been truly enjoyable.
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) November 5, 2023
He shared a tweet on X, captioned- “birthday or hundred 💯 ek sath. Well done @imVkohli brother great inning. enjoy ur day may Allah bless you always.”