Virender Sehwag, a former Indian batsman said it is unfair to compare batting legend Sachin Tendulkar with current run-machine Virat Kohli.
At an event here on Wednesday, the 37-year-old, now a mentor with the Kings XI Punjab, was in his elements, swatting away queries in his own indomitable style. “How is this season different for Kings XI?” the emcee asked him. “It hasn’t been new. It is like the last year. We were at the bottom of the table last year and this year too we are at the bottom of the table,” was his immediate response, drawing instant laughter. “When was the first time you changed diapers for your son?” was an enthusiastic fan’s query. “It was back in 2007. I was dropped from the Indian team, so I had a lot of time to do all that,” he revealed with a straight face.
Sehwag said, “No one should compare two individuals. People used to compare me with Tendulkar, Viv Richards, that’s not fair. The era is not same. I don’t think we should compare Kohli with Tendulkar.” He also added that “There are a lot of batsmen. But at the moment, I think, Kohli is the dangerous batsman. There is AB de Villiers, David Warner, but the way Virat is playing, the way he is scoring runs, he scored two tons in this IPL. He is the most dangerous at the moment.”
India’s Test skipper Kohli has been in sublime form over the past couple of months for his national side as well as his Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Sehwag said, “It is not officially announced yet but talks are going on. When BCCI announces it, it will be fair for us to comment. People want to see day-night Test. We have seen Australia-New Zealand playing a day-night Test.” He also added that “We will also want as a commentator, ex-cricketer, as a public or as a fan of cricket, that day-night eventually happens here and we’ll go to witness it.”
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