As the cricketing world anticipates the commencement of the Asia Cup 2023 on August 30 in Pakistan, the stage is set for teams to vie for continental supremacy. In the midst of the excitement surrounding the tournament, former Pakistani seamer Shoaib Akhtar has ignited a fervent debate by expressing his belief that Virat Kohli has the potential to surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s monumental record of 100 international centuries.
In an engaging conversation with RevSportz, Shoaib Akhtar passionately backed Virat Kohli’s prowess and determination, envisioning a future where the former Indian skipper etches his name in cricketing history by breaking the iconic record.
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Presently, Virat Kohli boasts an impressive tally of 76 international centuries across a staggering 501 matches. With just 25 more centuries standing between him and Sachin Tendulkar’s hallowed record, the pursuit has become a subject of fascination for cricket enthusiasts around the world.
“Virat Kohli has become like Sachin Tendulkar. He has scored plenty of runs and still has six more years left in him to break Sachin’s record of 100 centuries. Virat has that zeal in him to break the record,” Shoaib Akhtar stated with unwavering conviction.
Akhtar’s assertion isn’t devoid of merit. Virat Kohli’s cricketing journey has been marked by consistent excellence and an unquenchable thirst for success. With an impressive cumulative run total of 25,582 runs in 501 games across formats, Kohli’s batting prowess is undeniable. His average of 53.63 underscores his ability to thrive under various conditions and formats.
In the context of the fifty-over format, where both Tendulkar and Kohli have left an indelible mark, the gap is even narrower. Kohli’s 46 ODI centuries place him just three short of Sachin Tendulkar’s monumental achievement of 49 centuries in ODIs.