NEW DELHI: Indian maestros Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli are regarded as one the greatest batters of all time. They have not only left an indelible mark in terms of run-making but have also garnered global adoration. While Tendulkar inspired a generation to embrace cricket as a profession, Kohli’s consistency has placed him in the league of legendary players. This has inevitably ignited a passionate debate among fans regarding who deserves the title of the greatest ODI batter.Former England cricketer Nasser Hussainhas offered his perspective in the quest to determine the all-time great in One Day Internationals (ODIs) between Tendulkar and Kohli.Hussain, who has witnessed and played against some of the best in the game, declared Tendulkar as the greatest batter he ever witnessed or faced on the cricket field. However, when it comes to choosing between the two for different scenarios, Hussain has made a clear distinction.
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Hussain opined that Tendulkar earns the title of the greatest batter when setting a target, referring to batting first. Tendulkar’s ability to amass runs and dictate the game from the outset is a quality that Nasser admires. However, when it comes to run-chases, Nasser unequivocally picked Kohli as the all-time great. Kohli’s impeccable skill in chasing down totals is a trait that has earned him high praise in the cricketing world.Nasser expressed his perspective on the matter during a discussion on Star Sports, saying, “Well, for me, Sachin was the greatest batter I ever saw or played against. Greatest batter in a run-chase is Virat. So, I’m gonna sit on the fence, batting first, I’m going with Sachin Tendulkar. Chasing, without a doubt, Virat Kohli.”Tendulkar still holds the record as the highest run-scorer in ODIs, accumulating an astounding 18,426 runs in 463 matches at an average of 44.83, with a strike-rate of 86.23. Meanwhile, Kohli is rapidly closing in on this illustrious record, with 13,437 runs in 286 ODIs, boasting an impressive average of 58.17 and a striking strike-rate of 93.70.Furthermore, Kohli is tantalisingly close to surpassing Tendulkar in ODI centuries. Tendulkar’s remarkable record of 49 centuries in the 50-over format is under threat as Kohli stands just two centuries away from eclipsing this milestone, a feat he could potentially achieve in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023.