Sachin Tendulkar better than Virat Kohli in ODIs, says Gambhir, points to rule changes, longevity
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Updated: May 21, 2020 3:24:42 pm

ODIs Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar (File Photo/BCCI)

Sachin Tendulkar is a better ODI batsman than present India skipper Virat Kohli, mentioned Gautam Gambhir, explaining that the changed rules of the game today favour batsmen and that Tendulkar’s longevity of profession is in itself a feat.

“Sachin Tendulkar, because probably with one white ball and four fielders inside the circle, not five fielders outside, it will be Sachin Tendulkar for me,” Gambhir mentioned on Star Sports present ‘Cricket Connected’.

“It”s troublesome as a result of Virat Kohli has performed phenomenally properly however I believe the principles have modified as properly, which has helped numerous new batters,” elaborated Gambhir.

Tendulkar, who retired in 2013, performed 463 ODIs and amassed 18,426 runs with 49 tons of at a mean of 44.83. Kohli has performed 248 ODIs and scored 11,867 runs with 43 tons at a mean of 59.33.

Gambhir mentioned that the rule of getting three energy performs has helped batsmen these days. In the primary energy play (overs 1-10), two fielders are allowed past the 30-yard circle, whereas in the second powerplay (overs 10-40) 4 fielders are allowed. In the final powerplay (overs 40-50), 5 fielders are allowed exterior the 30-yard circle.

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“The new generation, with 2 new balls, no reverse swing, nothing for the finger spin, five fielders inside for the 50 overs, probably that makes batting much easier,” Gambhir mentioned.

Speaking about how the ODI format has advanced into high-scoring matches today, Gambhir mentioned, “I’ll go with Sachin Tendulkar if we see the longevity and flow of the one-day cricket format. Look at how Sachin Tendulkar has played, different rules, that time 230 to 240, was a winning total.”

(With PTI inputs)

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