‘Not everybody can go out on a high’ – Sunil Gavaskar compares Virat Kohli to Sachin Tendulkar and Don Bradman
Sunil Gavaskar also added that Virat Kohli has done a magnificent job for the RCB franchise.
Updated - Oct 13, 2021 9:36 am
Virat Kohli’s reign as the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain ended after his side was knocked out of IPL 2021 at the Eliminator stage against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Kohli led the RCB side as the full-time captain for a period of 9 years. And, Kohli even took to Twitter to congratulate the RCB players for the character that they displayed throughout the 14th edition of the IPL.
Adding that the RCB players can hold their heads high, the 32-year-old also thanked the RCB management, the support staff as well as the fans for their support.
“Not the result we wanted but I am so proud of the character shown by the boys throughout the tournament. A disappointing end but we can hold our heads high. Thank you to all the fans, management & the support staff for your constant support,” tweeted Virat Kohli after RCB’s loss in the Eliminator.
You can see Virat Kohli’s tweet below
Not the result we wanted but I am so proud of the character shown by the boys throughout the tournament. A disappointing end but we can hold our heads high. Thank you to all the fans, management & the support staff for your constant support. 🙏 @RCBTweets pic.twitter.com/VxZLc5NKAG
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 12, 2021
Things never happen according to fans’ wishes: Sunil Gavaskar
And now, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has compared Virat Kohli to Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar. Gavaskar said that every cricketer would want to finish on a high, but things do not go as per their plan every time.
The 72-year-old opined that Don Bradman was dismissed for a duck in his final innings in Test match cricket. Gavaskar further added that even Sachin Tendulkar would have wanted to finish his career with a century, but the master batsman was dismissed for 74 in his last innings.
“Everybody wants to finish on a high. But these things never always happen according to your or fans’ wishes. Look at what happened to Sir Don Bradman. Just four runs were needed in his last innings and he gets out for a zero.
Sachin Tendulkar would have wanted to finish with a hundred, he got 79 (Tendulkar scored 74) in Mumbai, his 200th Test match. 79 is not bad but somebody who is used to making hundreds would have wanted to get those extra 21 runs and then end his Test career there. The script is not always written that way. Not everybody has this great fortune of going on a high,” said Gavaskar in a chat with Star Sports.
Gavaskar also added that Kohli has done a magnificent job for the RCB franchise and concluded by lauding Kohli for scoring 973 runs in a single IPL season (in 2016).
“But can one ever dispute what he has done for RCB? He has done magnificently. There was one year when he got 973 runs, 27 runs short of 1000 runs. Nobody has done it, nobody looks like ever getting to 1000 runs,” concluded Gavaskar.