S Sreesanth picks the better batsman between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli
Sreesanth's cricket career, meanwhile, looks as good as over now.
Updated - Jan 18, 2019 3:52 pm
Former India fast-bowler S Sreesanth has revealed his pick on the much-debated Sachin Tendulkar versus Virat Kohli debate. The debate recently made the news after Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul spoke on the topic in Koffee with Karan. While most of the cricketers refrain from comparisons, Pandya and Rahul had no problem whatsoever in picking Kohli over Tendulkar as the better batsman. Unsurprisingly, they had faced the flak from the fans across social media.
Tendulkar is the most decorated batsman in the history of the game. He retired with most runs and centuries than any other player in Tests and ODIs. On the other hand, Kohli is also well on his way of creating his own legacy. And while Kohli looks destined for greater things in the coming years, he still has a long distance to cover before reaching even close to Tendulkar’s incredible achievements let alone surpassing them.
The jury is still out on the much-talked-about topic and now Sreesanth has revealed his pick. In a recent interview, the former India pacer, who has been banned for life by BCCI, picked Tendulkar over Kohli. In fact, Sreesanth went on to say that ‘God of Cricket’ Tendulkar cannot be compared to any human being. In the candid interview, Sreesanth opened up about how he was inspired by the legendary batsman and also shared some moments from the historic 2011 World Cup final.
“Everybody calls him Sachin bhai but I address him (Sachin Tendulkar) as paaji for a reason. I respect Virat for whatever he has done but Sachin paaji can never be replaced or can never be compared to any other new or old cricketer. Sachin Tendulkar for the next 1000 generations will be someone who gave hope to the small cricketers like me never even thought that I could play club cricket,” Sreesanth told Latestly.
Sreesanth’s career in limbo:
Sreesanth’s cricket career, meanwhile, looks as good as over now. He was banned for life by BCCI in 2013 for involvement in the match-fixing scandal and although he was later acquitted by the court, the BCCI has decided against overturning its decision. At 35, age is not on his side and with BCCI in no mood to soften its stance, the pacer is unlikely to play again.
Last month, he had told the Supreme Court that he had offers to play English County matches and the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI is ‘too harsh’. But with BCCI not giving NOC to the pacer, he is not even able to play club cricket. He recently appeared in reality-show Big Boss and has featured in a handful of movies after the ban.