New Delhi, May 21 : Former cricketer turned politician Gautam Gambhir has termed batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar a more successful batsman than current captain Virat Kohli in the ODIs due to change in rules and the icon's career longevity.
Master blaster hanged up his boots in 2013, has 18,426 runs from 463 ODIs with 49 centuries to his credit with average 44.83. Kohli, 11,867 runs from 248 ODIs with 43 hundreds has an average of 59.33. “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 said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
"It's difficult because Virat Kohli has done phenomenally well but I think the rules have changed as well, which has helped a lot of new batters," lamented Gambhir who represented India in 58 Tests and 147 ODIs. 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.
"Probably 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," Gambhir concluded. (UNI)