If there’s one thing that this lockdown has guaranteed us, it is the endless comparisons between past and present cricketers.
Former Pakistan pacer Umar Gul was the latest to put on the hot seat with a difficult job of naming his all-time favourite Indian cricketer. To the speedster’s credit, he did a pretty decent job of explaining why he considers Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli as his all-time Indian favourites.
Gul who has played 47 Tests, 130 ODIs, and 60 T20Is for Pakistan picking up 163, 179 and 85 wickets respectively, said previously his favourite Indian cricketer used to be the Master Blaster himself, however Kohli has taken his place now.
“It was Sachin Tendulkar but currently Virat Kohli is my favourite,” Gul told Sawera Pasha in a YouTube interview when asked to name his favourite Indian cricketer.
The former right-arm pacer who was the highest wicket-taker in the inaugural editions of T20 World Cup in 2007, explained how Kohli’s change of attitude transformed his career.
“In the last 4-5 years, the way Virat Kohli has been performing, he is my favourite batsman. The way he has changed himself, his behaviour on the field when he started playing against us to now has totally changed. His full concentration is on cricket now. It’s a pleasure to watch him bat; I enjoy it a lot,” added Gul, who has played against both Tendulkar and Kohli.
The comparisons between Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar became a regular affair in Indian cricket ever since the former started to show stunning consistency across all three versions of the game.
Kohli’s run-scoring the last 7-8 years has been such that he has emerged as one of the front-runners to only come to close to Tendulkar’s towering records of the amount of runs and number of centuries but also go past them.