Галагазета | Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli Who is the Superior ODI Batsman? Part 1
Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli: Who is the Superior ODI Batsman? Part 1
Adhithiyan, 30 октября 2018 г., 5:14
In Vizag on Wednesday, Virat Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest batsman to record 10,000 runs in ODI cricket during his unbeaten 157 against West Indies.

Kohli achieved the feat in 205 innings. Tendulkar took 259.

A simple comparison after 205 innings suggests Advantage-Kohli:

Tendulkar after 205 Innings:
Runs: 7829
Average: 42.31
Strike Rate: 86.52
Hundreds: 21
Fifties: 43
Percentage of Team Runs: 17.64%
Man of the Match (for batting): 30

Kohli after 205 Innings:
Runs: 10076
Average: 59.62
Strike Rate: 92.85
Hundreds: 37
Fifties: 48
Percentage of Team Runs: 16.93%
Man of the Match (for batting): 30

Kohli is way ahead of Tendulkar in most parameters. But interestingly, it is Tendulkar who scored a higher percentage of India’s runs than Kohli has after their respective 205 innings.

Also, they have won the same number of Man of the Match Awards. Logic would suggest that Kohli should have won many more. But that is not the case.

This suggests two things:

- Standards of Batting have improved, aggregates and scoring rates are higher now

- Kohli has had better support in batting throughout his career than Tendulkar did for the most part

Let us examine this further:

For a more honest comparison between Tendulkar and Kohli we need to compare them with the standards of their times.

Tendulkar after 205 Innings (18 Dec 1989 – 15 May 1999):

Standard Average (of Top 6) in this period: 31.94
Standard Strike Rate (of Top 6): 69.99
Hundreds by Top 6: 288

Kohli after 205 Innings (18 Aug 2008 – 24 Oct 2018):

Standard Average (of Top 6) in this period: 34.42
Standard Strike Rate (of Top 6): 81.69
Hundreds by Top 6: 728.

Thus we have:

TENDULKAR VS KOHLI: AFTER 205 INNINGS

Tendulkar Absolute Average after 205 innings = Tendulkar Average – Standard Average = 42.31 – 31.94 = 10.37

Similarly, Kohli Absolute Average after 205 innings = 25.2

Tendulkar Absolute Strike Rate after 205 innings = 16.53

Kohli Absolute Strike Rate after 205 innings = 11.16

Hundreds Ratio for Tendulkar = one hundred for every 13.71 overall hundreds

Hundreds Ratio for Kohli = one hundred for every 19.67 overall hundreds

These numbers give us a more accurate picture.

While Kohli has scored more runs and is better in terms of averages when compared to the world standard, interestingly it is Tendulkar who is more attacking as his Absolute Strike Rate suggests. Tendulkar’s scoring rate when compared to world standards is better than Kohli’s scoring rate ratio.

Kohli has scored 16 more hundreds than Tendulkar after 205 innings. But again, it is the latter whose frequency of scoring a hundred was better when compared to the world standard during his first 205 innings.

TENDULKAR VS KOHLI: BEST PERIODS

Tendulkar first opened for India in only his 70th ODI. He scored a brilliant 82 in just 49 balls against New Zealand in Auckland on 27th March, 1994.

This innings transformed his ODI career.

Tendulkar was at his peak between 1994 and 1999.

It would be interesting to compare Tendulkar during this period with Kohli in the last five years.

Tendulkar Absolute Average between 27th March 1994 – 31st Dec 1999: 15.41

Tendulkar Absolute Strike Rate: 18.94

Percentage of Team Runs: 18.53%

Tendulkar Hundreds Ratio: one hundred every 10 overall hundreds

Kohli Absolute Average between October 2013 – October 2018: 35.74

Kohli Absolute Strike Rate: 13.51

Percentage of Team Runs: 19.51%

Kohli Hundred Ratio: one hundred every 19 overall hundreds

Tendulkar dominated between 1994-1999. There is a substantial increase in his Absolute Average. But what Kohli has achieved in the last 5 years is mind-boggling as his Absolute Average of 35.74 suggests.

This suggests that Kohli’s domination has been extraordinary in this period and there is a huge gulf between him and his contemporaries – even more than what the gap between Tendulkar and other batsmen was in the late 1990s.

He also pips Tendulkar on the percentage of runs scored for India during their respective best periods. This in spite of India having other world class batsmen in the team like Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.

However, again, it is clear that Tendulkar was well ahead of his times as far as scoring-rate was concerned. As attacking Kohli has been in the last 5 years, the numbers suggest that Tendulkar was much more attacking and aggressive than his contemporaries.

India won 44 out of the 72 matches in Tendulkar’s best period when he scored 30 or more (61.11%). The corresponding percentage for Kohli is 65.6.

KOHLI VS TENDULKAR: IN CHASES

Kohli:
Average: 68.54
Strike Rate: 94.51
Absolute Average: 34.32
Absolute Strike Rate: 13.48

Tendulkar:
Average: 42.33
Strike Rate: 88.44
Absolute Average: 10.05
Absolute Strike Rate: 15.38

Kohli is probably the greatest chaser in the history of ODI cricket. His strength has been scoring big and remaining not out (28 not outs in 166 chases).

Tendulkar’s strength in chases was his strike rate – he did not get as many big scores as Kohli but the rollicking starts he gave opening the innings often set the platform for India.


Source: www.news18.com/cricketnext/amp/news/sachin-tendulkar-or-virat-kohli-who-is-the-superior-odi-batsman-1920179.html
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