Галагазета | Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli Who is the Superior ODI Batsman? Part 2
Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli: Who is the Superior ODI Batsman? Part 2
Adhithiyan, 27 октября 2018 г., 3:08
KOHLI VS SACHIN: IN BIG TOURNAMENTS

Kohli averages 55.80 in World Cup and Champions Trophy matches. In 29 innings in these matches he has a strike rate of 86.51. He has 2 hundreds and 6 fifties.

Comparing him to the standards of other batsmen of his era in these tournaments, Kohli’s Absolute Average is 20.26. His Absolute Strike Rate is 2.86.

Tendulkar averages 52.28 and has scored his 2719 runs in these two tournaments at a strike rate of 87.14 with 7 hundreds and 16 fifties.

His Absolute Average is 21.18 – marginally better than Kohli’s. But it is his Absolute Strike Rate of 14.22 which is considerably higher than Kohli’s.
This shows that while Kohli takes a more measured approach in big tournaments, Tendulkar was at the peak of his attacking game when it came to the marquee events.

It would appear that batting has become easier post the advent of the IPL. The bats have more meat, the boundaries are shorter, the scoring rates have increased since the inception of T20 cricket and the overall quality of fast bowling has deteriorated.

Tendulkar also played a lot of ODI cricket with the red ball which offered more help to both, the seamers and spinners.

The rules of ODI cricket have also been tweaked heavily in favour of the batsmen. Earlier, the fielding restrictions applied only to the first 15 overs. The remaining 35 overs could have a maximum of 5 fielders outside the inner circle. Now overs 1-10 have the two-fielder restriction but overs 11-40 allow a maximum of four fielders outside the 30-yard circle. This is where the run rates have soared.

A lot more batsmen average above 40 now and some have even crossed 50. During Tendulkar’s era, a handful crossed 40.

But here is the interesting stat. While scoring rates have increased significantly over the last decade and a half (73.77 in Tendulkar’s era to 81.69 in Kohli’s era), the average runs scored per batsman (top 6) hasn’t changed much.

The rise is marginal from 32.24 to just 34.42. Yes, more batsmen now average above 40 (and some even above 50) than before, but overall the batting averages remain the same.

Even if we consider the first half of Tendulkar’s career (till 31 Dec 1999) the batting average was 31.71. The real difference was in the strike rate which was as low as 69.73.

Again, one would imagine that Tendulkar faced better quality of bowlers – the likes of Akram, Younis, Ambrose, Walsh, Donald, Warne, Muralitharan – to name a few greats while Kohli has benefitted from the overall fall in bowling standards in the last decade.

Shockingly, this is not true.

The bowling average during Tendulkar’s career was 32.41. It is 32.86 during Kohli’s. However, the bowling strike rate has improved slightly from 41.6 to 38.7.

But the real difference, again, has been in the economies. Bowlers conceded 4.66 runs every 6 balls during Tendulkar’s career which has increased to 5.08 post Kohli’s debut.

Even if we consider the first half of Tendulkar’s career (1989-1999), the bowling average then was 32.46 and strike rate 43.9.

So the real and only difference is in the run rate and economy rate. While batsmen are now scoring quickly and hence scoring more in the same number of overs, bowlers are conceding more in the same quota of overs.

CONCLUSION:

Kohli is clearly the greater run-scorer. He has a bigger appetite for big runs than Tendulkar. He is also a phenomenal and better chaser.

But Tendulkar has been the more attacking batsman who redefined the art of aggressive batsmanship in the late 1990s. Tendulkar also had a great record in big-matches and tournaments. He was India’s highest impact batsman in the 2011 World Cup and had phenomenal returns from the 1996 and 2003 editions.

Tendulkar also did not have the luxury to go all-out in the 1990s as India was heavily dependent on him. Thus he had to mix attack with caution. He had to play the dual role – of scoring big runs and scoring them quickly as there were very few big hitters in the Indian line-up. Thus he had to take more risks. Still to imagine that he achieved what he did and the way he did it in this period speaks volumes about his ability, talent and temperament.

With the exception of Ganguly, all other greats - Yuvraj, Sehwag and Dhoni – the big hitters and match-winners, blossomed and peaked post 2000 – by the time Tendulkar had already changed from ‘attacker’ to ‘accumulator’.

The current Indian line-up is less dependent on Kohli as there are other batsmen like Rohit and Dhawan who can win matches single-handedly – and who not only score big but also score quickly.

Overall, what Kohli has achieved purely in terms of the sheer volume of runs and the manner and remarkable consistency in which he has got them – make him the greater ODI batsman. And perhaps the greatest in ODI cricket history.

But while we see the best of Kohli today, one can only imagine what Tendulkar could have produced if circumstances allowed him to play to his full potential.


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