Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir rated Sachin Tendulkar over Virat Kohli contemplating the previous’s longevity and the fixed adjustments in ODI cricket guidelines, which in Gambhir’s opinion favoured batsmen greater than bowlers.
“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. 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,” Gambhir mentioned whereas talking on Star Sports activities Cricket Join present.
Tendulkar performed 463 ODIs scoring 18426 runs at 44.83, together with 49 centuries. Kohli has 11867 runs from 239 ODI innings at a mean of 59.33 with 43 tons already.
The foundations, nevertheless, are significantly totally different. A present ODI inning is performed with two new balls and has three Energy Performs. Within the first Energy Play (Overs 1 to 10) solely two fielders are allowed exterior the 30-yard circle. Within the second Energy Play (overs 11 to 40), 4 fielders are allowed whereas within the remaining overs, 5 are allowed exterior the internal circle.
Gambhir mentioned the 2 new-ball rule labored in favour of batsmen as effectively, for reverse swing and spin had been taken out of the equation.
“The new generation, with two new balls, no reverse swing, nothing for the finger spin, five fielders inside for the 50 overs, probably that makes batting much easier,” mentioned Gambhir.
“Look at how Sachin Tendulkar has played, different rules, that time 230 to 240 was a winning total. Probably, I’ll go with Sachin Tendulkar if we see the longevity and flow of the one-day cricket format,” he added.
Curiously, Tendulkar himself pointed to an identical opinion just lately.
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) May 12, 2020
When the Worldwide Cricket Council took to Twitter to reward the pair of Tendulkar and Ganguly, Tendulkar responded:
“This brings back wonderful memories Dadi. How many more do you think we would’ve been able to score with the restriction of 4 fielders outside the ring and 2 new balls?”
Ganguly agreed, saying they’d have added one other 4000 runs to their partnership tally (8227).
“Another 4000 or so ..2 new balls..wow .. sounds like a cover drive flying to the boundary in the first over of the game.. for the remaining 50 overs”