You Can Get A Replacement For Virat Kohli But Not Sachin Tendulkar, Says Waqar Younis
When the fans across India are busy comparing Virat Kohli with his illustrious predecessor Sachin Tendulkar, former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis has insisted that players like Sachin are simply irreplaceable.
One of the finest cricketers of all time, Sachin Tendulkar is the proud holder of almost all the batting records in the game and Kohli’s extraordinary exploits with the bat have convinced every one of him being a worthy successor of the legendary batsman. At 28, Kohli has already scored 43 centuries and 69 half-centuries and the way he is batting right now, one can only expect him to do even well in the coming days. And while there is still a long way to go before he even thinks of going past Sachin’s records, fans have not shied away from comparing the two.
However, Waqar feels that there can be no replacements for players like Sachin or West Indies legend Brian Lara. Waqar’s comment came when he was asked whether the Pakistan team can fill the huge void left in the team by the recent retirements of legendary batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.
“You don’t easily replace players who have scored 10,000 runs in Test cricket. It’s going to take some serious professionalism to match that. Pakistan has some talent in the country and we need the likes of Babar Azam to step up and take responsibility, show the world how good he is. In addition, Pakistan needs Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq to now become the leaders of the batting group,” Waqar told PakPassion.net.
Citing his and his ex-teammate Wasim Akram as examples, the bowling legend opined that teams can get a replacement for players like them but feels that the likes of Lara and Tendulkar cannot be replaced.
“There is always someone around the corner in Pakistan cricket to fill the gap of a leaving player. When Wasim Akram and I left, Shoaib Akhtar was around, and so was Umar Gul, so the replacements are there. But having said that, for some players like SachinTendulkar and Brian Lara, there are no replacements. You can get a replacement for Virat Kohli, but Tendulkar will never be replaced,” said Waqar.
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