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ndThe legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer to manage 100 international centuries. Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan believes that the present Indian captain Virat Kohli can also hit 100 international centuries, but he has to play as long as Tendulkar succeeded.
While Tendulkar served for the Indian team for 24 years and one day (1989-2013), he created many histories. And most of which are very hard to break by others. Apart from playing the record number of international matches (664 matches) and scoring the record number of international runs (34357 runs), he is still the only batsman to hit 100 international centuries. The right-handed batsman hit 51 Test centuries and 49 ODI centuries.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli is chasing most of these long-standing records very quickly by maintaining his impressive batting form for a long time. The 31-year-old Indian skipper is currently the eighth-most run-scorer in international cricket history as the right-handed batsman has scored 21901 runs (average 56.15) in 460 international innings (416 matches).
Kohli has already hit 70 international centuries – third-most international centuries. In the list of most international centuries, Kohli is only behind of the Indian legend Tendulkar (100 centuries) and the legendary Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting (71 centuries).
If Virat Kohli can play as long as Sachin Tendulkar did, then he might be able to achieve it: Irfan Pathan
While Kohli is on the way to surpass Ponting, Irfan Pathan also believes that Kohli can hit 100 international centuries. Still, he has to continue the international cricket for a longer period, just like Tendulkar did.
Irfan told Sports Tak, “I wish but it is difficult. In ODI’s it is possible but 100 hundreds is not easy. It depends on his fitness and longevity, if Virat can play as long as Sachin did then he might be able to achieve it.”
In his 12 years of the international career (2008-2020), Kohli has hit 27 Test centuries and 43 ODI centuries. Currently, Kohli is six ODI centuries away from Tendulkar’s record number of ODI centuries (49). If the present Indian captain hits seven more centuries in ODI career, he will break Tendulkar’s record number of ODI centuries and become the first batsman to hit 50 ODI centuries.