In world cricket, every era has one or two players who come to symbolize it. A player who every other player in the world aspires to be like because of his accomplishments and records in both bowling and batting across all formats. There have been many such legends in this sport over the past two centuries, including Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar, Wasim Akram, Sachin Tendulkar, and Shane Warne, to name a few. Virat Kohli is one of the players who is idolized by many aspiring cricketers around the world.
He is one of the best batters of his time. Kohli lately regained his magic touch and is back to his best after a setback with the bat. In the Asia Cup against Afghanistan last year, Kohli, who hadn't scored a hundred for more than three years, finally broke his century drought. It was his first century in T20Is. The 35-year-old hasn't looked back since, blasting three hundred's in his last seven ODI appearances. He needs three more ODI centuries to tie former cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar's (49) record for the most tonnes in the format.
A veteran Pakistani batsman recently stated that Kohli's record in List A cricket is lower than his. Khurram Manzoor, a right-handed batter from Karachi, had his debut for Pakistan back in 2008. Manzoor, who has played for Pakistan in 16 Tests, 7 ODIs, and 3 T20Is, was recently questioned about a statement he had made regarding his List A numbers being better than Kohli's. Manzoor, who last represented Pakistan in 2016, made it clear that he aimed to highlight his accomplishments in domestic cricket rather than to draw comparisons to the former India captain.
"I'm not making a Virat Kohli and my comparison. I am currently ranked first in the world in 50-over cricket, regardless of who else is in the top 10. As Kohli scores a century every six innings, he is behind me. A world record for century scoring occurs every 5.68 innings for me. My average over the past ten years has been 53, and I am currently rated sixth worldwide in List A cricket "On Nadir Ali's podcast, Manzoor stated.
The 36-year-old claimed that despite consistently making runs in domestic cricket, the national selectors disregarded him.
"Additionally, throughout the past 48 innings, I have hit 24 centuries. Regardless of who has opened for Pakistan since 2015, I continue to be their top scorer. In national T20, I am also the leading scorer and century maker. However, I'm disregarded. I've had 8 to 9 wins (in List A cricket)" he added.
Manzoor, however, didn't play for Pakistan again until the 2016 Asia Cup. He has since sharpened his abilities in Pakistan's National Cup and Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Manzoor, who represents Sindh in domestic cricket, has scored about 8,000 runs in List A cricket and more than 12,000 runs in First-Class matches.