Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar: Stats Comparison across all three formats

Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar
Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar. (Image Credits: Twitter)

India have always been a nation that has produced top-tier batters over the decades. Among the plethora of batters, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli are widely acknowledged as two of the greatest batsmen of all time. There is no denying that Sachin Tendulkar made the sport popular and he was closely associated with the game for close to 24 years.

Sachin Tendulkar was best known for his ability to play a variety of shots including the straight drive, cover drive, square cut, pull shot, hook shot, reverse sweep, lofted drive and so on. In all these years, he created several records. He is still the leading run-scorer in Tests and One Day Internationals. Notably, the Master Blaster holds the record for scoring the most centuries in international cricket.

On the other hand, Virat Kohli is currently the best player in the world across all three formats of the game. The right-handed batsman has perfected the art of assessing the conditions before dominating the proceedings. Kohli is best known for playing his trademark cover drive. Besides that, he is also exceptional in playing a wide range of shots, including the flick, pull, straight drive, and square cut, among others.

Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar stats comparison

Sachin Tendulkar scored 100 centuries (49 tons in ODIs and 51 tons in Tests), a record that still remains intact. On the other hand, Virat Kohli is trying his best to catch Sachin Tendulkar. For the record, both Kohli and Sachin played alongside each other for the first time in 2009 during the Compaq Cup final against Sri Lanka.

During that game, Sachin amassed 138 off 133 balls to help India win the trophy. Virat Kohli was also part of the playing XI in Master Blaster’s farewell Test match in 2013 against West Indies in Mumbai. As of May 24, 2023, the former Indian skipper has 75 centuries in international cricket (46 tons in ODIs, 28 tons in Tests and 1 ton in T20Is).

PlayerMatchesRunsAverageStrike rate100s50s
Virat Kohli49425,23353.0395.7375129
Sachin Tendulkar66434,35748.5279.94100164

Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar: Stat comparison in T20Is

For the record, Sachin Tendulkar was a part of India’s historic T20I against South Africa in 2006. After featuring in India’s first-ever T20I, the batting maestro never played the T20I format again. On the other hand, Virat Kohli played 115 T20Is so far and is currently the leading run-scorer in this format with over 4000 runs at an average of 52.73.

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Virat KohliCriteriaSachin Tendulkar
115Matches1
4,008Runs10
52.73Average10
137.96Strike rate88.83
1/37100s/50s

Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar: Stat comparison in ODIs

Sachin Tendulkar has played as many as 463 ODIs in his career wherein he scored 18,426 runs including 49 centuries and 96 fifties. Notably, he scored one double century as well, which came against South Africa in 2010. On the other hand, Virat Kohli is en route to becoming the fastest to 13,000 runs in ODIs. He has hit 46 centuries and 64 fifties in ODIs.

Virat KohliCriteriaSachin Tendulkar
271Matches463
12,809Runs18,426
57.69Average44.83
93.77Strike rate86.24
46/64100s/50s49/96

Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar: Stat comparison in Tests

The Master Blaster was the best in the business in the longest format of the game during the heydays of his cricketing career. He scored 15,921 runs at an average of 53.79. He scored 51 centuries, which is the most by any cricketer in the history of Test cricket. Besides that, he hit 68 half-centuries. On the other hand, Kohli scored 8416 runs at an average of 48.83 including 28 tons and 28 fifties.

Virat KohliCriteriaSachin Tendulkar
108Matches200
8,416Runs15,921
48.83Average53.79
55.33Strike rate54.08
28/28100s/50s51/68

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