Gambhir said on Star Sports,
“It’s not about the record honestly. Virat Kohli will go on to get many more centuries than Sachin Tendulkar in the 50-overs format. See, the rules have changed.”
“You should not compare eras. It’s not fair to compare eras as well where there was one new ball as compared to now when there are 2 new balls with five fielders inside. But yes, he has been a master in this format and he has shown it over such a long period of time.”
Another panelist on the show, Sanjay Manjrekar, also emphasized by saying,
“He (Kohli) is not an opener so in every 50-overs game, he is not going there from ball number 1 and you are looking at the whole innings to get a hundred. He has batted at 3 most of the times so that is something you have got to consider. I have no doubt that he will overtake Tendulkar in one-day hundreds. I mean, it’s just four hundreds to equal Tendulkar. It may happen in a year and a half. It’s a 50-over World Cup year so I believe it could happen.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 10, 2023
King Kohli smashed an incredible century and guided India to a 67-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first of their three-match one-day international series in Guwahati. Kohli made 113 runs, smashing 12 fours and a six in his 87-ball inning. Kohli was pronounced the ‘Player of the Match’ for his phenomenal performance.
It was King Kohli’s 45th ODI century. Kohli is now only four centuries behind beating Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
Of mutual admiration 🤝, dealing with expectations & starting the year with a glorious 💯
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2023