Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international tons is well in reach for Virat Kohli, says Brett Lee.
CAPE TOWN – Australian legend Brett Lee believes Virat Kohli is on course to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most international centuries.
Tendulkar, widely regarded as the greatest batsman to ever play the game, amassed 100 international tons during his career that lasted between 1989 and 2013.
Kohli is currently third with 70 centuries behind Tendulkar and former Australian great Ricky Ponting with 71, and Lee believes it’s only a matter of time before Kohli finds himself at the very top of the tree.
“We are talking about phenomenal numbers here, but you mentioned seven or eight years of cricket and at the rate he is going, yes, he can definitely knock it off,” said Lee.
“It comes down to three things, there is one thing I would like to eliminate – so, you talk about talent as a batsman, he’s definitely got that talent, eliminate that first and foremost.
“Then fitness – Virat has got that fitness, so for me it is all about fitness at the age of 30 and also that mental strength, the mental capacity to get through those hard times, being away from home, from his wife, or when they have children.
“He will do it easily with his talent, it comes down to his mental strength and if he stays fir enough and I believe he has got all those three components to go past Sachin,” said Lee.