India, as a cricketing nation, has been blessed with batting greats in every generation. Every time a legend has retired, someone else has put his hand up and carried on the baton.
When Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket, an era ended with him. It was hard to imagine that a cricketer of his stature would ever again grace the game of cricket. But then came Virat Kohli.
From being a short-tempered young talent to being the most consistent batsman in the world, Kohli has grown leaps and bounds year after year. He starts his day with scoring centuries and ends with breaking one or the other records. Suffice to say, the Delhi born batsman has turned himself into an ever so consistent run-machine.
A few years back, it was safe to assume a few records were beyond the reach of any cricketer. After all, these were the records created by the batting genius Sachin Tendulkar over a period of 21 years.
But looks like Kohli is all set to make the Little Master proud by overhauling those gigantic numbers that Sachin bid adieu with.
Let's look at 3 such records of Sachin Tendulkar that Virat Kohli can break in his career.
#3 Most 100s in ODI cricket
When Sachin retired from ODI cricket, he had 49 centuries. The next best was Ricky Ponting with 30 centuries, making it a difference of 19. The record surely looked unbreakable until Kohli started having centuries for dinner.
The Indian captain, currently, has a tally of 37 centuries from 205 innings, all at the age of 29.
With age and form on his side, the right-handed batsman can surely overhaul the record and make it one of his own. His ODI numbers are already phenomenal with an average touching 60 and captaincy has made him an altogether different batsman.
#2 Most runs in ODI cricket
Give Kohli a cricket bat and he will score runs for you till eternity. Such is the hunger for runs that he never gets bored. Running hard between the wickets, converting ones into twos and twos into threes are the ingredients of his batting.
He goes about his batting so nonchalantly that the strike rate is around 100 every time without him playing any high-risk shots. And this has been the case for a consistent 8-9 years now. He is, without a doubt, the most consistent batsman in world cricket.
To put things in perspective, Kohli breached the 10,000 ODI runs mark in 205 innings bettering the record of Sachin Tendulkar (259 innings) by 54 innings.
Giving his appetite for runs and his unmatched consistency, the Little Master's mountain of 18,426 ODI runs looks set to be scaled.
#1 100 centuries in international cricket
This is going to be one of the most intriguing records for any batsman to overhaul. It took the Little Master a consistency of around 24 years to reach the mark. An unparalleled record in Tests, as well as ODIs, it is a rare feat to achieve.
However, Kohli seems to be the only batsman of the current generation who can reach the historical figure. Although with 61 centuries he is still a long way from the magical number, his consistency surely can take him beyond it.
What's more phenomenal is that the appetite for runs keeps on increasing every year. It is evident from the fact that it took Kohli a mere 11 innings to reach from 9,000 to 10,000 ODI runs.
And who else will be more proud than the Little Master himself, under whom the young prodigy became the phenomenal batsman?