Legends come and go, but there are only a few in the league of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. India skipper Virat Kohli has taken over the baton from these great players and is continuing the legacy of the run-machines.
Comparisons are bound to happen, and that's what has been happening. While Sachin was compared to Gavaskar, now Kohli is compared to Tendulkar. But former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad feels that it is unfair to compare the greats. He went on to say, it's difficult to find another Sachin or Gavaskar and they were a class apart.
“If you are talking of the street fighter attitude, then I don’t think you can compare anyone from my era with the present generation. You cannot make another Sunny Gavaskar or Sachin Tendulkar. You can idolise someone but that won’t change an individual’s class or quality. You can’t compare players from different generations,” Miandad was quoted as saying by Telegraph.
Miandad was quick to pint out that he faced the likes of Malcolm Marshall, Richard Hadlee, Dennis Lillee, and Jeff Thomson, who at their speeds were difficult to tackle.
“Cricket was tough during my time. We had to face the likes of Malcolm Marshall, Richard Hadlee, Dennis Lillee, and Jeff Thomson. They bowled express pace and the wickets were more bouncier and faster. You had to adapt to different conditions and how quickly you acclimatised defined your class,” he added.
Talking about the modern-day great, Miandad said, “The nature of wickets and conditions has also changed. You can’t compare a Virat or a Steve Smith or Babar Azam… All are good but there’s still some difference in quality. The ones who deliver consistently and in different conditions go on to become greats.”
But he went on to laud the efforts of Kohli, who is the only batsman in the top-10 rankings across all formats.
“It’s the lasting impression that a player leaves that helps him stand out. That is why people still talk about Gavaskar or Tendulkar. If you make four centuries and then four ducks, people will remember the centuries. No one can score a hundred in every innings and you have to learn from mistakes. Virat, in that respect, has been admirable,” Miandad signed off.