Hindustan Times – Words like great, master, legend, icon are thrown around carelessly to describe cricket superstars.


  • Fans bestow such honour on their favourites but in common usage Gavaskar is Master, Kapil Dev a legend and Sachin Tendulkar officially Bharat Ratna, unofficially God of Cricket .
  • READ | Virat Kohli needs to ‘tone down a bit’ as a leader, says Jacques KallisStats confirm he is as good as the best — not yet 30 but 55 international hundreds, and a 50-plus average in all formats.
  • Comparisons with SRT are inevitable and the narrative doing the rounds is that Virat should climb the statistical mountain virtually scaled by his senior.
  • Unlike SRT who was destined for glory, gifted if not blessed by nature, Virat is relatively self-made, pushing mind and body to reach the top.
  • READ | India under Virat Kohli will continue to get better in Test cricket: Mike HusseyVirat’s batting is an astonishing cocktail of Gavaskar’s concentration, Dravid’s work ethic and SRT’s relentless hunger for excellence.

Read more…