At one time Don Bradman, a cricketing legend, dominated test cricket with an average of 99.94.
Sachin Tendulkar, with first double ton and maximum 100s and 50s, remains the best every batsman the world has ever seen in the 50-over one-day (ODI) format.
In the newly introduced T20 format Virat Kohli has emerged as one of the best batsman.
It is, however, difficult to compare all of them.
But let us compare Kohli with two of the greatest batsman of the recent past Brian Lara, Ricky Pointing and Sachin Tendulkar.
Kohli, who has played so far 171 ODIs, is better than Tendulkar, Lara and Ricky Ponting when it comes to runs, average, strike rate and number of centuries. (Comparison based on the first 171 ODIs played by the three players)
The Delhi lad, who has played 41 Tests so far, leaves behind Lara and Tendulkar when they were at the same stage.
“Tendulkar was always a prodigy, but I saw a similar spark in Kohli.Not too many people believed me at that point in time. I remember Sanjay Manjrekar making fun of me when I told him almost a decade back that a Delhi boy is as good as Sachin.” former India opener Lalchand Rajput told The Mint.