Virat Kohli got off to a great start in 2023 by playing at his peak and smashing two massive centuries in India’s 3-0 victory against Sri Lanka at home. Sunil Gavaskar, a former captain of India, praised Kohli and made a last comparison between him and Rohit Sharma while praising Kohli for his undefeated 166-run performance in the final ODI match in Kerala.

In an interview with India Today, Gavaskar brought up how Kohli often plays risk-free cricket up till the triple-figure mark before attempting aerial shots. In the third ODI, Kohli struck three boundaries and eight sixes, seven of which came after he crossed the 100-run threshold. Gavaskar said that Kohli scores at a rate higher than one run per delivery while playing risk-free cricket.

In contrast, Rohit made a solid 42 off 49 before attempting the pull shot that resulted in his expulsion.

“Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, and Rohit Sharma take a lot of risks when they bat, as you can see. They consistently aim for a six. When Virat Kohli gets 100, he continues to playground shots. Following that, he attempts lofted shots. When Rohit Sharma is dismissed, he attempts to knock a six. The fact that Kohli is scoring at a higher rate than average while taking safe strokes is a positive thing. In limited-overs cricket, going for six is not always the best strategy. Only two runs separate four from six, but the danger percentage is 90,” he remarked.

India will have their next assignment against New Zealand in a three-match ODI series starting January 18 onwards.