Who is the new God of cricket after Sachin Tendulkar?

Cricket might not be the most popular sport in the world but it reverberates in the hearts and minds of billion Indians who follow the game passionately. It has often been said that cricket is a religion in India. The players are treated like demigods as they give the people of India a billion reasons to smile with their performances on the field. However, one player has always stood head and shoulders above the rest – Sachin Tendulkar, is regarded as the god of cricket in India.

With a career spanning nearly 24 years, Tendulkar became synonymous with the game in India. He has been arguably the greatest cricketer that the world has ever seen and was profoundly lauded for his consistency over his playing career. It was fitting that the people of India cited him as ‘The God of Cricket'. However, after his retirement fans contemplate over who's the new god of cricket? In this article, we are going to discuss potential options of who can now be regarded as the new god of the cricket world. 

Sachin scored nearly 35000 International runs and played over 450 ODIs and 200 Tests in his entire playing career. While it is infeasible for players to produce such stats, but a lot of cricketers have had a similar impact on the game of cricket. There are many cricketers whom cricket fans call the new god of cricket like MS Dhoni, AB De Villiers, Virat Kohli, and the list goes on…

Who is the God of Cricket now?

If we glance over the records, consistency, and the impact of any player after Sachin, Virat Kohli looks closest to the title of the new god of cricket in India. Kohli, who himself considers Tendulkar as someone who he looked up to during his growing years, could potentially break a couple of Sachin's records before he calls time from the international sport. As a batsman, Virat has achieved some unbelievable highs in his career. However, his failure to win an ICC trophy as captain so far happens to be the only desirous feat for him as a cricketer. 

Virat Kohli - the new God of Cricket?

How is Virat Kohli above the rest of the players in his era? 

Virat Kohli is one such player who stands out for his meteoric rise and match-winning abilities that have made him a fan favourite. Kohli has scored 70 International centuries in 13 years and is a modern-day great in international cricket. 

His fitness has also played a huge role in his success across the three formats. He is the only player in the world to average above 50 in all three formats. The Indian captain is currently ranked second in the ICC Men's ODI rankings among batters with over 12000 runs to his name. In this period, he has scored 43 ODI hundreds with an average nearing 60. Kohli is only 7 ODI hundreds short of overhauling Sachin's record for the most centuries in one-day internationals. 

Even in Test cricket, Kohli has proven his class with runs in nearly all conditions. He might be going through a lean patch currently, but his records speak volumes of what he has achieved in Test cricket. Kohli has scored 7765 Test runs so far in 96 Tests with an average of 51. He's also scored the most double hundreds (7) as captain in Test cricket as captain since 2016.

Even in the T20s, Kohli has aced the format to emerge as one of the best players across the globe. He's the leading run-scorer in T20Is with an average of over 50. Looking at his overall tally, Virat is arguably the best player in the world.

Who is the greater ODI batsman, Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli? 

Sachin's ability to consistently score runs for such a long period of time was a trait that puts him way above the rest. However, considering the ODI exploits in isolation, Kohli's performances seem to go hand-hand with the master's. Virat might even have a better record in the run-chases. In the run chases, he averages 96 with 22 hundred to his name. On the other hand, Tendulkar had a batting average of 42 and scored 17 tons in run chases. If we compare both players in ICC tournaments, then the Master Blaster is winning this race single-handedly. 

Where can Virat Kohli finish in his career? 

It is understandably true that Kohli is going through a lean phase for runs as an Indian player. His last international century came against Bangladesh in India's first-ever Pink Ball Test in November 2019. Ever since then, the Indian skipper has failed to cross the three-figure for the ‘Men in Blue'. However, he still continues to be a useful contributor but has failed to live up to his own standards in the recent past. Considering his dip in form, Kohli at best could overhaul Tendulkar's tally of 49 ODI tons. With still a few years of cricket left in him, he might find mention alongside some of the legendary names to have ever graced the game.