Known as a man of few words, Wasim Jaffer is always precise and to-the-point when it comes to sharing his opinion on cricket and the players. The believer of minimum efforts and maximum results, Jaffer was given a tough task to name the best ever white-ball cricketer for India among three iconic players – Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma.
Just like his all-rounder performance nailing every aspect of the game, Wasim Jaffer was quick to answer this one too. Without any deliberation, he picked Indian captain Virat Kohli from the three, in an interview with CricketTracker.
Regarded as one of the best batsmen of his modern era, Sachin Tendulkar probably holds all the batting records in both forms of the game. His record in ODIs is a staggering 18426 runs in 463 matches at an average of 44.83 with 49 centuries.
Rohit, on the other hand, is currently the only cricketer to have more than one double century – he has three in ODIs. He currently averages 49.27 in ODIs and scored 9115 runs with 29 centuries. He also holds the record for most centuries (5) in a single edition of a World Cup.
Jaffer, however did have a little hesitation in picking Kohli, who already has 43 ODI tons to his name and is considered to be parallel to beat Tendulkar’s run records. The Indian skipper, so far, has 11867 runs in 248 ODIs and still has a lot of cricket left in him.
The former Indian cricketer was also asked to name his favourite partner to play a match with. “It has to be Virender Sehwag, purely because he was entertaining,” Jaffer said.
He was also asked questions about the current lot of young boys – Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill – to choose between the two rising talents. “Both are very talented. If Shaw keeps his head in the right space, he has miles to go. With the kind of game he possesses, he is a special talent. But he needs to maintain the balance. Even Gill has grabbed the chances with both hands and has gotten quality.”
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