On the comparison between Tendulkar and Kohli, he said, “Virat started playing in the last phase of Sachin’s career but now the game is different. There are different rules, for example, in 50-over cricket, there are fewer fielders outside the circle, two new balls are taken and now batting has become easier than before.
He said that in Tendulkar’s era it was very difficult to play the old ball as it got reverse swing. Ponting said, ‘When Sachin used to play ODIs, the shape of the ball changed after 50 overs. He used to get reverse swing which is not seen today. He said, ‘Virat is a very talented player. He has more than 70 international centuries to his name. Sachin has scored hundred centuries. After the end of Virat’s career, it would be right to compare the two.
Ponting said, ‘I assess the ability of the player on the basis of how many years he could play. This is the right approach because it is not easy to play well consistently over such a long period of time. Some players come and look like the best players in the world for three-four years but it is difficult to last long and Sachin has played consistently well for more than twenty years.
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