One has grown into a superstar in Indian cricket; the other has established himself as one of the greats of South African cricket in recent times.
For comparison, both have contrasting playing styles. While Hashim Amla largely relies on hand-eye co-ordination and has a strong game on the off-side, Virat Kohli loves flicking with his wrists. However, the two have one big thing in common and that is the love of proper cricketing shots in an age where a batsman reverse-sweeps so commonly.
While Kohli, having just turned 26 recently, had a smooth transition to senior level cricket from his Under-19 days, Amla struggled a bit before breaking into the ODI side in 2008, the same year when Kohli debuted. And now at 31, despite being an accomplished Test batsman the South African is yet to complete 100 games in the one-day format.
Having said that, the ‘bearded genius’ is held in high regard for his supreme stroke play. On the other hand, the Delhi-cricketer is yet to fulfill his potential in the longest format of the game while being a delightful LOI batsman. Frankly speaking, you cannot hate both these run-machines based on their batting and there are more similarities than differences between these two right-handers. Their numbers suggest the same.
Records and milestones
Kohli, as one would suggest has been playing some brilliant cricket for Team India. Creditably, the Indian vice-captain equalled Viv Richards’ record to become the quickest to reach 4000 runs (by matches), 5000 runs (by innings) before bettering the record at the 6000 mark (both matches and innings) in his last match.
Having not played that many ODIs for the Proteas, Amla is pressing on Kohli with full force shattering the records created by the Indian by comfortable margins.
Fastest to X number of runs
Don’t read too much into the above numbers, because it might fool you if you judge Kohli by that. It is not that the young champion is inferior to Amla, that man is too good. And considering that Amla plays as an opener, he gets more time in a particular match compared to Kohli who comes in at 3 or even 4 at times.
Also, Amla outclassed Kohli by smashing his record for the fastest to reach 15 ODI tons. Amla took only 86 innings compared to Kohli’s 106. The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper has been included twice in the ICC ODI team of the year against Amla’s only appearance in 2013.
Going by this stat and assuming that Amla will continue at this rate, he will not be having much of a problem to shatter the 5000 and 6000 runs benchmarks set by Kohli. To be more exact, Amla has 19 innings in hand to score 210 runs to be the fastest to cross 5000 runs.
Contribution in wins
Considering Kohli’s many memorable hundreds in winning contributions, one would expect Kohli to beat Amla outright. However, it is surprising to find out that the South African boasts a better average against Kohli’s 67.23.
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Interestingly, Amla’s performances are on the higher side than his numbers at home. His 2213 runs have come at 63.22 per dismissal with 7 tons. With no ducks in his 40 innings Amla wins handsomely in the comparison. However, Kohli’s numbers should not be taken for granted.
*Stats updated till 11 November 2014Published 11 Nov 2014, 17:08 IST