Bangalore, Nov 1: Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has asked people to stop comparing Virat Kohli with Sachin Tendulkar and he says the Delhi batsman is still "David" in front of Master Blaster "Goliath".
Kohli hit his 17th One Day International century in Nagpur on Wednesday (October 30) as India chased down 351 against Australia in the sixth game of the series.
The Delhi right-hander has been in great form and has already broken few records in the 50-over format at the international level. He has hit 11 centuries in successful run chases for India.
What Tendulkar had not achieved at the age of 24, Kohli has managed to do. This has led to fans and former cricketers drawing comparisons of Kohli with Tendulkar.
On Friday, Bedi took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to express his views on Kohli. He said the comparisons are "bit too premature".
He wrote (@BishanBedi): "ViratK is still 'David' in frnt o 'Goliath' SRT!Comparisons r flying n thick & fast bit too prematurely!ViratK must last at top & in tests!!."
ViratK is still 'David' in frnt o 'Goliath' SRT!Comparisons r flying n thick & fast bit too prematurely!ViratK must last at top & in tests!!— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) November 1, 2013
According to Bedi, it was important for Kohli to be in top batting form in Test cricket too not ODIs alone.
Another former India captain Sunil Gavaskar told a TV news channel that Kohli could break Tendulkar's ODI records.
"I think that is what human progress is all about, records are meant to be broken and while we know that some of the records that Sachin has got may be impossible. I don't think anybody is going to reach 200 Test matches nor anyone is going to reach 51 Test hundreds but the manner in which Virat is batting the record for 49 hundreds looks possible," Gavaskar told "NDTV".
Kohli is 81 runs away from breaking Vivian Richards record of fastest to 5,000 ODI runs. He can achieve the feat if he gets 81 in the seventh and final ODI in Bangalore tomorrow.