On Monday, Ricky Ponting discussed this on the current episode of ICC Review. In the just-ended Asia Cup 2022, Virat Kohli hit his long-awaited 71st International Century. The discussion and speculation about Virat Kohli surpassing the all-time great Tendulkar in centuries have resurfaced.
Ponting says he does not rule out the possibility. If you had asked me that question three years ago, I would have absolutely responded absolutely. The fact that everything has slowed down to this degree has not dissuaded me from thinking and still has a shot. "I still think he has a few years left, but 30 international hundreds is a lot," he said.
That equates to five or six Test hundreds per year for the next three or four years. Throw in a couple of one-dayers and maybe a T20 or two on top of that. Look, I'm not going to say never with Virat because you know who's on top of it. Look, I'll never say never with Virat because you know how hungry he is and how eager he is for success once he gets going.
Ponting was vociferous in his support for Virat Kohli even when many called for his dismissal, and he still has a lot of good things to say about the Indian batter. He feels relieved that Virat is among the runners.
Ricky Ponting discusses Virat Kohli becoming the joint-second highest international century scorer after Ponting.
"It was just a matter of time. However, it's taken a few extra years to reach me". Ponting explained.
However, he is one of the greatest players of all time, and he still has a long career ahead of him. He continued, "It's nice to see him back in the race."
Should India's Virat Kohli bat first as the ICC Twenty20 World Cup approaches?
"The question we'll continue to ask - and I'm sure the Indian selectors are posing the same - is whether Virat's 100 holes in the batting pose a greater problem than we initially believed?" "What are our next steps as the World Cup approaches?" Ponting elaborated.
There may be a few additional questions that have developed as a result of his magnificent 100. He also quoted as surprised that the first century scored in a Twenty20 International. Ponting stated the circumstance, "He believed that was his only opportunity to score his maiden hundred in a few years."
Ricky Ponting is relieved that Virat Kohli has returned to the competition.
It's great to have him back on the job and to see him return smiling. He spoke fondly about his wife's impact on the last few years of his life, which was also a surprise.
The influence your family and close friends have on you during your career is rarely discussed, especially in men's sports. Consequently, it's great to hear that, and it's also terrific to see Virat.