Whether you follow football or cricket, it is easy to see the similarities between Virat Kohli and Cristiano Ronaldo. In addition to being global entities, they are both highly-regarded sportsmen. Virat Kohli has been called the cricket equivalent of Ronaldo by many cricketing legends. However, you may be wondering who the cricket equivalent of Ronaldo is. Let’s take a look at the top cricketers.
Virat Kohli, the captain of Team India, is currently leading the ODI series against West Indies. He has scored 1292 runs so far this season in ODIs and is tipped to break Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI record this summer. Like many fans of the sport, Kohli has compared himself to his favorite player Cristiano Ronaldo. He believes that the Argentine is the ultimate team player.
In terms of fitness, Virat Kohli is a model of health and fitness. He has been practicing fallbacks and is known for his mental toughness. It’s also no secret that Virat Kohli is one of the fittest sportsmen in the world. He’s the only cricketer to average fifty in all three formats. His dedication and training have paid off as he’s become the world’s best batsman.
While there are many similarities between the two sportsmen, their similarities and differences are what make them so enviable as role models. Both are world-class players, and each is the epitome of professionalism. The captain of India’s Test team and No.1 ODI batsman in all formats of the game has drawn comparisons between Virat Kohli and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Both have immense self-belief. In addition to that, both have a strong mental approach and are capable of winning a match on their own. Their fierce passion for the game, aggression, and dedication to improvement are unmatched. Kohli is the only cricketer to score fifty in all three formats. It’s hard to imagine either of them failing. You’d be hard pressed to find a better example.
The two sportsmen share a passion for cars. Ronaldo has numerous cars including a BMW M6, Bentley Continental GTC, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sport Coupe, and a Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Both men also own Audi Q7s and RS6s. He’s also a massive car enthusiast. He owns many different models, including a Bentley Continental GTC, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sports Coupe, and a Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI.
Among his peers, Brian Lara, a former West Indies captain, feels that Kohli is the equivalent of Cristiano RONALDO in cricket. Brian Lara, who holds the record for the highest individual Test score in history, feels that Kohli is more committed to the game than anyone else. In fact, he believes that a player who is passionate about their sport is able to play for long hours without tiring easily. Moreover, Kohli’s commitment to the game makes him an excellent choice for any eleven.
If Cristiano Ronaldo had a cricketer’s temperament, Luis Suarez would be his heir apparent. The Argentinean is fidgety and has an infectious demeanor. He has been compared to a cartoon dog and often plays with a string of sausages in his mouth. His football-ferret instinct is unbridled, and he would add to any team.
As a footballer, Luis Suarez is one of the most accomplished strikers of his generation. However, controversies have dogged the Uruguayan for years. Cricketers have a similar temperament, and both Suarez and Steve Smith are capable of scoring runs on any surface. Both are driven by winning at all costs. Although neither are at the level of Messi and Ronaldo, their mentality is similar.
The Uruguay international has been on a tear lately. He recently returned from a four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellani. The incident forced Suarez to miss Uruguay’s World Cup match against Colombia. Suarez has missed over 30 games in the past four terms. But his comeback is a welcome sight. However, his sex with Suarez is not the only reason to feel good about your cricketing skills.
Like Ronaldo, Suarez is also a star in the making. His unrivaled athleticism and ability to perform at the highest level have made him one of the best players in the world. He has broken records, scored goals and won trophies. His fitness and longevity make him one of the best players in the world. His confidence is second to none. It is not surprising that the Portuguese star is so confident, and has achieved so much in his sport.
In fact, he has become the ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ of cricket. He has been named the PFA Player of the Year in England. His name has yet to appear on FIFA’s list of 23 nominees for world player of the year. He was the second best player in the world when he scored in a two-goal friendly against England on June 24. The strike was one of those iconic Suarez goals that made Suarez famous worldwide.
The Uruguayan has been a great striker. His last Champions League triumph came against Liverpool and it was a win for the Reds. In 2014, he scored 31 goals to lead the attack and ensured the club finished second. This year, he is expected to lead the attack for Manchester United. However, he is not alone in the field – Argentine Luis Suarez has been sensational since joining Atletico.
The former Australia captain was a surprise selection for the 2014 Zimbabwe Tri-Series. He had played only two ODIs in the previous two years. In the first game against Zimbabwe, Smith was run out by Sikandar Raza, but he came back to score in the mid-thirties in the remaining matches. At the SCG, Smith scored 115 runs in the first innings and went on to score a century. This made him the first Australian to score a double century at Lord’s since the Second World War. His double hundred made him the third-youngest Test batsman to pass three thousand runs.
Similarly, Suarez is one of the best strikers of his generation. Both have endured controversies and have been banned for long periods. But both players have been able to come back and make a strong comeback after being banned. Both players have the same ambition to succeed and have a fierce determination to win. Luis Suarez and Steve Smith share a similar determination to win. Both players have been plagued by controversy off the pitch as well and have been suspended from their respective sports for years.
Australia’s cricket team have struggled to get going in the second innings, but Steve Smith has been consistent and a genuine batting master. While England’s bowling attack has struggled to get going on a slow Trent Bridge surface, Smith has been playing spectacular cricket. His batting masterclass was rewarded by a standing ovation. This is a testament to his talent and consistency.
After the Australian series, Smith took over the captaincy and continued to lead the team. He scored over one thousand runs in a calendar year for the fourth time in a row, edging Kohli in the longest format. The defending champions, the Australia, have won the tournament four times in a row. Whether you are a cricket fan or just a cricket enthusiast, Steve Smith is the man you need in your team.
Both football and cricket have their share of elite players. The top players in both sports are determined and dedicated to their craft. In fact, both Cristiano Ronaldo and Steve Smith have the same traits and mentality, so there is a strong correlation between the two. It would be interesting to compare these two superstars to their respective sport. If you have seen their similarities and differences, let us know! While football is a completely different ball game than cricket, the traits of both players are similar.
In a way, Warner’s unfavorable boos are a good comparison between the two. He has had numerous incidents in the game, but he has never been continually booed. Instead, he has endured boos. And despite the boos, he has become a respected player for the English team. This could be the start of his career as Cristiano Ronaldo in cricket.