Mumbai: Mumbai Indians' fielding coach and former South Africa player Jonty Rhodes on Thursday said that it's still too early to say whether someone can match Sachin Tendulkar's landmark of hundred international tons although he conceded that records are meant to be broken.
"Records are meant to be broken. Who could have ever thought that Sachin or anybody will score hundred hundreds. I am impressed watching Virat Kohli bat, the conversion rate once he gets a start is simply outstanding. I think he has got more 100s than he has got fifties, which is a great sign and which shows someone who is very hungry for runs."
"At this stage, it's easy to say a guy like Virat is expected to break the record. But mentally Sachin has been so strong playing under pressure for India for so many years. Rhodes said he has not asked Tendulkar on how he has coped up with the mass adulation for so many years, but has only witnessed it first-hand.
Rhodes also said he tries to ensure that Sachin doesn't hurt his fingers during Mumbai's practice sessions.
"I have just watched it, haven't yet asked. He's a pretty private person, that's amazing. I think he finds time to actually get away from everything, it is so important."
"We haven't spoken a great deal, but from what I have seen, his family is a great support for him. He doesn't go out and put himself under any more spotlight than he has to and he makes sure that when he's around he focuses on what he has to and that is score runs for India and Mumbai."
When asked what discussions does he have with Tendulkar on fielding, Rhodes said he tries to ensure that Sachin doesn't hurt his fingers during Mumbai's practice sessions.
"I just keep asking him how his fingers are because I don't want him to come for practice and then suddenly walk away, with a broken finger as his fingers are generally getting hit," Rhodes said. "I just make sure he's comfortable fielding. I don't even expect Sachin to come down to every fielding drill. It's just certain exercises and drill we do as a fielding team and I ensure that his fingers don't get any worse than they are."