Virat Kohli can eclipse Sachin Tendulkar

He is just 24. But his clinical stroke play has aided India seize unparalleled victories.  You might be loathing me for writing this when Sachin Tendulkar’s departure from cricket is just another fortnight away, but Virat Kolhi is on a mission to enjoy every moment of cricket. Monster scores have been deemed meagre on the desolation of this number three batsman. Virat Kolhi is making a taciturn glide towards glory as people are busy talking Sachin, Dhoni and Yuvi.

16 centuries in just 115 ODIs. Boy! Sachin took 191 games and was 25 then. Virat was touted a big anticipation for the international team after he led India to the Under-19 World Cup victory in 2008. No player could cement his place in the side and the situation was no different for Kohli. In the inception of his ODI career he was benched for most of the matches in the team of superstars. He got his odd chances when Sachin Tendulkar, Virendrer Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh were injured. This second fiddle batsman took the opportunity so grandly that Yuvi could not make a return. Then for a while it was either Suresh Raina or Yuvi who could make it to the playing eleven.

Virat Kohli became the first Indian to score a century on World Cup debut in 2011. He played a catalyst in the World Cup laurels then. After the World Cup when the seniors including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took rest, Virat continued to quench his thirst for runs. His recent blinder of 100* off just 52 balls, the fastest by any Indian, was the sole reason because of which India chased down a mammoth 359, the second highest run chase in the history of the game. This blitzkrieg innings made him a hero because, in cricket, no matter how big you play, you become huge only in a huge game.

Besides ODIs, Virat is a prominent member of The T20 team, again commanding the number three position. His stint in the Indian Premier League with the Royal Challengers Bangalore has been stupendous. Kohli made his maiden test hundred at Adelaide in a series in which the Indian batsmen were made to be looked like guinea pigs by the Australians.

The exuberance of Virat has always been on the apogee. His bindaas lifestyle has been on the radar of many critics. But as long as he continues delivering I fancy him over 50 ODI centuries in a decade and simultaneously transcend beyond Sachin in many other records.  Sachin Tendular brought a new level of class in the world of cricket. Virat Kohli can bring another!


Indian Politics: Game of Thrones premieres December 8

Semi-finals! The forthcoming state elections have been declared and the people are already calling it the semi-finals to final Lok Sabha elections of 2014. Some say semi-final is an exaggeration. Actually it’s mitigation. The truth is that these state elections are the first innings of the final itself. Score as much as you can because a good start is half the work done.  The people of Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram will cast their votes within about three weeks, hence the rising political tension. The notion of a change in power has gripped the nation since the Karnataka results earlier this year.

Delhi is anticipated to be the most enigmatic territory. The Congress is rigid on maintaining its momentum but this firmness has not one but two super strong oppositions, the Bhartiya Janata Party and the Aam Aadmi Party. The BJP has seen a charismatic fountainhead in Narendra Modi, whose recent speech in Delhi was received grandly. The novice AAP has been diligent and industrious from a year. Their transparency has made their run elementary. Arvind Kejriwal’s challenge to take Sheela Dikshit head on is worth waiting.

Big states have big victories and big defeats. What Madhya Pradesh is to BJP is exactly what Rajasthan is to Congress. The BJP looks super confident on a hat trick in MP and Chhattisgarh. Retaining Rajasthan is going to be emphatic for Congress.

The party which has the best overall success in these elections will be a front runner in the Lok Sabha elections next year. Although the AAP is fighting in only Delhi, it can use this to its own advantage. A win in Delhi for AAP will officially render them as trustworthy. They can wield this victory to show immediate development by the arrival of the Lok Sabha polls in May 2014. The BJP has displayed a turnaround uprising. Narendra Modi’s nomination as the Prime Ministerial candidate has propelled them to the zenith. The party has become a talking point nationwide overnight. The Congress will ride on its unfathomed success in the Centre which is every party’s dream. The uplifting of Rahul Gandhi will be an interesting watch.

This first innings is all set to show us a thousand hues of Indian politics. With just six months for the Lok Sabha polls after the results of all these states on December 8, it is imperative for each party to win against all odds. The people from the remaining states of India will definitely consider these results highly to decide on pressing the worthy button next year. The inception of the real game of thrones will be after these results when the frontrunners and aspiring comeback makers will be unveiled.