Virat Kohli

8 Jan

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I always liked Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman, who didn’t. But for me, the reason for liking them was that despite sledging from the other side, they let their bat do the talking. With this, they gave the opposition the answer. But then in 2008, I saw the debut of a man who not only hammers runs but also sledges his way to success.
My belief has been shaken since then. Personally, I didn’t like this man. I mean why he had to say anything if he can reply with bat. In fact, actions speak louder than words, don’t they? But, he is made of a different crop. He loves to bat and yearns to sledge. For others, the concentration increases if one keeps the mouth shut. For him, concentration increases if he lets mouth open. It is not that he sledges all the time. But, now I have come to believe he knows how to answer. He doesn’t keep his answers waiting.
Now coming to Australia series. Australians are famous for sledging. For them, this is their pet game. Who can forget when Srinath bowled a bouncer at Ricky Ponting and it hit his helmet, Ponting did not mince words. But, this man, quite like them, does not mince words either. Equally, he delivers the choicest punches through the bat. He is the first captain to hit three centuries in the first three innings of a test match. And not only that, he has surpassed our great Rahul Dravid to hit the highest number of runs in a series against Australia. This man is none other than Virat Kohli.
Born and brought up in New Delhi, he was inclined towards cricket since childhood. At the age of 15, his father took him to his friend who was a cricket coach to have a look at him. Without wasting time, the coach took him in and from there his voyage started. He made the cut into India under 19 and played an instrumental role in winning the under 19 World Cup. But, the one inning which will stand out not only in his heart but also in the heart of his friends and will wishers is the Ranji Innings which he played in 2006. Being part of Delhi, his side was playing against Karnataka and he was not out on 40 at the end day 2 stumps. He was looking forward to day 3 when he got the call at 3 AM that his father died that night. He wanted to come back but he was advised by his family and well-wishers to stay back. His side needed him and making the cut to international was very difficult. He stayed and made 90 before getting out. Immediately after that he left for his father’s funeral and did not join the match. This innings was applauded not only by his team mates but also by the Karnataka team players. He changed that day. As his mother recounts, Virat became a mature person. After that, he wanted to play as much as possible. Being on bench frustrated him. He was made captain of Under-19 team 2008 to lead in the under 19 world cup. His team won the world cup and he was admired for his tactical leadership. His stellar performances forced the selectors to give him a call for India team in 2008. And the rest is history.
Espncricinfo.com mentions him as such, “A typical modern-day cricketer, Virat Kohli plays his game aggressively, bares his emotions loudly in public, yet retains the element of maturity that forms an integral part of every good and great player. Anil Kumble said he had thought hard before calling Kohli the best under-22 player in international cricket – that would rate as perhaps the best compliments he has received. It is also proof of Kohli’s transformation as a player”.
In The end , I would like to culminate my article with the words of Patty Berg, “What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.” Kohli is champion indeed.

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Hindi debate

14 Nov

India is a great land, a land where over hundred different languages exist, a hundred different religions prosper, and hundred different cultures survive. So, it is inevitable that there will be debate over language. Quite recently, the gin has again come out in the open that everyone should speak Hindi in the country since hindi is the national language. I don’t support this.

First of all, hindi is not the “NATIONAL LANGUAGE”. Yes, it is not. I don’t understand why most north indians have this misconception that Hindi is our national language. I went to a government office in Delhi and it was written on the wall in big letters, “Hindi hamari rashtra bhasha hai, isse bolne mein sharm kaisi”. To translate, “Hindi is our national language, why should we shy away from speaking in Hindi.” My goodness, even government offices have this blatant lie written over their walls, this explains north Indians’ obliviousness over the language.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do: Speaking in hindi in places where hindi is actually spoken is fine. Even official communication is done in hindi which is not the problem since the masses speak in hindi. But, in other places of India, where hindi is not the mothertongue, and these places are many, there is no point asking others to converse in hindi just because majority of country’s population speaks in hindi. You reach a place like Salem and you crib that no one speaks your mother tongue is like expecting too much from them. If you happen stay for long at that place, learn their mother tongue. It is not about pleasing others, it is about helping yourself. And knowing many languages is good for you.

Don’t ban english: It is quite clear that britishers pressed their language on Indians. But, unintentionally, it has helped us a lot over the years. Forget the IT revolution, we Indians have been able to remain united because one of the factors is that our lingua franca has become english. A person from Allahabad can interact with locals in Chennai because english is the common language. Teams can work because english is spoken. It will not be an exaggeration if I mention that because of english, we stand with each other, not only stand with each other, we party with each other, we play with each other.

I am not against my mother tongue, which is Hindi. I am only reiterating that just because my mother tongue is hindi, I should not ask others to speak the same. When in Delhi, I will speak in Hindi while here in Bangalore, I will speak in English or something in Kannada. And would like to learn 20 more languages spoken in the country if time permits.

Stop reminisces of the past

14 Apr

Past is a history, future is a mystery but present is a gift. Let’s celebrate this without keeping reminsces of the past.