In the hustle and bustle of the hectic T20 season, it is easy to forget about the pressing issues that currently plague Indian cricket.
Many will immediately agree that Virat Kohli is the lone bright spot—a shining jewel of sorts—amidst the ruins of modern-day Indian cricket. Controversies explode off the field with allegations and resignations, but the boy has quickly transformed into an intimidating figure feared by bowlers world over. His consistency is extraordinary, and he is even finding his feet in Test Cricket—scoring a century in South Africa, Australia as well as New Zealand. With the England and Australia tours beckoning again, Kohli’s is a reputation to be proud of for Indian fans, because he rarely ever lets his passion rub him the wrong way anymore.
But Kohli, contrary to public perception, is still a boy.
Not necessarily by example, but by instinct. It would require a roaring strand of selflessness in leadership, not only to be a captain, but to guide a group of different souls in the same direction. Tendulkar, as we discovered, wasn’t that man—his refusal to grow up and be the best boy came at a price. India would never be able to garner his cricketing acumen and knowledge under the garb of leadership. Behind the scenes, as the messiah and boy with a billion hopes on his shoulders—that job, he relished. To come from behind in a team barely standing, and push them to greater heights. To not be responsible for failures, to be out of the glaring harsh limelight (one that he was always in)—was a decision made by everybody to further his status as living legend.