(Mukul Kesavan is an Indian historian and author. The column first appeared in NDTV on September 18, 2021)
- Virat Kohli has resigned as captain from the wrong cricket code. On no account should he give up the captaincy of India’s T20 team. Given his current Triple A rating (Aggressive Accumulator with Attitude), it isn’t clear that he earns his place in that side. The Indian T20 team has more anchors than it needs and Kohli’s probably a drag on the run-rate. But who cares? Asli T20 competition happens not in the World Cup but in the IPL which has the money, the talent and the needle. Bombay Desis or whatever it is that Mukesh Ambani’s team is called, would beat the Indian national team nine times out of ten. The T20 World Cup doesn’t count as a test of skill. Any half-decent side has a shot at winning the title; unlike a long league competition like the IPL where teams play each other over and over again, there aren’t enough matches played in the World Cup to properly test the mettle of a side, to sort out the chancers from the genuine contenders.