Will Kohli win India the World T20 single-handedly?

319 runs at an average of 106.33 and a strike rate of 129.14. Virat Kohli’s batting stats? Correct.  In the WT20? Correct again.

Except that these are Kohli’s stats from 2014.

He took home the Player of the Tournament trophy then, even scoring 77 in the final. But Sri Lanka took home the bigger prize by suffocating Yuvraj Singh.

In 2014, Kohli nearly carried India to a world title in Dhaka by sheer force of will.   Read More …

WT20, India v Bangladesh : Another miracle in Bangalore!

Got your breath back after India’s last ball win against Bangladesh? What a game! The last over reads 144WWW but it really doesn’t tell the whole story, does it?

India had to win this game to stay in control of their destiny in the WT20. After a desperate loss against New Zealand in Nagpur, we reignited our campaign in Eden Gardens by cruising home against Pakistan, courtesy another Kohli special. Coming to Bangalore, Bangladesh was another must win game for India. Read More …

Profile for Peace: India and Pakistan

When I read about Profile for Peace, I couldn’t help but recall a story I read in the weekly school newsletter many years ago. The story was about a young soldier defending our borders. He had shot at and killed a soldier on the other side. The story ended with our hero seeing the face of the soldier he had killed. It was his own little brother, who had been separated from the family during the partition.

A powerful story, one that stayed with me all these years. An imaginary line had irrevocably changed the destinies of the people of two nations.
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WT20, India v New Zealand: Beware the Ides of March!

 

Beware the Ides of March” – Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19.

India begin their campaign against New Zealand in Nagpur on 15 March, marking the “real” start of the World T20.

Without a doubt, this will be Dhoni’s last World Cup campaign, ending an amazingly successful captaincy career during which he has led India to all three big titles – WT20 in 2007, the World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013. The big man will want to go out with a big bang. Read More …