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...Fans with hair that has just started greying, on the other hand, may vote for a Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who took street smarts to a completely new level (even if his finishing has been kind of shaky of late). Then, of course, there’s a couple of generations that will swear by Sourav Ganguly—the man who made Steve Waugh wait for the toss, the man who made his team believe they were better than anyone they were up against. So cool. So is Virat Kohli cooler than all of the above? Definitely, and not just because of his immaculately trimmed beard. Kohli almost always says the right things, and in the right tone—in pre- and post-match press conferences, on social media, where he’s invariably putting down sexist idiots for blaming his batting failures on partner Anushka Sharma, and even in adverts where he’s selling kurtas. Also, he’s pretty handy with the bat. So does all this make Kohli the coolest Indian cricket captain ever? ...Live Mint on July 5, 2017, 6:06 p.m.
...For those who missed it, India beat England by three wickets on Sunday despite conceding 351 runs and then losing their first four wickets with just 63 on the board. Taking centre stage, obviously, was Kohli, whose 122 took India out of the woods. In the process, the 28-year-old broke Tendulkar’s record for the most number of centuries in successful run chases (this was his 15th, going past Tendulkar’s 14). He also equalled Tendulkar’s record of 17 centuries while batting second—Tendulkar got those 17 tons in 232 innings, Kohli in just 96. Comparisons across eras are unfair; they’re also a lot of fun. First, a look at the objective statistics—just the One Day International (ODI) numbers, and some extrapolation based on Kohli’s age and the stage of his career. After 177 matches, Tendulkar had scored 5,211 runs. After 177 matches, Kohli has 7,692. Tendulkar had scored 12 centuries. Kohli, 27. ...Live Mint on Jan. 18, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
...The weirder ones among us—or was it just me?—found England middle-order batsman Robin Smith’s stance particularly intriguing; his back-lift so high you wondered how he ever timed anything right. When you played football, you dribbled past other children like Diego Maradona. Boris Becker’s service action, I’m pretty certain, is still hardwired into the motor memories of many fans…the German mechanically rocking back and forth, bent very slightly at the waist, his arms ramrod straight, then the high toss, the tiny leap and finally the big, booming serve. When you rushed to the net in imaginary tennis games, you always did it like Stefan Edberg (at least in your head). Roger Federer’s airy, flairy single-handed backhand and Rafael Nadal’s rip-roaring top-spin forehand will stay in the head long past their eventual retirements. And tennis’ new world No.1 Andy Murray? Nothing at all. ...Live Mint on Nov. 9, 2016, 5:08 p.m.