Cricket / Indian cricket: Can Virat Kohli silence his critics like his predecessors?
Indian cricket: Can Virat Kohli silence his critics like his predecessors?
Runs are evasive, form is dipping and critics are after him - King Kohli, perhaps is going through the worst phase in his career. But knowing Kohli, it would be suicidal to write him off. Form is temporary and class is permanent - the Delhi guy would be determined to justify the notion with an unforgettable comeback which has been the hallmark of Indian cricket. Here's a dekko at some of them
Had he not been blinded in one eye, Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi would have amassed at least 6000 Test runs. A near-fatal accident almost ended his career, but Tiger had other plans and made a comeback which made the world of cricket stand up and salute him
The Prince of Chandigarh was already infected with cancer during the 2011 ICC World Cup, but oblivious to it, he was up for national duty. The disease had already crept in and more often than not, Yuvraj Singh almost collapsed, yet he was in no mood to give up and turned out to be the Man of the Series in the tournament. After the World Cup, the whole world came to know of the disease and he was off to the US for treatment. Nobody had even expected him to return to the filed, but he did against New Zealand in a T20International after almost a year and the rest is history
When Navjot Singh Sidhu made his Test debut against West Indies in the early '80s, he was written off as a strokeless wonder. But undeterred he working hard at the nets to toy with the bowling in the 1987 Reliance World Cup
Call him the King of comebacks - Sourav Ganguly proved everybody wrong with his skills and zeal - post-the 1991-92 tour Down Under that only earned him brickbats, it took Maharaj four years to stamp his authority on world cricket - two back-to-back Test 100s against England and Dada was back. Years down the line, the entry of Greg Chappell as coach drew his nemesis, but the Behala guy travelled to nook and corner of the country to prove his mettle - and yet again, the selectors had to fall back upon him
Harbhajan Singh's attitude was under scanner and so were his off-the-field activities, but it was the Eden Gardens Test match against the invincible Australians in 2001 which opened a new chapter in his career. A hattrick and a match-winning spell in the Australian second innings saw India through and Harbhajan was simply unstoppable in the series that India eventually won
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik (above) made their international debuts in the same year, but the Mahi wave was too strong for the latter to earn a permanent place in the side. But Karthik has time and again displayed his utility in the team and is still carrying on