Virat Kohli has done exceptionally well in recent times and it is pretty much apparent that the talented lad will script countless fairy tales in the forthcoming years. Statistically, he may even do better than Sachin Tendulkar, but here are the 3 reasons as to why he will never be able to fill the Master’s shoes:
1. Passion: It will be wrong to suggest that Kohli doesn’t have enough passion for the game. But while he is, merely, passionate towards the game, Tendulkar is BORN for the game. Kohli had, has and, after retirement, will have a non-cricketing life, but Tendulkar knows no wood other than his willow. He didn’t even clear his class 10 board exams; he boasts of no college degree; he has had no scandalous affairs or anything of significance other than his cricketing achievements. Sachin took birth solely to play cricket and the day he quits cricket, a part of him (the real him) will die. Yes, Sachin Tendulkar will die the day he hangs his boots :’(
2. Conduct: Kohli may have the swagger and a positive and so-called aggressive attitude. But his ferocious approach will never be a match for Sachin’s demure serenity. Kohli swears, shows middle finger to the public on slight provocation and celebrates raucously in an arrogant display of pride. The cricketing fraternity will no doubt, admire & respect him in the future for his cricketing abilities and go-get-it attitude. But Tendulkar…..people don’t respect him; they ‘love’ him. He carries himself so well and, despite astronomic adulations, with such a humble dignity, that one wonders if he is, indeed, the God of cricket…..coz even the mythological Gods have been found wanting when it comes to humility.
3. Magic: When Vernon Dursley remarked, ‘There’s no such thing as MAGIC’- perhaps he had never witnessed the on-field display of the Little Master. Kohli may have the flair, the style, the charisma; but Tendulkar has the magic. When a layman shows a card-trick to his friends, they may show a keen interest as to what he will do. But when a magician shows a card trick on stage, the audiences are more than just interested. They are transfixed, hypnotized and even breathless in jaw-dropping anticipation. Same is the case with Kohli & Tendulkar. When Kohli bats, people will watch jubilantly and expectantly. But when Tendulkar bats, he seems to weave a spell with his wand of a bat…. as the entire country pauses & postpones its mundane chores to witness a magical spectacle that the GREAT man has promised today……..