No, this article does not compare the flicks of Laxman to the drives of Kohli, or the ever calm demeanour to go with the fiery aggression.
It in fact compares the most obvious characteristic of a player which is generally not discussed in much depth - the impact.
Whenever India has a mountain to climb, when hope seems a luxury and the future seems bleak, it is these two men, Venkatsai Laxman in tests and Virat Kohli in ODIs, that appear somewhat possessed at the crease with their endless grit and nerves of steel.
They make even the opposition applaud in awe as they single-handedly affect the run of play, and eventually, the outcome of the match.
Starting with the most memorable of all, the 2001 Eden Test against Australia, which is still hailed as the most remarkable comeback of all time, achieving an unimaginable victory stuck with the tail and a sore back.
Not to forget saving the test match against New Zealand from a down and out state of 15/5 or playing mystical innings on withering pitches against South Africa and Sri Lanka in the same era.
Whenever in trouble, India could dial ‘L’ for Laxman and the Hyderabadi pro would save the sinking ship more often than not.
Until now, Kholi has achieved the same feat a sufficient number of times. Be it the match at Hobart in the CB series, the match against Pakistan in the Asia Cup, RCB’s crucial rain affected match against CSK in the just concluded IPL season or the most recent innings against the West Indies with India in desperate need of a bonus point.
Kohli has shown that he is here to carry the burden of Indian cricket for a long time to come. With him still at the crease, the opposition can never be sure that they’re winning.
Whether the sparks of brilliance from Kohli were just a few of those days where everything went his way, or whether he can emulate the silken magic of the revered veteran throughout his career, only time will tell.
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