Will Virat Kohli ever take a knee?

Source :SIFY
Last Updated: Mon, Oct 26th, 2020, 13:16:25hrs
hardik pandya

India captain Virat Kohli is better known as chiku to his close ones and has broken records for fun to establish himself as the finest modern day cricketer.  

While there is little to be corrected about his cricket and more to be learnt - Kohli is far from being a complete role-model.

This generation of sports personalities are PR driven and understand how to be politically correct in an interview, Twitter or any other social media platforms.

There was a time when Muhammad Ali not only stood up for the black people but also spoke his mind in interviews. It looked like Ali was perhaps serving his knockout punch when he spoke his mind loudly on television interviews and had no fear about being politically correct.

West Indies legend Michael Holding, one of the rare well articulated fast bowlers, can also be considered in the same league when it comes to speaking on social issues. He hardly cares about being politically correct and takes a stand as a role model should.  

How many Indian cricketers actually define a role-model?

India and Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya sent social media in a tizzy when he led from the front and took a knee in Mumbai Indians' clash against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.

The decision looked instinctive but with a pre-meditated mindset as the Vadodara all-rounder took a knee after reaching his half-century with Kieron Pollard looking like the happiest man in the dug out as he stood up and applauded.  

The effort is worth applauding. There are murmurs of Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting in support of taking a knee. But there are no glimpses of his team doing so yet.  

Pandya is a regular for India. He is a top-notch athlete. His gesture only adds to his stature. One might argue that he is also careless but he took a stand and made a difference.

Now it's over to premier India cricketers like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Jasprit Bumrah and also the other domestic players participating in the IPL to stop being politically correct and take a step in the right direction.  

India have produced plenty of fearless and flamboyant cricketers over the years but they fail to prove themselves when it comes to social responsibilities.