Open Minds 2018: Soft Power

Virat Kohli, Captain, Indian Cricket Team

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If ever there was a trial by fire for Virat Kohli, then it was the South Africa series early this year. He was already considered the world’s best batsman going by his current form, but as India’s captain, despite his superb record, he was yet to prove himself in the big league—that is, on an overseas tour outside the continent. Then there was the controversy of Anil Kumble’s replacement as coach because Kohli didn’t get along with him. India lost the first two Tests in South Africa, but, with Kohli leading from the front, clawed their way back to win the third. They lost the series, but then in an incredible comeback thrashed South Africa 5-1 in the One- Dayers. Kohli’s record is the best for any Indian captain in terms of win-loss ratios. As captain, he has scored 14 centuries in 35 matches, better than any of his predecessors. His stamp on Indian cricket has been greater than that of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who he replaced, and those were pretty big shoes to fill. Under him, Indian cricket continues to flourish and the ride is only beginning.

Complete List of Open Minds 2018: Public Square

Salman Rushdie, Author | Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Political scientist | Nandan Nilekani, Infosys Chairman | Srinath Raghavan, Historian | Ram Madhav, BJP Leader | Swapan Dasgupta, Political commentator and MP | Shashi Tharoor, Scholar Politician | TCA Raghavan, Historian | Ramachandra Guha, Historian | Brahma Chellaney, Strategic thinker | Uday Shankar, President, 21st Century Fox, Asia | Anantha Chandrakasan, Technologist | Gita Gopinath, Economist | Soumya Swaminathan, Paediatrician and clinical scientist | Prasoon Joshi, Poet and Censor Board chairman | Madhav Khosla, Scholar | Sidharth Luthra, Lawyer | Shayara Bano, Triple Talaq Petitioner | Reuben Abraham, Economic Analyst | Pratima Joshi, Architect | Reetika Khera, Economist | Shamika Ravi, Economist | Sharmila Bhattacharya, Scientist | Vijay Prasad, Historian | Nayanjot Lahiri, Historian | Avani Chaturvedi, Fighter Pilot, IAF | Pranshu and Nishant Patni, Entrepreneurs

Complete List of Open Minds 2018: Soft Power

Virat Kohli, Captain, Indian Cricket Team | Priyanka Chopra, Actor | Jeet Thayil, Author | Anju Dodiya, Artist | Alia Bhatt, Actor | Rajkummar Rao, Actor | Chetan Bhagat, Author | Jahnvi Dameron Nandan, Perfumer | Rupi Kaur, Poet | Parvathy Thiruvothu, Actor | Sujatha Gidla, Author | Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, Architect | Prayaag Akbar, Author | Ruchika Sachdeva, Fashion Designer | Palghat R Ramprasad, Carnatic musician | Unni R, Author | Kunal Kamra, Comedian | Vikas Khanna, Chef and Television Personality | Shoojit Sircar, Filmmaker | Srikanth Kidambi, Badminton Player | CS Santosh, Off-Road Biking Champion | Mayank Austen Soofi, Author and Blogger | Ratish Nanda, Conservation Architect