Should Indian captain Virat Kohli feel flattered now that he has been compared to American President Donald Trump? He should. Trump, after all, is the most powerful man on earth. That he can treat the self-important media with disdain and still stand firm is a testimony to his confidence. If the media chose to call it hubris they can do it, but it does not make any difference to the world.
Someone should tell newspapers like The Daily Telegraph, which brought in the comparison, that it is exactly for such display of stupidity that Trump has been having a good laugh at their cost. Trump has won an election fair and square, hasn't he? He is a democratically elected president. Yet what we have so far from a big section of the US and global media is denial of the reality. They have been blaming him, and the ignorant, gullible people of the country, for having him up there. They have relentlessly at it ever since he came to power.
Coming back to Kohli, let's call it a 'brain fade' moment for the Australian media. This expression is an interesting takeaway from an absorbing Test series so far. Roughly it means you do something silly or against the spirit of the game — like the captain of the visiting team Steve Smith looking up at the dressing room before a DRS call — and blame it on the temporary failure of the brain. If the Australian media have it, then thank the Indian skipper for that. It is not always that an Indian cricketer gets under the skin of the Aussies and make them lose the sense of the proper.
"Virat Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport. The Indian captain is a law unto himself with no one — not even the ICC or his own board — holding him accountable for his continual perpetuation of fake news... Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face..," an article in the paper titled "Virat Kohli's Donald Trump-like contempt for the truth making mockery of the game" said. This article was with reference to the incidents on the field after Kohli apparently hurt his shoulder while fielding. It is possible the Indian skipper went a bit over the board in his reaction post the incident, but the reaction of the Australian press was surely following a pattern.
A few days ago, a television channel ran a poll on their Facebook page asking readers to compare Kohli with animals. At the end of the second Test, The Daily Telegraph had slammed Kohli and Anil Kumble for indecent behaviour. The media, in general, have stooped to a low which is unprecedented even by their own rather unedifying standards when covering cricket matches involving their own team. This is when the rival captains have refrained from allowing on filed incidents to be blown out of proportion.
Of course, none of it does any harm to Kohli. He is known to be a tough character who gets tougher when put in an adverse situation. It only shows the Australian media in poor light. The comparison with Trump certainly reflects they are in awe of the Indian captain. You are so powerful already why do you need to be arrogant? This seems to be the message emanating from their reaction. Actor Amitabh Bachchan puts it rather aptly in his tweet: Aussi media calls Virat, Donald Trump of sports !! ... thank you Aussi media for accepting that he is a winner and the PRESIDENT !!
T 2471 - Aussi media calls Virat, Donald Trump of sports !! ... thank you Aussi media for accepting that he is a winner and the PRESIDENT !! pic.twitter.com/ZOoNtuhtC2
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 21, 2017
Kohli should be happy with the reaction of the Australian media. Sometimes compliments come in the form of abuse. It does not matter whether it is a case of brain fade.