AB de Villiers : The Howard Roark of Cricketing Fraternity

And then he laughed.

Howard Roark, the protagonist of Ayn Rand’s famous novel The Fountainhead, is a brilliant architect of the modern school, whose bold and innovative designs are a matter of fascination for the larger segments of society; draws uncanny resemblances with AB DeVilliers in many ways.

Just like Roark, ABD is fiercely independent and believes in the merit of his revolutionary designs and has the courage to stand for them in the face of an antagonistic society.His 360 degrees sweeps are no less than the Enright House. The impossible !

He is a brilliant thinker and he acts on his thinking. He is true to his values, to his convictions, to his thinking, to his mind, to his self; exactly the way ABD rose to the occasion while playing a gritty match-saving 220 balls-33 runs knock against Australia. Public opinions do not matter to him. He only believes in staying loyal and challenging himself.

Roark is fully committed to the individualistic approach in each of of his designs, and he takes a laborer’s job in a granite quarry rather than compromising on his work. ABD on such lines, once being too carried away in the glitterati of the perks of this cricketing life promised himself to believe in himself and give every inch of his body to this holy game. He has not looked back ever since then. He has not changed his attacking stroke-play, even being fairly criticized at times and is a proud holder of feats such as the fastest 100 & 150 runs in the limited overs format.

You either succumb to his enigmatic charms or call him a technically flawed, over-rated and overly loved player but the former has been the case pretty much. I guess you ought to watch a game in Chinnaswamy to know his cult following. After Sachin and Kohli, he’s the most loved sport star in India. He never craved for any such prestige but his potential to hit such sky-scraping sixes and the agility to induce such vivacity on the field, makes him the winner; exactly how Roark used to do the magic via his drafting sheets.

Roark is undeterred. He’ll design anything from sky-kissing elevations to hotels to temples to gas stations, so long as he can build in his own way. So is ABD.Be it IPL, the Titans -his provincial club, his national team or the street cricket, he gives his 200% in everything and tries to execute a different game plan, with different stroke-play, just to keep himself going. He’s not afraid to experiment, backs himself and delivers. His drafts his excelling stories with his bat.

Howard was a visionary from his initial days and wanted to stay ahead of his time. So like ABD, the way he went on to represent the Proteas and then owning the game with his sheer class,is something astonishing.

Howard Roark and AB DeVilliers represent to me – Ethical Integrity. It’s just a matter of one World Cup trophy , when ABD gifts himself the Wynand Tower, the last, the tallest and the biggest skyscraper of his career and fades in the overlying success of eternal joy and glory.

IPL 2017 : The best playing XI of all teams.

Amidst the hoo-halla of CCD getting some lame-fame via cockroaches and Baba Yoginath engraving his name in UP through his rock solid speeches, IPL has managed to sneak in.

The big fat boy is just around the corner, all set to bring in some joy to your monotonous life. I mean, it’ll still remain hollow and hopeless but at least it helps you escape those daily soaps which haunt you the moment you step in your house. 8-11 would be fun for a month or two. So, you better enjoy it.

I am honestly clueless about your passion towards entertainment or life in general but anyhow I am going to share my perspective on how the teams might stack up and how magnificent this season could be.

No, I am not a big time critic or any kind of analyst; I am just a great admirer of the sport and I couldn’t restrain myself from imposing my opinion on you. In case you are noob or just want some pointers to be actively involved in office Cricket gossip, here is a holy piece of information lying below. Just go through it.

Ben Stokes was the biggest fish of this IPL Auctions, 14.5 God Damn Crores. Holy money and will play for Pune, Dhoni’s team. No no he isn’t the captain. The management sacked him and told that they wanted someone aggressive, LOLZ. So, they appointed Test #1, Steve Smith as their commander. Strange no. All money and no brains make you a Rahul Gandhi and not to forget their third-class pitch.Not gonna support them at all.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Pune –

Rahane, Agarwal, Smith(c), Faf, Dhoni(wk),Stokes,Baba Aparajith ,Bhatia,Tahir, Unadkat & Dinda.
This Agarwal is not the sweet wala.Please make a note of it and R Ashwin is out due to Hernia.

Coming to Bangalore. This is the only way of redemption for Vijay Mallya to get rid of his debts. They are the South Africa of IPL, always get choked. Rahul is already ruled out due to the shoulder injury and Kohli is recovering too. After a couple of games, once the team is stabilized, hopefully, they’ll be able to turn their fortunes. I want them to win, just because of Kohli. He deserves it.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for RCB- 

Virat(c), Gayle, Mandeep, ABD, Watson, Jadhav(wk), Sarfaraz,Binny/Negi(depending on conditions), Chahal, Aniket Choudhary and Tymal Mills.

The defending champions, the Biryani people thrive on their bowling. Now, with Bangladesh board banning its players to participate in IPL, fizz would be out of action; but this proves to be a blessing in disguise for the Afghans. Both Nabi & Rashid can feature in the playing XI. Also, the young lad,Siraj gets to spearhead alongside Nehraji.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Sunrisers Hyderabad-

Warner(c), Dhawan, Williamson, Yuvraj, Hooda, Nabi, Ojha(wk), Rashid Khan,Nehra,Siraj & Bhuvi.

Mumbaikars are beasts when it comes to shredding money and buying the best players. This time, they’ve got the run making Lankan machine – Gunarathne, which would be exciting to see.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Mumbai Indians-

Rohit(c), Parthiv(wk), Rayudu, Hardik/Krunal Pandya, Pollard, Buttler, Gunarathne, Gowtham, Harbhajan, Malinga and Bumrah.

Delhi has been the most consistent team to have finished at the bottom. Their management had been quite volatile with their decision making in the past. They are the Lalas, who have no knowledge about the game whatsoever. Now, with Dravid on board, and the fact that he encourages young indigenous talent, it is the only positive for them.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Delhi Daredevils-

Iyer,Billings, Pant,Nair,Sanju(wk),Corey Anderson/Braithwaite, Morris , Jayant,Mishra, Shami and Rabada.

Gujaratis are the smartest people in terms of business. And they’ve been bang on with their strategy of promoting Indian lads, who’ve done well exceptionally in local tournaments and thereby introducing the unknown/unheard factor by spending not too much. Thampy and Nathu Singh would be the key bowlers to watch out for. Sir Jadeja has been advised to exclude himself by the BCCI as Champions Trophy is lined up next.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Gujarat-

McCullum, Roy/Smith, Raina(c), Karthick(wk),Ishan Kishan, Bravo, Faulkner, Jakati, Thampy, Nathu Singh & Shivil Kaushik.

The only way the almighty can forgive these Bongs for the deadly sin they commit- putting Aalo in Biryani; is that he looks at this balanced KKR side and says wow. It’s flawless and plus they’ve got the chinaman – Kuldeep. The Indian warhorse Umesh has been suggested to take rest for the upcoming CT.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for KKR-

Gambhir(c), Uthappa(wk), Pandey, Lynn, Yusuf, Suryakumar, Chawla, Narine,Boult,Nile & Kuldeep.

I hope the way Sehwag used to bat and how crazily he tweets, this team can have some effect induced from their coach. They are a good solid unit this time with some exceptional hitters in the middle order, and if they play fearlessly they can do great provided Preity Zinta’s love life doesn’t overshadow everything.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Punjab-

Guptill, Vohra, Saha(wk),Maxwell(c),Morgan,Miller,Gurkeerat,Axar,Natarajan,Sandeep, Mohit/Aaron.

Cheers.I hope this IPL brings in hotter cheerleaders & TV hosts and RCB wins! Happy watching.

My verdict – Top 4 : KKR, SRH, MI and RCB.