Modi, Kohli spectacular players, not easy to defeat : Jaitley

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli are “spectacular” players in their spheres who are not easy to defeat, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday on his prediction for 2019 general election and India’s chances of winning the world cup again.

While India will elect a new Government before May-end, the national cricket team will go to England and Wales to play Cricket World Cup, kicking off near the same time next year.

At the ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’, Jaitley, a cricket enthusiast and a keen political observer, was asked for his prediction on the general election and the world cup.

“In both spheres, there are spectacular players — Virat Kohli and Narendra Modi. And it is not easy to defeat them,” he remarked.

Putting his money on Kohli-led Indian squad, he said it is “very tough” to defeat the current Indian cricket team in the short form of the game.

On elections, he said the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ or grand-alliance of opposition parties was a failed idea as “no country will jump in to commit suicide” by electing a combination “which does not have stability or ideology” or has no certainty of the leader. (AGENCIES)