Virat Kohli, the pressure of T20 and the BCCI’s insane calendar

Tamil pop culture—in particular, the comedic actors so intrinsic to its movies—introduced me to a word that has since become integral to my personal lexicon: “mindvoice,” that impish presence in the back of the head that keeps up a contrarian commentary as I listen to the noise around me.

My mindvoice has been particularly active this past month, ever since Virat Kohli announced that he will give up the national Twenty20 captaincy after the upcoming World Cup, and the captaincy of his franchise after the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League.

“Boss,” I heard from more than one ‘cricket …


Prem Panicker

Prem Panicker has been a journalist for over 30 years. From daily newspapers to weekly magazines and digital news portals—he was one of the seven journalists who were part of the start-up team—he has written and edited features extensively across mediums and publications. Since quitting his job at Yahoo in 2014, he has been working as a freelance writer and editor, as well as teaching narrative journalism.