Karnataka bypoll win is like a Test series victory under Virat Kohli, says Congress leader Chidambaram

Karnataka bypoll win is like a Test series victory under Virat Kohli, says Congress leader Chidambaram

Chidambaram tweeted about the victory of the Congress-JDS alliance, saying the 4-1 margin looked like a Test series win under Kohli.

P. Chidambaram
P. Chidambaram. (Photo Source: Twitter)

An analogy with cricket and cricketers comes foremost to Indians in any field. Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram showed that he too is no exception either when he compared the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance’s victory over the BJP in the recent bypoll election results in Karnataka with a Test series victory under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.

The ruling alliance of the state defeated the saffron party in two Lok Sabha constituencies – Bellary, Mandya – and as many as Assembly constituencies – Ramnagara and Jamkhandi while the latter could only manage to win Shivamogga, the fortress of strongman BS Yeddyurappa, a former chief minister.

The defeat in Bellary, which was under the BJP’s control for 14 years, was particularly shocking and the gap was also too huge to evade a look (2.43 lakh votes). DK Shivakumar, a Congress minister in the state who is being seen as a key architect of the victory, thanked the people of Karnataka for backing his party.

Chidambaram tweeted about the victory of the Congress-JDS alliance, saying the 4-1 margin looked like a Test series win under Kohli. “Coalition has delivered,” he said. The alliance, which came in power after the May elections, was often suspected to be fragile and the BJP, which ended as the largest party, claimed that the marriage wouldn’t survive for long. But the bypoll result was a big blow to the party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, especially in the run-up to the next set of Assembly elections in five states.

Captain Kohli though lost two big series in 2018

Kohli’s last series as a Test captain saw India defeating the Windies 2-0 in a two-match series. It was, however, his first Test series win of the year as India were beaten in the major away series they played earlier in the year: 1-2 to South Africa and 1-4 to England recently. The ace batsman, who turned 30 recently, has been rested for the ongoing T20I series against the Windies to get charged up ahead of the tough Australia tour starting later this month.

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