Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Nov 2017 12:03:31









SINCE the time it was first produced during the First World War, battle tanks have undergone a sea change technologically, making them more lethal with pinpoint accuracy in fire power, agile, capable of operating on difficult terrains and more ‘comfortable’ for the soldiers operating them on the battle fields. While the US and Russia are leading the world in making sophisticated war machines, India lags far behind, though battle tanks are still the mainstay of the armies the world over. Time and again, defence experts have been raising the issue of having better tanks for the Indian Army. Now, Army Chief General Bipin Singh Rawat himself has spelled out what kind of tanks the Army should have, looking at the complexities of possible future wars on western as well as northern fronts. The General has rightly pointed out that the tanks should be capable of working on all terrains. The Army Chief has also rightly stressed for a strict timeline for new tanks. Because, the past experience is that by the time the Army gets ‘new’ arms, they become technologically obsolete as others have already gone much ahead of us.


THAT is what Indian Captain Virat Kohli said while interacting with the media in Kolkota on the eve of the first test against Sri Lanka. He was obviously concerned about the workload that some players have to carry across all formats of the game. Earlier also he had raised the issue of burn-out and vouchsafed for a rotation system. Fortunately at the present moment India has a very healthy bench strength of nearly 25-30 players who can be drafted in place of any injured or overworked player. Even then there are certain players like the Captain himself who are not given the luxury of rest from the gruelingly endless schedules of international engagement. It is in the light of these seemingly unending schedules that Virat Kohli has said that he was not a robot and his body cries for a deserving rest. In Virat’s case, being a captain for all formats of the game, he has to remain on the board all the time. But the issue of burn-out cannot be lost sight of. It is in the light of this issue that the merit of having two captains needs to be looked into.