Is it Time for Congress to Assemble an Avengers Squad?

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Is it Time for Congress to Assemble an Avengers Squad?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ow that the Gujarat elections are over, the winners stamped, and the post-mortem signed, there is one thing that has become clear: The BJP might have won, but this election’s MVP was the Congress.

India’s Grand Old Party is just like the South African cricket team of the late ’90s. Remember the 1999 Cricket World Cup and the nail-biting semi-final between the champs Australia and South Africa? Australia had scored a decent 214 and Lance Klusener — who had been a revelation that season both with the ball and the bat — was all set to upset their match-winning streak. In the final over, when things were down to the wire, Klusener was on the strike and Allan Donald was on the other end. They were nearly home when Klusener made the infamous call for a single, which was misjudged by Donald, who ended up losing his wicket. Australia romped into the finals.

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