Politicians in India are curiously enamoured of their jobs—much more so, at least, than two cricketers recently in the news.
Both Ricky Pontingand Kumar Sangakkara are excellent players. They have also done well as captains, especially Ponting with his record in previous World Cups. Yet, both have chosen to step down from captaincy despite there being little resentment against them for their World Cup losses. In comparison, Indian ministers who face regular demands for resignation refuse to budge. Perhaps the political job is lucrative after all.
To be sure, cricket and politics are not exactly bedfellows, and it’s not as if cricket captains are eager to kick the job bucket. But when players such as Ponting and Sangakkara step aside, it speaks of a quality that the average Indian politician would do well to learn: the grace to make way for someone better when one no longer feels up to the task.