Indians love their cricket and literally worship their cricketing heroes like demigods. The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup has gathered heat with India scheduled to meet Australia on 9th June 2019. Every India-Australia contest is a gem to watch. This match is sure to be a mouth-watering contest with super heavyweights in both teams waiting to lock horns. Would it not be a fantastic idea to match each of the eleven Indian players with some of the most fascinating cars in the market? Here is what the team would look like.
Rohit Sharma – Rolls Royce Phantom
Rohit Sharma is a silent performer in the Indian team that has 'in your face' kind of stalwarts like Virat and Hardik. Would you find a more silent performer than the Rolls Royce Phantom in the automobile sector? The Rolls Royce Phantom is one of the most classic cars in the Indian market. Its majestic presence on the road matches the aura that Rohit Sharma displays on the cricket field. Rohit is a slow starter, but on picking up steam, no batsman in the world can match him. The Rolls Royce Phantom is unmatchable on the roads, as it silently powers its way.
The Rolls Royce Phantom is available in two variants, the Sedan and the EWB. Available in the pricing range of INR 7.54 Crores to INR 9.50 Crores, this beauty delivers an excellent mileage performance of 23 kmpl. The Rolls Royce Phantom is an amazing car that can dazzle you in a way similar to how Rohit Sharma does on the cricket field. If there is one batsman who has an insatiable appetite for runs, it is undoubtedly Rohit Sharma.
Shikhar Dhawan – Jeep Compass
If you trust any Indian player to fight fire with fire, there cannot be a better choice than Shikhar Dhawan. The Jeep Compass is one vehicle that displays the 'Blow-hot-Blow-cold' attitude that Shikhar Dhawan is known for showing on the field. However, the Jeep Compass is a dependable and robust vehicle capable of bringing you home in the most challenging circumstances.
The Jeep Compass comes with an Active Drive 4X4 system that enables it to drive smoothly over all terrain. The surface does not matter at all for the Jeep Compass. It can treat the smoothest of highways, mud tracks, snow, and sand with equal ability. Shikhar Dhawan displays a similar tigerish attitude to batting, as he is the batsman you can rely on to bat fluently irrespective of the nature of the pitch.
The Jeep Compass is available in the price band of INR 15.60 to 23.11 lakhs. Besides displaying a Dhawan-like swagger, the Jeep Compass is one of the safest cars in India, as it comes with safety features like six airbags, ABS, EBD, and Hill Descent Control.
Virat Kohli Cars – Audi R8 LMX
Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the King on the cricket pitch. The only vehicle that comes to mind when you think of Virat Kohli cars is the Audi R8 LMX. Virat is a special player, and so is the Audi R8 LMX. This car is a limited edition car with Audi releasing only 99 models on sale globally. Fittingly, Virat Kohli has an Audi R8 LMX positioned majestically in his patio.
The highlight of the Audi R8 LMX is the laser high beam lighting technology. It separates this car from the rest of the five Audis that Virat owns. The Audi R8 LMX has the most attractive external appearance while boasting of impressive interiors at the same time. This car symbolises Virat perfectly because Virat is as beautiful a person inside as he appears to the outside world.
The source of strength of this magnificent car is its 5.2-litre V10 engine mated to a 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox. This car can shift gears in a blink of an eye very much similar to how Virat can while batting against the most fearsome Aussie bowlers.
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K L Rahul – Mercedes S-Class
Form is temporary, whereas Class is permanent. The cricketing pundits use this phrase frequently for K L Rahul, the most mercurial of Indian batsmen. On his day, Rahul is a match-winner. The ideal car that can match K L Rahul’s temperament is the Mercedes S-Class.
The Mercedes S-Class is the most elegant car on the roads that can make every head turn and gasp in awe. If there is one car that can deliver state-of-the-art luxury, it has to be the Mercedes S-Class. The Mercedes S-Class is a regal car available in the price range of INR 1.33 to INR 2.55 Crores. The S-Class comes in two variants, the S350d and the S450. As the flagship sedan of the German automobile manufacturing giant, the S-Class comes equipped with a range of advanced technologies.
When it comes to driving the Mercedes S-Class, it is all elegance and grace. K L Rahul is a batsman in a similar mould, an absolute delight to watch when in full flow.
Kedar Jadhav – Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
Kedar Jadhav is a small powerhouse in action. Among Indian cars, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 is the perfect example of a pocket dynamo. The Alto K10 packs a wonderful punch in its performance. Kedar has a similar approach to his cricket. He has a small physique but is capable of gargantuan feats. The Alto K10 appears to be a small car, but one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the business.
The Alto K10 is one car that people would love to have standing in their garage because it is one of the most easily manoeuvrable cars on Indian roads. Kedar Jadhav is a reliable player who can deliver the goods when the chips are down. He is always ready to give more than 100% on the field. Similarly, the Alto K10 is always available at your beck and call. The Alto K10, an ideal family car is one you can trust to go on long drives safely. It does not exactly set the roads on fire but is an efficient car capable of providing quality service.
MS Dhoni – Toyota Innova Crysta
Which car would you trust to accommodate your family on a long road trip? It has to be the Toyota Innova. MS Dhoni is the go-to-person in the Indian team whenever it finds itself in a tight spot. You can always trust Dhoni to bail you out of trouble every time. The Toyota Innova Crysta has got a fantastic ground clearance, thereby ensuring that it clears every obstacle on the road with ease.
M S Dhoni has the safest pair of hands among all Indian cricketers. Similarly, the Toyota Innova Crysta is capable of providing safety and comfort to each member of your family. It comes with excellent safety features like seven airbags, HAC, Hill Start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control. Toyota vehicles have the strongest of engines in the automobile segment. It is also the most durable car in this list, much in the same way Dhoni is in the Indian cricket team.
The Innova Crysta has a spacious cabin to accommodate your entire family. Dhoni is a similar personality who is capable of carrying the whole Indian team along with him.
Hardik Pandya – Bugatti Veyron
In one-day cricket, you need batsmen who can fire from the word 'Go.' Hardik Pandya is one such batsman who can hit the first ball he faces for a six. Among automobiles, the Bugatti Veyron is the fastest off the block as this car can zoom from 0 to 100 kmph in 2.6 seconds. This car can attain speeds as high as 431 kmph. Trust Hardik Pandya to bat at top gear and make the difference between India reaching 300 and crossing 350 in the match against Australia.
When it comes to speed, no car in India can hold a candle to the Bugatti Veyron. However, the Bugatti is not a fuel-efficient car. Similarly, Hardik is not the most economical of bowlers in the Indian team but is worth his weight in gold for the value that he brings to the side as an explosive batsman.
Besides being the fastest car in India, it has a stylish appearance as well. Hardik Pandya also loves to show off. It is evident from the tattoos he has on his torso. However, he is a powerful batsman to have in your team.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar – Tata Nexon
If ever there is a player that you can call as safe, it has to be Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. He has the quintessential next-door boy looks but hides a steely resolve behind his affable exterior. The Tata Nexon is similar in many ways. It looks like a simple SUV but has the highest safety ratings among all Indian cars.
The Tata Nexon comes with multiple drive modes that enable you to change the characteristics of its driveability to suit your requirements. Similarly, Bhuvaneshwar is one player the captain can go to stem the flow of runs if things start going out of hand. He can chip in with a couple of inexpensive overs while grabbing a wicket or two in the bargain.
The Tata Nexon delivers excellent mileage with its diesel versions chalking 23.97 kmpl. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is one of the most economical bowlers around, especially in the Power Play sessions.
Tata Nexon is available in the price band of INR 6.36 to INR 10.80 lakhs.
Kuldeep Yadav – Toyota Glanza
The beauty of cricket is that it is unpredictable. You do not know what to expect the next moment, especially when you have a Chinaman specialist like Kuldeep Yadav displaying his bag of tricks. The Toyota Glanza is a prime example of unpredictability in the automobile segment.
Reviews state that the Glanza is an improvised version of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, but with features that set Toyota apart from the others. Kuldeep is also a bowler who can be challenging to read at times. You expect the ball to come along nicely, while in reality, the ball would have already crashed into your stumps.
The Glanza is the latest entrant in the automobile world. Similarly, Kuldeep is the youngest member of the Indian team. People are anxiously waiting to see the Glanza perform. Kuldeep Yadav brings the same feeling to the cricket field, as he can turn any match on its head within an over or two of his wrist spins.
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Yuzvendra Chahal – Maruti Suzuki Dzire
If there is a competition to decide a car for all seasons, Maruti Suzuki Dzire will win it handsomely. It explains why it is the most popular Indian car on the roads. Maruti Suzuki Dzire is the best when it comes to delivering excellent mileage. It is a spacious hatchback capable of providing extreme comfort to its passengers. The Indian cricketer who comes close to matching the utility levels of Maruti Suzuki Dzire is Yuzvendra Chahal.
India can depend on Chahal to stem the flow of runs when the going becomes tough. At the same time, he can also give you valuable wickets and push back the scoring rate of the opponents. Maruti Suzuki Dzire has similar features, thereby making it the favourite car of Indians.
Jasprit Bumrah – BMW i3
Jasprit Bumrah is a once-in-a-generation kind of player with a unique bowling action that can stun the opposition into submission. The BMW i3 is an excellent car with a relaxed demeanour that is worth going miles to see. Bumrah is a menacing fast bowler but has a calculative mind ticking inside his body. The BMW i3 has an imposing external appearance but provides the highest degree of luxury to its passengers.
The BMW i3 comes equipped with a power synchronous electric motor capable of generating great bursts of speed. It has a distinctive on-road image that matches Jasprit Bumrah's unconventional bowling action. On the efficiency front, the BMW i3 is the ideal car to have, as it can run for 160 km on a single charge. Similarly, Bumrah is a tireless performer on the field.
This Indian playing XI can give nightmares to the Aussies when they take the field on 9th June 2019. The eleven cars that we have discussed are also the best in their respective areas of strength. We shall be back with you with a fresh set of eleven cars for the India-New Zealand match on 13th June 2019. Until then, have a great time savouring India's success march in the World Cup.