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Why not call Dravid Rahul.

by Naked Cricket

I call Tendulkar Sachin. But Dravid, I don’t what it is, is Dravid, rarely Rahul. I don’t know him, it’s best like this, I know his cricket, somewhat closely, know it any better, and I'll be going to work with him.

Today when I saw the worker, nay, the ant, the army of ants combine and build this hundred, I had this laser show of emotions short circuit my head.

Man, was I happy. The warped happiness that comes when you believe you have been privy to a player’s life – including the weird filth that unfolded around that England-2007 tour when Dravid dropped the captaincy. When you attach enough of your life to a cricketer, you tend to second guess both his lows and highs – and I wanted to believe England-2011 would be when Dravid’s cricket would come together again, beyond the stitch and darn of the last few years.

Today it was there. The early overs with Laxman, the almost parallel-prostrate to the ground cover drives, and the sudden snarls, especially that manic one to midwicket. Shots like this I associated with Dravid’s earlier "I can play one-dayers" statement of intent. Only unlike the last few years when they prematurely hurled themselves out of the closet, going no further than short-midwicket, today’s were flying, he was sorcerer, medieval yet not outdated.

Played Rahul.

5 comments:

vmminerva said...

It was all there indeed. "..almost parallel-prostrate to the ground cover drives, and the sudden snarls...", loved the way you put it. A great innings by a colossus of the game. Privileged to have witnessed it. Cheers!

jagdish said...

Rahul Dravid is very cool, calm and consistant player in team, who had played well in every critical situation. He rightfully deserve title of " THE WALL ". I would like to extend my all warm wishes to him. His title should be renamed as " THE GREAT INDIAN STRONG WALL ". Gud luk keep it up TGISW....

erez said...

I think it's part of their respective personalities, on and off the pitch. Tendulkar is warmer, approachable, likeable, exciting and fun to watch, while Dravid is cooler, more aristocratic, aloof and calculated. And probably less "fun" to watch (while not less aesthetically pleasing).

Sachin is also more popular, and hence, more of a household name than Dravid.

Bhaskar Khaund said...

Sachin is genius , Dravid is maestro.Sachin is a breathtaking, belief-defying shot that freezes a moment for eternity.Dravid is a lifegiving innings that looks eternity in the face and says "you're only as potent as the next moment". Sachin is art , Dravid is sports. I can't do without Sachin on my telly. I can't do without Dravid in my team.

Rahul said...

The GREAT WALL of INDIA deserves to play each and every formats of Cricket for Team INDIA.............
He should play for INDIA as long as he can..........
Hats off to you Rahul Dravid..........