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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Balls Will Never Bounce Back!!

"Ask him to walk on water for the team, he will do it gladly!!"- Harsha Bhogle about Rahul Dravid. The last time India has won a test match overseas was back in 2012 in West Indies. Ever since, a 0-4 whitewash with England, swept clean 0-4 in Australia, 0-1 defeat in South Africa. No hopes in New Zealand too!! Please do not go to Sri Lanka now, team India!! Apparently, the man of the match in the test match last won by India abroad happened to be Rahul Sharad Dravid!

His performance was so good against England in 2012 that even though India lost 0-4, he was awarded the man of the series along with Stuart Broad. 'Looking at his performance,' that too abroad, he was picked for the ODI and T20 series against England. He said that was his last game. He was not even given a proper farewell!! He was the lone battler and the batter in that series and carried the entire team on his shoulders. But no sir! You are not famous. You were not awarded the Bharatratna! You will not be carried on shoulders around the ground. Maybe you did not carry the country on your shoulders.

Yeah you did not. You did not help India win an epic match in Adelaide against Australia in 2003 resulting in India retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Oh! retaining?? You were not involved in that historic partnership with VVS Laxman in that Kolkata test. Were you? No, you did not build that record partnership with Javagal Srinath in New Zealand! The only thing you did in your entire career was, you lost against Bangladesh in a world cup!!

Batsman? Arguably one of the best batter in the world. Opener? Involved in a record partnership with Virender Sehwag. Fielder? Highest number of catches. Wicket Keeper? Not at all bad! Captain? Had a winning streak of 15 ODI matches I guess! Most importantly, PARTNERSHIPS? Do not ask! There is a huge list coming up. Highest number of partnerships. Highest number of century partnerships. Probably has more than 30 run partnership with every number batsman.

I stopped watching test cricket from March 9, 2012. Just heard that he is going to play in an exhibition match for the Rest of the World team. I am very happy that I have been his fan right from his 46 against Zimbabwe in 2003 world cup and ever since and ever after!! I am only sad that people realised his importance after he retired while they called him a defending slob all along! Anyway, there is no replacing you Jammy!! There is no concrete wall to cement your place!! That is why the team is now in a ketchup!!