Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, final, CLT20, Delhi October 6, 2013

Two legends, but only one perfect finish

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Match facts

Sunday, October 6, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

A chance to see two legends play the T20 format for the last time was one of the things to look forward to at the start of this Champions League, but by some design and because of the quality of cricket played by Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, the two players have got an opportunity to finish in style. The 2013 Champions League began with the Dravid v Tendulkar show, and it is ending the same way.

Despite being light-years away from their best form, they continue to inspire their respective teams - Rahul Dravid, in an active and visible role as the passionate leader and Tendulkar, as every Mumbai Indians player concedes, for being the guiding light.

Dravid joined the franchise three years ago and has managed to successfully convert Warne's Royals into Rahul's Royals after a topsy-turvy year that brought exhilarating highs and crushing lows. He had said at the start of the tournament that the team was closer because of the spot-fixing crisis they faced and that has shown in their undefeated campaign in this tournament. Their non-flashy players excelled playing a similar non-flashy brand of cricket. Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Brad Hodge, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson have collectively stood up to every batting challenge efficiently, but it's their bowling that has surprised most, with inspirational performances from inexperienced players like Pravin Tambe, Rahul Shukla and Vikramjeet Malik.

All that success, however, has come at home - Royals won only three matches outside Jaipur in the IPL this year. Add to that the absence of Hodge from the XI due to the injury he sustained in the semi-final and it appears the Royals have a tough task against a formidable opponent under a new set of conditions.

Mumbai, on the other hand, have already had a chance to get used to the conditions in Delhi after playing their last two matches there. Rohit Sharma, their captain, had said after their semi-final win that it was to their advantage, because one needed time to adjust to the slower and lower pitches at the Kotla.

In the two matches, Mumbai's power-packed batting, apart from a stern test from Sunil Narine, excelled. A lot had to do with the team combination they hit upon midway during the IPL when Ricky Ponting, the then captain, dropped himself and was replaced by an imposing Dwayne Smith. Rohit was handed the captaincy and he relished the role, taking Mumbai to their first IPL title. He now has a chance to make it a double this year. They will be tested by a team that is now synonymous with resilience.

Team news

Royals have drafted Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera and Kerala batsman Sachin Baby into their squad as replacements for Hodge and Shaun Tait, who is also injured.

There are no known injury concerns for Mumbai Indians.

In the spotlight

Pravin Tambe has already played more matches in the Champions League than he played in IPL 2013, and hasn't he been a revelation? Apart from being the second-highest wicket-taker with 10 wickets - one behind Sunil Narine - he has also bowled his 15 overs at a miserly economy of 3.93. Although his best spell - 4 for 15 - was against Lions, Tambe had tremendous impact in the semi-final against Chennai Super Kings. He picked up 3 for 10 against a batting line-up not too dissimilar to Mumbai Indians'. Tambe's form has made spin, which was considered a slight weakness for Royals at the start of the tournament, their trump card. He wasn't a part of the XI that beat Mumbai Indians in the first match of the tournament, so he will pose a fresh challenge.

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid have collectively scored 102 runs off 121 deliveries in nine innings - statistics that could be damning for any T20 opening batsmen - but given the intangible value they bring to their teams, there is no point analysing those numbers. The result of the match won't matter for most of their fans, nor would their individual contributions, but as the crowds have shown throughout this tournament, they will come and watch their favourites sign off on a cricket field and not off it.

Quotes

"I am a little superstitious, so I don't like speaking about my own team."
Sachin Tendulkar, on Mumbai Indians' chances in the final

"I haven't talked to Hodge yet, but touch on wood he comes through because we only have four foreign players in the squad and if one gets injured we will be struggling."
Rahul Dravid after the semi-final against Chennai Super Kings

'This match is about a lot of money'

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • BULTY on October 6, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Indeed the Rahul vs Sachin showdon (if you may call it) is one bit of the story; the other bit is they are playing limited overs cricket for the last time. Ever since I've been listening to discussions on this topic in the electronic media since this morning I've been shedding tears of emotion; Rahul has got that bit personal to me for the way he has conducted himself on & off the cricket field. That he has weathered the storm in the aftermath of spot fixing case against some of his team mates and brought the team together, made them into a fighting unit, finished third in IPL 6 and now come to the finals of CLT20 shows how determined & dedicated a cricketer he is and he deserves a good farewell; that he didn't get this on retirement from Tests; ODIs & T20I matches was a sad story. At least now he's getting a chance and hope the Delhi crowd will stand up to salute not only Rahul but also Sachin with equal enthusiasm. I will definitely though I've been a hard critic of Sachin.

  • Sir_Ivor on October 6, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    ....(contd) From that 95 at Lords in 1996 when he walked I saw that great people are so because of their destiny. So all that happens in their lives has the guidance of a greater force.To me Rahul was just that. So often have I heard people discuss about the relative merits of Sachin and Rahul.To me it did not matter that Sachin made his debut in Tests in 1989 and Rahul in 1996. They were like two gems who showed the world how good Indians were at cricket. Two extraordinary gentlemen who gave Indians much to cheer.For nearly two and a half decades. And then the IPL came which has made them all participants like a big family. Let us all stand and salute these two special people. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid on their swansong.

  • Sir_Ivor on October 6, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Two preious lads were making big waves on the maidaans of erstwhile Bombay but I had not taken much note till I read Sunil Gavaskar mentioning Sachin Tendulkar as being a super talent in one of articles many years ago. I then waited for his baptism in the Ranji Trophy. His debut 100 seemed pre ordained and from then on I have followed the journey of this great man from the mid 80s. His squeaky voice and mop of hair belied what a serious talent he was.And because he was so humble and childlike,I remember how popular he was. Today when I read that he is about to play his last match in one format of the game I cannot help recalling all those years when he gave me so much pride to be an Indian.It was the same with this boy Rahul from Bangalore which is also my home. Karnataka have given a few legends to Indian cricket and even in his early days, I knew that here was the next one in the making. I have followed the highs and lows in his career and feel sad that today may be his last game.

  • agamgoyal on October 6, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I wonder what Rahul has to say to Sachin... I wonder if they ever talk or read about the supposed " Who is Better" debate.. I wonder why we have to choose only one "BEST"... I wonder how spectator's prescriptive change even more rapidly than player's form.. I wonder how many emotions are attached to a game... I wonder how do memories of a player run parallel to lifetime of many.. I wonder would I not love the game anymore.. I wonder what Sachin has to say to Rahul....

  • on October 6, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Come on RR...

  • on October 6, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    all the best to legends.

  • mutgi123 on October 6, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Win or lose farewell to both the walls.

    prakash mutgi

  • hhillbumper on October 6, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    I think that comparing Dravid with Tendulkar is a joke.Dravid is world class and thinks for the better of the game.Tendulkar thinks of himself and has been a burden to the game during his time.He was a good batsman til the age of about 24 but since then just a flat track scorer.

    Do the world a favour stick to Indian domestic cricket and let the rest of us move away from the hero worship that if frankly embarrasing

  • on October 6, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    There is not much compare between the two. They have their own specific style. Both are superb.

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    As for the history of Indian test cricket is concerned , I remember only dravid and laxman, who made us proud by winning against mighty Australians.

  • BULTY on October 6, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Indeed the Rahul vs Sachin showdon (if you may call it) is one bit of the story; the other bit is they are playing limited overs cricket for the last time. Ever since I've been listening to discussions on this topic in the electronic media since this morning I've been shedding tears of emotion; Rahul has got that bit personal to me for the way he has conducted himself on & off the cricket field. That he has weathered the storm in the aftermath of spot fixing case against some of his team mates and brought the team together, made them into a fighting unit, finished third in IPL 6 and now come to the finals of CLT20 shows how determined & dedicated a cricketer he is and he deserves a good farewell; that he didn't get this on retirement from Tests; ODIs & T20I matches was a sad story. At least now he's getting a chance and hope the Delhi crowd will stand up to salute not only Rahul but also Sachin with equal enthusiasm. I will definitely though I've been a hard critic of Sachin.

  • Sir_Ivor on October 6, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    ....(contd) From that 95 at Lords in 1996 when he walked I saw that great people are so because of their destiny. So all that happens in their lives has the guidance of a greater force.To me Rahul was just that. So often have I heard people discuss about the relative merits of Sachin and Rahul.To me it did not matter that Sachin made his debut in Tests in 1989 and Rahul in 1996. They were like two gems who showed the world how good Indians were at cricket. Two extraordinary gentlemen who gave Indians much to cheer.For nearly two and a half decades. And then the IPL came which has made them all participants like a big family. Let us all stand and salute these two special people. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid on their swansong.

  • Sir_Ivor on October 6, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Two preious lads were making big waves on the maidaans of erstwhile Bombay but I had not taken much note till I read Sunil Gavaskar mentioning Sachin Tendulkar as being a super talent in one of articles many years ago. I then waited for his baptism in the Ranji Trophy. His debut 100 seemed pre ordained and from then on I have followed the journey of this great man from the mid 80s. His squeaky voice and mop of hair belied what a serious talent he was.And because he was so humble and childlike,I remember how popular he was. Today when I read that he is about to play his last match in one format of the game I cannot help recalling all those years when he gave me so much pride to be an Indian.It was the same with this boy Rahul from Bangalore which is also my home. Karnataka have given a few legends to Indian cricket and even in his early days, I knew that here was the next one in the making. I have followed the highs and lows in his career and feel sad that today may be his last game.

  • agamgoyal on October 6, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I wonder what Rahul has to say to Sachin... I wonder if they ever talk or read about the supposed " Who is Better" debate.. I wonder why we have to choose only one "BEST"... I wonder how spectator's prescriptive change even more rapidly than player's form.. I wonder how many emotions are attached to a game... I wonder how do memories of a player run parallel to lifetime of many.. I wonder would I not love the game anymore.. I wonder what Sachin has to say to Rahul....

  • on October 6, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Come on RR...

  • on October 6, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    all the best to legends.

  • mutgi123 on October 6, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Win or lose farewell to both the walls.

    prakash mutgi

  • hhillbumper on October 6, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    I think that comparing Dravid with Tendulkar is a joke.Dravid is world class and thinks for the better of the game.Tendulkar thinks of himself and has been a burden to the game during his time.He was a good batsman til the age of about 24 but since then just a flat track scorer.

    Do the world a favour stick to Indian domestic cricket and let the rest of us move away from the hero worship that if frankly embarrasing

  • on October 6, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    There is not much compare between the two. They have their own specific style. Both are superb.

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    As for the history of Indian test cricket is concerned , I remember only dravid and laxman, who made us proud by winning against mighty Australians.

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    I don't perceive it as a battle.. they have been the cricket ambassadors of Indian and World Cricket and shall ever remain to be so...they have ensured in their own, humble way that Cricket or the game has always been the winner..May the Game win and time to salute these legends..

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Even if RR loses today, Rahul is a hero. I lost count of the number of times he was 'a lone boy standing on the burning deck'; when the Indian ship was burning and sinking..

    What he has achieved with this RR team, is indescribable. He and his team are already Champs in the minds of many of us. Today's result just doesn't matter.

    It is a sweet & sour moment. We will be seeing two compensatory Indian greats, for the last time in a T-20 match. A rare happy occurrence indeed. But wewon't be seeing the in coloured cricket gear anymore makes one a bit sentimental.

    Wishing both Sachin & Dravid the best of luck.

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    The 'SACHIN' vs 'RAHUL' match has made it very difficult for the Delhi crowd to support one of the two teams. It will be an honor to see these two pillars in the world cricket to play their what might be last limited over cricket match.

  • cnksnk on October 6, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    @underdogsgalore. Being a socially conscious Indian , I am fully aware of the challenges in some of the cities due to political issues. The 3 qualifiers from IPL and the potential 4 th qualifier was known some time in May. Hence not giving Jaipur matches or atleast having RR playing all their matches there would have ensured a level playing field. Luckily IndiA is blessed with a number of sites where International games have been played. Hence the suggestion of Nagpur, Cuttack, Kolkotta etc. To this you can even add Bangalore, Raipur, Jamshedpur, BarodA, RaJkot etc. I am a RR supporter and want them to win today. However when an international tournament is being hosted there has to be level playing field. Clearly that is not the case here. The fact that RR has won 12 matches at a stretch shows that they have a home advantage. Even if these grounds were selected, RRs matches should all have been slotted either at Ranchi or mohali. Clearly an area of learning and improvement .

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Farewell to both legends, but go Mumbai!!

  • iamafzal on October 6, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    The 2013 Champions League began with the Dravid v Tendulkar show, and it is ending the same way

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    I, for one, would not like to see either lose the Match...but then it is a game and one has to win and the other lose !

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    With Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar playing their last T20 game, it will be a perfect farewell for only one of them // I disagree. This is the perfect farewell for both of them.

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    I am MI fan but this time for The Wall Rahul Sharad Dravid.....

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    SACHIN Vs RAHUL DRAVID! Hope the match will be interesting. Yah! Only one can win the trophy. How about, total washout due to rain, so that both can share the trophy? But, honestly, I want RAHUL DRAVID to lift the Trophy,and have a memorable send off. After this, I may stop watching cricket matches, unless, Dravid becomes a Mentor or Coach of some team, so that we can cheer forthat team.

  • MFNadeem on October 6, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    A perfect finale will be, if Rahul Dravid beats Tendulkar: no more overshadowing of Dravid due to Tendulkar.

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    the sad thing is we miss two legends-two humble legends

  • Yuvraj.show on October 6, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Better late than never - It was high time Dravid was given the same appreciation as Tendulkar for his contribution to cricket.Dravid has by far been the most selfless and hardworking Indian cricketer over the past 20 years.He batted in different positions under difficult conditions,kept wickets to improve the team balance,captained India to overseas test series victories and gained respect from even the opposition.For a player to be criticised for his poor strike rate,what a fairytale ending it has been for Dravid to lead an averge team like RR to great success. You are a champion and a role model.We salute you and take inspiration from you.Please keep serving the country Rahul,for its people with attitude like you that India needs.

  • on October 6, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    One last and final innings from RAHUL DRAVID !!! Keeping it in my mind, brings tears from my heart.. Rahul Sharad Dravid has been a phenomenal cricketer since his debut. I have learnt so much from him. His dedication, commitment, concentration, discipline, hard work, simplicity, class, and lots more. A true or probably the biggest gentleman of the game. Will always love and miss him after today. I don't watch Test cricket since his retirement and same would be for the T20's as well. Common RD...... got for it.. All The Best and may you have a beautiful farewell to your extremely successful and admirable career !!

  • tahamahadi on October 6, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    A 100% tough battle for both sides. The first game was played against these teams and rr won so just maybe mi will win this time. Gook luck and best wishes to both the teams ! Love u both Sachin n Rahul.

  • on October 6, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    The game of cricket will miss two of the finest batsmen . I wish them well . Thanks for giving us such wonderful moments out in the middle .

  • ladycricfan on October 6, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    It's Rahul's captaincy which stood out in RR's wins. It's unfortunate that hodge got injured. If Kushal could contribute a quick fire 30 or 40 justice will be served. All the best to both teams.

  • on October 6, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Two legends on the same field for one final time.

  • on October 6, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Gonna be a great game, I think that the royals will win

  • on October 6, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    true hero of indian cricket we love them both its not a topic who is greattt only one thing true both r great angel for cricket i want MI wiil win beacuse srt is real hero but my heart says dravid wiil win he dont have single major trophyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • on October 6, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    RR vs MI: This is the last time i would be watching the game of cricket....i started following cricket since 1999 world cup, when i first saw Rahul dravid's innings of 145 against Srilanka....ever since, i dont remember missing a single match that featured Rahul...The day he announced his retirement from playing any more international cricket, i too announced my retirement from watching any more of it.....and today, when Rahul would walk out for the last time onto the field,,,,,,'i would be done wid cricket'......

  • ChandraaR on October 6, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    The big picture is lost on the author of the article and in many comments. It is not about Sachin Tendulkar. It is about Rahul Dravid, who we will see take the field in a game of cricket for the last time ever. The man who did not get a fitting farewell from Test Cricket that he so deserved. I wish the players do a guard of honour for this man when he walks out to bat for one last time. I wish they do a lap of honour for this man at the end, no matter who wins.

  • on October 6, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    I just wish this happens...

    "The match goes into Super over, Mumbai send SRT to bowl against R-Royals who send RD & Watson; and then RD - as he has been throwing surprises comes on himself to bowl on against MI batsmen who should be SRT & Pollard"

    And then I leave it to fate to decide the result of the match...

  • KingOwl on October 6, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    I think Dravid clearly deserves to win. He is at least as great as Tendulkar, yet gets far less accolades. He deserves to go on top. But having said that, I think Dravid should not open the innings.

  • on October 6, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    The God of Cricket vs The Wall of Cricket....can't get any better than this...the two greatest cricketers in Indian cricket history playing against each other...More than MI winning or RR winning,i want to see the two of them give us a last glimpse of what they used to be and how all these young players of today are not anywhere near their league....Also at the end of the match, both the players,Sachin and Dravid deserve a proper send off irrespective of how the game ends...I'm sure every Indian regrets that they couldn't give a proper farewell to either players...Sachin retired from ODIs just before the Pakistan ODIs in December and Dracid retired just after the Australian tour...Sachin is without doubt the greatest ODI player of all time and Dravid is without a doubt the cricketer who put the heaviest price on his wicket...these two legends deserve an emotional farewell..

  • uddeshmukh on October 6, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    I pray it's a TIE. Forget the trophy, Forget all rules, Forget who wins - Let the 2 legends of the game just celebrate on the stage where they have performed for us all their lives, with an ultimate grace that every sportsperson & fan ever born should be proud of. Gentlemen - the stage is all yours....Thank You.

  • Phantom96 on October 6, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    @Suchith007 tendulkar hasn't been at his best but has looked to take on the bowlers and has been timing the ball well, even though he is yet to look totally fluid. Well surely the greatest cricketer of all time deserves to end it on his terms. If mumbai were loosing then i could understand peoples complaints. Mumbai have said that they are playing this tournament for sachin, just like india said at the 2011 world cup triumph. Dravid may be a good leader but sachin is inspiring to the clt20 title. Im sorry but dinesh karthik has scored less runs than sachin, before the semi-final he had scored 15 off 30 balls but no one mentioned dropping him, he also was horrific behind the stumps. And apart from his 14 off 4 against perth when the game was won, rayudu has got a first ball duck and 3 off 3, but not a word about him. Dravid cannot be classed as an international player anymore, his batting isn't even at domestic level. The media were al syaing dravid needs to go before he did.

  • Wolverine77 on October 6, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Kusal Janith.. A hard hitter but will he do well if he get selected? Personally I don't think he'll do well because he is more suited to fast tracks not slow ones. Even if he gets picked, he should not open the innings unless Dravid take a step back and come in at 3. But Kusal had a good time in SL A team against touring NZ A. All the best RR

  • vishalthakkar22 on October 6, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Dravid and Tendulkar - like wine, they get better with age. form is temporary class is permanent. no words are enough for the two legends. would love to see both of them among runs today. i hope its a tie today and match drags on longer. dont want to see either of them losing :-(

  • Phantom96 on October 6, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    @UnderdogsGalore first of all, let me point out that it would be highly unlikely that rajastan would be in the final if all their matches hadn't been at home. This has benefitted them a huge amount. Obviously playing at a home ground has benefitted all rr players as they are used to the conditions and they train there several times a week. It will be interesting to see how the likes of samson, tambe and shukla play at dehli as it will be an unfamiliar ground and they will have to adjust like good players do. shane watson is the best all round T20 player there is, faer better than pollard or smith. james faulkar has also porved his credentials as a T20 bowler and is bound to have a long limited overs international career with australia and rahane is brillaint on indian wickets. The caotain must be able to lead from the front and dravid just cant. He has been good at getting good results out of his players, but this is expected by captains.His terrible batting negates the great captaincy

  • on October 6, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    today rr wil b win....hodge or Who ?? pls Tell me

  • on October 6, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    I rate both sachin and dravid equally but tonight I want dravid to end up on the winning side as he deserves it more than sachin and for sachin he will get a perfect farewell when he quits test cricket

  • on October 6, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    R Dravid*,AM Rahane,SV Samson+,SR Watson, STR Binny,Sachin Baby,K Cooper, JP Faulkner , R Shukla, SW Tait, PV Tambe.....

  • Blade-Runner on October 6, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Kusal Perera will add the flair RR are missing. He is a pocket rocket and will give the explosive start which Dravid failed to provide during the entire tournament.

  • on October 6, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Two legends, but only one perfect finish - Sachin Tendulkar & Rahul Dravid

    An era coming to an end today and what all we have seen in history would always stay in our heart. Its not about the game as it will go on for ever, its about how Sachin & Rahul played the game like no one did and no one will .......

    Once again let only Cricket win today in each ball, each run, each wicket , each four .....

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 6, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    I wish Kushal to score runs to get back to SL team.

  • ATIMAYANK on October 6, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    For people saying missing hodge is a disadvantage for Jaipur then they should not forget that missing Malinga is even a bigger disadvantage for Mumbai.

    Sachin is a cricketing GOD, who can make his team climb any WALL in their path. And Dravid is that WALL which even GOD's find impossible to climb or break. In the semifinals even the HELICOPTERS couldn't make it over that wall.

    So, it will be an awesome match tonight and a win win situation for the fans.

  • on October 6, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Two legends, but Dravid deserves this perfect finish more than Sachin, for the turbulations he has gone through ever since the ugly Spot fixing sccandel.

    Dravid has throughout been India's No.1 valuable player. He is above Sachin! Records & 100s don't count! When India needed Dravid has opened the innings in Tests. When team needed Dravid has kept wickets! Dravid has played more significant knocks for India than Sachin has done throughtout his career.

    Dravid has played a significant role in many of India's most famous victories, be it his supporting role of 180 to VVS's 281 vs Australia, or be it his 233 vs Aus at Adelaide, or his 148 vs England in testing conditions ....it's been "The Wall" who stood "Tall among all."

    No dis-respect to the maestro Sachin, but Dravid is marginally ahead! Allez Dravid!!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 6, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    I need MI to win as too many Australian players in Royals.

  • UnderdogsGalore on October 6, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    @Phantom96: Regarding Dravid's captaincy-Binny failed miserably before the CLT20 on the A tour to SA;Samson failed in a few u-19 tournaments before CLT20;Tambe is a Mumbai club cricketer;Rahul Shukla is not a first team player for the lowly Jharkhand team;Malik is a journeyman cricketer from the lowly HP; Yagnik is not a regular keeper for his state team itself. Among Indians only Rahane is an India international and that too not a regular; also he switched to RR because MI did not give him many chances he was there for 3 years.It is here he was recognized and selected for the Indian team.Among all these only Rahane and Binny have good domestic records. Re Internationals,Cooper does not find a place in the full strength T&T side, Hodge(Australia's loss) did not get proper chances in Australia. Only Watson and Faulkner(limited overs only) are regular internationals and Rahane on the fringes. Hence, Dravid's captaincy deserves kudos for transforming this motley crew into champions!

  • Suchith007 on October 6, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Come on "phantom96" so you have said that tendulkar have been playing poorly right? And those who said tendulkar should be dropped are saying bcoz they feel sorry for such a great cricketer to be ending his career in such a way. Also dravid is no more playing for india and he is the captain of the team and one of the very few international cricketers for RR than a team full of international players like MI... Also Dravid has retired when people asked him why now? rather than asking why not to sachin

  • ramz30380 on October 6, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    These are two legends playing their hearts out... honestly, I cant pick between these two as they have done so much for Indian cricket. But today, I would love to see Rahul Dravid lift the Champions Trophy! That man deserves a fitting farewell as he bids adieu to all forms of the game....

    Why I chose him over Sachin is that he has never been part of a significant tournament victory. Sachin was part of the team that won the World Cup, the IPL & was there when MI won the Champions Trophy last time even though he wasnt playing....

    Rahul has always come close, but was never there.... at times makes me feel that he never got his due because of the star names around him. For bringing together the RR team during the turbulent of times, for managing a group of lesser known names effectively & for standing up when it mattered, I think Rahul Dravid deserves to be holding this trophy tonight! No offense Sachin, u are still the best bat around!

  • on October 6, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    I am among the millions of RD fans wishing RR well. Rahul Dravid is all about winning and winning in a gentlemanly manner. What a competitor. What a player. A match winner. Can't say this about a lot of others!!!

  • UnderdogsGalore on October 6, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Regarding home advantage for Jaipur: Chennai could not have been a venue because we had a Sri Lankan team playing; Mumbai could not have been one because we had a Pakistani team playing; Hyderabad could not be a venue due to Telangana issue. So, please stop cribbing.You could argue that Pakistan and SL teams did not qualify and all given the ignorance, however they need to declare the schedule before the tournament starts! Know the socio-political situation in your country better!

  • Suchith007 on October 6, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    RR should make this happen for Dravid, who has been always shadowed by Sachin's gifted technique and Ganguly's captaincy, as a fitting farewell... Sachin has nothng more to prove he has almost all the trophies in his cabinet... So the team could be Rahane, Dravid, Perera, Watson, Binny, Samson(if 1st wicket falls early can come at three), Sachin baby/Menaria(both can spin the ball and can come good in Kotla ground), Cooper, Faulkner, Tampe and Shukla

  • Herath-UK on October 6, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Hope Kusal will make a mark of himself getting another opportunity here. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on October 6, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    MI likes to chase and RR likes to defend, so who ever wins the toss, RR are going to bat first. now if they make a good total more than 170 or around 170, they can put pressure on MI but if they fail, MI will chase it down easily. RR is playing out of their home so it will be a disadvantage to them, but they are playing it after a rest of a day, and MI are consecutively playing two in two days so may be there is a factor of some sort of tiredness.

  • on October 6, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Hodge will be great miss for rr come on rr have a great farewell to rd!!!!!!

  • cnksnk on October 6, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Great that RR have qualified on the back of some very good cricket. May be they can do it one more time. However here is learning for the organisers. RR is the only team to have played all their games at home. If there is something called home advantage then they have enjoyed it fully. None of the other 9 teams have had this advantage. Either Jaipur should not have been a venue, may be Raipur, Nagpur ,Cuttack or Kolkott could have been a venue. Or if Jaipur was inevitable then RR should not have played their matches in Jaipu. From next year irrespective of the tournament being held in India or SA or elsewhere the organisers must ensure that no team has the home ground advantage. Need for level playing field

  • Phantom96 on October 6, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    i love how people have been saying that tendulkar should be dropped as he is a deadweight and is just helping the opposition but no one has called for dravid to be dropped when he is terrible. 4 innings 55 runs off 58 balls merits people to say tendulkar will make mumbai lose but 5 innings 47 runs off 63 balls and people are saying how brilliant he is. im sorry but open your eyes, he is such an overated captain too, people make out that he is the best captain in the world just because he manages his players welll and keeps his head which is expected of a captain

  • sachinisawesome on October 6, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    @ subinit Sachin doesn't need your approval to be called the best ever. And as sachin's fan I don't think I should make you understand why he is better than everybody.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 6, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Mumbai will feel Missing Malinga

  • on October 6, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Go and Get the Cup for SACHIN Last Time..............Go MI

  • on October 6, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    The MI team passed the Sunil Narine test the other day albeit with no great confidence. Today, the have to pass the Tambe test which will be equally tough. if Hodge is not able to play, it will be a BIG BLOW TO THE CHANCES OF RR. As both teams have a long batting line up, the mantra to success is to go bang bang from the first ball itself whether you bat or bowl first.

  • subinit on October 6, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Well was a sachin fan long ago...BUt when The wall came in...the definition of teammanship changed...This cricketer has given everything to the team...A stupendous gentleman...an awesome ambassador for the game...he sacrifised everything for team's cause...Very very sad that we will see Dravid for one last tym on cricket field...Sad to say but Sachin has only chased milestones...and seriously not setting a good example now by holding on to his place when he knows there are young talented cricketers who are knocking the door very often who are fitter and playing well..Well Sachin demands respect for longevity but should not play way too long so that he loses all his respect what he earned!!!Dravid_Gravitas--am also a die hard Dravid fan like you bro...Your comments are always appreciable..

  • kazi_islam on October 6, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    We r roaring 4 RR...btw missing Brad Hodge desparately....How cruel God is!!!!btw still hoping RR will win the match....WATSON will b fired 2day....& Sir DRAVID will give another golden touch 4m his fantasy world.....Sir b4 going give us just a trophy......

  • Harmony111 on October 6, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    More than playing away for the first time, RR will miss Hodge a lot more. Kotla's wicket is a bit slow just like Japiur's and other than shorter boundaries has a similar nature overall. Tambe should get a lot of response here too, we saw how Narine got help from the wicket even in the 2nd innings. However, overall MI are a stronger team than RR & have a better chance to win this final.

    Whatever be the result, none of these two legends will go home in a state of sorrow. Both of these went past that dichotomy of victory & defeat a long time back. If MI win then Sachin's Colored Cricket career will end on a real high esp cos his ODI career ended abruptly. If RR win then RD will have a great finish to his career where he spent much of the time living in the shadows of his more illustrative compatriots such as Sachin or Sehwag. Either result will please me though I will be routing for MI a wee bit more.

  • on October 6, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Last time around -- two greats would walk out for a T-20 match.. I will not miss this at any cost..!!

  • Falew on October 6, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Toss is a crucial thing for both the sides,Chasing team will get a huge advantage,Because of that ground Ferozah Kotla which is a small ground and its out field is lightning quick,Specially with that giant hitters like Pollard,Watson,Smith,Hodge it's gonna be a tough ask for second innings fielding side,Wish you all the best both the teams,and finally rain rain go away come again another day :) :D

  • on October 6, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    I will wish to both teams and sachin & dravid both playing well and make a big scores

  • on October 6, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    last inning of god(tendlkr) showd the glimpse of wat capable he is and his prsence is more thn enough fr any team to get surrender.....he is god and here is the fight between god and his men...no wonder god not gona show any mercy...though dravid is legend but one must not forget...one can be legend only when they follow god....no discussion further can take place... god u r live evidence!!!! salute

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 6, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    I will be sad, but not surprised, if RR loses (due to Hodge's absence). But I'm hoping them to pull this off with strong core team ethics and bondage arising out of the fixing controversies involving some of their former players. Go RR go. Halla bol halla bol......

  • on October 6, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    I have the ticket to the kotla tonight... wil bid adieu to both the legends from the limited overs format... #clt20

  • on October 6, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    I hope it will be again another SACHIN's day!!

  • on October 6, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    MI & RR CLT20 final today.... :) :D

  • on October 6, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    MI & RR CLT20 final today.... :) :D

  • on October 6, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    I hope it will be again another SACHIN's day!!

  • on October 6, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    I have the ticket to the kotla tonight... wil bid adieu to both the legends from the limited overs format... #clt20

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 6, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    I will be sad, but not surprised, if RR loses (due to Hodge's absence). But I'm hoping them to pull this off with strong core team ethics and bondage arising out of the fixing controversies involving some of their former players. Go RR go. Halla bol halla bol......

  • on October 6, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    last inning of god(tendlkr) showd the glimpse of wat capable he is and his prsence is more thn enough fr any team to get surrender.....he is god and here is the fight between god and his men...no wonder god not gona show any mercy...though dravid is legend but one must not forget...one can be legend only when they follow god....no discussion further can take place... god u r live evidence!!!! salute

  • on October 6, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    I will wish to both teams and sachin & dravid both playing well and make a big scores

  • Falew on October 6, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Toss is a crucial thing for both the sides,Chasing team will get a huge advantage,Because of that ground Ferozah Kotla which is a small ground and its out field is lightning quick,Specially with that giant hitters like Pollard,Watson,Smith,Hodge it's gonna be a tough ask for second innings fielding side,Wish you all the best both the teams,and finally rain rain go away come again another day :) :D

  • on October 6, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Last time around -- two greats would walk out for a T-20 match.. I will not miss this at any cost..!!

  • Harmony111 on October 6, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    More than playing away for the first time, RR will miss Hodge a lot more. Kotla's wicket is a bit slow just like Japiur's and other than shorter boundaries has a similar nature overall. Tambe should get a lot of response here too, we saw how Narine got help from the wicket even in the 2nd innings. However, overall MI are a stronger team than RR & have a better chance to win this final.

    Whatever be the result, none of these two legends will go home in a state of sorrow. Both of these went past that dichotomy of victory & defeat a long time back. If MI win then Sachin's Colored Cricket career will end on a real high esp cos his ODI career ended abruptly. If RR win then RD will have a great finish to his career where he spent much of the time living in the shadows of his more illustrative compatriots such as Sachin or Sehwag. Either result will please me though I will be routing for MI a wee bit more.

  • kazi_islam on October 6, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    We r roaring 4 RR...btw missing Brad Hodge desparately....How cruel God is!!!!btw still hoping RR will win the match....WATSON will b fired 2day....& Sir DRAVID will give another golden touch 4m his fantasy world.....Sir b4 going give us just a trophy......