Mumbai v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, 2nd qualifier, Kolkata May 25, 2013

No point cancelling the tournament, says Dravid

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Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid expressed hope that investigators would "reveal the truth about spot-fixing" so that the IPL could regain the trust of cricket fans. He also emphatically stated that cancelling the tournament was not a solution to the current corruption crisis that the league faces.

"The truth always sets you free, that's what I believe," Dravid said. "I really hope that we just find out the truth and get to the bottom of it, whatever it is and however painful it may be."

Speaking to the media after his team's loss to Mumbai Indians in the qualifier, Dravid praised the IPL but said the tournament needed to address and "correct" the challenges before it.

"I have always said the IPL in itself is a fantastic tournament. There are a lot of positives about it but there are challenges in the IPL as well, as we have seen in the last week, ten days. There are other challenges that come up from time to time and have to be dealt with. There is no point - if you completely throw away the tournament, it is like throwing away the baby with the bathwater.

"An issue of betting is not only about the IPL. An issue of betting has been seen in the past also in international cricket. We don't stop international cricket because of that. If that yardstick was used, then we should stop all cricket. But I think we need to sort the issues out rather than make big statements, like "cancel the IPL and throw it away and all that", because there are some really good positives that do come out of it."

Dravid, who led Royals to their best finish in the IPL since their title win in 2008, said his team could take pride in their campaign this season. Against Mumbai at the Eden Gardens, Royals made a strong comeback into the match, taking four wickets in 16 matches to force a close finish, but couldn't defend their total of 165.

"It's always disappointing when you lose a game but it was a close game. It was one of those that could have gone either way. Unfortunately, we ended up on the losing side," Dravid said. "That's disappointing, but all the boys in the team can be proud of the way we fought today as well as the whole campaign."

Dravid also said that the forthcoming Champions League T20, for which Royals have qualified with their third-place finish, would be his last tournament. "At 41, 12 months is a long way away," he laughed. "We have luckily qualified for the Champions League, I think that will be it."

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  • on May 25, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Dravid, You are great, a legend, a rare intellectual in the game of cricket, you always speak brilliantly, you always say correct things. Once again every single word you said is right. Just one request though. Don't utter those painful words, "That will be it". No, that cant be it. We have not got enough of you yet. We want you to continue playing. PLZ RD. Dont retire.

  • snow.leopards on May 28, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    u gone.. sachin gone... jumbo already gone, dada already gone... viru's and yuvi's prospects ain't looking bright either... for me cricket is getting boring now... it isn't that i havent seen generations changing.. started watching and playing cricket when kapil, srikanth were playing.. followed when likes of sachin and jumbo took opver.. sidhu was there, so was jadeja, robin singh..... then came dada, dravid, VVS soon to be followed by viru, yuvi, zak and bhajji.. but don't know why the next generation ( kohli, jadeja, raina) excite me that much. m,ay be their abusive attitude or whatever.... once viru and yuvi go it will be difficult for me to follow cricket

  • NareshPodi on May 27, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Dravid, you are the main reason for me to play cricket and watching whenever you play. It hurts everyone like me who always likes to watch RD plays, (Live, Repeat and on Youtube). Still there is lot more cricket in you. Please do not retire now.

  • latecut_04 on May 27, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    We lament the lack of role models for new generation of which cricketers are also included.How about confering knighthood to Rahul Dravid and setting a role model for global cricketers.Dont know the parameters and the process of selection but right now cannot think of anyone else who deserves the prefix 'sir' more than this 'steel beneath the silk' gentleman.Also he belongs to the generation of 'a few rotten eggs' and didnt allow himself to be rotten which is of utmost importance.With fixing being a menace in county cricket as well wouldnt this be a perfect template setting?any thoughts.....

  • boxer44 on May 26, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    How can you honestly gaughe the strength of Samson,Singh and others when there are facing owlers that have to give a certain amount of runs per over? 6 deliveries can fetch 20 runs easily if the bowler i trying to leak runs, so we dont know if these young are really as good as they appear. It becomes even more worrisome when the umpires are involved also as a no ball called can result in a maximum of 12 runs for the batsman if he hits a 6 off the nb then he has a free hit.then we have lbws that were certainly out but not given another life to the batsman to score more runs. All records achieved in IPL should be erased or have an asterik. Even my favorite player's (Gayle) 175 seems to be a gift as he was served long hops and full tosses in that game. IPL is entertainment scrioted like WWE. Lets GO MI beat Supekings and they crooked organisation.

  • on May 26, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Is anyone surprised about the spot fixing etc... Once a tournament of this size was going to be held on the sub-continent it was all very inevitable I'm afraid.

  • on May 26, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Suspend CSK, then RR will play the final, lol We have our indian captain playing for CSK, suspending CSK will bring shame not only to CSK fans it will be a disaster for the likes of MSD, Hussey, Raina. They had given every thing in the field. Suspend CSK bring shame to nation. What a woeful & cruel thinking. BCCI has to investigate each and every franchise owners and i believe there would lot of betting involvement can come to light. People found guilty should be banned for life. Three players caught and th story transferred to CSK owner, now what happened to that 3 players, D.Police said lot of players were found guilty in this spot fixing. But story closed....lol. Whoever it might be bring everyone who did the wrong doings. I believe only few have been caught. What is next.

  • on May 26, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    In the late 90s, when a number of players were banned due to match fixing, BCCI (and presumably the ICC) shared information that a lot of fixing took place in Sharjah and they decided that the Indian cricket team will never tour Sharjah again. Presumably, the Indian team in the last 13 years or so has been close to clean (except for a few rotten eggs we may never know about). Circa 2013 and we find out that a lot of fixing takes place in IPL and that IPL may have been a route for the same ugly faces (that were involved in the earlier match fixing scandal) to become involved in fixing in cricket again. At least so far it seems that most of the fixing takes place in IPL - Shouldn't the same rules that applied to Sharjah apply to IPL (especially it seems to have been successful)? Even before the fixing scandal, we could see the ugly side of IPL through Lalit Modi and then Srinivasan's politics. N the answer to that was Sab Chalta hai. Are we Indians as a nation mature enough for an IPL?

  • Wefinishthis on May 25, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    Vivek Pradhan - I wouldn't say that, Pujara is looking to be one of the greats. He may end up even better than Dravid/Tendulkar.

  • MWaqqar on May 25, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    RD retiring after Champions League what a loss, but time is so cruel it has to happen. Hope Dravid will continue in another role and bless cricket.

  • on May 25, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Dravid, You are great, a legend, a rare intellectual in the game of cricket, you always speak brilliantly, you always say correct things. Once again every single word you said is right. Just one request though. Don't utter those painful words, "That will be it". No, that cant be it. We have not got enough of you yet. We want you to continue playing. PLZ RD. Dont retire.

  • snow.leopards on May 28, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    u gone.. sachin gone... jumbo already gone, dada already gone... viru's and yuvi's prospects ain't looking bright either... for me cricket is getting boring now... it isn't that i havent seen generations changing.. started watching and playing cricket when kapil, srikanth were playing.. followed when likes of sachin and jumbo took opver.. sidhu was there, so was jadeja, robin singh..... then came dada, dravid, VVS soon to be followed by viru, yuvi, zak and bhajji.. but don't know why the next generation ( kohli, jadeja, raina) excite me that much. m,ay be their abusive attitude or whatever.... once viru and yuvi go it will be difficult for me to follow cricket

  • NareshPodi on May 27, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Dravid, you are the main reason for me to play cricket and watching whenever you play. It hurts everyone like me who always likes to watch RD plays, (Live, Repeat and on Youtube). Still there is lot more cricket in you. Please do not retire now.

  • latecut_04 on May 27, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    We lament the lack of role models for new generation of which cricketers are also included.How about confering knighthood to Rahul Dravid and setting a role model for global cricketers.Dont know the parameters and the process of selection but right now cannot think of anyone else who deserves the prefix 'sir' more than this 'steel beneath the silk' gentleman.Also he belongs to the generation of 'a few rotten eggs' and didnt allow himself to be rotten which is of utmost importance.With fixing being a menace in county cricket as well wouldnt this be a perfect template setting?any thoughts.....

  • boxer44 on May 26, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    How can you honestly gaughe the strength of Samson,Singh and others when there are facing owlers that have to give a certain amount of runs per over? 6 deliveries can fetch 20 runs easily if the bowler i trying to leak runs, so we dont know if these young are really as good as they appear. It becomes even more worrisome when the umpires are involved also as a no ball called can result in a maximum of 12 runs for the batsman if he hits a 6 off the nb then he has a free hit.then we have lbws that were certainly out but not given another life to the batsman to score more runs. All records achieved in IPL should be erased or have an asterik. Even my favorite player's (Gayle) 175 seems to be a gift as he was served long hops and full tosses in that game. IPL is entertainment scrioted like WWE. Lets GO MI beat Supekings and they crooked organisation.

  • on May 26, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Is anyone surprised about the spot fixing etc... Once a tournament of this size was going to be held on the sub-continent it was all very inevitable I'm afraid.

  • on May 26, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Suspend CSK, then RR will play the final, lol We have our indian captain playing for CSK, suspending CSK will bring shame not only to CSK fans it will be a disaster for the likes of MSD, Hussey, Raina. They had given every thing in the field. Suspend CSK bring shame to nation. What a woeful & cruel thinking. BCCI has to investigate each and every franchise owners and i believe there would lot of betting involvement can come to light. People found guilty should be banned for life. Three players caught and th story transferred to CSK owner, now what happened to that 3 players, D.Police said lot of players were found guilty in this spot fixing. But story closed....lol. Whoever it might be bring everyone who did the wrong doings. I believe only few have been caught. What is next.

  • on May 26, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    In the late 90s, when a number of players were banned due to match fixing, BCCI (and presumably the ICC) shared information that a lot of fixing took place in Sharjah and they decided that the Indian cricket team will never tour Sharjah again. Presumably, the Indian team in the last 13 years or so has been close to clean (except for a few rotten eggs we may never know about). Circa 2013 and we find out that a lot of fixing takes place in IPL and that IPL may have been a route for the same ugly faces (that were involved in the earlier match fixing scandal) to become involved in fixing in cricket again. At least so far it seems that most of the fixing takes place in IPL - Shouldn't the same rules that applied to Sharjah apply to IPL (especially it seems to have been successful)? Even before the fixing scandal, we could see the ugly side of IPL through Lalit Modi and then Srinivasan's politics. N the answer to that was Sab Chalta hai. Are we Indians as a nation mature enough for an IPL?

  • Wefinishthis on May 25, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    Vivek Pradhan - I wouldn't say that, Pujara is looking to be one of the greats. He may end up even better than Dravid/Tendulkar.

  • MWaqqar on May 25, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    RD retiring after Champions League what a loss, but time is so cruel it has to happen. Hope Dravid will continue in another role and bless cricket.

  • vpk23 on May 25, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Dravid....you indeed did look disturbed the past week or beyond...Trust all will be benefical to the team and the country in the coming day...

  • on May 25, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    wise talk by a wise person who played clean cricket throu his carrier just salute the legend listen him and do what he said he hardly did wrong all the way frm starting of his carrier.....i always love DRAVID then any...

  • Kunal.Vohra on May 25, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    @ Bassel Longwordf: Criticise the silly fans then and not Sachin. To repeat myself, it's not his fault.

    Actually, I find the contrary to be true quite often as well. When praising Kallis or Ponting or Lara or Dravid, it seems that tales of their greatness are, somehow, incomplete unless they are compared to Sachin and pronounced better and greater. They're every bit as bad as the sachin fans you've described. In the last 3 or 4 years, a sort of reverse snobbery has coms into play where Sachin is concerned and that's truly sad. It's hardly a reflection on the great man but us.

    Talking about the IPL, I have to say, my respect for Ponting has gone up several notches. His involvement with his team, even when he's not in the playing XI, is just fantastic to see.

  • on May 25, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    I aggree with Dravid, there are a lot of positives that need to noticed from IPL. Even in international cricket we have seen theese fixings, that does'nt mean that we need to stop playing cricket. First thing is, the investigation should be done quickly and action against the guilty ought to be a life ban from all sort of cricket. This should be done quickly, so that fans will not get dissappointed.

    We need to take all the positives from the IPL, firstly, it is giving a lot of youngsters a chance to prove their mettle. Next, we are able to see youngsters who are capable of playing better cricket, Sanju Samson, Mandeep singh, Karan sharma and a few more who have proved their mettle and might get a chance in our future INDIAN team.

    Believe it,it is a fact that our INDIAN team's bench is very strong with the likes of Manoj tiwary, Ajinkya rahane. This is because of only IPL... So, IPL should not be banned, but the culprits should be banned from all sort of cricket for his entire life

  • on May 25, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    I don't think we are good enough to speal about some great legends( Rahul dravid, Sachin, Ganguly, Laxman). They have thein own roles and each and every one has played beyond our expections, so they are called as legends. Each player has his own style of cricket. These legends have performed excellent and played their role in bringing our team to World cup finals twice. Everybody got their own style which is different from the others. Finally their goal was the same, to give their best for the INDIAN team success.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 25, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    It's all about ethics, rules and law, Rahul. When players are alleged to have been involved in fixing, then they SHOULD get suspended until the investigation is complete. Likewise, when somone in the position of the ownership group is alleged to have been involved in betting, then his team SHOULD be suspended, as per the contract rules. So, this final SHOULDNOT happen. It is as simple as that. It would be such a shame if this final takes place. Do you think, if Shilpa and Raj were alleged to have been involved in betting and such wrongdoings and get arrested for interrogations and investigations, then RR team will not be suspended? Cleaning up IPL will be a long drawn process and will take its own time and will have to come to its logical end. I don't think IPL needs to be cancelled completely. But, suspending CSK franchise with immediate effect is what we are talking about here. CSK should be suspended immediately. There are no two ways about it. Anything less would be such a shame.

  • Crikoot on May 25, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    RD is always great in and out of the field. What he has achieved is organic - not at the mercy of umpires favorable decision or for personal record. However, I strongly suggest RD to take lead in advocating in favor of DRS to minimize possible institutional linkage with spot fixing or any other such designs.

  • on May 25, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    dravid and tendulkar - both the best - will be hard to imagine the indian team to be again blessed with such a prolific duo for the years to come...both great pals and shining examples for how an international sportsman needs to be

  • Tom1m on May 25, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    @Ashwin Kempegowda Dravid's batting average during Ganguly's captaincy was around 70 and that is what made Ganguly the most successful captian in terms of victories. Besides, Dravid, as captain did lead the team to victories in England and West Indies for the first time in years. The problem most the players he captained was that they lacked the intellect to understand him.

  • on May 25, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @Kunal, the problem is not with Sachin (although some of his recent comments have been a bit out of line with his usual self), but his fans. Sachin's fans are free to admire (and worship) their icon, but when they go overboard with their adulation it gets annoying. When any player is praised, be it RD, Ponting or Kallis, Sachin's greatness has to be brought in every time. It's almost like saying "How dare you praise/like any player other than Sachin" This gets annoying! And that's when other fans start hitting back, and as it tends to happen, start doing the same things that Sachin's fans do.

  • Vishal_07 on May 25, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    People are forgetting that Dravid had a miserable outing in his last few Test matches and he was regularly getting clean bowled by the bowlers. If I am not mistaken cricinfo had an article posted on his footwork.

    Good for him that he had a nice IPL-6 to finish on a high, hopefully, CLT20 will bring the same for him on his final ride into the sunset.

  • Kunal.Vohra on May 25, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Wonderful batsman and player, among the few that it was a joy to watch because they exemplified the spirit of the game and, indeed, all sport.

    What I find so hard to come to terms with, however, is this tendency among a whole of new cricket followers who find it necessary to run down Tendulkar just to praise Dravid. That someone prefers one over the other is fine, but why run the greatest sporting icon we've ever had? It's not his fault that he has the following he has. Why can't people just admire these two as fantastic players? Why must we compare the two and degrade one to praise the other?

  • Cyril_Knight on May 25, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    If the probe reveals deep rooted and institutional corruption, which I believe it will. Then there is no option but to disband the IPL and more importantly relaunch the BCCI as a new organisation.

    As Dravid is now retiring, he should become the chairman of the new board of control. He has the respect, the knowledge and the intelligence to do a fantastic job representing Indian cricket.

  • on May 25, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    The best there ever will be when it comes to speaking playing and leading from the mind and heart

  • zindaaa on May 25, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    As a Pakistani cricket fan, i always rated Rahul Dravid better batsman than Tendulkar. RD was a stylish and stable man in the middle order. he always anchored Indian batting and played winning innings. He was overshadow by the like of Tendulkar and Ganguly. RD is a man of very high character and should be given some high responsibility in Indian cricketing circle for the betterment of cricket.

    salute to legend Dravid.

  • ravi_hari on May 25, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Salute the gentleman cricketer. He brought respect to the game by the way he played and by the way he led. T20 is a format where no one would imagine a Dravid to be a part of. Infact, when Colonel and his team selected the first T20 team with Dhoni as captain, the perception was that it was a format for the yougsters. But people like Dravid, Hodge, Hussey, Gilly, made a mockery of that perception with their sterling displays. Dravid in particular did not even have the type of play required for this format. Yet, he adapted so well to it and playing the same cricket shots he succeed in this format too. Alongwith that he inspired a young side and brought the best out of most of them. His leadership is what RR will miss the next season. If he decides to take up the role of a mentor, that would help somewhat. I am sure, knowing Dravid, he will give a complete route map for RR atleast for the next 3 to 4 years and it they follow it, will taste success every year and can be in top 4 always

  • xylo on May 25, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    While I agree with Dravid's viewpoint, playing out the finals might be degrading to the likes of Sachin, Dhoni etc. to be knowingly playing a tainted tournament and genuinely feel happy about it.

  • P.D.DESAI on May 25, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    4 wickets in 16 matches..!!!! No wonder they lost. LOL.!!!

  • on May 25, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    NO to CSK in Final .... How many?? they might have been the best team but cheating is not excuse might not be the teams fault though Give RR and SRH a rematch n get em to play finals with MI

  • jaggi.jagan on May 25, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    He looked in such great touch I wish Dravid could swap his retirement with Sachin and come back to play for India in test matches. We definitely need a lot of solidity behind Pujara. With Dhawan & Vijay opening and Tendulkar & Kohli to follow Pujara, to me, this looks like weakest batting line up since the early 80's.

  • InsideHedge on May 25, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    It's a pity that jealous fans take opportunity to knock Tendulkar when supposedly praising Dravid. It is possible to offer one's admiration for RSD without knocking SRT, try it, you might be surprised.

  • latecut_04 on May 25, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    How unlucky can any one get.he was always in the sidelines when a certain VVS waved his magic wand at times;he was always in the sidelines when a certain Sehwag used to murder bowling units without moving his feet an inch using sheer eye-hand coordination,he was always in the sidelines when India was such a good batting unit that his acceptance of glove work went unnoticed,he was always in the sidelines when he opened down under and against the likes of Aktar because it was the other players 'immovability' which grabbed the headlines,and NOW when he has the best strike rate among his mates and was the best fielder on a day when 2 sides seemed to compete for 'who is worse fielder' award he is again on the sidelines because the top brass of BCCI is making news for all the wrong reasons.Rahul Sharad Dravid---TAKE A BOW.you haven't been noticed but has been immortalized in our hearts for professionalism,teamwork and selflessness-----Voice of millions of Indian cricket fans..please publis

  • ana_ibrahim on May 25, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Well India refuse to implement DRS technology in cricket saying it is not 100%. Same thing should be apply for IPL also???

  • on May 25, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    RD for India's coach!!Or even replacing Srinivasan as BCCI president ;)

  • KingOwl on May 25, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    As a SL fan, I must say that RD is the Indian cricketer I respect most. I think he is not just a great person, but is also the best batsman India has had over the last decade or so, not Tendulkar.

  • on May 25, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Rahul could still play next year, he played well this year and im sure RR would select him again

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 25, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Couldn't agree with Dravid more. IPL has been a great tournament for young cricketers from India and the rest of the cricketing world. Up and coming players like Samson, Faulkner, Jason Holder, Karan Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Chris Morris, etc. are benefiting enormously from the exposure to the outstanding talent, match pressure, and the coaching resources around them. Plus they are all making a healthy living while doing something they love and they are good at. Even experienced players like Ishant Sharma and Bhuvi are benefitting from having players and coaches like Steyn and Alan Donald around them. It makes for compelling cricket. Why would anyone even consider scrapping the IPL because of a handful of bad apples. Clean it up and make it better.

  • alutnamahs.dasarp on May 25, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Rahul Sir you are awesum!!!!!

  • on May 25, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Thank you Dravid ..............................

  • wrenx on May 25, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Shane Watson's performance was infuriating. After contributing nothing with the bat, giving away overthrows, we were treated to the sought of him labouring up to bowl a leaky spell with the air of a man who had just climbed Everest. Anyone know why he was acting so fatigued? Looked like playing a martyr to me. Embarrassingly bad fielding from Rajasthan.

  • viktorvish on May 25, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    "Against Mumbai at the Eden Gardens...taking four wickets in 16 matches to force a close finish..." I think you meant 16 balls!

  • on May 25, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    A great Sportsman indeed!! Will never see another Dravid emerge for a few decades for sure!! An every Country's dream Character!!! Having said that, it is a bit surprising to see him defending IPL!!

    Well, being a diplomat he is probably, he had no choice but to defend this lousy and corrupt franchise!!! Anyways, hopefully after he retires completely from all form of the game, he can finally speak his heart and mind out!!

  • riverlime on May 25, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    RD for India's coach!!Or even replacing Srinivasan as BCCI president ;)

  • StevieS on May 25, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Dravid should head BCCI, the guy has so much sense and integrity. Oh wait he would be over qualified.

  • on May 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Dravid too talking for the huge amount of money they make out of IPL, everyone wanted Dravid to win because of his class and whole world wanted it. But with IPL there will not be any Dravids, Sachins, Pontings born, it will only make sloggers like pollard and gayle strong and future of cricket will not have any greats like Dravid or Sachin in it. IPL is the death of Cricket. Admit it.

  • venkatesh018 on May 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Surprised to hear that Rahul will play the Champions Trophy after all that has happened with his franchise and the IPL this season !

  • on May 25, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    It is amazing that how team with a greater talent pool with big names viz. Viru, Dada, Sachin, Bajji, Zak, etc.. under performed while RD was the skipper and how a moderate team with only Watson and Hodge as its prime stars punched above its weight under RD's captaincy..........CRICKET IS A TEAM SPORT!!

  • on May 25, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    The WALL proved this point yet again by his awesome batting and the top class fielding of the match...there was not a better fielder than him today!!! respect!!!

  • nayonika on May 25, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Take s bow Rahul Dravid. You were simply great..RR could not win IPL6 but you RD HAS ONCE AGAIN WON OUR HEARTS.

  • Harshmeswanirafanadal on May 25, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    If they fielded better they woudve won without taking so many wickets. Also, their big stars Watson and Rahane did not really FIRE today. Team spirit wasmfantastic after fixing scandal! Well done RR, you deserved 3 rd place. As for Mumbai, we will have to play top cricket to even get close to chennai in final. I hope we can turn it around but it looks like a repeat of 2010 final where we got thrashed.

    Anyways hope for the best, Mumbai all the way

  • Harshmeswanirafanadal on May 25, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    If they fielded better they woudve won without taking so many wickets. Also, their big stars Watson and Rahane did not really FIRE today. Team spirit wasmfantastic after fixing scandal! Well done RR, you deserved 3 rd place. As for Mumbai, we will have to play top cricket to even get close to chennai in final. I hope we can turn it around but it looks like a repeat of 2010 final where we got thrashed.

    Anyways hope for the best, Mumbai all the way

  • nayonika on May 25, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Take s bow Rahul Dravid. You were simply great..RR could not win IPL6 but you RD HAS ONCE AGAIN WON OUR HEARTS.

  • on May 25, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    The WALL proved this point yet again by his awesome batting and the top class fielding of the match...there was not a better fielder than him today!!! respect!!!

  • on May 25, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    It is amazing that how team with a greater talent pool with big names viz. Viru, Dada, Sachin, Bajji, Zak, etc.. under performed while RD was the skipper and how a moderate team with only Watson and Hodge as its prime stars punched above its weight under RD's captaincy..........CRICKET IS A TEAM SPORT!!

  • venkatesh018 on May 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Surprised to hear that Rahul will play the Champions Trophy after all that has happened with his franchise and the IPL this season !

  • on May 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Dravid too talking for the huge amount of money they make out of IPL, everyone wanted Dravid to win because of his class and whole world wanted it. But with IPL there will not be any Dravids, Sachins, Pontings born, it will only make sloggers like pollard and gayle strong and future of cricket will not have any greats like Dravid or Sachin in it. IPL is the death of Cricket. Admit it.

  • StevieS on May 25, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Dravid should head BCCI, the guy has so much sense and integrity. Oh wait he would be over qualified.

  • riverlime on May 25, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    RD for India's coach!!Or even replacing Srinivasan as BCCI president ;)

  • on May 25, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    A great Sportsman indeed!! Will never see another Dravid emerge for a few decades for sure!! An every Country's dream Character!!! Having said that, it is a bit surprising to see him defending IPL!!

    Well, being a diplomat he is probably, he had no choice but to defend this lousy and corrupt franchise!!! Anyways, hopefully after he retires completely from all form of the game, he can finally speak his heart and mind out!!

  • viktorvish on May 25, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    "Against Mumbai at the Eden Gardens...taking four wickets in 16 matches to force a close finish..." I think you meant 16 balls!