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India in England 2011

Hiding behind the wall

Well past his 38th birthday, Rahul Dravid will hope his recall is not a repeat act of the 2009 call-up

Sidharth Monga

August 6, 2011

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Rahul Dravid plays the cut, India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group A, Centurion, September 26, 2009
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Hey Rahul, some of these youngsters don't seem to fancy tough pitches, and those bouncers in the World Twenty20 in England were plain nasty. Do you mind playing ODIs in the South African pre-summer?

Hey Rahul, we know you were our second-highest run-getter in the matches you played on your comeback, but look at those flat pitches full of 400 runs, do you mind making way for the future of Indian cricket? Then again, we are sending an even worse message to the youngsters: that they are not good enough for tough conditions.

Two years later, with Dravid well past his 38th birthday:

Hey Rahul, our strike bowler has pulled up sore, do you mind keeping wicket while the captain bowls a few overs?

Hey Rahul, one of our openers delayed his surgery so he could play IPL and is missing now, and the other opener got injured during the match. Do you mind opening the innings soon after you have finished keeping wicket?

Hey Rahul, these English conditions seem tough again. We know we are world champions in this format without you, but do you mind seeing us through this series?

Yes, we know we punted on an untested opener in the most important Test series of the year, but we don't trust one of the youngsters to face the semi-old white Kookaburra that does less than the red Duke, loses its shine earlier, and cannot be bounced over the shoulder more than once in an over.

Never mind that you might not make it to the XI, because we might need all three of Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma to fill in the fifth bowler's quota anyway. Balanced squad has never been our forte, you know, otherwise how would Wriddhiman Saha have made his Test debut as a batsman? By the way, you could keep wicket again, freeing up the captain to bowl a few overs. Or do you fancy having a bowl yourself?

And just so that there are no hard feelings later, after this series, when Rajkot and Hyderabad are pregnant with the possibility of 400 runs and knee-high bounce, we might have to drop you again. But you know that already from how we didn't tell you what we expected of you the last time, and then left you out without a word on your future. You can't stand in the way of the future of Indian cricket, can you?

And we know you will show little sense of entitlement despite having scored close to 11,000 runs in the format. You won't moan in the press, there won't be any tantrums or disillusionment. Who knows two years down the line we might call you up for ODIs again? So keep hitting that gym, or whatever you do to stay in top condition.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (August 9, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

superb!!! well written sir!!!! Dravid is a Legend :)

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 9, 2011, 4:33 GMT)

Dravid, please don't retire. Please.....did you think through it over the last couple of days? Please.....don't retire........please reconsider......

Posted by   on (August 9, 2011, 3:03 GMT)

u r our unsung hero,love u dravid

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 23:21 GMT)

Just to be safe, Dravid should announce his retirement from Kabaddi, Hockey, Archery, Tennis and everything else but test cricket. Wonder who else is waiting to exploit the selflessness of this greatest sportsman!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 23:19 GMT)

Just to be safe, Dravid should announce his retirement from Hockey, Kabaddi, Tennis, Archery, and everything else but test cricket. Wonder who else is waiting to exploit the selflessness of this greatest sportsman

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

Fantastic article :) Being an extremely "biased" Rahul fan, I loved it

Posted by sarav81 on (August 8, 2011, 19:46 GMT)

Rahul (The great wall of India), you are a true inspiration for everyone. There is no one so consistent, technically perfect, very professional and so humble. I would love to see you scoring hundreds in the 2 test matches remaining. You truly deserve to be Man of this series and you are amazinglyl qualified for that.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

we bow in front of you, sir...!!!!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

Amazing article...great player. Respect your decision to retire..Show them what you have by finishing high on the one-day series... Nice answer given to BCCI without uttering words against them.. Thats RD..

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

Great Article!! Indeed an eye opener for BCCI and those who are still running after soul-less cricket that is played in T20's..

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 15:35 GMT)

Rahul Dravid - Always there for India. A misused, ill-treated legend.....

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 15:16 GMT)

Dhoni can never be as great as Dravid. If Dravid would have played ODI during the last two years I am sure he would have completed 12000 runs by now... BCCI is just using and throwing away the legends...:(

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

great work Monga.... dravid has been the unsung hero of indian cricket. after all, right thro his career even the cricketing god(Tendulkar ) had to play feeling positive that dravid will tak over the innings from where he left..... All hail RAHUL DRAVID.....

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

Amazing article Mr. Monga. This not only highlights the feelings of every Dravid fan, but also Dravid's own. He was axed unceremoniously from the ODI squad in 2007, just one series after he had scored a magnificent 92* (63 balls) in England. Even this knock was forgotten since Sachin got out 99 to a wrong decision (no offense to Sach though) in that match.

This exactly reflects how Rahul has been treated as a second string player who is selected in the team to fill the shoes of any player out to injury (be it an opening batsman, bowler or keeper), expect for the role he has mastered.

This Indian Cricket doesn't deserve Dravid. He should retire without playing a single ODI. But, for the player/person he is, he will still give his 100% for any role given to him.

Hats off Sir Rahul Dravid!!!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 14:07 GMT)

just so awesome mr.monga......i aint potent enough to comment more on this article....xcelent...

Posted by sidhuofdpm on (August 8, 2011, 13:17 GMT)

wat indian team can do wen cricket becomes difficult.......? Just they can call dravid. he would manage it. dhoni can't even reach the 1st ranking in test wen dravid s not there. its not possible to retain the ranking for these long days without dravid. but indian media n bcci r just praising dhoni saying "its only bcoz of dhoni" but i must ask wat he had done for test cricket? Nothing. dravid could take the glooves or any new player. shoni must be removed and a man who has talent and performance should replace him if india want to retain the ranking. Indian test team without dravid is like a big zero. I salute u dravid at any situation.

Posted by vpk23 on (August 8, 2011, 12:44 GMT)

Hi Sidharth, Great Article....word for word it cannot have been coined in a better way.

Your just echoed what all of us didn't hear or rather didn't want to hear the first time.

Hi RD no harm in taking this opportunity to quit on a high. Isn't it the way it should be.That's what all self respecting individual would do. Go Ahead! Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by rahulnene on (August 8, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

Awesome article!!! Every true Dravid fan will agree to it!!! When will Dravid get his due from the country he has served so diligently and responsibly!!!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

Mr.Monga,great article.u have wrote the feelings of dravid hardcore fans.dravid should teach a lesson to bcci by resigning from test cricket too.anyway there is nothin to prove except 300 runs.i don think dhoni 'll allow him to do tat.bcci or peoples of india wont treat dravid as great player .plz dravid just say bye bye to indian cricket bcz there is no value for u .den let me see how great captain of india 'll retain no 1 ranking in test cricket.Mr.Monga,great article.u have wrote the feelings of dravid hardcore fans.dravid should teach a lesson to bcci by resigning from test cricket too.anyway there is nothin to prove except 300 runs.i don think dhoni 'll allow him to do tat.bcci or peoples of india wont treat dravid as great player .plz dravid just say bye bye to indian cricket bcz there is no value for u .den let me see how great captain of india 'll retain no 1 ranking in test cricket.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 11:29 GMT)

In the latest audio interview with Dravid where he announced his retirement from ODIs, he really sounded a little disappointed with being recalled to play in the ODIs. But he is mr dependable and do what is asked of him...great athlete, much respect to him!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

Dravid is a man who will even walk on Fire even if his team asks so... This is a line i read in " The nice guy who finished first" its daamn true

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 10:55 GMT)

awesome article,, this BCCI n young players should understand his IMPORTANCE BIG TIME now,, coz the way dhoni behaves with Rahul Dravid i dont like dhoni,, he seems to have no respect,, just sum rubbish lines from him cumc van Rahul saves the Game, Hats off to u sir,, wil always love u,, n for me u r d biggest player in the world

Posted by Run4 on (August 8, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

Nice Article !!! Normaly doesn't feel like putting my commnets .... however here for the Great Wall ... I salute you....You are a guiding light to us, on and off the cricket field, in our work and at home.

Posted by nikhilbengeri on (August 8, 2011, 6:40 GMT)

Great article Monga.. U just spoke the hearts of a million cricketing souls.. The contribution of RD to the Indian Team has be unexplainable. He has always put his hand on top whenever the team needed him, be it keeping, shifting in the batting order, or getting such shocking and surprised calls for ODI. He would have been a gr8 one day player too had he been given the same position to bat, without keepin the wickets. Having said that, it is also the right time for him to call it a day in ODI's. Being an ardent fan of RD, I say this with a heavy heart.. Cause Rahul U have created the most magical moments in the history of test cricket, and I hope (infact m confident) that Ull continue to it in the future.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 5:55 GMT)

RD always the best player india ever produced. In his early days of cricket he was dropped from one dayers and most of our cricket pandits including Gavasker mentioned he is unfit for one dayers. He was included in the one dayers after his magnificent test performance against kiwis. According to me his achievements for indian cricket never highlighted. The BCCI won't throw out SRT or any other fame cricketer like what they did to RD. He never criticized BCCI in that way he showed the way for the youngsters how to be a professional cricketer. He is the fittest cricketer in the indian team. From 2000-2005 he almost stayed 100 overs in the field (keep the gloves 50oves batting almost 50 overs), unfortunatly it is never noticed. I hope RD will complete his last one day assignment in a successful way and won more and more cricket lovers. God bless you RD

Posted by Pothalkar on (August 8, 2011, 4:51 GMT)

"A stone is broken by the last stroke, it doesn't mean 1st stroke was useless. Success is a result of continuous effort".......THe success what Dhoni and team is enjoying these days are the efforts put in by fab five with support from each contributor to the game of cricket.....yes when comparison comes into effect I agree that Dravid is a gentleman of cricket and true GOD...The wall has stood against all the odds and still strong enough to resist the wild winds.....I respect his decision to retire....not a better time than this one......

Posted by meghachai on (August 8, 2011, 4:33 GMT)

Mr Monga: What an article. The best I have read in many years. You have brought out the exact feelings of all the true test lovers of this great nation in so many beautiful words. Everytime when we see Rahul Dravid perform such feelings crop up in our minds but here is the platform you used to the best advantage. The greatest match winner and saver India has ever produced is RAHUL DRAVID!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 4:12 GMT)

I greatly admire Dravid's dedication and determination - things that I have learnt - things that will take you places... And what a team player, he is/was ready to rise up to the challenge and don diverse roles to help the team. One Dravid a team, keeps failures away!!!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 3:57 GMT)

Dravid- The Mr Dependent of Indian Cricket always. The best Indian cricketer I had seen in last 15 years. Then comes Laxman for his special innings whenever team requires the most. There is no indian cricket without these 2 especially test cricket. Hats off to Rahul. The best complete team man of Indian Cricket than anyother...

Posted by barterback on (August 8, 2011, 3:57 GMT)

Well, selectors have not said a single word yet why they recalled the Mr Dependent. May be Dravid is brought back as a reserved top 3 batsman because Sehwag/Gambhir (coming back from injury) might not be fit to play or in case Sehwag/Gambhir/Tendulkar gets injured over the course of next 3 weeks. Whatever is the reason, it tells the poor preparation and abysmal bench strength of very complacent Indian cricket team.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 3:11 GMT)

Its very rude and harsh of the BCCI to use RD as they want in ODIs and drop him whenever the series is on docile pitches. RD did the correct thing by announcing his retirement from ODIs/T20Is to concentrate on test cricket. I think he still has a good few years left in him as a test batsman.

Posted by Ronsars on (August 8, 2011, 3:10 GMT)

There is only one player in Indian team who has always prioritized his teams best interests over his personal interests & that is Mr.Wall aka Rahul Dravid...Hats off to you sir...Well written article

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 21:30 GMT)

Dhoni: Hey dravid do you mind taking on as wicketkeeper because i have developed a strange feeling of bowling. Sachin: Hey rahul do you mind going up the order bcoz openers are injured and you know that i cannot bat anywhere else except no 4. dravid was always forced to do the stuff he wasnt meant for like keeping the gloves, opening batting at no 6 in odi s .. i salute you the wall.....

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

However slow he plays...he is the best Indian Test Cricketer of all times....alongwith Laxman...no offence to any other cricketer....but really Test Rank 1 team India - Dravid ....spot of gr8 bother

Posted by vickyhbk on (August 7, 2011, 20:42 GMT)

i know why some people say : "I am a big fan of Rahul dravid" and den go on bashing him..so dat some can avoid dem...same is for ALI CHAUDHARY

Posted by Chaitu03 on (August 7, 2011, 20:28 GMT)

Rahul Dravid is really a player worth all the respect anyone can give him. Hats off to him. Hopefully he gets a much better and respect farewell from the tests than what they did in the ODIs

Posted by DRSK on (August 7, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

@ bismaoy (2/2) -

Talking of sacrifice??? Dravid loves to bat @ No. 3, but has always adjusted himself as per team's requirement. (There is a huge difference in mindset between batting @ 3 and opening.) He has kept wickets regularly, which he is not a specialist. Now comeone don't say that fielding in 1st slip a

Oh! I think you have not heard of one current player who insists and would bat only at the position he likes. Everyone HAS to play according to his needs and not what the team wants.

Posted by DRSK on (August 7, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

@bismoy (1/2) - your comments just gave me big laugh (on a day when I hear the Dravid has decided to quit ODIs).

You say "they won more matched than dravid in last 2 year." and - Ofcourse you are right. The last 2 years Dravid was not even in the ODI team! How can he win games?

"Has dravid played imp role in india winning wc after 28 yrs". Well, this is NOT the first WC for many other team members too. So, they too have not contributed to winning the WC.

You talk of Anil Kumble and surely no one will forget how even he was treated badly by the selectors and team management by picking Bhajji ahead of him. Anil Kumble is certainly one of the biggest match winners for India followed by Dravid.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

Great Test batsman and great team player....Hats off to you!...keep up the work work...Sachin knows how to score runs but Dravid knows how to win matches...Right decision to quit odi hope dravid will continue in Tests for another 1 year..."When going gets tough brin back Rahul Dravid"...good comment.Thanks Monga...good article

Posted by Mukunda_M on (August 7, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

Too much of comparison and bullying going on. Both SRT and RD have had specific roles in Indian Cricket and we fans should not be trying to nullifying their contributions and comparing (there will be many instances of not-so-good performances over the long career for every cricketer) ! All the best RAHUL DRAVID.. play well in ODIs and am sure you will go with you head held high... and HOPE to see one more typically gritty ton (and an Indian win?) next week ..

Posted by datewithdestiny on (August 7, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

@bismoy and others who keep saying Dravid has had a poor last two years and has not contributed to India's no. 1 position are all very wrong. In fact Dravid averages 55 over the last two years. His lean form was 2007-09, not the last two years. yes he had a poor series in South Africa but apart frm that he had done well against all countries. Its just that more Indian batsmen are contributing these days unlike only Dravid and Tendulkar earlier. So he has played his part in being no. 1. Moreover, India didnt jump to no.1 without getting to no. 4,3, and 2. It was all built by the big 3. About the WC, and RD's contribution: This entire team that Dhoni is leading right now except Kohli, is a team built by Ganguly and Dravid (who incidentally is still India's most successfull ODI captain, not Ganguly or Dhoni) . Everyone player from Sehwag to Gambhir to Yuvraj to Dhoni himself were built by Ganguly and then Dravid.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (August 7, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

Mr. Monga : Definitely the most creative article in Cricinfo for a long time. Guys like MSD and Srikkanth don't deserve a Rahul Dravid. What a champion...What a professional.

Posted by vikrant7 on (August 7, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

(1/2) Religion without GODs..

No I am not talking Buddhism; what I am talking about is Cricket, the biggest religion and followed faith in our country. As whole of India debates on the merits and demerits of the selection of Rahul Dravid in the ODI squad for England; the man himself has announced his retirement from the shorter and the shortest formats of the game. So technically we are in midst of the Retirement Cycle of the Original Trinity or Big Three of Indian Cricket i.e. Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar ; remember Kumble and Laxman were later added on to form the Fab Five.

Just like an Indian Bollywood movie does not work without a hero; any religion will not be revered and practiced by faithful followers without the GODs. If Cricket was ever a religion in our country; Sachin was God for all the Indians; Saurav did the same duty for all the Bengali Babus and Rahul did the honors for those who prefer classical Test version.

Posted by D.Sharma on (August 7, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

@bismoy...Jealous much? I think you are. Just because there are so many articles on Dravid, doesn't mean you have to be jealous. If Tendulkar goes to the toilet, someone will write an article about that, so chill, not all is lost! Physically there is not much of a difference between opening and no.3, but it's a whole new mental game. Please learn the game of cricket before you say Dravid has not scored 24,000 international runs that have come off his very own bat. Okay, thanks! :D

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

To bismoy: you are missing the gist, the author concerns is the moving ball with bounce. Keeping wickets and asking to bat.. where are all your youngsters. how can Dravid be out of form for two years.. you played on hard surfaces and praised youngsters for making runs.. Now, in testing conditions when your youngsters accumulated injuries from T20 games you are looking to Dravid for one dayers..

Dravid is a class and nice character.. He has made no complains till date.

Posted by bismoy on (August 7, 2011, 15:43 GMT)

Instead of glorifing dravid for scoring centuries in losing cause...better article on india team fitness issue could have made an impact.

Is dravid playing matches for india free?? Has dravid played imp role in india winning wc after 28 year?? has dravid played imp role in inda becoming no 1 in test??

All answer are emphatic no.

Then what is so called sacrifices???

Has the writer know a person called anil kumble???

Dravid was struggling last 2 year in test matches Fact Dravid has no contribution in india winning wc Fact Its not dravid (gambhir ,shewag and sachin and laxman scored heavily and india retain no 1 for so long) Anil kumble has won far more matches and played with broken jaws,,,that called real sacrifices.

No big deal opening in test match ,when you are no 3 batman in batting order,,,but it different case if someone bats in middle order and ask to open...don't know what writer point is..

Regarding "wall 'there is better wall called Kallis..sadly he is not from india

Posted by bismoy on (August 7, 2011, 15:13 GMT)

This is called over the top praising... common he is not playing for free...also how many time dravid won us wc?? not once..

"The write up shows that dravid was only one playing for country all other went as spectator..

what wrong sachin,shewag done??they won more matched than dravid in last 2 year.sorry but dravid was out of form last 2 year,,,and suddenly all credit has been given to him...

Poor Laxman played many more match winning innings and was responsible for india no 1 test postion along with sachin and shewag,,,,not dravid.. fact no one can change...

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 15:08 GMT)

wat a stupid comment Ali chaudhary.. Please dont ever say you are a big faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan.... if you dont know how to respect a great cricket, just stop commenting in public sites about him please/////////

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 14:35 GMT)

Sir Rahul,I just cant find the right words to thank you for your services to India. Hats off to you! Keep up the good work.

Posted by cnksnk on (August 7, 2011, 14:06 GMT)

SPOT ON. When the ball is flying around, call back Dravid. Once we are back in India, call the flat track bullies viz, Rohir Sharma, Yuvaraj Singh, Suresh Raina. Rahul, while I know you never will, you should refuse to play this ODI. It will teach the selectors and BCCI to respect legends and great servants of Indian Cricket.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (August 7, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

@Ali_Chaudhary - Absolutely uncalled for. Dravid has played some of the best innings in ODIs too. What he has done in test cricket is what was demanded of him There are players - some time called GOD , who have played to their sole benefit , but not Dravid

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

Get Well Soon Ali Chaudhary :)

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

the wall is most strongest part of indian cricketing empire. so you should not poke frequently in his chest by relying him only. this person is a gem. he will do blindly what ever you will ask him to do. but i still believe that he is not a young star any more. he is 38. and we depend in him in tests.so i do not think this decision will make the cricket lovers happy.i love to watch rahul in every format of the game but if you will keep him in the bench than it will be more embarrassing for all.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

What a player he's been for India ......... rock solid...... respect for the WALL from the land of the LION.....

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

What a player he's been for India ......... rock solid...... respect for the WALL from the land of the LION.....

Posted by Kashi0127 on (August 7, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

Very well written - Dravid would be thinking when you have friends like BCCI and India selectors who needs enemies?

Posted by Ali_Chaudhary on (August 7, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

First of all let me tell you that I myself am a big fan of Dravid. But the write has gone over the mmon and has portraite Darivd as the sole servant of Indian cricket. For this reason I would like to add few more lines in tribuite to Drvid:

Hey Rahul we are the World Champions. Can you please come back and captain the side to a first round exit.

Hey Rahul we are the No.1 in test ranking. Can you please come and play that 92 ball 12 (after not enforcing follow-on) so that we thorw away such victories.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

THE WALL of Indian cricket. Legandary player. Exceptional human being.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

Splendid summary of a great servant of India. Tendulkar may be God, but the whole world knows who has always played the "Guardian Angel" of our team in troubled times. If a cricketer deserves Bharat Ratna, it is DRAVID, not SRT.

Posted by AvidFanDownUnder on (August 7, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

India are lucky to have players like Rahul & Sachin still playing for them - the question is what they will do when the inevitable happens and they retire.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

I was re-watching 'It's a Wonderful Life' today and it just struck me - Rahul Dravid is the James Stewart of Cricket! He is the nicest guy, most determined, resilient and hardworking and has always turns out to be unselfish. You can think of Chanderpaul or Kallis to compare to him in batting terms as to the number of times they have been rock solid even when others crumble, but as an overall cricketing personality there has been absolutely no one like him from any country or any era. An absolute role-model!

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 10:06 GMT)

The great hero ,a cric fan has ever witnessed.His modesty cannot be compared to any living cricketer in the world :).No matter what is the format,wat the playing conditions are,his permanent membership in the xi ,he nvr fails slamming the ball into peace :)

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 9:40 GMT)

Excellent article Sidharth. It is a great tribute to Rahul Dravid. Such a wonderful cricketer and a person. You could also have added 'Hey Dravid can you face the media so that we can prevent them biting our heads off for the way we planned and handle this tour so far' as I've noticed he was the spokesperson for the team on many occassion in this tour. I really like the way he spoke after the Ian Bell incident. So honest and straightforward. Good luck Rahul I like to see you scoring a one day hundred.

Posted by Chapelau on (August 7, 2011, 9:34 GMT)

Really well put. As an English fan, I would love Dravid to have been English - he is a model of professionalism (and quality). If he were English I think he would have been Sir Raul by now !

Posted by roneydaredevil on (August 7, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

A little piece, but an amazing one....great work Monga...

Posted by CSreekumar on (August 7, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

What a poor decision to call him back. Selectors thrown him out and won the World cup without him and now running back to him? What about our youngsters? This shows our youngsters are so poor that they cannot be trusted.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

Thats The Capacity Of "Mr Wal" , " Mr Dependable" Hats of Rahul...

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

Well Said Mr. Monga.. To add on Rahul Dravid "The selfless athlete" is not caught up with the typical questions that burn in the brains of the vast majority of competitors: "What's in it for me?" "How many records/runs/centuries can I score?" "Will I be the one starting?" "Will I get all the attention that I deserve?" "Am I getting the most attention / recognition?" "Will I be the MVP?" Instead, "the selfless athlete" asks him/herself far more meaningful questions. "How can I give to my teammates?" "How can I make those around me better?" "What can I do to help the team be successful?" "How can I contribute to this sport?" And, a question that would blow most athletes' minds, "How can I give to my opponents?"

This is what i call "The Lost Art of Champions". Its quite depressing to accept the fact that we won't be seeing more of your talent at work Rahul..

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

very very nice article....

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 8:38 GMT)

Suuuuuuuuuuupppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrr............article...........nicely made a post mortem of indian cricket..............and everywhere...one man stands tall...other than the Wall of Indian Cricket......Rahul Dravid.....a Legend of World Cricket.....

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 8:37 GMT)

if he is not THE WALLthen none other can be...i salute his spirit and selflessness the will to play for his country and uphold the spirit of cricket seems to live out of him...love u RD!!!

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 8:32 GMT)

@cfmx: This is the first time that even I am posting comments. I have been reading all of them, again and again. And just want to keep reading them. How much ever we articulate, it falls woefully short of RD's greatness.It is sorrow mingled with anger. But excellent article by Siddharth Monga, one of the best I have ever read.Great going!!

Posted by Thegreatgame on (August 7, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

Looks like the selectors are looking for a fall guy for the ODI series. They can't blame the youngsters if they fail since they the future of Indian cricket. So what do they do, they bring in a guy who cant say no so that when he( and I pray he doesn't) fails, the entire blame can be dumped on him. Where are your superstars, the so-called Gen x of players who hide behind cool shades and designer stubbles or are they just your cash cows for the IPL and good for nothing else. Dravid should give it back this time saying that he won't play but the good guy that he is he will not do that.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (August 7, 2011, 8:27 GMT)

Dravid is my genuine hero. A role model for me and for my son. Of the forgotten virtue of self-less dedication. A fantastic article. Short articles take many hours to write.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

excellent article ....RAHUL real team man

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

The greatest selfless cricketer to have ever played for India

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

Excellent article!! simply excellent!!

Posted by timus6778 on (August 7, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

@M.Santhana Gopala Krishnan: I wish there was a like button here in Cricinfo ...i would have definitely been the one to like your viewpoint....one of the Few Good Men to have played the game, u rank as high as any other modern day great...and probably the spirit of the cricket should be named after you...bit too much..??i think it is just...RD,you rock.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

Rahul 'the wall' Dravid-probably the greatest team-man cricket will ever see....he opens the batting in absence of openers,can bat at any position from 1-11,scored 10k runs in both odis n tests(only 5 batsmen have done it),has 5 international wickets,over 200 test catches and many more in odis,kept wicktes even at the age of 38,captained the team to numerous famous victories,still plays match-winning knocks in T20s(something many call is not meant for oldies like him)......................... so he is the true MR.CRICKET!!!! salute the legend as the WALL stands TALL!!!

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 7:14 GMT)

Now that he has announced his retirement, it seems that selectors forced him to do so by picking him in the team.... i hope he performs well in these one dayers.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 7:12 GMT)

Well said Sidharth. Its amazing how the BCCI doesn't value players like Rahul. He always seem to be the back-up man. I personally believe that he has done greater service o Indian cricket than even Sachin has. He has truly portrayed the saying "Learning to live without recognition is a skill."

Posted by rahul7490 on (August 7, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

truly said "When the going gets tough, bring back Rahul Dravid".

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

When the going gets tough, bring back Rahul Dravid -

Very true words from u (Sidharth Monga) , Superb article reflecting"THE WALL"

Posted by prashi13 on (August 7, 2011, 6:48 GMT)

Dravid wud have been done much more better than any other batsman provided the flexibilty what has been given to Sachin.... sachin was never worried about his plac e in indain team when ever he is out of form..where as othyer players like Dravid n Laxman,, then need to always keep there form if they are out of form for a couple of series... Kudos to Dravid .. a true gentleman of a gebtlmens game...

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 6:22 GMT)

Dravid has always been my top hero. He is really what shud be the face of India. Yes, Sachin is good, but for me Dravid is better. And ohh i actually wanted to start of by tipping my hat to you, Monga. Lovly tongue in cheek article !!! You know what i think are the most idiotic bunch of people who sit around a table ?? Well i guess we all know... so i wont waste my time on that. I wonder when Sachin will do what Dravid has said - or wait a minute there should be a few more records that need to be broken or set..hmmm lets wait ...never mind if India does badly..

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

Well,well,isn't it dhoni who dropped dravid from the team with his youth formula?so,has dravid had some sort of a magic potion and become young again?the title of this article is apt for dhoni.the flat track bully that he is,he is trying to hide below dravid in the batting order now on these sporting pitches.think of the msg this sends to a youngster-if you are a player who can play in tough conditions,we will play you there but dump you when conditions are easier in favour of some over-hyped guys.just as well,the overpaid youngsters of indian cricket do not care anyway.

Posted by HyderabadiFlick on (August 7, 2011, 5:55 GMT)

Rahul Sharad Dravid is the most responsible, a gentleman and a great team man. If you go with personal records for an Indian cricketer. He is next to Sachin with more than 10000 runs to his name in both forms of the game. So, what is the fuss all about? If you compare the number of years and matches he has played then he is on par with Sachin in Test cricket.So, he is our all time no#2 man irrespective of his Strike Rate. Even Kallis's S/R is bad. Under every captain he has performed and when his turn came unfortunately Sachin and Saurov had bad form under Greg:) So, India did not perform well in WC'07. Rahul, Sachin, Laxman, Viru, Kapil and Anil are all once in life time cricketers selfless and team men. Played every minute for the country and the team. Golden era of Indian cricket ending soon, coming soon. I have watched cricket for all the above mentioned cricketers. It doesn't matter who is who of Indian cricket today. Good Luck Rahul post ODI retirement or future ODI comeback:)

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 5:17 GMT)

Dravid should be an equal contender for Bharat Ratna if Sachin deserves it.... Dravid has always been the crisis man along with Laxman...

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 5:16 GMT)

"Hey Rahul, one of our openers delayed his surgery so he could play IPL and is missing now, and the other opener got injured during the match. Do you mind opening the innings soon after you have finished keeping wicket?".....says it all!

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

Rahul Dravid is a superhero!!! ElPhenomeno sounds like you need a hug, somewhat if you can make fancy computers. Most kids(whether in Mumbai or Kingston) would rather be Dravid than you. The Indian people should be very proud of his a achievements, from a West Indian!!

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

Best served Team Player after KapilDev...Both are legends and I am not surprised about the treatment Dravid has got all through his career. If you are selfless, good team player and doesn't demand any, then you will be treated like this...Dravid is one among the Millions go thru this in their work place on daily basis. Its really good that Dravid announced his retirement else, selectors may expect him to play another SA and ENG tour given the state of our cricket talents...thanks to IPL.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 4:28 GMT)

rahul dravid has not been paid truly for his selfless services to indian cricket. whenever we was reqd to keep wickets, he kept. whenever there was a need of an opener, he stood ahead. whenever there was a need to anchor the innings when your opener gets a golden duck and no. 3 batsman - rahul dravid is exposed in the 1st over of the match, he anchored the innings (batsmen on the other hand kept falling like a crowd of bicycle). score often read a mere 200 something runs with dravid scoring half a runs out of it. he was called when other senior players were injured and gets axed as they reurn (even though he performs well in his return). everyone scolded rahul for an early WC exit. No one ever realised the batting and bowling contributions of individuals in hostile west indian pitches. Great gambling was done by dhoni in 2007 in order to axe one the geniuses of modern cricket. He did it again in 2009.

Posted by SV_Ravi on (August 7, 2011, 4:27 GMT)

Excellent article, and very well written Sidharth. There won't be another Dravid ever again! Let us enjoy while his innings last! As Mr. Putcha said, RD is India's most selfless cricketers and most humble human being! It is very sad to see that people who have less than half or quarter of his achievements are hero worshiped, while this gem of a man gets thrown around! Long live RD!

Posted by Semoli on (August 7, 2011, 4:13 GMT)

I salute an amazing player. I wish everything was not about 'You know who'.

Posted by arjays on (August 7, 2011, 4:13 GMT)

One thing is i am glad, Rahul had the oppurtunity to quit on a high unlike most of the legends in the recent years..brilliant decision. Team India truly doesn't deserve this legend.

Posted by Raj12345 on (August 7, 2011, 3:59 GMT)

Truth comes out slowly. where are these half boiled fans talks about RG,Raina,Yuvi & Dhoni.

Posted by rakzmenon on (August 7, 2011, 3:49 GMT)

Rahul, you are my inspiration. While the world awaits the 100th ton of Mr Tendulkar, i will wait to see the 'Masterclass' of yours. And your 50th ton including all forms of cricket.

Posted by bismoy on (August 7, 2011, 3:44 GMT)

@ pes220001 I agree with you..

Has sachin scored 2 century and india lost everyone would have blame sachin.But now no one is blaming dravid.

Dravid was out of form for 2 year..suddenly he became the best indian batman in last 20 year??

Everyone knows truth Sachin is best india has ever produce,,,but then all will wait for his rare failure to tag Rahul,shewag or laxman to india best batman..Height of hypocrisy.

Posted by parpranav on (August 7, 2011, 3:38 GMT)

fantastic article!!the story of an 'unsung hero' in the true sense.....not once has he said no to any job given to him.....shows his desire to do anything for his nation when in need....its high time he gets the credit he deserves....what a player!!!will miss him when he retires....

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 3:31 GMT)

@iyer:: every time money is not compared to hardwork, he is one of unsung hero's of indian team

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 3:24 GMT)

Well written - Indian cricket, led my MSD and K Srikkanth - is exploiting one of Indian cricket's most selfless cricketers.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 3:12 GMT)

:) Absolutely agree with every word written here. Well said.

Posted by ksambalam on (August 7, 2011, 2:31 GMT)

Rahul is everything we aspire to be. He is hardworking, committed, sincere and quite unassuming about all such things. He is a hero we need to admire and respect. I must say I am proud of him.

Posted by ElPhenomeno on (August 7, 2011, 2:17 GMT)

And the logic they're "superheroes" because they're doing a different job we cannot do is totally wrong. I am a systems engineer designing complex firmware systems that I would bet my bottom dollar none of these "superheroes" can do. No one calls me a superhero.

Posted by CricUniverse on (August 7, 2011, 2:04 GMT)

Very well written by Sidharth Monga. You have summed it up very well on how this true saviour of Indian Cricket has been treated.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 2:04 GMT)

did it occur to anybody behind the scenes its a plan to allow dravid to officially announce and retire in dignity that he so much deserve.... just a thought

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 1:53 GMT)

Kudos to Sidarth for reminding us the value of Rahul Dravid as a cricketer. Few men can be spoken in the same breath as this man - salute you master!

Posted by airbus380india on (August 7, 2011, 1:46 GMT)

This is a message for Iyer, Sorry mate but have to say what you said is really wrong I do agree that they getting paid for playing, but they are getting paid for the job that they are doing, and Dravid, Tendulkar and VVS all have been playing for India for a long time, they could have retired but still playing because they love the job that they are doing which is playing cricket (Ofcourse money is there as remunaration, which everyone is getting paid including you and me. They are superheros but shouldn't say they are god but defenitly superheros because they are doing something different that we can't do same as Filim actors, they are also superheros. Please if you have got some frustration please take it to yourself.

Sidd this is a really well written article. Keep the good work

Posted by tennis on (August 7, 2011, 1:22 GMT)

@Abhishek Patil and @Abad: Who cares about averages. Do you recall anything significant in the last 2 years from Rahul who I admire immensely. Sports is about moving on and making way for the next generation. Viv Richards has a lower average than Dravid, but, I'll take Viv any day or sehwag for that matter. Rahul is great, and I appreciated all his days for India, but, time for trying Kohli, Raina and Rohit long term. That's the only way you breed continuity. I feel the same about Sachin and Laxman too....after tour of Australia, I'd like all three to walk away and let the youngsters play...win or lose....i feel confident in Kohli, Raina and Rohit long term...

Posted by rtom on (August 7, 2011, 1:13 GMT)

haha,.. wonderful Sidd. Hope the selectors do read this piece. Else please send them and cc to Saurav who fought for Dravid even when he was going through a blip in his performance !

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 1:02 GMT)

Now people have to decided who is greatest Sachin or Dravid?

Posted by wajidakhterabbasi on (August 7, 2011, 0:51 GMT)

Only thing which Rahul Dravid lacks is the number of test hundreds he has scored. And that is where Tendulkar gets lucky the most accomplished test batsmen I have ever seen is this man Dravid. Head and shoulders above the so called legend of indian cricket.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 0:49 GMT)

This is one of the best article on Cricinfo. Hats off to the man who never got what he deserved and still remains most committed to the job at hands....

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 0:42 GMT)

Thanks a lot Sid for this wonderful article of yours. Rahul Dravid is a human apart and the he is the heights of generosity....SALUTE YOU SIR..Mr.Rahul Sharad Dravid

Posted by pandeypank on (August 7, 2011, 0:22 GMT)

Great article describing the great commitment of a great cricketer...hats off

Posted by Iyer on (August 6, 2011, 23:43 GMT)

Please dont make him god or super hero. he is not our freedom fighter who fought for independence and gave their life for nothing in return to their family. Rahul is just a cricketer, who makes money everytime he walks out to play for India. In fact, these cricketers are paid more than anyone else. You and me work hard and get paltry salary, and we are subject to more critical analysis of our work by our supervisors. Rahul did well for the last 18 years, and lets just thank him for that. it should stop there. If these guys had paid for no money then they deserve all this superhero worship.

Posted by iyer14 on (August 6, 2011, 23:28 GMT)

Very nice article. All the best Rahul in your retirement. You will be perfect in whatever you do. Best wishes

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 23:15 GMT)

Great wall of Indian Cricket....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 23:00 GMT)

Couldn't have put it better myself...the most dedicated and hard working indian cricketer that ever existed

Posted by ARad on (August 6, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

@Tennis: Dravid averages 53.5 between his debut and Dec 31 2000; he averages 47.4 between 2005 and now. (This does include the worst patch of his career but still, under Dhoni, he averages 51.8 in 27 Tests.) He is hardly a batsman who is admired based on a short period of past glory between 2001 and 2004 as you claim. He has consistently been a high quality Test batsman. He is not just the wall but the PILLAR of the Indian batting.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 22:36 GMT)

@tennis: am not sure why people are not happy when RD gets his due. Maybe he is getting more than what he deserves over the last few weeks but he deserves it for not getting it earlier. And please check your stats: Dravid's average over the last two years has been amazing. More than his career average. Better than Gambhir and Laxman. It's just that Sachin and Sehwag have done wonderfully well in this period and we were so used to him being the best batsman in the team. And what are you talking about his first four years.. He was the highest run getter in the 1999 world cup.. If you dont know which format the world cup is played, it's the ODIs.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 22:23 GMT)

Too much emotion and rhetoric here. Rahul Dravid is a great batsman. No doubt about that. But somehow people talk of him as if it is a sacrifice to play for the country or to open the batting or to keep wickets. That is wrong. It is a privilege to play for the country. If you are asked to open, you should. If you are asked to keep wickets, you should. Dravid does it so he is a role model. But as fans one should never forget that this is not a sacrifice. And he has not been treated badly.

Posted by naveenkumar_koneru on (August 6, 2011, 22:20 GMT)

One important thing missed out in the article is about his captaincy. I will stick my neck out and say he is the most successful indian captain abroad. Series win in WI after 35 years and in england after 20 years. I think no indian captain had stepped down from captaincy after handing over a test series win abroad(in england after 20 years).But this man has done for REASONS well known to vengserkar and co who was then the chief selector. But anyway kudos to this great PLAYER AND A HUMBLE HUMAN BEING.

Posted by pes220001 on (August 6, 2011, 22:16 GMT)

I dont know if my comments will be published but Dravid is not un-sung hero. He gets his due..When he did nothing last three years all people wanted him out..Now hes scored runs..people use this chance to put down Sachin..Why cant we enjoy both crickers..Some facts..Dravid is not always the man for tough conditions either..In S Africa recently..Dravid scored almost nothing but Sachin scored two one of them was in a loosing cause..Dravid scored two in loosing causes here in England but hes not being criticised..Just selective memory from Indian fans as always..I am a Indian fan but at least I am not selective

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 22:14 GMT)

Where would be Indian cricket without dravid! Excellent article, sid.

Posted by crikbuff on (August 6, 2011, 22:12 GMT)

Selection of Rahul Dravid proves that even after 4 years, IPL has not discovered any deserving talent. All young Indian batting stars who can slog 20-30 runs on flat pitches are not worthy of playing international cricket. IPL is ruining Indian talent and is destroying world cricket.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 22:11 GMT)

@ ZICO 123!!!!! But our "unworthy zonal quota system 'SELECTORS' ....." will ensure dat PUJARA gets a chance only after he's past his BEST & frustrated 2 d core.... Pujara shud've been a regular test player by now, if d selectors were looking 4 a worthy TALENT....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 22:06 GMT)

@ ZICO 123!!!!! But our "unworthy zonal quota system 'SELECTORS' ....." will ensure dat PUJARA gets a chance only after he's past his BEST & frustrated 2 d core.... Pujara shud've been a regular test player by now, if d selectors were looking 4 a worthy TALENT....

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 6, 2011, 22:04 GMT)

I felt as though Sid is reading my mind. Should I say brilliant article regarding the saddest thing about Dravid's career or should I say Sid is asking the people at the helm to do some soul searching? Sid kind of summed up Rahul Dravid's career, in a nutshell, of late. "Who knows two years down the line we might call you up for ODIs again. So keep hitting that gym, or whatever you do to stay in top condition". Very well written Sid. And may I add, "Above all, don't you retire. OK Rahul? Because we don't know when we need you". What a shameful way to treat Rahul 'Eveready' Dravid, a cricketer par excellence! I just can't understand why Dravid still plays for India after seeing how he was dissed for the world cup! The humble soldier that my God is, I should have known him better. Hats off to you Rahul, My Legend, My Cricketing God....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 21:54 GMT)

Rahul dravid, what a player. I am watching him for a long time. He is really the wall. A country od 1.3 billion should produce more cricketers like him . Make a contest like SA RE GA MA and get the best cricketers for the indian team.

Posted by pes220001 on (August 6, 2011, 21:53 GMT)

I in part agree with tennis. Although Dravid should not retire but he is not as under-valued as most people think. I can certainly bet if Sachin made those centuries in this series that Dravid made..Sachin would not have been praised instead he would be blamed for scoring centuries in a loosing cause unlike Dravid who has been praised..Remember first test vs S Africa before the W Cup..the people here in this forum criticised sachin for scoring century in loosing cause and same in third test when India drawed..Also Yes Sachin has scored 10 in loosing causes in test cricket but hes also scored 40 odd which have not in test cricket..Sachin can never win with critics anyway..Secondly the media always need someone to criticise..it was Sachin three years ago then laxman then dravid..No wonder it is difficult to be a Indian player!

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (August 6, 2011, 21:52 GMT)

All the comments and including this article is due to the fact that INdia lost first two test against England and Dravid scored two centuries..India lost due to Indian Bowlers..let them scored more runs let their bowlers scored more runs...PERIOD...leave Dravid alone...else he would fail in next two games..

Posted by CricketChat on (August 6, 2011, 21:15 GMT)

Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman were definitely phased out of ODI team during the Chapple era. While they were all good ODI batsmen, their fielding was a liability. Dhoni ascendency to captaincy also contributed to that. I wonder if Dhoni would have requested Dravid's inclusion or selectors overrode him.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 21:07 GMT)

Awesome Article.....you just summed up what every true Indian cricket fan has been wondering all along...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 20:59 GMT)

very well said.... :-). those who really understand cricket admire and appreciate Dravid ... and he would for sure know it...

Posted by SweetAndy on (August 6, 2011, 20:53 GMT)

Hats off to Sid. Exact words how all RD fans feel and the way BCCI treated a legendary

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 20:22 GMT)

Why not Saurav then ? He will still outshine almost all.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

He is really True servant of Indian cricket.

Posted by Apurwa047 on (August 6, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

@Tennis : how would you feel when u leave the captaincy of a team so that you can concentrate more on your contribution and then the team throws you out ? would you be able to perform among people who do not trust you..or rather do not like you ? i think Rahul has done that part better than 99.9% people in this world in those situations would do. try thinking before you speak about a person who is legend not only for the sake of saying. Rahul has given that kind of phenomenal success in front of demanding Indian fans and you know how we Indians feel about cricket. moreover, indian board is not foolish to select him at the age of 38 !

Posted by Iyer on (August 6, 2011, 19:57 GMT)

Rahul and sachin are like Scottie Pippen and MJ of Bulls (NBA). The debate will go on forever.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 19:36 GMT)

Testimony to Rahul Dravid's Contribution to Indian Cricket Team which i would like to rephrase like this Even the God (Sachin) of Cricket is guarded by the WALL every where!!!! :-

Posted by KabaabRoll on (August 6, 2011, 19:33 GMT)

Coming from a Pakistani fan, I admire this man. No matter what position our bowlers had put India in, we knew that as long as 'The Wall' is there, the match is just as much India's as ours. Humilty, and humble. Our heroes need to learn from this. Dravid is by far the most dangerous Indian batsman ever, as far as the oppositions opinion is concerned. Bravo!

Posted by zico123 on (August 6, 2011, 19:30 GMT)

did Rahul dravid read this article and decided to retire from ODI after this assignment? you all know he is a true champion, a legand, gentleman and a great servant of Indian cricket. he was always the unsong hero when Sachin took all the glory, Rahul...pls don't quit test cricket atleast until we produce genuine few good youngstars who can fill in the big shoes. Kohli, rohit are not ready yet, raina, yuvraj don't look a test player, so far only Pujara looks good for future

Posted by mosin007 on (August 6, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

i am a die heart pakistani fan but really Dravid shows every1 one of us that what is the true definition of GENTLEMAN. praying for ur seccess in this series

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

Go Jammy go....................We will square the test series and whitewash the Poms in ODIs and thrash them in the one off T 20 for you.

Posted by rahulcricindia on (August 6, 2011, 19:10 GMT)

for the first i feel proud about the fact that my name is rahul....i am lucky enough to see dravid throughout his career.....trust me guys....THERE WON'T BE ANOTHER RAHUL IN THE CRICKET!....respect is the only word that comes to my mind about him.....long live RAHUL!!!

Posted by Nampally on (August 6, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

Yes, Dravid is a man fir all occasions. In the recent test series against England, he held the Indian side with centuries in both the tests - one of which was as an opener to fill in for Gambhir.If only Tendulkar & Laxman could match the prolific run scoring capability of Dravid, India would not have lost wither of the 2 tests. The patience and technique of Rahul cannot be matched by anyone in the Indian team. In the international cricket these are essential qualities to succeed. Dravid has set very high standard for himself and for his team mates to follow.Coming off a century on totally different pitches & conditions in WI with a century in the tests, he could repeat the same on 2 different English pitches. No wonder the Selectors have brought him out for the ODI's to save India's world famed batting, which has not showed up yet.A challenge for Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar, Laxman, Raina & Dhoni to emulate Dravid in scoring in the last 2 tests for India, to retain #1. THEY MUST!...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

Beautiful Analysis..............................no words to express either joy or sorrow. The future players are only fit enough to heap records on flattest tracks. Doubt that there will be no legacy on the grounds of England, South Africa, New Zealand, Aus, once Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Sehwag will go.......

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

one of the best articles... really pity rahul dravid... does everything but never given due credit.. and i am sure. he will again be droped after this series even if he slams 4 centuries

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 18:44 GMT)

good decision...master of legsideflicker

Posted by Aniruddha_K on (August 6, 2011, 18:39 GMT)

Well said... the greatest team man who has played for India.... Remember when Broad took the hattrick he got out trying to accelerate when he could easily have ended on 125 not out or so.... what a team man....

Posted by tennis on (August 6, 2011, 18:35 GMT)

It's so typical of Indian fans to put a person on a pedestal. Look, Dravid is great all right, but, he's not done much in the last two years until the Windies series recently. Go look up the results for yourself. So, we should have picked youngsters instead. This is regressive move by BCCI. Plus, if youngsters don't get a chance in test cricket and ODIs, how will they learn? Did Dravid make any significant contribution in Test Cricket between 1996 - 2000 when he was new to the team. He had 3 glorious years from 2001-2004 and people still think he's very good. I think he should gracefully retire from all forms of the game soon.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

Great Article... where these so called great captains stands Stands without the GREAT WALL in testing conditions.... they might be super heroes flat batting pitches... thanks RD

Posted by Sarthak_Shah on (August 6, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

What brilliant article! But what I really like is RD has expressed surprise & has announced his retirement from ODIs & T20s. A legend that he is, in utmost dignified way informed the selectors (and the Captain), that he is not willing to be pushed around! And truly, there is no way the current crop of selectors & most of the first choice players can even match upto RD's even in their most prolific periods, such mortals have absolutely no right whatsoever to decide on when and when not to play a Legend like Rahul Dravid!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

Well said. To avoid this treatchered treatment it's good to hear that he ha responded back with a straight bat, announcing his retirement after this series.

Posted by vijujack on (August 6, 2011, 18:27 GMT)

It just isn't funny anymore- on the one hand mindless deification of Tendulkar (he ain't no god, nor saviour, not even the match winner he needs to be) and on the other hand a classic cricketer - make that two, including VVS - being treated with no respect. In trying conditions he has pulled India forward, while all around him have failed. He shows tremendous poise & composure in handling everything thrown at him inside & outside the ground. "Save us Rahul" seems to have been the call this time too, as the last straw, the straw that finally broke the camel's back. A true gentleman, i for one will enjoy seeing you on the field till you retire totally.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 18:27 GMT)

Dravid has played for 15 yrs while Sachin for more 21! If he was to continue for 6 more years he'd sure make more runs than Sachin! Tendulkar is gifted, probably the greatest ever but Dravid worked hard to get where he is but always remained in the shadows! A befitting goodbye to his one day career!!!

Posted by pudukkudikaryansujith on (August 6, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

A good article on the WALL. He is the most reliable and complete batsman to have played for India. Clearly the most dependable Team-man. A GIANT-HEARTED to the core. He has been in the shadow of SRT for a long time. But, a SUN cannot be eclipsed for long. LET HIM SHINE BRIGHT TILL HE HANGS UP HIS BOOTS.

Posted by AjaySridharan on (August 6, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

good one! the last paragraph summed up the mental make up of a great team player. He has never shown any sense of entitlement despite been the go-to guy under tough conditions. Even Sachin sometimes passively displays a big sense of entitlement, but have never seen Rahul grumble. Definitely two of the very best when it comes to work ethics and strength of character

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

He might not be "the god" but we have always banked on "the wall" in tough batting conditions. He is about to announce his retirement after this ODI series, may be because he doesn't like reading the headlines saying he is dropped again when India play on flat home pitches after this tour!! Got to feel bad for this man. Hope he has a good series and gets a fitting farewell.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 18:22 GMT)

Hats off to u sid for such an article about our GREATEST CRICKETER alongside KAPIL JI both are SELFLESS GEMS..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 18:17 GMT)

My idol my legend.... U r de one of de all time best in the history of cricket.... I want u to start an cricket academy soon after retirement... I want youngsters to learn a lot from u.... Real sportsman is none other than u... U r greater than any other sportsman from india.... Hats of to u

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 18:17 GMT)

TRUE LEGEND-SAVIOUR OF INDIAN CRICKET Salute u Mr.Gentleman u r an gr8 cricketing idol of all time..

Posted by doobya on (August 6, 2011, 18:16 GMT)

Brilliant article.. I am pretty sure they are going to make him keep wickets in ODIs.. drop dhoni.. and bring an extra batsman..

Posted by maddy_18 on (August 6, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

I am watching cricket since 1989, I don't think I will ever see such a technically & temperamentally correct batsman like RD again in Indian Cricket. If at all I see they must have learnt cricket by watching RD.

Posted by cfmx on (August 6, 2011, 18:04 GMT)

I have been reading Cricinfo since day 1 but never posted a comment. But, today can't stop myself from saying something.

Rahul is the greatest cricketer ever and a true gentleman. Games deserves its name because of player slike Dravid! Fantastic article!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:53 GMT)

Awesome article... Hope he gets chance in the future ODI series as well.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

i have tears in my eyes now.. India should celebrate a player oh his caliber.. TRUE LEGEND..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

Rahul Dravid is the greatest Indian cricketer to have walked the earth. No fuss, no drama, gets on with the job. Must be something in the water in Karnataka, Kumble, Vishawnath, Srinath and Dravid silent and mentally strong. 11 players with Dravid's attitude and India would indeed be number one with daylight second

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:39 GMT)

fantastic article... Sid you have added what most of us feel about the way Dravid's been treated.....

Posted by bsin82 on (August 6, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

I have been so angry since morning hearing this news, but after reading this article, it has pacified me a bit. I mean what does the selectors and Dhoni think of themselves - the way they treat Dravid is pathetic. Kudos to the author - you have hit the bull's eye.

Posted by AtticusFinch on (August 6, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

Wonderful, Wonderful Siddhart Monga! Hope Srikkantttttth (dunno how many letters he has now) and Dhoni is listening! Salute the greatest batsman India ever had (Oh, am not talking about "GOD")

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:35 GMT)

What i feared has happened. Dravid has just announced that he will retire from ODIs after this series against England. A salute to the man for serving his country, as and when needed... He is a true role model for anyone in this world!!!

Posted by bismoy on (August 6, 2011, 17:34 GMT)

Sympathy votes for dravid will be all time high.....poor sachin and shewag they done all great thing in last 2 year,,,,,but all forgotten,,,,

Dravid was struggling for last 2 year and would have ideally dropped from WI tour,,,but guess what after scoring 2 century in indian defeat ...he again considered as only batman india has produced...rest all and not good enough to called batman....

Let the 3rd test begin...the truth will be realized again...till then dravid can be considered better than bradman also...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

Oh great team man, hats of to u.... I met u in mysore in ranji match against punjab in 2009. I was a volunteer out der... I spent four days on de boundary watching u n i got snaps with u n autograph... Its de golden moments of my life forever. I like to c u again in blue... Get a ton here let de selectors realize their mistake... Should dhoni realize ur necessity in any format... U r real team man... Hats off to u my legend

Posted by Ashcricketfan on (August 6, 2011, 17:07 GMT)

He may not be a born genius or god like Tendulkar, but he has shown how a human can become a god by sheer hard work and mental discipline, even if you are not fortunate enough as to be born as one!! LONG LIVE RAHUL DRAVID!!!! Amazing Article!! Thanks for such a great synopsis on how this God has been treated in India! Any other country, he would be adored and worshipped as a Messiah!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

Why creating such articles and making ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME look in some sort of awkward condition?? His name shud b in HISTORY BOOKS otherwise thr is something huge going wrong.. HATS OFF to THE WALL!!! U R THE BEST!!

Posted by blue-eyed on (August 6, 2011, 16:56 GMT)

How i wish RD had turned down the call up....this is no way to treat one of the greatest ever to have worn d blue gear......

Posted by Vew_Point on (August 6, 2011, 16:51 GMT)

Excellently put, hit the bulls eye. What next? Bring back VVS, Kumble and Srinath. While you are at it, please bring back Kapil too.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (August 6, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

Rahul Dravid is the best Indian batsman in the last 20 years. He is an all time great.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

The article shows the True sportsman ship of legend cricketer "THE WALL". Even though sachin has so many records,he cant beat this mans record for ever

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

I don't like to see him retire after this England Series.. Want him to score runs on thes tracks and show that he is the all time best and want him to continue for more than year...

Posted by babai_96 on (August 6, 2011, 16:45 GMT)

whenever indian cricket has needed a man who can bat THE WALL has obliged there has never been such a great team man

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:39 GMT)

great article...He is one greatest cricketers ever produced and it is a big shame he has been treated this way through the latter part of his ODI career.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

Nice way to sum up. Dravid is only factor because of whom INDIA is not humiliated that badly in the current series. No offence to the master, but the WALL never got the respect he deserved. He is THE real warrior.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

I think this is a farewell series given to Rahul. Remember he started his career in England, he might as well like to end it here. As much as i would hate it, we might just see Rahul retire after this series!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

a true artcile! we keep speaking about youngsters stepping up! but if they dont, we go back to our most trusted batsman! RAHUL DRAVID! i hope dravid yu make history this time! it will be good for him as he is gonna retire soon. last chance for him to add up his average and good chance for us to see our most trustworthy warrior in his last few battles! love yu dravid

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:30 GMT)

Funny article! Humorous way of telling a sad story.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:26 GMT)

Everyone in the cricket should learn from Dravid who is showing the real character need for life and cricket.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:23 GMT)

Nice to plan for future, but not before 4 years, concentrate on present, whats wrong in playing a guy who is in good form, even sachin wont be around for next world cup, so gonna drop him? India's middle order - Yuvi, Dhoni and Raina are in a bad shape at the moment and only way to minimize the damage is to Play Dravid, Don't worry, Your young guns will be back in Knee - Height Highway tracks in India and the selfless man will never complaint about it

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

Wonderful Article. Kudos to Sidharth Monga

Posted by Evilpengwinz on (August 6, 2011, 16:18 GMT)

Brilliant article. I rate Dravid higher than anyone else in the Indian side, to be honest.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

i exactly understood what message are you tryin to send. even i feel that way

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

Sidharth, you hit the nail on the head. Only, in India, can a cricketer of Dravid's caliber and achievement be treated so shabbily, so cavalierly.Naturally, Indian cricket fans cannot and should not expect BCCI and Selection Committee to be let us know why RD was dropped in the first place and why he is being selected now. I am a huge Dravid Fan and would probably stop watching cricket when Dravid retires, but, bringing back Dravid now in ODIs is a retrograde step. In fact Sachin Tendulkar should also not be selected for ODIs and youngsters should be groomed.But then God and BCCI, both move in mysterious ways ....

Posted by zero_knowledge on (August 6, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

Mr.Siddharth you have summed up my emotions exactly as it is.. thank you very much

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:15 GMT)

superb articl. bt one thing is sure if slctrs drop him after a gud performence even avrg performence in the seris.. i won't watch One dayers. not bcz he deseres his place in team or not. its all abput respecting a legend.

Posted by datewithdestiny on (August 6, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

Dravid has to has to retire after these ODIs... Or opt out of this series.. Opting out would anger the BCCI and selectors off as it might 'disrespect' their decision.. So I think he will play... And retire himself... I just hope for his sake that he does well in the ODIs.. people will remember him longer.. which is the least we can all do...

Posted by anish_vince23 on (August 6, 2011, 16:08 GMT)

a winner NEVER says NO. and Dravid is more than a winner, he is a LEGEND.

The greatest batsman in the world, when under pressure. WITHOUT A DOUBT.

if there is a God of cricket.. its RAHUL DRAVID. REAL MR.CRICKET. SALUTE.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:06 GMT)

Great post Sidharth - the way the BCCI have treated Dravid makes the ECB look good! Most international teams would give away their leading batsman to have a player of Dravid's skill and determination in their side. Perhaps not England though - we seem to have several mini-Rahuls in the side. Would be nice ti find someone to swap for Sehwag though...

Posted by groundreality on (August 6, 2011, 16:02 GMT)

Such a shame that a player of his caliber is treated with disdain like this! Bet if this had happened to any of the others in the "big 4" (yes, including that "iconic" player who was FINALLY axed for consistent non-performance in 2008) the whole nation would have boiled up! Some people are just born unlucky I guess - they toil away in the ground only to see the praise and credit going to others who seldom perform.

Posted by aravabalaji on (August 6, 2011, 16:02 GMT)

This article is nail on the forehead!

Posted by mritunjai on (August 6, 2011, 16:02 GMT)

Great article Sid. You have actually captured the frustration of all Dravid's fans. This recall now makes me scared that dravid will once again be cold shouldered after one series.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:00 GMT)

Hey Rahul, we are not sure India will last 50 Overs against this English Attack.We want you to hold fort. Hey Rahul,Captain Cool likes to bowl these days just the way Bhaji likes to bat.Whey don't you fill into his gloves. Hey Rahul, you are the fittest in the Current lot at 38.We are sure that you will last the remaining 2 Tests and ODI series.So be part of the fun when most likely you might come in to bat in the first few overs itself. Hey Rahul.We need a cover for Sehwag and Gambhir who themselves don't know when they will be fit.Please oblige. Hey Rahul, England are going to aim short and sweet.You know how to pull and duck India out of trouble.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:56 GMT)

Have always been a fan of Rahul.. since he started playing for India... Though people were saying he was playing slow, I always supported him... He did what was right...

Posted by imran1970 on (August 6, 2011, 15:54 GMT)

A very well written article. The fact is pushing the beautiful game to second choice before money is paying back now. T20 is not cricket and it doesn't produce cricketers of quality. Rahul Dravid is not a product of any IPL or even 50/50 matches. Like it or not 3 day or 4 day first class matches can only produce players of his standard.

Posted by go_wind on (August 6, 2011, 15:52 GMT)

next dada will be back as captain :)

Posted by Anand_Nandakumar on (August 6, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

Fantastic article!!! Exactly my sentiment...one part of me is very happy that he is back....another more rational part of me is egging him on to say "Sorry Guys! Not this time. I have had enough." This is even worse than Laxman from 2003, dropped for the world cup, then picked in the series after that.

I am also sad to not see Badrinath in the team - dropped after just 3 games, in one of which he was run out, in another he got out to a good faster ball from Bishoo, and to a well directed bouncer which he just gloved instead of top edged four. And he was MoM in the only 20-20 that he played. He never threw away his wicket, the way other youngsters did on that series and continue to do now. He did not even get to play the final WI test, despite Kohli failing massively in all WI test matches. Badri deserves a full ODI & test series with a guaranteed place in the 11, am sure he will be the next Wall.

Seems like nice guys always finish last (despite the title of Dravid's biography!).

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:48 GMT)

‎"The Old Warrior is back into India Blue.......Rahul Dravid ,the Colossus of Indian Cricket is back into India ODI team..... Its useless to say any word abt Dravid.......many talented and gifted players have played for india,legends have played for India,many will play in future.....but,I doubt ever there was,or there will be any Team Man like Dravid...... I learnt how to Love cricket and be a true team man jus from that man,since the very day I started watching him play......respect "

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:48 GMT)

Superb article! :) Selectors will drop him again after the England ODI series and the greatest servant of Indian Cricket will accept it gracefully!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:41 GMT)

A well written article. Thumbs up sid. Had all this happened to any of the Aussie or english cricketers, they'd be writing a book on the injustice done to them and maybe even considering making a movie out of this. But not Rahul, a gentleman of the game. He has always lived in the shadow of others. The funny thing is that the selectors still dont acknowledge the importance of THE WALL. I have a gut feeling that Dravid will retire from ODI's after this series.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (August 6, 2011, 15:40 GMT)

Good one Mr. Monga. Your article says it all for this great Indian Wall.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (August 6, 2011, 15:34 GMT)

I am one of the biggest Dravid fans you can imagine. I always personally preferred the way Dravid batted and his contributions to India since the late 90's, over Tendulkar (back when it was not so fashionable to do so). BUT recalling a 39 year old in the twilight of his career is disengenuous to him. He needs to play only Tests to prolong his career as much as he can and recalling him merely as a stop-gap policy is wrong for him and for the future of India's ODI team. These choices are regressive, in the fact that youngsters get overlooked, in an ODI team which was meant to bring through the younger generation. If you're suddenly dropping the youth (which have the mainstay of the ODI team for the past few years) to choose old men like Dravid, it says you don't trust nor believe in the younger generation. Short term gains for long term consequences.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

Rahul is the great batsman India is having. And for that no proof required by any one who only remember the players age & his birthday not his performance. He is the only one steady batsman in the recent 2 tests playing in England. What happen to the young blood cricketers? I know very well he will pick by team management in the playing 11 in ODI's too & definitely he will do well than your young Cricketers.

Posted by Harmony111 on (August 6, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

In a way, this shows us the value of Rahul Dravid to the Indian Cricket, but it also shows the way we have been using all his skills to suit our requirements with no sense of gratitude. Some cynics are surely going to say that RD is just a cricketer and he should be happy that he gets to play an ODI at the ripe age of 38 and should thank his stars. Perhaps Indian Cricket should thank its stars that there has been a player called RD who has gone on form being a mere Solid Test Player to an Accomplished ODI Player and has done all he could to serve Indian Cricket. But why are we toying with the skill and attitude of this wonderful cricketer and person? I dont know if RD feels happy and vindicated after being selected in this ODI team or whether he feels used like a 24x11 drive-in where one can go any time and can place any ORDER.

Posted by US_Indian on (August 6, 2011, 15:32 GMT)

Beautiful---Awesome, Wonderful, Hilarious- but a fact. good work.

Posted by anilkp on (August 6, 2011, 15:30 GMT)

Great, Sidharth! I wanted to write something this morning on the news article on selection; there were alreday 270 odd comments. I feel sad not for the youngsters being overloooked, not for this being a step backward, not for this being a case of panic or lack of options, not for Dravid being left out for so long earlier. I feel sad because this is the history repeating itself, and cruelly so; just that Srikkanth is another Vengsarkar. Once the English fall is over, Dravid will be back in the cold of ODIs. It is an irresistible pain in my mind and heart; that proves how steel is Dravid's. Now, the questions are: why was Dravid left behind to begin years ago despite having maintained the same steel that got him 10K+ runs? The bigger question is why is he picked and dumped by the selectors' whim? None can imagine such treatments to Sachin. Cannot the big people (captain, selectors) sense what humiliation they are meting out to a true legend of steel and humility? RD doesn't deserve this.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:29 GMT)

We will sorely miss you, o great player.

Posted by hitesh288 on (August 6, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

It just shows you can not keep good men down. I agree Dhoni should injure himself or feel sick so somebody like Prathiv can take over wicket keeping and is also better batsman, specially in England.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:26 GMT)

Greatly under-appreciated... India's health in the longer-form atleast will drop dramatically when Dravid-SRT and VVS retire while the core of teams like SA will be at their peak age...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:20 GMT)

N YET AGAIN DA WALL WOULD WILLINGLY TURN UP N HOLD FORT WHEN EVERYONE ELSE DISAPPEARS. HE WOULD GIVE HIS EACH OUNCE OF HIS ENERGY TO GET INDIA ACROSS DA LINE N JUST WHEN HE HAS DONE IT ALL, DEY LL THANKS RAHUL. BBYE. COME ON GUYS, DIS LEGEND OF ALL, DESERVES A BETTER DEAL!!!

Posted by harshacc on (August 6, 2011, 15:19 GMT)

If someone wrote a book on Indian cricket the title "The importance of being Rahul" would be very apt.

Posted by janreddy on (August 6, 2011, 15:18 GMT)

DEAR Sidharth Monga I APPRECIATED UR COMMENTARY BUT U CAN'T RULE OUT OF HIM IN ODI'S BECAUSE THEY SELECTED HIM FOR A PLACE IN THE FINAL XI IS GUARANTEED WHY BECOZ U DON'T KNOW THE FITNESS OF SACHIN , GAMBHIR OR SEHWAG. EVEN IF U DON'T HAVE A 5TH BOWLING OPTION HE CAN KEEP WICKETS AND MS DHONI WILL BOWL A 5 OVER SPELL N SEHWAG OR RAINA WILL BOWL THE REMAINING QUOTA OF 5TH BOWLER.

THEY SELECTED HIM BECAUSE THESE ARE LESSONS FOR YOUNGSTERS TO LEARN FROM HIM A LOT IN THE NEAR FUTURE BECOZ ...INDIA IS TRAVELLING TO ANOTHER TOUGH CONTINENT ( AUSTRALIA 4 TESTS AND 8 TO 11 ODIS IF WE MAKE TO FINAL ) AFTER CONCLUSION OF THIS SERIES.

I EVEN CONSIDER A FINAL XI WITH OUT ONE OF TRIO ( SACHIN, SEHWAG N GAMBHIR) OF OPENERS....IF THESE 3 FIT THEN EXCLUDE ONE OF MIDDLE ORDER BATSMAN (RAINA, ROHITH OR VIRAT) ...

FINAL XI WOULD BE LIKE THIS

1 SACHIN 2 SEHWAG( VC) 3 GAMBHIR 4 RAHUL DRAVID(WKT2) 5 RAINA 6 VIRAT/ ROHITH 7 DHONI( WKT) 8 ZAHEER IF HE FIT/MUNAF 9,PRAVEEN 10 ISHANTH 11 OHJA/ MISHRA ....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:18 GMT)

Very funny in driving home the point and hitting the nail on the head :-). The ehading sums it up. Sometimes there is no place to hide, and you have to hit your head against the Wall :-)

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (August 6, 2011, 15:10 GMT)

Sarcasm does not obviously suit Sidarth Monnga's style, for the record Rahul did not have to keep wickets and come out to open the innings,It would be interesting if someone were to dig up the archives to see how the writer reacted when Rahul was originally eased out from the ODI squad....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:09 GMT)

Yeah .. speak our collective mind. Panic, lack of logic, myopic decision making and as always take a great player for granted - for he's humble and malleable enough to always put Indian cricket ahead of himself.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 6, 2011, 15:07 GMT)

That kind of summed up Rahul Dravid's ODI Career of late in a nutshell. "Who knows two years down the line we might call you up for ODIs again. So keep hitting that gym, or whatever you do to stay in top condition". And may I add, "Above all, don't you retire. OK Rahul? Because we don't know when we need you". What a shameful way to treat Dravid. I just can't understand why Dravid still plays for India after seeing how he was dissed for the world cup!

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (August 6, 2011, 15:06 GMT)

It couldn't have been more perfect, thanks Siddharth.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

Hiding behind the wall.....

Posted by Gagan_TCF on (August 6, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

Pathetic way of handling an all time great. I would blame Rahul's "Yess boss" attitude!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:01 GMT)

Great Article!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:58 GMT)

It's shame that a player of his class has been treated in this manner..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:56 GMT)

sooper !!! well thought out

Posted by farazhasan56 on (August 6, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

very well written...................selectors have run out of ideas and seem to turning the clock back

Posted by jimmy_the_champ on (August 6, 2011, 14:52 GMT)

Way to go, Sidharth.... Way to go, Rahul..!!!

Posted by mrms on (August 6, 2011, 14:47 GMT)

Nicely written. Liked it.

Posted by scorbos15 on (August 6, 2011, 14:44 GMT)

Awesome Article Siddharth, always had the same feeling for Rahul - even if he was behind the screen for couple of years, everyone knows what he is to Indian Cricket !

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:42 GMT)

Awesome !!!! And then we call others as the 'Ideal Role model for budding cricketers' and ' ideal team man' !!!!! As they say, It happens only in India :)

Posted by JohnnyRook on (August 6, 2011, 14:33 GMT)

Brilliant article. My thoughts exactly. I am just a fan and my blood is boiling seeing the treatment to Dravid. What he must be going through. If he is so good that he is recalled in toughest conditions, why is he out of the side most of the time

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

Just loved this article..awesome

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:29 GMT)

It's sad the WC was in INDIA and not elsewhere. Then Dravid would have played in WC, but the flat track bullies( Raina, Yuvraj and Dhoni) would not have won the WC as they can play only when the pitch does nothing for the bowlers. Best Indian WC squad after 83 is 2003. Shame, Australia circa 2003 wasn't around in 2011 then India wouldn't have won the WC. This coming from an Indian.

Posted by xylo on (August 6, 2011, 14:26 GMT)

Hey Rahul, we have this other world's best batsman in the team and he is looking to score his 100th 100 anytime now. He does not play for records, and so does not seem to be going anywhere now. Can you not take away any attention from him but instead score as many runs as you can as silently as possible?

Posted by rustyryan on (August 6, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

Man this is a knock out punch. Its high time others stop taking the advantage of Dravid's modesty. Its hurting to see the way Draivd has been treated for all these years. Really the unsung hero who would even shed the blood if the team needs

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:19 GMT)

May i be the first to nominate Rahul Dravid for bharat ratna

Posted by Harsha_Reddy on (August 6, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

wh ycant u people get it !!! this is swan song of RAHUL GREAT DRAVID..feel bad that this might be the lst series we might see him ..

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