Saturday, 19 April 2008

The Roundhead in oversized Cavalier’s guise


If there was a singularly poignant moment in last night’s Kolkata Knight Riders-Bangalore Royal Challengers encounter, it was the seventh ball of the Bangalore innings when Kolkata’s adopted son Ishant Sharma pegged back base of Rahul Dravid’s middle and off-stumps.

I’m afraid, apart from the money, Dravid probably has nothing to gain from the IPL. On the contrary, he has put his hard-earned reputation on the line. I pray he escapes unscathed six weeks from now, even though only an incurably optimist can actually expect so.

Dravid had the prudence to pull out of the Twenty20 World Cup. Alas, a similar sagacity eluded him this time. Was it money that cluttered his mind and denied him the clarity that Twenty20 is not his cup of tea but it surely can be his potential cup of woes? Or he just did not want to miss out on being part of the razzmatazz? Whatever be the reason, Dravid volunteered to be part of something which is so in contrast with his technique and temperament.

For someone whose personality found magnificent manifestation over the five days of a Test match, Dravid made a colossal mistake by hoping to thrive in the ephemerality of Twenty20.

And it did not take him long to realize what he was in for. He must have shrunk in horror when Brendon McCullum top edged Zaheer Khan and instead of finding any of the slip fielders, the ball went soaring over third man for a six. That shot perfectly captured the essence of Twenty20 and the purist in Dravid must have been shaken in his boot by the outrage.

I’m afraid, Twenty20 brings with it a new set of crowd, who throng the ground expecting to see a bowlers’ bloodbath, completely devoid of sympathy for anyone. Their patience fast wear thin and they can garland and guillotine a player with the same fervour. “Can’t hit the bowler out of the park? Budge off you bungler, let the next guy come in.”

I’m not the one who would like to see him being booed and barracked. He does not deserve that. But if that happens, Dravid would surely concede it was his own making.

Image: AFP

5 comments:

Straight Point said...

i have only one grudge after 1st match that the original boundaries of the ground should be retained...

its should not become 4s and 6s feat...there should be some chance for bowlers as well...to make game more interesting...

remember ganguly's miss timed pull ??

that would have been a catch on any ground...

Som said...

SP, spot on. Ganguly looked quite miserable and it would have been a simple catch in any other ground.
The dice is so blatantly loaded in the batsmen's favour. It's cricket's equivalent of a state-sponsored pogrom against the bowlers tribe. I'm going for the Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals match tonight, probably to see another round of fleecing of the bowlers.

Straight Point said...

good luck som...for the match...

it would be nice to know your first hand comments on match...

Som said...

Thanks. Meanwhile, here is a heads-up. Shane Warne in town armed with his legendary cellphone, plump Delhi nurses beware!

Straight Point said...

ha ha som!! i would also advise his team players not to bring their missus along ;-))