Answer by Shobhit Bakliwal:
That you’ll have to leave it someday.
Clean Bowled, not a fairy tale ending
Chasing more than 200 in a Champions league final, Dravid who generally opens the batting for the Royals sat back and sent his other team mates to bat and chase the target. It was his last match, the result didn’t matter, whatever he did would in no way taint his miraculous career, but the man that he has been, always putting his team first had to send his team mates who he thought were better players for the job to play first and he came at No.8. He got clean bowled and his team lost the match.
On one hand we have Tendulkar, who won his last ODI match against Pakistan where India chased down 330 and Sachin scored a 50, he won his last IPL, he won his last match at the Champions league and Mumbai lifted the trophy. For most of us Tendulkar is the unattainable dream, some call him God, because it’s impossible to achieve what he has, he is gifted, his talent has no match and he deserves the fairy tale ending. I hope he wins his last test match as well.
On the other hand, we have Dravid, who
Dravid, at least for me is the testimony of the fact that the END is not everything, the journey can be fulfilling enough. He wasn’t god gifted like Sachin was, he had to earn his runs like daily wages and he worked like a laborer day in and day out to chase his dream to play for India and then live that dream for more than 1.5 decades. He was cornered saying he was not ODI material. From that stage, he reinvented himself to become India’s ‘go to’ man whenever India were in trouble. He batted at no 3,4,5,6,7 and proved himself everywhere. He kept wickets and even captained India. Then they said he is a misfit for T20’s and he did reasonably well batting at all positions from No1 to 8 and delivering for Royals as a player and more so as a captain.
All through his career, he has lived in the shadow of Sachin Tendulkar. No matter what he did, the criticism was more, the accolades were few and the applaud not so loud. He scored 3 centuries in England when the rest of the team managed a very dismal performance. All through his career, he showed the world that there is practically no GAP between bat and pad and no bowler could get through that. But then his hand eye coordination was not so good, he was getting older, his fitness had dropped and when he then didn’t perform up to his OWN standards in Australia, he decided to hang his boots to give the younger guys a chance. And in his last match, he got out in a fashion that he probably hates the most. He got clean bowled going for a slog.
Dravid for me has been an inspiration for the last one and a half decades. Whenever I have failed in life, I have looked up to him. Not all of us can dream of a fairy tale ending, only a few gifted ones get that. But if you have a dream, you have to give it your best shot. You will fail, you will feel like life is cruel, you won’t get what you deserve, you will be disappointed, you will fall and you will not feel like getting up again to face this world, but you have to, if you are a Dravid fan, you have to fight for your dream with every ounce of blood you’ve got in your body. That’s the only way you can be worthy enough of calling yourself Rahul Sharad Dravid’s fan.
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