From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.12 :: Mar. 22, 2012
If ever there was a cricketer who broke away from all his comfort zones and tested himself against his own steep personal yardsticks, it had to be Rahul Dravid. He was never comfortable with opening or keeping wickets just like the manner in which he secretly shunned his one-dimensional nickname, `The Wall'. Yet when the team management requested him to tackle fresh fast bowlers in Tests or keep wickets in ODIs, he said `yes'. He knew no other way. The team reigned supreme and his was a role that fitted into that larger scheme, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
‘It's time for me to move on'
By deciding to retire on his terms, Rahul Dravid has only underlined his strong character. He was not going to be a burden on the team. It was a decision he had mulled over after the England tour. He had succeeded, but the team had been ravaged. His best efforts had not helped the team. Then, the series in Australia left him wondering if he was past his prime… Over to Vijay Lokapally.
FIVE BEST TEST CENTURIES
Man for crisis
A majority of Rahul Dravid's 36 Test centuries stand out for their brilliance and the manner and circumstances in which they were scored. Vijay Lokapally picks what he thinks are the master batsman's five best Test hundreds.
A perfect role model
“Rahul is a perfectionist to the core. I can say that he is technically the most perfect batsman I have ever seen,” says V. V. S. Laxman in an interview to V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Rahul Dravid was for me a personal barometer for everything I did, a consummate reference point. Just watching him resulted in cleansing of the mind: the reflexive deference kicked me into abhorring ego, shunning negativity and embracing the all-encompassing strength of the collective over the individual. Just spelling out his name, like an incantation, unfailingly restored a sense of direction, writes Arun Venugopal as he pays tribute to his idol.
Playing for the right reasons
Rahul Dravid's timing of his retirement was discussed at length but what was missed amidst all the excitement was that he did not go to Australia because he succeeded in England. He went with the genuine intention of contributing to the team in Australia, a sojourn which was always a tough one.
On song for Swans
The technically-gifted Gylfi Sigurdsson, a set-piece specialist, will be in demand this summer after making a great impact in his first taste of English Premier League football. By Pete Thompson.
The favourites for European crown
The recent friendly internationals gave us an idea of what to expect at the European Championship in Ukraine and Poland later. While the two World Cup finalists, Spain and Holland, look the best, the others need to do a lot of catching up, writes Brian Glanville.
It can't get any better!
The romance of the season lies in the fact that for the first time in its 62-year history Formula One will witness six world champions with 14 titles between them on the starting grid. And one can wager even without a moment's hesitation that each of these champion drivers would give anything to have another world title in their grasp. Over to G. Raghunath.
Advt Links: calling card
Copyright © 2012 Sportstar
Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of Sportstar.