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Lead trainer Rahul Dravid's opportunity to alter his persona

by  Shashi Shuka  •  Last updated on 2021-12-25 03:19:22


A prominent man confronting uncommon pressure reaching out past the field, a mentor looking to launch the spell by shedding his great kid picture, and a light pacer prepared to inhale fire into the assault against a resistance driven by a persistent man prepared for extreme challenges and harder discussions at home. Team India's visit through South Africa is set to be the stage for overall accounts.

On the off chance that Rahul Dravid was asked to exchange his bat for a couple of boxing gloves, display a hanging mustache and develop long sideburns, he would in any case not gain the ugliness or toughness of a pugilist. Or on the other hand, for all his compulsiveness, would battle to slip into his cherished film character, Gabbar Singh from Movie Sholay. For, there is a profoundly settled in the un-erasable picture of Dravid as mellowed and estimated, honorable and agile, with the bat just as words. A decent figure picture, as Dravid himself, depicts.

There have been situations when he felt detained in this picture. He says Gaurav Kapoor in an episode of Breakfast with Champions, in half-joke and half-reality: "I'm attempting to make that picture that I am not a hero." He stops before suddenly putting on a harsh, morose face, just for the cover to strip off. He laughs, self-jokingly to infer that outrage doesn't fall into place easily for him, and explains why he needs to consume the great kid picture that embellishes the heads and hearts of age cricket watchers. "Assuming you get marked as a good man, as somebody who does everything accurately, when you commit one error, that gets featured much more. 'Gracious, he tossed his cap!'"

The cap-hurling episode, which when it happened was contrasted with the locating of Haley's Comet, came later Rajasthan Royals, the Indian Premier League group he was training in 2014, lost a doozy against Team Mumbai Indians, in this way losing their play-off qualification possibility. "That is the picture I need, that I am human," Dravid explains. The occurrence motivated the religion Indiranagar ka Gunda promotion. The advertisement worked because it was Dravid, that he has seldom blown his anger on the field, since he hardly got hauled into embarrassments, or only because you were unable to envision him blowing his top, on the field or out and about.

Without a doubt, in his one-and-a-half-decade global profession, Dravid has lost his cool a few times, shown his displeasure and anger, contended and alienated, maybe infuriated and yelled as well. However, when one considers Dravid, those pictures scarcely stick out. Possibly, it's the way he needs the world to see him as well. He considers the cap episode as "not the proudest snapshot of my profession," and that he felt "so awful when the cap was leaving my hand." The great kid picture is however normal as it very well might be sustained.

However, this attire has hidden the two of his qualities just as imperfections. Like impervious ordnance, it has clouded the genuine tradition of his captaincy, similarly as it has covered his fallibilities. As an expansion, it could keep on affecting, if not direct, how one appointed authorities his training, independent of how his stretch ends up being.

Not bestowed his privilege

It was the gift and revile of his captaincy. His most prominent accomplishment as chief, the series wins in West Indies & England, the very first Test win in South Africa, or the Multan triumph as a substitute, is frequently credited to the proper recompense of India's seamers. Johannesburg win is credited or attributed to S Sreesanth; Trent Bridge to Zaheer Khan, Multan to Virender Sehwag, and Kingston to Dravid the wonderful batsman. Different achievements like the nine-game unbeaten streak in One Day Internationals, Team India was best around then, and the 17 effective run-pursues when Team India was helpless batting second, have been dispatched as scholastic references.


On the other hand, his breaking point, Team India crashing out of the 2007 World Cup in the Group stage of the tournament, is viewed as altogether the apex of India's wreck under mentor Greg Chappell. His captaincy is neither commended, as say that of Sourav Ganguly or MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli nor condemned as that of Sachin Tendulkar. More terrible, he enters conversations on neither India's best skippers nor its most exceedingly awful.

So a lot is made of Ganguly directing Team India through the dim days of the match-fixing outrage to the courageous new sunrise of triumphs, of embellishment a character of relentlessness, and of sustaining a harvest of youths, from Zaheer to Yuvraj Singh, and Sehwag to Harbhajan Singh. Dravid, as well, assumed control over the group at a troublesome time, soon after the Chappell-Ganguly drama had worked out when a ton of senior players were displeased and needed to get the content they needed for the last section of their professions when there were more forceful humble community youths with an in-your-face disposition springing up.

Under Dravid bloomed a fine gathering of youthful Indian seamers. Under him Zaheer made his rebound from the verge; Sreesanth, RP Singh and Irfan Pathan bloomed. Also bigger than them, Dhoni arose. Sehwag once recalled an occurrence that changed Dhoni's vocation. "At the point when we were in Pakistan and MS Dhoni was a newbie, he played a shot and got found out at the point. Dravid was exceptionally furious with MS Dhoni. 'That is how you play? You should complete the game.' I was myself shocked by the tempest of English from Dravid, I didn't see half of it," Sehwag reviewed in an interview.

"However, when MS Dhoni next came in to bat, I could see he was not hitting shots much. I proceeded to ask him what was off-base. He said he would have rather not be chided by Dravid once more. 'I will complete discreetly and return,' Dhoni replied," Sehwag added.

Dhoni and Yuvraj were to wear lead jobs in a few of India's exciting pursuits during that time just as before long. Add Gautam Gambhir & Suresh Raina to the gathering, and Team India's 2011-World Cup-winning centre was collected during Dravid's residency. Riding the flood of young people and the experience of veterans, he wrinkled out a superior success rate (53) than both Ganguly (52) & Sachin Tendulkar (31) in One Day Internationals. Under him, Team India tested, played forceful cricket and, under the most favourable circumstances, it was authentic fun watching the group, until everything burst in the Caribbean in the year 2007.

It was the depths of Dravid's captaincy, at this point, he showed emotionless elegance in pressure. He remained behind his players and even took some out for a film to stop the strain. "He came dependent upon me and Mahendra Singh Dhoni and said, 'look, I realize we as a whole are disturbed, how about we go for a film.' We went to the film and afterwards, we had thirty minutes to ask him things. He said, 'OK, we lost this World Cup, we needed to have an effect, yet this isn't its finish; life is a lot greater; we will return tomorrow,'" Pathan reviewed in an interview.

Examples to regret

Yet, the World Cup rout would, without a doubt, be a blotch on his captaincy. However Chappell has painted the lowlife, Dravid's awkwardness, rarely examined or analyzed, to radiate through. That the group had such a large number of harsh notes was a shortcoming of both the mentor and skipper. Opening Tendulkar at No. 4 may have been essentially Chappell's choice, however, Dravid might have meddled and informed him concerning how the general population would have seen it, on the off chance that the move misfired. It did.

As an Australian, Chappell would have been loath to adore, however, Dravid might have, maybe, assisted him with understanding the Indian culture better.

All the more thus, as Dravid has consistently stated in question and answer sessions that he was the person who gave orders. "By the end of the day's end, I will accept the call. Regardless of whether to choose to bat first or bowl first or who plays in the XI, is at long last my call. It generally starts and finishes with me," he once said in Johannesburg, guarding his choice to bat first on a hot wicket, instead of the well known bowl-first insight in South Africa.

It was not the initial time his choices after winning the toss had been examined. While the choice in Johannesburg worked magnificently, his ploy to embed England in Mumbai in the year 2006, amazed hopelessly as India lost the match, to indulge in the 100th Test of his profession. Dravid possessed the error in the public interview, yet it stunk of strategic naivety.


There were additional occasions when Dravid assumed that his strategies would work for his partners as well. Like when a batsman was battling for runs, he gave him a book to understand when a gesture of congratulations or a talk of support would have done the trick. However, Dravid's reasoning, as he clarified later, was, "that was how I grew up and played my cricket and there's no justification for why others can't adapt." He experienced childhood in the upper layers of the working class in a metro, yet there were those from Ranchi and Rae Bareilly, Kochi and Bharuch, whose comprehension of life and game was unique. Afterwards, in his last visit as skipper, Dravid took his partners to a show, which had some of them disillusioned.

During that visit, he underlined changing the nation's cricketing society. "Our cricketing society needs to change, somewhat. It is an athletic game now and we need to impart these cycles into our young cricketers. Our (National Cricket) Academy must turn out to be all the more expertly run and we should deal with our own contracted players much better," he said. A long time later, the NCA turned into a favorable place for India's best cutting edge players. Dravid was a visionary, who contemplated the game, yet additionally imagined how it would change. His five-bowler ploy didn't win numerous adherents, however, it turned into Virat Kohli's default mode.

Before the finish of the visit, the captaincy was a crown of privileged positions, however, Team India won a Test series in England following 21 years. With the consistent focus that had decorated his batting, Dravid surrendered his position. "I partook in the captaincy, I adored it, yet it can get intense sooner or later and a portion of the delight can disappear," Dravid told. "So I thought it was the ideal opportunity to move to one side.'' The forthrightness was calculable, however, it muddled what was perplexing him.

Discreetly finished his exciting captaincy ride, with neither praise nor recrimination, both cleared under the great kid clothing or lost in the bigger job as a praiseworthy batsman he had worn for his country.

Behind the facade, there was a dash of savagery as well. The savage craving for flawlessness, to dull the fiercest of assaults, to dominate games and take striking choices.

A characteristic that charmed him to Steve Waugh, whose ears he picked during supper in 1998. "Rahul needed the additional edge that would hoist his game to a higher level," Waugh later said. Their relationship bloomed to companionship, and later Waugh picked him to pen the foreword of his collection of memoirs.

He would take these ideals that characterized him, respect of nature, dedication to the game, the self-restraint of attitude and mercilessness in direction, into his instruction. Dravid would take that cut of the good-kid picture as well.

It's difficult to think about a more consistent decision for a mentor in cricket history, but on the other hand, it's the place where his picture would confront the sternest test, where he will be decided on series wins and prize counts.

Circumstances are different as well, there's the anxious and courageous look of web-based media, dubious of history, 280 words that express stronger than 1,000. The requests of the country also have changed, lone Test wins would not do the trick, a hundred or a five-wicket pull scarcely illuminates their days, however, India needs to be powerful, home and abroad. Dravid would not have the option to make due on altruism and affectionate recollections alone.

What's more similarly as with his great kid picture, when he commits one error, it would get featured considerably more. Possibly, eventually, the training spell would free him from the insight jail.