Vantage point

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Relevance of History

History does not matter to me. It's how you play on that day that counts.
- Sourav Ganguly in December 2004 in an interview just before the tour of Australia, which ended in an unexpected 1-1 draw with India dominating most of the series.

History shows that over four-and-half runs on the final day has never been done.
- Rahul Dravid yesterday

I did not think anything could bug me more than the way India shut shop at just 4 down with 16 overs to go. But I was wrong. Dravid's comments after the match bugged me way way more.

My instant reaction - And how about getting 120 off 16 overs to win a test with 3 specialist batsmen still left? Has that never been done either?

The Indian captain did not agree with his West Indian counterpart Brian Lara's assertion that the home side held the psychological advantage over India.

"I am not sure if that is true. Going into tea, it was our team which was sniffing a victory," Dravid said.

Too bad everyone apart from Sehwag and Laxman had a blocked nose, eh?

"[T]he wicket was good and it wouldn't have been easy to get us out twice," Dravid said.

Why shut shop then? Even with the most conservative estimate, didn't you shut shop one wicket too early?

Oh, what's the use further dissecting his comments or getting pissed at his self-satisfactory grin at the end of the match?

I wrote a post last year about how the greatest sportsmen are their own biggest supporters. I included in this list the name of Rahul Dravid, a man who showed the intense desire to win test matches even against unsurmountable odds.

Rahul Dravid, the man who started the aggressive counter-attack at Eden Gardens against McGrath, Gillespie, and his tormentor Warne, and played a pivotal role in defying history and winning a test after following on.

Rahul Dravid, the man who guided his team to a win at Adelaide again defying history by beating a team which piled up 500-plus runs in the first innings.

A man who defied history not once, but twice, against the best team in the world, now tells us he doesn't want to challenge history against the World's No. 8 test team?

Someone please invent a self-belief transplant procedure quickly.