Rahul Dravid's classic act a lesson for Ganguly

Written by: Nivedita Aluri
Published: Monday, April 29, 2002, 17:13 [IST]
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Bangalore: Time and again Dravid's batting order has been shuffled unsettling him. Though finding it difficult, every time his batting order was shuffled, never did he ever utter a word about it, instead he let his bat do the whole talking.

I am sure everyone remembers Ganguly saying that he didn't want to persist with the number three batting position after scoring a century against Zimbabwe in the second Test.

Ganguly told reporters after the Test, "It is not a permanent slot for me.

"Rahul Dravid has done very well at that place and he is the rightful claimant to that slot. It was a very good gesture by Rahul to allow me to come at number three when I asked for it but he will continue in that place from the next series," Ganguly said.

But the fact that he has gone back on his words and persisted with the number three position is not really surprising. One always felt that Ganguly is an over ambitious and selfish cricketer.

But full marks to Dravid for scoring a wonderful century, not only to save the face for Indians but also once again prove to the world that he is a class act and can bat at any order.

He has a lesson or two for Ganguly to learn. No matter in which batting order you bat, you still need to get your basics right and you still have to concentrate, put your head down and work hard to score your runs.

Dravid's superb innings combined with grit and technique was a treat to watch. A flurry of cuts, pulls and drives helped India cut through the West Indian bowling attack and pull itself out of trouble and drive into a safer position.

A wonderful innings it was, especially for Dravid after an average performance against England and Zimbabwe back at home. And a wonderful lesson it was for Ganguly.

And now that Dravid's got a century in the number five position, one hopes Ganguly doesn't jump back to number five position. One hopes he realises that all he needs to do is to stay at the wicket, spend some time in the middle and accumulate runs, rather than playing few flashy shots and throw his wicket away.

As a captain of the team, hope Ganguly doesn't need to be reminded again and again that he should shoulder the teams responsibility, instead of throwing his wicket away cheaply.

Though the match was washed off and ended in a disappointing draw it'll be an innings to remember for Dravid. For all one can say is Bravo! Well Done Dravid.

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