Bangalore, Apr 16: When Rahul Dravid walked on to the field for the toss on Sunday night for Game 18 in IPL 5, he was given a rousing reception. It would have made Dravid nostalgic. He is one of the favourite sons of Bangalore and why wouldn't the crowd cheer for him.
[Scorecard: Rajasthan Royals Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore]
But he was playing against the home team. He was the captain of Rajasthan Royals. But that doesn't matter for hardcore Dravid fans. There were many in the stadium who had made it a point to be at the venue, only for one man, that is Dravid. That is his popularity in Bangalore.
Not only did Dravid win the toss but the match as well. Those Dravid supporters would have left the stadium close to midnight, in a happy mood. They had seen their hero's team win, but that did come at the cost of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“This is an away home match for me. This is a great venue and I have great memories," remarked Dravid during the toss. As his face was flashed on the giant screen, the crowd roared and roared. There were people holding "The Wall" posters.
Though Dravid did not contribute much with the bat, making only 25, he led the team to a 59-run success.
“It is always great to play here in front of family and friends. I would like to thank the crowd for making it such a good experience," Dravid said in his post-match comments.
“I came to the stadium only to cheer my hero, Dravid. He is our role model for so many years. We want him to do well, even if it is against our team," said one of Dravid's fans.
This match was also an emotional one for “The Wall." Since retiring from international cricket last month, this was his first game at this venue, where he began his cricketing journey.
No matter which team Dravid turns out for, Bangalore will always show love and affection to the man, who served Indian cricket with great dignity for more than 15 years.
On a Super Sunday, the home team lost but the home boy won.