Bangalore, May 8: India's batting stalwarts, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly are trying to replicate their Test and ODI success in the shortest form of the game in the Indian Premier League. While Dravid has struck it rich, the other two big names of Indian cricket have failed to make a mark.
It is often asked whether T20 is for the young. To an extent, it is yes. With fielding being a vital part of this abridged version of cricket, veterans will be exposed.
Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly were part of India's golden generation of batting. Though, Tendulkar still plays Tests and ODIs, the other two have left the international scene.
When the trio was around, India's batting depended heavily on them. They gave a new dimension to Team India. When T20 format arrived on the scene, the triumvirate had already passed their prime. And India could not see them together in T20s.
IPL is the only platform where you get to see all the three together. While Dravid and Ganguly are captains, Tendulkar gave up leadership role this year.
Dravid has been excellent for Rajasthan Royals, not only as a skipper but as an opening batsman. Ganguly has done well in one aspect of the game, being the leader of Pune Warriors. Ganguly, the batsman has been out of form. There have been calls for Dada to drop himself out of the next games as IPL 5 reaches its climax.
Tendulkar was expected to blaze his way after handing over the Mumbai Indians captaincy to Harbhajan Singh. However, that has not happened. To add to his bad luck, the Master Blaster was injured and missed few games.
Dravid, considered many to be not fit for T20s, has upstaged his two colleagues. It is a surprise to many as to how “The Wall” has adapted to this format. His captaincy has also come in for praise.
Dravid has already accumulated 379 runs in 11 innings while Ganguly has 247 from 12. Tendulkar has 202 from seven.
During this IPL, strangely, the focus on Ganguly and Tendulkar has been on their new hairstyles. The former India captain Ganguly gave fans the most memorable IPL moment when his flying hair was the talking point. His 'hair-raising' moment was a result of him dismissing Kevin Pietersen in Delhi.
Tendulkar, known for his curly hair over the years, has gone in for a different hairdo. There have been online polls as to who's hair is better, is it Tendulkar's or Ganguly's.
Some have also attributed success and failure of these two stars to change in hairstyles.
Amid the debate of the duo's hair, Dravid, as he is known for, has been collecting runs. The Bangalorean was never known to make style statements, his only job was to make statements on a cricket pitch by scoring runs.
Tendulkar and Ganguly might have been scoring some points for non-cricketing styles, but Dravid is the real winner among the three, on the pitch.
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