So the Test Match at Napier against New Zealand ended in a draw.
The saviour’s of the game Gautam Gambhir,Rahul Dravid,Sachin Tendulkar,V V S Laxman and Yuvraj ensured that India still are on the verge of a series win in New Zealand.The talking point though of the match had to be the uncharacteristic outburst of Rahul Dravid against the stand-in skipper Virendra Sehwag and the way he approaches his game.
He said and I quote ” “I don’t know the meaning of playing your natural game all the time,” Dravid said at the press conference after close of play on the fourth day. “You have to play according to the situation of the game. That’s what the great players have done over the years,” he added.
“There cannot be only one way of playing the game. You’ve got to play differently, according to the situation. The good ones adapt,” he said.
Though I agree with Dravid as I am a great admirer of the way he plays the game,I cannot overlook the fact that Sehwag has been prolific in the longer version of the game and his statistics speak for him.
It has been a battle between the purists(classical) ones against the Brutal(aggressive) ones as ever.
Looking at the demography of Indian cricket over the years,I have a different view of the way in which cricket is played in the country.The South and the Western parts have thrown in players mostly in the classical mould i.e a Gavaskar,Viswanath,Dravid,Laxman,Azharuddin,Vengsarkar and so on and so forth.
The North and East though has had the flamboyance of a Kapil Dev,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Sehwag,Ganguly and others.
The notable exceptions being Krish Srikanth and Mohinder Amarnath and a few others.
Wonder whether players from the South/West are coached more in technique and the ones in North/East to indulge in exhibiting savage power.
I wonder this being a socio-political mindset of the region.Compared to the Lalu Prasad Yadav’s and Mayawati’s of the North,the Chidambaram’s and the Kalam Azad’s of the South (who by no means are ineffective ) have a distinct classical style of their own.A Bahubali is associated more in the Northern region though there may be many of those in the southern strip.
So as history proves,the combination of the players from all these walks of socio-political spheres have had their moments of glory.I conclude that we always will remain the underdogs of the game for amidst all of it,we still can produce individual players of extraordinary brilliance.