Amidst the festivities of a brand new format, glamorous owners, sexy cheerleaders and unimaginable amounts of money, the game of cricket is witnessing a new change – perhaps a much needed change. What with controversies muddying ODI World Cup formats, advertisers loosing interest in backing Test Cricket and the whole business of cricket growing stale?
As I walk away witnessing Match No. 15 in the T20 tournament, I am left with one question in my mind. What does MS Dhoni, Saurav Ganguli, Shane Warne have that Rahul Dravid seems lacking? Barring MS, all other captains are Dravid’s peers or perhaps a little senior. So, the argument of age and adaption doesn’t belong here. Nor does the argument of politics and unfair judgment fully apply. So, what the heck is wrong with Dravid and his Bangalore Royal Challengers?From the start of this tournament, I have noticed a lack of team spirit among the players of Bangalore Challengers. The captain of the team seems to be under some depression and pressure that I am unable to contemplate. A win that was clearly theirs today was given away on a platter to the Chennai Kings. The spirit to fight was lacking, the strategy to win and encounter was amiss, the fire in the belly – extinguished! I guess it’s about time the owner of Royal Challengers intervened and demanded performance from the team. Guess its time for a change, a change in captainship or a crash course in aggression, strategy, positive leadership to Dravid – so that he can come back and save his grace in the tournament. This brings another question to my mind – is this spelling the end to Dravid’s career as a Cricketer? Personally, I hope not!