It will be protected to say that RP Singh would have been embarrassed to interview Rahul Dravid. And safer to imagine that the modest to the fault Dravid would have accomplished his greatest to make RP snug.
Circumstance had put the one-time workforce mates in a state of affairs which bordered on being a farce. RP was a part of the two-member Cricket Advisory Committee, girls’s worldwide Sulakshana Naik being the opposite, that was to choose India’s head coach. There was yet one more layer of absurdity – Dravid was the one applicant. The world knew Dravid’s stature in Indian cricket, nobody dared to use, or choose him.
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Certainly not RP. When he was a 21-year-old rookie from Rae Bareli taking part in his first Take a look at in opposition to Pakistan in 2006, Dravid was the Indian captain. Subsequent yr, underneath the identical management, he had his greatest Take a look at outing. RP’s mind-bending inswinger to KP on that England tour will stay within the collective reminiscence of Indian cricket followers. His worst too got here when Dravid was nonetheless round, although not as a captain.
In 2011, skipper MS Dhoni would name the out-of-shape and rusty RP from trip to open India’s assault at Lord’s. Pleasant tempo, amateurish indiscipline and a primary ball that bounced twice earlier than reaching the wicket-keeper. On that sun-drenched morning on the house of cricket, the Indian followers had been seen hiding their newspapers. Tongues would wag in regards to the pacer’s proximity to the skipper, RP was one of many few who attended Dhoni’s wedding ceremony.
RP’s Take a look at profession lasted 5 years the place he performed 14 Checks, Dravid’s performed 164 Checks in 16 years. That Lord’s Take a look at was his final. He was 26 then. Within the collection the place RP was the poster boy of India’s abject give up, Dravid, at 38, performed the boy on the burning deck. He scored 3 a whole bunch in 4 Checks. That summer season in England, protecting Dravid’s tons at Lord’s, Nottingham and Oval, you’ll meet the Take a look at romantics – ageing women and men with scorebooks and tour programmes for autographs – who would relatively cautiously whisper a question: “Don’t you assume, Dravid’s higher than Tendulkar?”. These feedback had been definitely extra eulogistic than those directed to RP at these Lord’s banks. The bowler with a double chin impressed a number of nasty ditties that day.
Throughout that English August who would have imagined that sooner or later Dravid will likely be making a powerpoint presentation about his cricketing credentials and RP would sit in judgement a decade later.
Belief The Indian The Press Reporter to be the fly on the wall at these intriguing BCCI conferences. Devendra Pandey‘s scoop that day had the headline about Dravid backing Rohit Sharma, adopted by KL Rahul, as the subsequent white-ball captain. However there have been extra essential bullet factors within the slides on Dravid’s pc. Gamers’ workload, nurturing bench power and monitoring fringe gamers.
There was one other coach story final week that the organised amongst us would retailer within the “heart-warming” folder of their desktops. A 39-year-old bodily training instructor, Hanuman Singh, turned an deserted poultry farm right into a nursery of javelin throwing champions. Andrew Amsan didn’t simply journey the additional mile however drove for 5 hours to be behind past Haryana village of Bangaon that now boasts of a number of junior nationwide champs.
The headline author would dub the hamlet Haryana’s Finland, the nation that through the years has constantly medaled at Olympics and World Championships javelin occasions. The story would be a magnet for the Finnish diplomat and ambassador to India Ritva Koukku-Ronde. She would tweet her intention of visiting the village. It’s that form of every week, who thought, Bangaon would go international.
One other story from Haryana and one other one with a possible to affix Bangaon within the “heart-warming” folder. In September, boxer Akash Kumar gained the Nationals within the 54 kg class and headed house all excited. He was ready to position the gold medal within the hand of his largest motivator – his mom. Reaching his village, Paluwas, the household would inform the 20-year-old that his ailing mom was no extra they usually had prevented sharing the dangerous news as it could have impacted his efficiency. Akash wouldn’t break down, he would collect himself to pursue the trail that his mom needed him to take. This week Akash gained a World Championship bronze. Some younger boys break down after they face adversity, these like Akash flip into males.
There’s nothing widespread between Rahul Dravid and Hanuman Singh or Akash Kumar however within the first week of November all of them featured on the The Press Reporter sports activities pages as messengers of hope.
Nationwide Sports activities Editor