Poor guy. Some talented people(like me) are never appreciated in this world. Take Rahul Dravid. This guy’s career has been full of nothing but bad luck & criticism. Started playing for the Indian Cricket team in 1996. Was soon dropped after. Showed commendable performance in tests but never really managed to click in the one dayers. He’s one of the only three Indian batsmen who have scored 10000 runs in test cricket. Also scored a msssive 461 runs in the 1999 world cup and was the top scorer too. He has a reputation of consistency in test matches and the inability of the bowlers to remove him from the pitch. None of this seems to have satisfied critics. Poor guy has been dropped from the team so many times, even he may not remember on a particular day if he is in the team or not. Was made the Indian team captain in 2005 but resigned a couple of years later due to intense criticism. Now, the captain of IPL Royal Challengers, he has sucked even more. It hurts to see a player seasoned for test matches trying to score boundaries and hit sixes fruitlessly and failing miserably. His team has won only 1 of the 4 matches till now and future chances don’t look that good. In the last match against chennai, poor guy got out on the first ball and later was made fun of by the TV channels. After the match Dravid was sitting dejected by the side while his players were smiling and giving interviews. It’s sad to see a good player being made to do something he’s not made to do and then being ridiculed.
Imagine getting dressed for over an hour to go see your city’s cricket team play at your city’s “prestigious” stadium. Imagine applying that extra oil in your hair and taking out your favorite dhoti for the cricket match. And then imagine your team losing to Hyderabadi’s. What do you do then? Simple!! You switch off the stadium lights and allow your players to catch some much needed breath.
This is what happened on April 20 at the “prestigious” Eden Gardens. The Kolkata Knight Riders were on the verge of losing the match to the Deccan Chargers. Run rate was way down and the required run rate was increasing like anything. Just when there are 24 runs to be made from 20 balls and you feel that their team may most certainly lose, the Bengalis freak out big time and go sabotage the stadium lights. The batsmen who were under high pressure, get a much needed rest, have some energy drink, stretch their muscles, crack a few jokes and come back to the feel well rested, knock up a couple of sixers and win the match. The official explanation was “Short Circuit”. When have the stadium lights ever been off for a full half an hour in a match of this level? Certainly a little more than co-incidence. Or maybe Shahrukh Khan dropping a few lakh bucks towards the stadium guys..