Saturday, November 26, 2011

36th century, 13000 runs.......form continues

What a series Team India had - bounced back hard in 1st test to turn the tables on West Indians, won 2nd test by an innings margin and ended the series with an epic 3rd test match. Who would have thought that WI will be in a position trying to save the match after scoring 550+ in 1st innings? And that too when they were leading by 180+ runs with 8 wickets in hand at the end of 4th day. In just another (!) dramatic collapse, WI were bundled out for 134, thanks to Ojha and Ashwin. Team India needed 243 to win from 70 overs and they were in hunt straightaway when Sehwag scored quick 60. The match boiled down to the last over, with India requiring 4 runs with 2 wickets in hand. In the end, it were the visitors who had the last laugh, managing to savage a draw out of the day they otherwise would have loved to forget.

In all this, Rahul Dravid kept scoring. 54 & 31 in 1st test,  119 in 2nd and 82 & 33 in 3rd. He looks in good touch and his team would want him to continue this run in Australia.
The 4 match test series against Australia starts on Boxing-Day (26th December). It will be a challenge for Team India to beat Aussies on their soil.

Friday, November 4, 2011

"I go out and do other things to take my mind off the sport"

Source: Times of India

Rahul Dravid believes in pursuing excellence without the stress of competition. He spends hours practising and finds the experience meditative. "My wife feels it's my escape from reality," he smiles and adds, "When you are practising, you don't have to worry about what's happening at home and when you are depressed or down, it has the same effect as meditation."
Rahul recently shared the stage with Abhinav Bindra to discuss the ace shooter's new book. "The struggle of a sportsman on the road to success has been brought out well in Abhinav's book. I find resonance with that. This book is a great achievement for someone so young," points out Rahul.

And The Wall confirmed that it's a challenge to stay rooted in the present. "There have been times when I have clinched the game in a moment," says Rahul, adding, "It happens at those times when I have the ability to perform, irrespective of my state of mind."
But it's important to stay in form. "Form too, is a mental state. When you reach the right space, magic happens. When magic happens, there's joy in the journey towards excellence," points out Rahul.

And he doesn't go around trying to be a role model. "Cricket is just something that I am good at, just like various people are good at various things. What's lucky is that cricket gets enormous publicity," says the cricketer.

So with its coffers brimming, should the BCCI support other sports? "To be honest, what Abhinav and others like him have achieved has generated a lot more interest in people about other sports. There's no point in comparing cricket to other sports. It's just that cricket has been lucky," says the ace cricketer, who has three consecutive centuries to his credit.

But Rahul points out that he's not really after numbers where making centuries are concerned. "I also try to be who I am. So I go out and do other things to take my mind off the sport," he says. Rahul also feels lucky to have found books. "Reading allows me to recharge my batteries," he says.

And being the dedicated, self-disciplined achiever that he is, Rahul would probably be playing golf if he hadn't found cricket. "I say golf because it's a sport you can master without much help from others," concludes The Wall.