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The two gods of Indian cricket


A Saurav fan wants to touch his feet at Hyderabad. Nobody has ever wanted to touch Sachin, Gavaskars or Kapil Dev's feet. The first god of Indian cricket. (Picture courtesy - indiatimes.com).

A Saurav fan wants to touch his feet at Hyderabad. Nobody ever wanted to touch Sachin's, Gavaskar's or Kapil Dev's feet. The first god of Indian cricket. (Picture courtesy - indiatimes.com). Click for larger picture.

Great Indian cricketers

In the last 75 years of cricket in India, many world-class players have worn Indian colours.

Modern cricket’s focus on fielding started after Eknath Solkar and the four Indian spinners won overseas tour in West Indies and England in 1970-71. Aided by some superb batting by Gavaskar and Dilip Sardesai.

A fact most people forget today.

Kapil Dev, one of the best all rounders, Sunil Gavaskar, an awesome player in his times, who played the world’s most fearsome West Indian pace attack without a helmet come readily to mind.

Saurav Ganguly at Lords - giving it back to the English. As only he can.

Saurav Ganguly at Lords - giving it back to the English. As only he can. (Picture courtesy - bigshow.co.in). Click for larger picture.

Of Sachin Tendulkar, much has been written.

Supremely talented, these and some others   players, with skills, temperament and poise are remarkable people. But they stopped at being great players.

Coming to gods

To my mind there are only two gods in Indian cricket.

Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni.

Not because they are the most successful captains. Even Azharuddin was a ‘successful’ captain. These two captains changed the way Indians and Indian cricketers saw themselves.  The real change was the way these two played their cricket.

A hairier Dhoni - less burdened. (Picture courtesy - bbc.co.uk).

A hairier Dhoni - less burdened. (Picture courtesy - bbc.co.uk). Click for larger picture.

How different

Saurav, openly aggressive and gritty – willing to take nothing lying down. His demolition of Steve Waugh’s mind games, left a desolate Steve Waugh, with the dubious distinction of being the only modern captain to lose a test after imposing a follow on.

MS Dhoni, who has lost a lot of hair and grayed very early, in spite of an exterior calm, is quietly determined. To show that we have what it takes to take anyone in the world of cricket – and other fields too.

A graying Dhonio- burdened by his own his immaculate standards.

A graying Dhonio- burdened by his own his immaculate standards. (Picture courtesy - http://www.blog.procricketgear.com). Click for larger picture.

Earlier, during 1983-1987, by hosting the World Cup, Jagmohan Dalmiya brought about a change in the way the BCCI (Board for Control of Cricket in India) saw itself.

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  1. Galeo Rhinus
    May 12, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Cricket: From a sport to a reality show.

  2. May 12, 2011 at 6:31 am

    With billions at stake; with Sharad Pawar at the helm, these are but expected.

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