At the 2011 IPL auctions, the silence could have been cut with a knife, when not a single team picked Dada to be part of their team. May be his dismal performance as a captain and leader of the Kolkata Knight Rider’s team was a turn off, but come on, a veteran cricketer being shelved so nonchalantly at an International platform is simply unacceptable. He stayed out last year, but didn’t let his morale down and lent his voice and opinions during the extra innings. May be deep down inside, he knew that someday, some team on the IPL board would decide to bring him back – and they did, when he was signed on as the replacement player for Pune Warriors because Ashish Nehra was injured.
Well, not the best way to get your way back into the game, but the recent victories of the team have shown, that his leadership skills may be turning around, and he may have found what he was lacking while steering KKR into the ground. As Ganguly fans rejoice, and social networking mediums and blogs are abuzz with his return, this IPL gives us a little more to think about as it edges into the fifth year of its being.
Apart from Sachin, and some key veterans, the focus has been on players that are young and seem to have latent potential. The format has indeed given the youth of the country that is so mesmerized by the game, a chance to make it to the big leagues. However, it may have also marked a dent in the morale of the more experienced players who have in the past been dropped like hot potatoes.
It’s amazing to note, that the Great Wall – Rahul Dravid and his retirement from International cricket was mourned greatly, simply showcasing that he has in him the tenacity that no one else in the game has displayed, so why did the Royal Challengers drop him? He may not have served as the best captain in the IPL, but looking at the state of things now, in his role as captain of the Rajasthan Royals, Shilpa Shetty must be pleased as their chances are indeed looking bright.
So, as the underdogs, come on to centre stage, and get ready to fight a more younger generation, all the time knowing that they have been bumped off because someone younger, with less experience was perceived to be better – will they keep their spirits high, and fight with renewed vigour, or will it come in the way of clean cricket.
The game has indeed brought with it a host of controversies, and the veterans of this glorious game should not be side tracked. Let’s wait and watch and see what Season 5 of IPL has to bring to the table. Here’s wishing, Dada, Dravid and the likes all the very best – may the best win!