We often talk about cricketers and retirement. A number of players who hang up their gloves end up entering the commentary box, and then remain there for years. It is a lucrative career in itself, and the ex-players also get an opportunity to share the views on the game they love and have played with passion.
It is not easy to replace Rahul Dravid. It wouldn’t be wrong if we go to the extent of saying that it is impossible. However, in the few Tests that Cheteshwar Pujara has represented India, he has proved that he is the best choice to take over from Dravid at the number three position.
The BCCI has recommended the names of Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir for this year’s Padma Awards to the Government of India. The Padma Awards are given by the President of India during the Republic Day every year on the 26th of January.
England’s Jonny Bairstow surprised many with his painstaking 95 at Lord’s. Coming in as a replacement for the sacked Kevin Pietersen, Bairstow was expected to be the weak link in the English batting line-up, along with James Taylor.
On BBC’s Test match special show at Lord’s, recently-retired Indian legend Rahul Dravid had suggested that a window for the Indian Premier League might become a must in the future, so that the big names can feature in Tests as well as the lucrative T20 league.
Former India Test cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar turns 47 today. And like it has often happened with father-son duo of cricketers, the pressure of being a legend’s son possibly never allowed Manjrekar to blossom at the international level.
Former India coach Greg Chappell has opened another can of worms by revealing in his book that not everyone in the Indian team enjoyed Rahul Dravid’s success when the latter was the captain of the side.