It is a weird feeling to read Harsha Bhogle’s amazing tribute to Rahul Dravid, while Stay by Hurts plays in the background.
“Say goodbye in the pouring rain
And I break down as you walk away;
A little overdramatic, you may say. But here it is from a die-hard fan’s perspective. Dravid was the first person I watched when I started watching cricket. He was part of my induction into the game, and he was the main reason my love for the game grew so quickly and exponentially, during the 1999 world cup, when I would stay up into the night to cheer at the television, just a silly little 10-year-old discovering a sport which would go on to define her growing up years (though she didn’t know it then). He was my first love, and I have very fond memories associated with all the times I’ve watched him play, with all his greatest innings, and to think I won’t watch him play for India again is… deeply upsetting.
Ok, I’m not breaking down. But it is an emotional moment for me, because for the last 13 years that I’ve watched this glorious game, Rahul Dravid has been for me, the best ambassador of the “gentleman’s game”, a gentleman in every sense of the word, and my all-time favourite player. And for me, he always will be. I think everyone on Cricinfo has already said everything else better than I can, so I’ll leave it at that.
So thank you and take a bow, Jammy. The game will be poorer without you.