What is CRICKET?
No stats,no records,its only thinking
Hey folks all my previous blogs have been moderated because of violation of rules and regulations by me and other members.I hope this blog is clean and has a healthy discussion.For all Dravid fans,please do not insult sachin or any other cricketer and similar for the sachin fans too.
The first and foremost thing in cricket is not the statistics and runs.Technique,concentration,visualization play a key role and those are the charectaristics of a great cricketer.Some of the modern day legends include Rahul Dravid,Sachin Tendulkar,Ricky Ponting,Brian Lara,Inzamam-ul-haq,Mark Waugh.If stats and runs are the most essential thing then Sachin Tendulkar will be leading the pack undoubtadly.Every single record almost belongs to the one man-Sachin Tendulkar.If that is the case,the debate will be far from its conclusion.Cricket is all about what actually goes into a players mind and how they prepare for different and tricky situations.For me the key factors that determine a batsman are concentration,mental frame,emotional toughness,visualization,management,technical skills are mandatory.If all the above mentioned factors are present it is easy for a player to play spin,swing,controlling the game.But only a 100% perfect technique enables you to master all these components.
In that manner,there is no way Ricky Ponting will be left behind.If there is one player whose records stand up competing Tendulkar is only Punter.The records suggest that he has crafted more test wins to his team,more than Sachin and Dravid have done.His ability to milk runs on both sides of the wicket is a treat to watch.A perfect innings from the punter would be the best coaching lesson for all the young budding cricket stars.Many critics too believe that he is the best hooker and puller of the cricket ball and that he is the undisputed best batsman of Aussies after the GOD-Sir Don Bradman.The only area where punter seems a meer joker is in sub-continents espically against Harbhajan Singh.This is the only thing i think that makes Ricky Punter Ponting the second best technician after the undisputed WALL-Rahul Dravid.
Be it the patient 180 knock at Kolkatta where the classical 281 came from VVS Laxmans willow in 2001 or his 95 knock in debut where Sourav Ganguly sstole the show with his maiden test hundred,Dravid has been the backbone of Indian cricket for many years and he continues to be.
This technician was dropped from the ODI team on several occasions but that never affected his solid technique and is the toughest and the strongest block that cannot be broken.Some of indias finest victories came from this WALL's willow that included the victory in Eden Gardens,Christchurch,Adelite,Port of spain,South Africa.Dravid was once given the title-"A faultless temprament with the worlds best technique".
Bowlers hate to bowl to him due to his sheer wally attitude and patience.But players like Dada,who slammed the bowlers out of the stadium often,the mastro little master who dictated terms to the opposition when he got going but a cool wall stands amidst these rain of sixes and boundaries.In this manner,he remains the UNSUNG HERO OF INDIAN CRICKET.
I would like to end it by saying Dravid has Inzy's timing,Sachin's straight drive,Ponting's pull,Lara's footwork,all in this one man-Rahul Dravid.He has in himself several legends.
So in my rating he comes first followed by the aussies skipper.
P.S:I did not write this blog as a dravid fan,i wrote it in a rational manner.