Today Rahul Dravid resigned as captain of Team India. Or offered to.
Typically I’d wait till the dust settled and things got clarified about what that means before I wrote a post on something like this but I feel strongly about Rahul Dravid. I even thought he was deserving of the highest compliment at the recent Test series. So here goes.
I think Rahul started off as captain quite brilliantly. Thought out-of-the-box. Cocked snooks and took daring gambles which paid off (that helps!). And so a declaration with Sachin at 194 in a Test match still got us a victory and lots of juggling in batting orders still got us 6-1 in an ODI series against Sri Lanka. And then somewhere down the line he lost his way in a maze of processes.
We won some Test series along the way but particularly in the shorter form of the game, we’ve had a series of poor performances. Some outstanding players have lost their way even as some others have been brought to life. Some back to life.
For a guy who is so much a perfectionist and able to stand back and see things in perspective, he’ll realise this : On his watch, the one-day team has not gotten better. Truth is a bitter pill.
I, for one, hope that this “offer for resignation” is treated with the respect it deserves. We should appoint a new one day captain. Rahul Dravid should stay as skipper for the Tests.