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A Tale Of Two Rahuls (Rahul Dravid And Rahul Gandhi)

Posted on: March 8, 2012

How fickle-minded the cricket fans can be! The latest example is the reaction of fans at the speculation of Rahul Dravid’s impending retirement supposed to take place tomorrow. Until a fortnight ago, following India’s poor performance Down Under there was a talk of dropping seniors from the team and infusing the young blood. No sooner the news of Rahul Dravid’s press-conference tomorrow trickled in than the roumours of him going to announce his retirement began to do the rounds in the cyberspace and some sentimental fans even began to shed tears. Are these crocodile’s tears?

Rahul Dravid has been forming the backbone of the Indian batting line-up ever since his international debut. He is fondly called “The Wall” because he puts a price on his wicket and makes the bowlers toil for his wicket. He came to be known as the most dependable batsman in the world-class Indian batting line-up. He is a true genius whose exploits with the willow are going to be sorely missed when he hangs his boots. Who next after Rahul Dravid? Is Sachin Tendulkar going to take a cue? Is he going to be the next player to announce his retirement? Of late murmurs have begun calling for the maestro’s retirement and with each passing day they are only getting louder. What happens next remains to be seen.

Amidst all this there are many who have not had enough of poor Rahul Gandhi. He has become a butt of ridicule following the poor show at UP polls. Many people want Rahul Gandhi to announce retirement from active politics instead of Rahul Dravid from the international cricket. The irony is not lost on anyone. They both belong to totally different fields. Rahul Dravid has proven himself time and again by winning many games for his country under tight situations. But, unfortunately, he always had to live under Sachin Tendulkar’s shadow. He belongs to the quintessential middle-class family with strict upbringing and special thrust on education and academic achievements. For him, nothing came easily. He worked hard for everything that came his way.

This is the reason why the entire country takes pride in his success story. He always holds a special place in our hearts as the ultimate boy next door who never resorted to controversies to gain publicity and always maintained a low profile. His strong character and his flawless (read technically sound) batting inspired awe and respect even in the members of opposition teams across the world. Therefore, it is only natural when the news of such a highly accomplished living legend’s retirement leaves many a hearts broken. Nobody would mind shedding bucketful of tears at the mere thought of India taking the field without one of her key players.

Moving on to the other Rahul known as Rahul Gandhi, he was born with the silver spoon. From the day one, he is a celebrity,  a son of the ex-prime minister who got assassinated in the worst possible manner when he was barely out of his teens. He also happens to be the son of a mother who declined the post of prime minister after leading her party to a thumping victory in the 2004 general elections much to the dismay of opposition parties. From such a man when he steps into the battlefield expectations are bound to be as high as they can get. For he is someone who belongs to the dynasty with a history of ruling this country for generations.

But Rahul Gandhi is no Rahul Dravid, and politics is no cricket. Indian cricket fans are fickle minded and forgiving. They may hurl stones and burn effigies at the poor show of their idols. Very next day they tend to forget everything and begin to worship the same idols as soon as a convincing victory takes place against any opposition. Unfortunately, one cannot say the same thing about the Indian voters. They may flock to Rahul Gandhi’s election rallies and wait for hours under the sweltering sun to hear him speak. But nobody can influence their decision when it comes to casting their votes. They know what to do and how to do it.

The people of this country may cheer encouragingly when Rahul Baba is taking baby steps expecting him to grow soon and take his own decision instead of surrounding himself with the so-called experts relying heavily on the Gandhi charisma to deliver. But the same people may not hesitate to turn their faces when they realise the baby doesn’t want to grow soon and instead wants to hold her mama’s hand. This is precisely what is happening with Rahul Gandhi. He is neither a wall nor a dependable campaigner. He could never take the fight to the enemy camp to snatch the victory from the jaws of defeat for his party. Instead of carving a niche for himself, he decided to rely on age-old formulas to win the election.

Rahul Dravid never shied away from playing it straight. He rose above the occasion whenever his team demanded although he remained an unsung hero. But the other Rahul is yet to rise above the occasion. Without doing anything significant (except staying overnight in poor farmers’ huts in the presence of media), he has become the toast of this country. Now people have realised the vanity of all his acts and begun to question his credentials as the future prime-minister of India. Does he have any vision for the country he wants to lead? If yes, can he share the same with his countrymen? Whereas Rahul Dravid always had a vision for his team. The vision continued to inspire him right through his long career. One could see the determination to win at any cost in his eyes. Every time he stepped into the field, he gave out his best and made his country proud.

Needless to say it is the other Rahul who must announce his retirement tomorrow and not the Rahul Dravid who always gave tirelessly without asking for anything in return.

 

 

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