Former West Indies batsman and cricket legend Brian Lara has chosen his favourite amongst the great players in the past, to bat for his life and having played alongside and against some of the best in the world, he picked up none other than Indian batting great Rahul Dravid.
It's a fitting tribute to the legacy of Rahul that Lara selected him for the task, even ahead of the greatest ever Sachin Tendulkar and modern-day genius Virat Kohli.
“Yes, Kohli is an exceptional talent, but I have never got involved in such conversations. You have got to appreciate each player for his contribution to the game,” Lara was recently quoted saying, “Even during my time, a Rahul Dravid may not have been as stylish or score runs as quickly, but if you want someone to bat for your life, it’s got to be Dravid. You have got to appreciate every single player’s contribution to this great game."
“Virat is a big star and he is racing past all records but even if you ask him, he would possibly say it’s more important to him to bring Indian cricket back to the top,” he opined.
Lara, who saw the glory days of the past and is now having to accept the painful reality of the Caribbean, talked about the current state of West Indies Cricket and said, “I don’t want to blame the rot on the players only as there had been issues between them and the establishment – mind you, our best cricketers are not playing in the current Test series against India while the other teams are at their full strength."
“However, it’s also upto them to take up more personal responsibilities. The way they beat England at Headingley last year after conceding defeat in the first Test match," he reiterated, "It was not a fluke but the result of some brilliant cricket over five days. It’s disappointing that their performance graph had gone down after that in this way," and signed off with, "Yes, winning in India is difficult but the team should be fighting over four-five days of the Test match.”
(Inputs from Gulf News)