November 10, 2008 @ 1:23 am
perhaps the most iconic personality of Indian cricket, captains India to a successful victory moments before I write this.
In a nice farewell gesture, Dhoni allowed Ganguly to take over the reins for the final few overs of the test match. Interestingly, and for trivia freaks, Ganguly had taken over captaincy for the first time on this very day 8 years ago.
Being at work, like most people on a Monday morning, I was hooked up live on cricinfo’s commentary stream. When the last wicket fell, after the description of the ball and the euphoria, the paragraph from the commentator ended with this line – “Dravid puts his hand over Ganguly’s shoulder”.
That was the last line, post which of course the celebrations began to be described. But that was the defining moment. The moment when the line was drawn and a generation was closed out. The celebrations were the main focus. Like a thin line between the, cliched, class and the masses.