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.
It is going to be difficult to acknowledge that Saurav will not be stepping out onto the ground again, with that characteristic walk, bat in one hand, gloves in another, seeking out the Sun while stepping out of the shadow of the pavilion. No more of those caressing shots on the offside, and boy! no more dancing down the wicket with grace and more-than-just-disdain for the bowler.
That mischevious smile and that fluttering of eyelids trying to keep the lenses in place – all Ganguly trademarks – shall be amiss on a cricket ground. Its going to be Dhoni and his new line of men. A new line, which though capable of winning against any opposition, lacks the style, the caliber and the personality of the Fab Four. The new men might put up great shows, but they would be minus the glamour, the legacy and the richness that these four carried with them.
With time, Dravid, Sachin and VVS shall fade away too. Time to go home now, ladies and gentlemen. The Class is Over.