Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, are the most formidable and bankable duo for Indian cricket in the past years. Their capability of winning and saving a Test match is huge when compared to other cricketers in the team. 2001 Test match in Eden Gardens and the 2003 Test match in Adelaide are instances where they showed their heroics. The Eden Gradens Test match was almost the beginning of the new change in Indian cricket with the likes of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman who put on a super human effort to bring success from an almost impossible position.
But Dravid, who scored 180 batting at No. 6, never watches clippings of that innings. “I have a DVD of that particular Test at my home, but never watch it. I get embarrassed watching Laxman bat. The clippings were played today and when I saw Laxman hit a Shane Warne delivery which was way outside leg-stump towards covers – it made me feel inadequate as a cricketer,” Dravid told a packed audience at the Madras Cricket Club (MCC) on Monday evening. The event, which had numerous former cricketers and members in attendance, saw the two legends being conferred with the honorary membership of the MCC.
“I became the honorary member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lord’s five years ago. So, it has taken me five more years to become one at this MCC. This is an iconic institution which has done so much for the game and to be part of this means a lot to me,” said Dravid.
Just as it was during their playing days, the Laxman-Dravid combo was at full flourish on Monday. “Before coming for this programme, I was informed that I would have to wear formals. And I had packed only t-shirts and jeans since I am coaching the India ‘A’ side. So who do I call in to get a tie and jacket that will fit me in the last minute?
“Laxman, of course. I sent an SOS to him, and here I am wearing a stylish blazer and tie. Whenever the team has needed him, he has been there,” Dravid said.
Laxman, who walked in next, labeled Dravid as an embodiment of grit and determination. “He has always been an inspiration for me and always saw him trying to improve his game. I am pleased that he has taken up the job of mentoring the U-19 and India ‘A’ and would wish to see him do so with the senior side in the near future,” said Laxman.
The duo might be missed badly on the field but the way they showed respect to each other brought back the fond memories.