Rahul Dravid is revolutionizing batsmanship
There was a time when Rahul Dravid’s batting was so technically correct that old men wept tears of blood into their wisdens as he played a forward defence of such straightness that Christian fundamentalists couldn’t question it.
All of his shots seemed epicly correct.
He left the ball like it was meant to be left.
A cover drive looked like he was posing for an artist.
His pull shot was tight, contained and morally acceptable.
And his clip off the pads easy, and relaxed, like he was thinking of something else and could play it blindfolded.
Now he’s changed.
Dravid now plays every innings like he’s trying to survive an alien attack.
He seems to play almost every ball through third man, often unintentionally, and he looks hurried and worried most of the time.
But it’s the humble block, Dravid’s best friend, where it’s changed the most.
Dravid now blocks the ball like his shoes just caught fire. His hands just drop straight down in a panic just as the ball turns up.
They probably turn the stump mic down as it happens so we don’t get the excitable scream as he realises that yet again he has barely got away with keeping his wicket.
It’s not pretty, but it is stoic and egoless, like you would expect from Dravid.
Dravid is basically rebuilding his batting the way a newly limbless man would teach themselves how to swim.
And if you can’t respect that, well that’s fair enough, but I think it’s pretty cool.