Dravid reinvents batting

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.

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18 thoughts on “Dravid reinvents batting

  1. Erez says:

    I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about, but I’m loving every word of it.

  2. vidhu says:

    Kinda feel like Dravid looks like one of those young, newbie cricketers trying to impress on the field and making all odd mistakes and dropping catches. I love him, I really do but maybe he’s taking his humility too far? Why can’t he just act like the legend that he is? He doesn’t need to prove himself to anyone anymore.

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  4. nnnn says:

    no, he’s always batted this way, far as I can remember. that jabbing kind of extension of the arms. never liked it.

  5. bucva says:

    Don’t you think it could have something to do with the pitch and the bowling today? He was as solid as ever at Lord’s. The commentators couldn’t shut up about his forward defensives!

  6. Mihir says:

    That’s bit too harsh!

  7. gana says:

    that is called playing ‘as late as possible’ negotiating the late swing/seam and no one is better at it than Dravid in this Indian team!

    • jrod says:

      Gana, no, he’s always done that, and you can do that without dropping the bat straight down, like he used too.

  8. Ameya says:

    I know what you’re talking about. His obvious solidity is a thing of the past. He always looked worried, but the ‘hurried’ is a rather unwelcome new attribute.

  9. Angy says:

    Yes, it’s clearly an alien attack that only he, in his infinite calmness, can sense coming. Or perhaps they are already here and it is through his concentration and focus that he detects them among the crowds. Whatever the case, it completely explains why his footwork has a touch of fear-inspired paralysis to it.

  10. golandaaz says:

    yes, his defenses are now exaggerated but his boundary strokes as just fine…

    • jrod says:

      GOl, I wouldn’t say they are just as fine, but they haven’t changed like this defensive technique has.

  11. Navin Anand says:

    Dravid works hard to stay at the crease, and does so better than most. In the process if he looks pretty sometimes or funny at others, so be it.

  12. ba says:

    JD I am s fan but this is harsh..come on…

  13. Cernan says:

    Dude, I’ve seen Dravid play since high school and he has not changed a bit. “Dravid is basically rebuilding his batting the way a newly limbless man would teach themselves how to swim”? Is that a back-handed complement, is Dravid teaching all of his newly limbless teammates how to swim? It should be “the way a newly limbless man would teach himself how to swim”. Didn’t your mamma learn you better English?

  14. Cernan says:

    Compliment. Evidently my mamma didn’t learn me better English. :-)

  15. Tintu says:

    Rahul dravid back to the indian team , it will become the great support to indian team….Hat’s up to dravid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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