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Monday, November 10, 2008

Dada, I Miss U !!!!


I'm posting this with my emotions running so high. Quite a few of my blogger friends wanted me to post articles and not take this break. And I've been unable to comply with their requests for a few reasons. But Dada has just pushed me to write this. I'm just starting to miss HIM. All news channels have been telecasting those last few moments of Dada sporting India colors. And Boria Majumdar's tete-a-tete with Dada just got over and here I'm, penning down this heart-felt tribute to one of the Doyens of Indian Cricket. 

I seem to have an inseparable attachment with people who have S and G as the starting alphabets of their first and surnames. SG seems to entice me quite a lot. Be it Shreya Ghoshal or Sourav Ganguly. They've, to a very great extent, inspired me and incidentally, both happen to be Bengalis :)

I just can't imagine Indian Cricket without Sourav. What a player he has been!!! What a Captain!!! Well, all these have been said many a times but then, I want to say this once more. It feels really good to cherish those Ganguly moments.....if I can say. Be it that famours arms-up, punch the air style at Chepauk in 2001 after defeating the Aussies or his broad smile after taking that final catch to win the test series in Pakistan or that historic Lords balcony sight when he flung his T-shirt and cherished that victory to his fullest extent. There're many to note because Ganguly has just been an exceptional player, in all aspects. But he's best remembered as a leader who changed the face of Indian Cricket and gave it a new dimension in the 21st century. I'm very happy, he didn't disappoint fans like me, as he repeated the Lords sight for one last time at the Nagpur players' balcony this noon, after winning the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

He's been a special player. I'm not going to get too statistical here. Everybody knows his record as a player, captain but I'm going to pen down, what every youngster shall learn from this legend. Firstly, SELF-BELIEF. Had he not epitomized this, he wouldn't have survived this long and he's what today, just because of his self-belief. Second, DETERMINATION. In his recent interview to CNN IBN, he said he had a few goals in life, one being playing 100 tests for India and when he was left out in 2005, he had played 88 tests. That determination to make his desires deserving, is just amazing and something, we youngsters should emulate. He worked hard, really hard to make that IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE. Oxymorons have, many a times, been exemplified by Ganguly's actions.

The honor he was given this morning before taking the field was a pleasing sight, and more importantly, it was Dravid and Sachin up-front, patting him on his back as he led India onto the field. Bhajji, exchanging pleasantries with his mentor, wishing him good luck was a mark of respect he showed to someone who groomed him and for what Bhajji is, today, much credit goes to Dada for having backed him in the early days of his cricketing career.. Finally, as Johnson made his way back and as the stumps were removed, it was so so touching to see Dravid, run from one end, come near Dada and hug him with so much warmth. The expression on Dravid's face said what it's to miss a 12 year old friend and a once-upon-a-time roommate. A perfect way to emote one's affection for a long-time friend. Dravid's face said it all. And The Wall followed it up with another hug a few seconds later and I feel, maybe he wanted to live that moment of his life with Ganguly alone. 




















It was also moving to see Dada's facial reaction as he hugged Sachin. His lips moved closer towards each other and it really expressed what it is to miss someone who has seen every run you had scored, every ball you had bowled, every catch you had taken, every win you had got for India and more importantly, appreciated and witnessed both the comebacks you had made. Sachin had a few words to say after the hug and Dada was all smiles as he bid adieu to a career which many say, has been DRAMATIC. 















This is a heart-felt downpour of a Dada fan. Dada!!! You have nothing to prove. It's for the world to look up to you and get inspired. You re-defined Indian Captaincy, YOU gave the Aussies a taste of their own medicine, YOU showed us what WINNING ABROAD is, YOU backed youngsters during tough times and was never parochial, unlike many of your predecessors. But above all, You've been one of the finest ambassadors for Indian Cricket and in particular, your ODI career has been something AMAZING, FANTASTIC, FABULOUS, EXTRAORDINARY and what not, I'm running out of adjectives. You'll never retire from my heart but still, I admit, I Miss You Dada!!! 

As Dada walked along the sands of time, his footsteps are the bunch of talented players he's left behind, who are currently the backbone of Indian Cricket...be it Sehwag, Bhajji, Zaheer or even the current Indian Captain MS Dhoni. Hats Off !!! I take a bow and salute this BENGAL TIGER.

24 comments:

Fantasies of a Lifetime said...

He sure was a great crickets man . I'll miss DADA too , although I don't watch that much cricket :) . . . But like he said , "All things , good or bad do come to an end "

Vivek said...

I was proud to be a left handed batsman just because SAurav was...he made batting look dreadfully easy...God Knows how he hits those wonderful cover drives inspite of a packed outfield.

Usha Pisharody said...

I know that is another moving moment in the History of Indian Cricket!

And good to see another heartfelt one! You had to write this, isn't it? Well done, well done... :) to you and most of all to Saurav Ganguly... someone who brought passion and respect back to Indian Cricket!

everything burns... said...

oye...ur VAT exam is this weekend...n right nw u r up blogging...isnt tht th reason y u took a break frm it??? to study????

Matangi Mawley said...

gr8 1 !!! very good tribute!!!! every1 wd miss dada!

lakshmana rao said...

great tribute to dada, the most fascinating cricketer of modern indian cricket. I Miss U Dada

Rajesh said...

@All
i jus couldn't resist posting this... Dada pushed me to write this, as i said... Hope u all enjoyed reading....Dada ll never RETIRE from our hearts...

@Everything Burns
It's CAT this week....and ur observation is correct :)

Ani said...

dada was really great sportsman and he surely will be missed..

hope u r preparing well for the exam.. all the best.. am sure u'll rock .. :)
take care

Shruti said...

I don't like cricket at all. But as told by your post and others, I guess Saurav Ganguly was a true sportsman..
Nice post

Priya Joyce said...

U made me cry...there were so many posts on dada..I just cudn't read its quite emotional..

Rajesh said...

@Ani
Thanks...hope I do well..

@Shruti
He's a great player!!!


@Priya
Is it??? Wow!!! I got emotional and that made me pen down...after posting, when I read, I got emotional too...tats our love for Dada... Glad u enjoyed!!

nisargmeister said...

HEY man good job....wonderfully done....all of us are going to miss dada....i cant imagine how am i goin to convince myself to watch a test match again when the rest 3 of the indian legends are gone...but ganguly is a loss....which even people like me who wernt his ardent supporters are feeling......got this link fron nikkita's page...good job man....probably you might just like what i have written about DADA on my blog....do see it if u get time...cheers!!!

Heart'n'Soul said...

u know DADA is one figure tht people loved to hate at times and despite tht.... every one is gonna miss his dynamic presence.

Anu said...

Its going to weird to watch a match without him.. its like my staples are slowly leaving the field.. heres wishing his the very best for his innings in life

mona said...

very thoughtful of you to pen this down...a royal tribute to the Bengal Tiger... though i m not realy passionate abt cricket but i can precisely understand ur feelings at d moment... Hail Captain Ganguly...!!... cheers!!

Tara said...

Very well written Rajesh! Really aren't we all going to miss Dada so much! Wherever he is and whatever he is doing, may God always be with him and his family! :)

Still thinking said...

How did the CAT fare? I'm glad that atleast my first name starts with 'S' ;)

Quite a piece and yes, I do agree on some points. Ganguly indeed was a force to reckon.

ANWESA said...

well,how was the CAT? ganguly was my faV

Rajesh said...

@Still and Anwesa
CAT was juss OK...English was bad.... a lil disappointed :(

Sashu... said...

Loved this!! Bein an ardent fan of Dada since ages, I juz loved this note!!

Anahita said...

please update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matangi Mawley said...

blog updtd!

Christopher Poshin David said...

Another Dada fan.

SAd day it was but also a day of celebration. I just saw you blog today and would be following it. I have also blog rolled you.

When you have time plz. check out my blog.

Mys Lyke Meeh said...

Hey Dada means uncle or an older bro? I was introduced by this word before bt quite sure if it's right, well???

Take care!