08 May, 2021

Eden Rhapsody

Eden Rhapsody
On the third day of the 1,724th Test match ever played, the crowds stream into Eden Gardens with hope in their hearts. Sehwag is on 82, Dravid on 33; Sachin, Saurav and Laxman are next in queue on what seems to be a good batting track. Surely there will be some fireworks?

Sadly, it is not to be. Sehwag hits a huge six and departs immediately after. But India has nearly 150 on the board with only two wickets gone; perfect situation for Sachin to let loose. Instead, he decides to put his nose to the grindstone. After his long lay-off, there is clearly tremendous pressure on him to perform and he has responded by batting in the dourest possible manner. But Sachin playing only with his head and no heart, only copybook cricket and no flamboyant passion is cricket's loss. And not even, perhaps, the right strategy for him. At Calcutta, he scores 20 off 54 balls, before being bowled. I am sure millions of cricket lovers across the world are hoping their hero will just be his natural self, the man born to...

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