Rahul Dravid's epic performance in the Adelaide Test could be seen as a match-winning solo, or a symbol of something bigger, depending on your perspective. Perchance it is the signal of a possible turnaround in India's sporting ethos?
His resolute batsmanship left the cocky Australians gasping for breath and adjectives, but in a wider frame of reference, Dravid's achievement was not only about cricket. In many ways, it was symptomatic of the Emerging India, fuelled by ambition, willing to compete with the world as equals and seeking to be defined by success.
Maybe one reads too much into it, but this was a different kind of year for sports in India. There was remarkable success almost through the 12 months, and this wasn't restricted to one sport but spread across various disciplines. Cricket remained the predominant game, of course, but for the first time in 55 years, media managers were compelled to surrender headline space and prime time to other sports and stars.
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