AB de Villiers : The Howard Roark of Cricketing Fraternity

And then he laughed.

Howard Roark, the protagonist of Ayn Rand’s famous novel The Fountainhead, is a brilliant architect of the modern school, whose bold and innovative designs are a matter of fascination for the larger segments of society; draws uncanny resemblances with AB DeVilliers in many ways.

Just like Roark, ABD is fiercely independent and believes in the merit of his revolutionary designs and has the courage to stand for them in the face of an antagonistic society.His 360 degrees sweeps are no less than the Enright House. The impossible !

He is a brilliant thinker and he acts on his thinking. He is true to his values, to his convictions, to his thinking, to his mind, to his self; exactly the way ABD rose to the occasion while playing a gritty match-saving 220 balls-33 runs knock against Australia. Public opinions do not matter to him. He only believes in staying loyal and challenging himself.

Roark is fully committed to the individualistic approach in each of of his designs, and he takes a laborer’s job in a granite quarry rather than compromising on his work. ABD on such lines, once being too carried away in the glitterati of the perks of this cricketing life promised himself to believe in himself and give every inch of his body to this holy game. He has not looked back ever since then. He has not changed his attacking stroke-play, even being fairly criticized at times and is a proud holder of feats such as the fastest 100 & 150 runs in the limited overs format.

You either succumb to his enigmatic charms or call him a technically flawed, over-rated and overly loved player but the former has been the case pretty much. I guess you ought to watch a game in Chinnaswamy to know his cult following. After Sachin and Kohli, he’s the most loved sport star in India. He never craved for any such prestige but his potential to hit such sky-scraping sixes and the agility to induce such vivacity on the field, makes him the winner; exactly how Roark used to do the magic via his drafting sheets.

Roark is undeterred. He’ll design anything from sky-kissing elevations to hotels to temples to gas stations, so long as he can build in his own way. So is ABD.Be it IPL, the Titans -his provincial club, his national team or the street cricket, he gives his 200% in everything and tries to execute a different game plan, with different stroke-play, just to keep himself going. He’s not afraid to experiment, backs himself and delivers. His drafts his excelling stories with his bat.

Howard was a visionary from his initial days and wanted to stay ahead of his time. So like ABD, the way he went on to represent the Proteas and then owning the game with his sheer class,is something astonishing.

Howard Roark and AB DeVilliers represent to me – Ethical Integrity. It’s just a matter of one World Cup trophy , when ABD gifts himself the Wynand Tower, the last, the tallest and the biggest skyscraper of his career and fades in the overlying success of eternal joy and glory.

IPL 2017 : The best playing XI of all teams.

Amidst the hoo-halla of CCD getting some lame-fame via cockroaches and Baba Yoginath engraving his name in UP through his rock solid speeches, IPL has managed to sneak in.

The big fat boy is just around the corner, all set to bring in some joy to your monotonous life. I mean, it’ll still remain hollow and hopeless but at least it helps you escape those daily soaps which haunt you the moment you step in your house. 8-11 would be fun for a month or two. So, you better enjoy it.

I am honestly clueless about your passion towards entertainment or life in general but anyhow I am going to share my perspective on how the teams might stack up and how magnificent this season could be.

No, I am not a big time critic or any kind of analyst; I am just a great admirer of the sport and I couldn’t restrain myself from imposing my opinion on you. In case you are noob or just want some pointers to be actively involved in office Cricket gossip, here is a holy piece of information lying below. Just go through it.

Ben Stokes was the biggest fish of this IPL Auctions, 14.5 God Damn Crores. Holy money and will play for Pune, Dhoni’s team. No no he isn’t the captain. The management sacked him and told that they wanted someone aggressive, LOLZ. So, they appointed Test #1, Steve Smith as their commander. Strange no. All money and no brains make you a Rahul Gandhi and not to forget their third-class pitch.Not gonna support them at all.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Pune –

Rahane, Agarwal, Smith(c), Faf, Dhoni(wk),Stokes,Baba Aparajith ,Bhatia,Tahir, Unadkat & Dinda.
This Agarwal is not the sweet wala.Please make a note of it and R Ashwin is out due to Hernia.

Coming to Bangalore. This is the only way of redemption for Vijay Mallya to get rid of his debts. They are the South Africa of IPL, always get choked. Rahul is already ruled out due to the shoulder injury and Kohli is recovering too. After a couple of games, once the team is stabilized, hopefully, they’ll be able to turn their fortunes. I want them to win, just because of Kohli. He deserves it.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for RCB- 

Virat(c), Gayle, Mandeep, ABD, Watson, Jadhav(wk), Sarfaraz,Binny/Negi(depending on conditions), Chahal, Aniket Choudhary and Tymal Mills.

The defending champions, the Biryani people thrive on their bowling. Now, with Bangladesh board banning its players to participate in IPL, fizz would be out of action; but this proves to be a blessing in disguise for the Afghans. Both Nabi & Rashid can feature in the playing XI. Also, the young lad,Siraj gets to spearhead alongside Nehraji.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Sunrisers Hyderabad-

Warner(c), Dhawan, Williamson, Yuvraj, Hooda, Nabi, Ojha(wk), Rashid Khan,Nehra,Siraj & Bhuvi.

Mumbaikars are beasts when it comes to shredding money and buying the best players. This time, they’ve got the run making Lankan machine – Gunarathne, which would be exciting to see.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Mumbai Indians-

Rohit(c), Parthiv(wk), Rayudu, Hardik/Krunal Pandya, Pollard, Buttler, Gunarathne, Gowtham, Harbhajan, Malinga and Bumrah.

Delhi has been the most consistent team to have finished at the bottom. Their management had been quite volatile with their decision making in the past. They are the Lalas, who have no knowledge about the game whatsoever. Now, with Dravid on board, and the fact that he encourages young indigenous talent, it is the only positive for them.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Delhi Daredevils-

Iyer,Billings, Pant,Nair,Sanju(wk),Corey Anderson/Braithwaite, Morris , Jayant,Mishra, Shami and Rabada.

Gujaratis are the smartest people in terms of business. And they’ve been bang on with their strategy of promoting Indian lads, who’ve done well exceptionally in local tournaments and thereby introducing the unknown/unheard factor by spending not too much. Thampy and Nathu Singh would be the key bowlers to watch out for. Sir Jadeja has been advised to exclude himself by the BCCI as Champions Trophy is lined up next.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Gujarat-

McCullum, Roy/Smith, Raina(c), Karthick(wk),Ishan Kishan, Bravo, Faulkner, Jakati, Thampy, Nathu Singh & Shivil Kaushik.

The only way the almighty can forgive these Bongs for the deadly sin they commit- putting Aalo in Biryani; is that he looks at this balanced KKR side and says wow. It’s flawless and plus they’ve got the chinaman – Kuldeep. The Indian warhorse Umesh has been suggested to take rest for the upcoming CT.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for KKR-

Gambhir(c), Uthappa(wk), Pandey, Lynn, Yusuf, Suryakumar, Chawla, Narine,Boult,Nile & Kuldeep.

I hope the way Sehwag used to bat and how crazily he tweets, this team can have some effect induced from their coach. They are a good solid unit this time with some exceptional hitters in the middle order, and if they play fearlessly they can do great provided Preity Zinta’s love life doesn’t overshadow everything.

Here is Lalit’s playing Eleven for Punjab-

Guptill, Vohra, Saha(wk),Maxwell(c),Morgan,Miller,Gurkeerat,Axar,Natarajan,Sandeep, Mohit/Aaron.

Cheers.I hope this IPL brings in hotter cheerleaders & TV hosts and RCB wins! Happy watching.

My verdict – Top 4 : KKR, SRH, MI and RCB.

I’m The Food! Here’s my story from Dilli-6

I, as an entity come in variety of sizes, shapes, forms and cuisines. Some people just have me because they have to; I help them survive. Some like to play around with me and savor cooking me. They feel happy when their version of me,served to others’ platter is appreciated. A few just ask me to pose , so that I could fetch them a mass following on Instagram.

I hate this DSLR and i-Phone generation. These noobs don’t even chew me properly. They honestly don’t care whether I am cooked properly or how do I smell like. Their sole agenda is to leverage my looks to boost their ego of being hailed as a famous-foodie. They use me like a whore.Hate them. Especially the self-proclaimed ones.  And a female up loader with a pretty face is an add on to the rant. At times, they do not make any sense but just because she is hot, people go bonkers.

“People who write Foodie in their bio on Tinder and Snapchat should be boycotted from this society with immediate effect.”

Foodie has become analogous to a Roadie. Every tom, dick and harry wants to be one. I mean,you don’t have to force yourself. It comes in naturally. On a flip side, there are a few good eaters of mine too. In fact, I adore the passionate ones.

There’s one more league too. The “paidayshi bhookhay” category. I love them the most. They are the people who can go to any extent to have the best version of me, who do not claim to be the connoisseurs of food.They have me because they simply love me.

On a brighter note, I did come across 3 such people. The hoggers came to relish the Delhi-6 version of me. Before we go into the knitty gritties of that romantic evening, let me just brief you about the three monkeys.

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Mayank Singh – The Thakur ! Knows each and every inch of Delhi. Amrik Sukhdev is his second home. Extremely passionate about cars and can drive you crazy with his stories.
Someone who values friendship to the very core and keeps telling people how diverse the food in Delhi is. He is our free PR agent. Kudos to this soul.

Veenit Bhatyal – The mini dynamo from Jammu. Known for his deep quotes and tales from the valley, he carries the Punjabi accent with full flair. His love for barbeques and pahadi non veg dishes is no less than Bappi da’s love for gold !

Lalit Vijay – Someone who just relocated to Delhi, was lost in the nuances of the new job, new city and was skeptical about making new friends but all his theories were put to rest as the Santa-Banta duo decided to take him for a gourmet stroll in Dilli-6.

We are a very big food family spread across Bazaars and lanes in Delhi-6. There is a Gurudwara, close to which you would come across lip smacking chats and sweet shops. In the lanes surmounting Nayi Sadak, you would find Chhole Kulcha stalls, rabri on the rocks.

img-20170122-wa0038In the further by-lanes where a four wheeler can’t enter, you have streets named after a parantha and near Jama Masjid you’d come across soul-quenching non-veg cousin of mine. If you go further down, my another cousin – Milkie resides; where you would see a lot of paneer shops and old school dhabas like Kakke Di Hatti, an institution where naans are groped with ghee using an actual paint brush.

In short, I am the uniting force. I do not distinguish between any human. Plethora of people hailing from different origins come here to find salvation in the form of “me” and rarely I’ve disappointed anyone. For the matter of fact, these 3 dumb asses were a delight to be hosted.You should have been there to see the looks on their faces as they lingered me in absolute frenzy.

Here’s their trail map. In case you are new to the city just follow it step by step.

Hop 1: Located right outside the Chandni Chowk Metro station, is a small shop which has just two items on its menu – Aalo Tikki and Papdi Chat. Both are amazing. Within 100 Rupees, you can achieve gastronomical heights at Natraj. Their red imly chutney and thick curd is to die for.

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Hop 2: Just beside hop-1 is a chatwala serving daulat ki chaat. It is basically milk froth served with Khoya.

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Hop 3: Chhole Kulche and Rabri Falooda in the opposite lane next to Nayi Sadak. You could either take the electric rickshaw if you are really tired but that I guess happens when you are too full, later in the story. Not now ! So, better walk.

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Hop 4: Another eatery with just two dishes on the menu- Jalebis and Samosa, hailed as The Old Famous Jalebi Wala. Those 500 Rs/kg thick sweeties can take you back to the Diwali pooja’s memory lanes where those bulky pieces of sugar are gulped with milk. Minus the long queue, it’s divine.

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Hop 5: The most fairly used location in Bollywood movies – Paranthey Wali Gali. Mind it !
The paranthas aren’t too great, neither is the hygiene but it’s the emotions and vibe that draws thousands of people there every day. Brace yourself for this iconic junction in case you wish to have fried paranthas with a lot of chutneys and that authentic aalo sabzi by the side.You name a thing, they have a parantha stuffing for that. Be it jaggery or carrot. Moolis are a strict no in case you have a lot to eat in your head. Simple hygiene check!

Hop 6: Tucked inside the bylanes of Chandni Chowk is this Haveli Dharampura. Basically a house converted to a heritage hotel luring foreigners and desis with that royal and rustic touch of old school elements – hookah, kite flying, pigeon taming and the grand dining units.

Finally the last two gems – Karim’s and Al- Jawahar.

Hop-7: After visiting the Jama Masjid, head straight from Gate-1 to these legendary units. They need no introduction. The trio had Chicken Burrah and Mutton Shammi kebabs at Karim’s. At Al-Jawahar, it was Mutton Biryani and Changezi chicken. The last hop was an iconic point in their friendship. After that, there was no looking back.

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I hope you liked my story. Every explorer brings in his/her perspective. Come, try me out. Trust me, at the end with a heavy heart and stomach you’d still crave for more.

It’s always a treat to watch Pakistan play !

Not because my forefathers hailed from Pakistan or Momina sings for Coke Studio Pakistan, I generally love to watch Pakistani Cricket team play. Also, it has got nothing to do with the fact that I love to eat Karachi naans.

Dear reader, being a logical Cricket fan; I like to see this team play. Please do not label me an anti-nationalist.

Here is a point-wise explanation of my feelings –

1. Highly unpredictable.
They work the extreme ways. Either they can go on to win (almost) in the fourth innings by chasing the improbable 400+ in the fourth innings or they lose consecutive Tests by a margin of an innings defeat. In the shorter format of the game too, they have a knack of playing with a zillion heartbeats. In 2007, Misbah almost scooped them the T20 World Cup which left me and my billion brothers peeing in the pants. And recently, on a funny note, they failed to score 2 runs in the final over of a game against the bowling of Maxwell. Heights of craziness! Do you remember their iconic celebrations at Lords’
when almost everyone had written them off ?

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2. Raw talent.
It’s all about the raw talent. Neither do they have a proper set-up for promoting the first class level Cricket nor can they play on their home turf. PSL- their indigenous premiere league does push local talents to the limelight but the quantity is very less in terms of impact when compared to a sporting event like IPL .People who eventually make it to the team are primarily raw & naive and they come from non-cricketing backgrounds only on the basis of their talent.

3. Bowlers are their real superstars.
Baring a few batsmen like Hamid Mohammad, Inzaman , Mohammad Yousuf or Younis Khan it has always been the bowlers’ show for Pakistan. Right from Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mushtaq or Shoaib Akhtar, it’s their bowlers who have primarily lead from the front and won games for them. Bowlers, I certainly feel are highly under-rated and they don’t get the credit they deserve. For me, it is a great leveler and I enjoy the competition between the bat and the ball when Pakistan is playing. Except the last few games, the pacers- Irfan, Amir, Riaz and Yasir have been phenomenal, that too in all the conditions.

4. Rib-ticking fielding.
Pakistan is one crazy fielding unit. Every time they are on field, comedy of errors is guaranteed. There is no concept of calling for a catch. Right from their former keeper, Kamran Akmal ; everyone loves chaos. Earlier, Inzy used to be the leader of the wolf-pack – right now Wahab Riaz does his part with full perfection.

5. They entertain.
Pakistan has a sublime history with their coaches. From Bob Woolmer’s mysterious demise to the great Mickey Arthur, someone who keeps on embarrassing himself by comparing Paki players with the legends, it’s always fun to have that “what’s next” moment when you see Pakistan play. Ramiz Raja’s commentary is a cherry on the top. He is the worst commentator that I know of. He is so bad that after a certain point, you actually start loving his stupid anecdotes. And don’t forget the fun in their post match presentation ceremonies. InshaAllah, boys played well are the most holiest 4 words ever.

Hope to see more of their games, more of pretty ladies in the stands and yeah watching them lose to India in World Cups is divine.

Cheers!

Kohli always pays his debts !

Virat Kohli thrives on challenges and responsibilities. Unlike a normal human, it’s the adverse situations which bring out the beast in him. Kohli’s ability to lift the bar in the time of need sets him apart from his contemporaries. He’s not one of those who would let things go that easily. If he is being mocked or taken on mentally, he’ll make sure he gives it back. So Tyrion Lannister like, he prefers to pay his debts.  And, this time Englishmen were on the receiving end.

On the last English tour, Anderson and company flirted with Kohli’s reputation as a batsman. They made sure he had a miserable tour and dented his prestige by labeling him a mediocre player who’s just been hyped by the Indian media. But, there were some scores to be settled as Kohli never forgets.

Interestingly in the current series, when Anderson, the so non-sportsman took on Kohli with his maladroit comment stating that the home tracks are hiding his flaws, Kohli didn’t stoop low on his standards, didn’t utter a single word and let the scoreboard do the talking as Anderson stood humiliated & helpless when Ashwin ripped apart the English egos today morning to clinch the series 3-0.

Citing another instance, the last time India was at Wankhede, Kohli promised Sachin that it’s time for the young guns to carry the legacy forward as he had already done enough. Kohli stood by his words and instilled a sense of freedom and faith in his team. It not only made everyone up their game but as a collective unit rose India to the numero uno ranking. And, when today India took the victory walk across the Mecca of Indian Cricket, a sense of pride was evident on his face; which said it all.

2016 has been phenomenal for the Indian skipper. Kohli has 5 consecutive Test series win on his name in this calendar year, which is the record for any Indian captain. Also, Virat is just win away from breaking Sunil Gavaskar’s continuous unbeaten streak of 18 games. Most likely, if Cyclone doesn’t interrupt, this feat would be achieved in the Chennai, Ashwin’s home turf. The kind of form Ashwin is in, it’d be fascinating to see how easily he penetrates the British defence.

Virat is someone who knows how to manoeuvre his instincts, depending on the format. Kohli has grown in stature big time. Previously, he had a total of zero double centuries in Tests and no IPL T20 century. By the year end, he has 3 double test tons and 4 daddy centuries in the IPL. He is not someone who is known for his big hitting. He worked on that part and you would be astonished to know that those 4 IPL tons consisted of 24 mammoth sixes whereas these 3 double centuries had just 1 six. This is the level of adaptability he brings into the game.

Kohli is someone who plays from the heart. Just like a well-cooked Hyderabadi Dum Biryani, Kohli takes some time to settle, lives beneath the sheath of aggression and temperament, takes the heat from the charcoal, absorbs the conditions and then shows his aromatic classKohli is well aware of his strengths and limitations and plays accordingly His flicks and cover drives are his rice and tender meat pieces and the elaichis – reverse sweeps are kept out of the vessel.

As an ardent Virat fan, I can eat this Biryani every day!

The best part – he keeps his integrity on his sleeves and gives ample importance to his fitness. He’s been the path bearer for everyone. He is an infection to the squad and is solely responsible for bringing out the aggression in everyone. Looking at the current fielding standards you cannot even say that it’s the same team, who were once the sloppiest of all.

Coming back to paying the debts part; needless to say the way Ben Stokes was sent off in the third Test of the series, I bet anyone would think twice before messing with Kohli and his team. The mum face was a slap on the English autocracy.

Initially, Virat lacked consistency in the longer format and was considered as the weakest among the Fab-4. Kohli, the gladiator took the daunting ask on his head. Slogged hard and at the moment, Kohli averages 50+ in all formats and is being lauded as one of the all-time greats to have ever graced the game.

I’d say, Kohli is beyond records. He is a pinnacle of assurance and self-belief. We need to find new critics for him as the ones who used to find flaws in the loud mouth have started to idolize the champ, including the likes of Chappell brothers and the entire Aussie cricketing fraternity.

Kohli’s unparalleled swag is bringing back the crowd to the stadiums, He is the perfect ambassador of the game one could ever ask for. I just pray he keeps playing with this level of consistency and achieves everything an Indian Cricket fan could ask for.

Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo !

Success is catastrophic, it boosts your ego. Failure is the one that keeps you going.
In fact, the greatest people to have ever lived; have attained their success just one step beyond their greatest failure. Failures are not to be buried, in fact one must seek inspiration from them. And that’s exactly what Virat Kohli has done post his worst ever tour to England.

Brash, arrogant, upfront, cocky, bewildered – these were some of the attributes linked to Virat Kohli before his 2014 English tour. His aggression on the field and readiness to confront made him the man to watch out in particular in that series.To the contrary, there wasn’t anything worth remembering which he did on that tour.Actually, you could say it was dismal and was the leanest patch in his career.

He wasn’t reading the ball at all and had severe technical glitches in his game. Someone who could whip the ball outside the off-stump towards mid-wicket, was struggling with his off- stump. He was perishing to the swing and had no clue where his off-stump lay. He was completely taken off- guard with the English tactics and the fourth stump line stumped him mentally.

This was an excruciating phase he was keen on performing in the English conditions, a place which offers bowlers and batters a competitive platform to test their skills mentally and physically. Virat had failed miserably and not only did it hurt him immensely but his fans too.

Virat’s body language on that tour lacked lustre. He looked uncertain and his scores in ten innings read dismaying 1,8,25,0,39,28,0,7,6 and 20. He, alongside his fanatics were brought down to earth firmly and the King’s reputation was dented badly. The much anticipated and talked about The Virat Kohli had failed where it had really mattered for him to excel. He had fluttered on the English soils, which are supposed to be the litmus test for any player to be acclaimed amongst the greats and Virat had lost that chance.

He struggled to decide which ball to play and which one to leave. The positivity, confidence and assertiveness was lacking in his demeanour. It was a timid posture that he presented, unsure of his technique and quitting against the building hype and pressure.

Even I, as fan; could not fathom the sudden slump in his form and luck. It was a shocker. Whatever he did on that tour, was a bigger blunder than the former. All I can say is that it was a phase that needed to be forgotten by him and his fans and yes,the boss did overcome that feat in his own style.

Post the tour, he worked on his shortcomings – fitness,regime, focus and most importantly the sheer inability to not put a price on his wicket. 

He fought his way back to bury the dead and created new milestones game after game. He made four gritty tons in Australia post that tour and did bring significant accolades after taking over the captaincy from Mahendra Singh Dhoni. With maturity and hardwork in his first ever Test series as a skipper, he became the fourth Indian to score a hundred on captaincy debut after Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Vijay Hazare as he hammered the Kangaroos at Adelaide.

By making another century in the second innings of the same match, he also became the only second player in Test chronicles to score hundreds in both innings of a Test on captaincy debut after Greg Chappell.

After that, there was no looking back.

In his next assignment in Sri Lanka, King Kohli showed his magical touch and flamboyance not only in his batting but leadership too. He became the first Indian captain to win an away series, after losing the first Test. With the achievement, he also became the youngest Indian captain to have won a Test series outside India.

Virat maintained the same consistency in his game from that tour to beating South Africa 3-0 and white-washing the kiwis at home. There’s nothing stopping this beast now.

Well, I am so glad that the failure occurred early in his career and it did prove a blessing in disguise.

Virat now looks to be on a different note all together. He is in the form of his life, creating symphonies in every match. He is much more focused and has dealt with temperamental issues in a way, you cannot even imagine. He is a wolf-pack who believes in marshalling his troops from the front. He kills aggression with his bat,not with words and is the perfect role model team India needs.

He has evolved from being a brat to becoming the ambassador of the game. He is an inspiration for billions. The best part – he has become a lot more patient, respectful of the opposition and has learnt it the hard way as how to wait for the ball. He is not committing to play the early ball anymore and that has happened due to better coordination in his footwork, balance and head positioning.

Also, he has minimised playing any sweeps and cuts, the shots which he wasn’t even trained on purpose from his childhood days. In an age defined by flashy stroke plays, he is sticking to his grit and core values. He fancies playing the flicks, cover drives and loves being conventional without playing the ball in the air.

Honestly, I have never seen a player as dedicated as Virat. After his failure, not only did he work on his mental fitness but physical agility too. He was won so many games for India just by his running abilities. Can you believe that ? He runs with the same intensity in Whites as he does in Blues.

Virat is too good a player to repeat the mistakes. He doesn’t go after the bowler’s reputation now and believes in living every ball. He understands the context of the game really well and realises how crucial his wicket is to the opposition. The very fact that he knows the bounty on his wicket, yet never allows the pressure to surmount on his head, makes him as the world’s best modern day batsman.

If Virat can overcome his failures, so could you! Let’s treat him as an example to help us outgrow ourselves. Stay Kohlified !

References – Driven.

Sorry Bollywood! Please don’t make a biopic on Rahul Dravid.

Off late, there is this resurgence in Bollywood towards making biopics on sports stars. But the problem is they do not know how to make one !

Bollywood lacks good editors. They surely don’t know what not to show. I mean look at Azhar. Firstly, it wasn’t even needed. The entire plot was morphed. As a Cricfan , it was bullshit. Qualities like erratic behavior, affairs etc give orgasmic sensations to the script writers and without even thinking, a movie is made in India. From the bottom of my heart, I condemn biopic makers.

Dhoni : The Untold Story was even worse. Being a Cricket fanatic, I could predict everything. And who cares about Mahi’s love affairs. And why would I be interested in Dhoni’s flings and mushy romantic songs. I mean why ? Why can’t they keep it crisp and show something real which a fan would love to know. For instance – board room politics, his equation with Sehwag & Gambhir or the Meiyappan saga. Something which hasn’t come out in open ever.

Bollywood thrives on masala. The sole criteria of making a is biopic is that the sportsperson must have some controversial/ glamorous background or should possess some cliched middle class struggling life plot. Rahul Dravid, if we talk about, doesn’t fit in the pattern !

Rahul Dravid is a legend, an inspiration to many. We are talking about a man, who is the epitome of simplicity, very humble and down to earth. He’s a man, who resigned from international cricket as if it were no big deal. A true gentleman. I don’t think any movie would ab able to depict what he has given to team India.

Every time I see a biopic made by Bollywood, deep inside I secretly play, Oh dear Lord ! Please stop them from making a movie on Rahul Dravid.  Bollywood biopics have the capability to ruin anything and justifying Dravid’s stature would be a daunting task.

Moreover, I feel glitz and Dravid are never in sync with each other. It’s a highly odd alliance.  Dravid had been an ideal student, an ideal player, the goodie good guy which gets overshadowed by either the topper of the class or the villain. There was no room for the second best. He wasn’t aggressive like Ponting, he wasn’t loved like Tendulkar, he wasn’t cherished like Lara, he was just Dravid who did is job meticulously and left to live his personal life with grace.

Citing an example from Bangalore. Dravid is like CTR. Everyone knows it serves good dosas in Bangalore. They’ve never advertised it ? Do they need to ? NO ! People acknowledge and love it. Similarly, no film can ever display Dravid’s grit, his passion and his will power because it could just be felt from his game and no reel can ever replicate those moments. It will ruin everything.

As a sincere fan, I hope no biopic is ever made on Rahul Sharad Dravid  because of the fact that it won’t do justice to him.