From Royal Stag To Johnnie Walker

The Outlook magazine has an article in its latest issue on how Dravid brokered peace between Ganguly and Chappell in Zimbabwe (and how a lesser man would have struggled to counter the stress amidst such happenings).
It was the most natural thing for him, saying it wasn't the time to ask Saurav Ganguly to step down as captain. Rahul Dravid could so easily have been caught in the crossfire between Ganguly and Chappell but, just as he does at the crease, Dravid chose to play the right line when faced with an awkward delivery. Had he backed Chappell, Dravid would have been accused of playing dirty with Ganguly, of being selfish. But he sought no credit for himself, believing what he did to be his responsibility.

Now that the Royal Stag series is over, Rahul Dravid would be really looking forward to the Johnnie Walker Series just for the simple reason that he would not have to do any fire-fighting there.

When Dravid boards onto that flight to Australia, he would do so with the knowledge that there would be no dressing room spats between the captain and the coach, there would be no need to exercise his mediating skills, there would be no one (in the World XI) playing to keep his place in the side, there would be no stupid managerial snafus like being stranded in the aiport and more importantly there would be no lack of mutual respect amongst the players in the team. Scoring heavily (without getting "bowled") and winning the series (both tests and ODIs) would be his only concern. Shouldn't that always be the case?

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