Rahul Dravid was one of India’s greatest batsmen ever to grace the game of cricket. Regarded as one of the best in the business by many, Dravid played 164 Tests and 344 ODIs for India and scored more than 10,000 runs in both the formats. As he turns 44, we look at two innings that showed us his class, talent and pedigree.
A stunning 146 at the Oval
Dravid battled hostile English conditions in India’s tour of England in 2011. India had already lost the series 0-3 and the final Test match at The Oval offered a chance to salvage some pride. England ran riot as they scored 591/6. Dravid opened the innings along with Virender Sehwag as regular opener Gautam Gambhir was injured. The Indian batsmen failed to read the pitch falling at regular intervals. However, Dravid remained unbeaten on 146 as India were bowled out for 300. His knock showed his teammates that lack of application led to their downfall in the series.
Pakistan meet the Wall
One of Dravid’s greatest innings will be the 270 he struck against Pakistan in Rawalpindi. Pakistan were bowled out for 224 in the first innings. In came Dravid at No. 3 as he began onslaught nobody saw coming. He smashed 270 and took India’s total to 600. Pakistan were bowled out for 245 in the second innings handing India a victory by an innings and 131 runs. However, the architect on the series win was Dravid without a doubt.
The man himself though, in typically unassuming style, celebrated his birthday by sharing a touching video of the people who make us love cricket:
As our parents grow older, our ‘adulting’ skills are tested like never before.
From answering every homework question to killing every monster under the bed, from soothing every wound with care to crushing anxiety by just the sound of their voice - parents understandably seemed like invincible, know-it-all superheroes all our childhood. It’s no wonder then that reality hits all of a sudden, the first time a parent falls and suffers a slip disc, or wears a thick pair of spectacles to read a restaurant menu - our parents are growing old, and older. It’s a slow process as our parents turn from superheroes to...human.
And just as slow to evolve are the dynamics of our relationship with them. Once upon a time, a peck on the cheek was a frequent ritual. As were handmade birthday cards every year from the artistically inclined, or declaring parents as ‘My Hero’ in school essays. Every parent-child duo could boast of an affectionate ritual - movie nights, cooking Sundays, reading favourite books together etc. The changed dynamic is indeed the most visible in the way we express our affection.
The affection is now expressed in more mature, more subtle ways - ways that mimics that of our own parents’ a lot. When did we start parenting our parents? Was it the first time we offered to foot the electricity bill, or drove them to the doctor, or dragged them along on a much-needed morning walk? Little did we know those innocent acts were but a start of a gradual role reversal.
In adulthood, children’s affection for their parents takes on a sense of responsibility. It includes everything from teaching them how to use smartphones effectively and contributing to family finances to tracking doctor’s appointments and ensuring medicine compliance. Worry and concern, though evidence of love, tend to largely replace old-fashioned patterns of affection between parents and children as the latter grow up.
It’s something that can be easily rectified, though. Start at the simplest - the old-fashioned peck on the cheek. When was the last time you gave your mom or dad a peck on the cheek like a spontaneous five-year-old - for no reason at all? Young parents can take their own children’s behaviour available as inspiration.
As young parents come to understand the responsibilities associated with caring for their parents, they also come to realise that they wouldn’t want their children to go through the same challenges. Creating a safe and secure environment for your family can help you strike a balance between the loving child in you and the caring, responsible adult that you are. A good life insurance plan can help families deal with unforeseen health crises by providing protection against financial loss. Having assurance of a measure of financial security for family can help ease financial tensions considerably, leaving you to focus on being a caring, affectionate child. Moreover,you can eliminate some of the worry for your children when they grow up – as the video below shows.
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