Patience and Honesty are two of your most powerful weapons, which made you a king on the cricket field. Critics are those who point out your blunders but haters are those who point out your hard work which makes no sense. It is equally important how you handled yourself both at the success and the failures. You have accepted both the appreciations and flak during victories and defeats in equal amounts.
As few fans spoken about the retention of your favorite players, the fact is that all teammates are your favorite players and you had complete faith in each of them. Your issues with senior players is a complete attention seeking concept. In the amidst of a long career, at times, you’re ineffective and some even said that you lost your touch and time has came to leave the sport. When you raised back and had some runs into your account, they were nowhere.
It is natural for every cricketer to pass through a bad phase, after all you are the MSD. Always you had played good to prove not to others but to yourself more than any one else. You took us close to win many games. Nevertheless you are blamed for playing the dot balls, infact your idea is to find the right ball and hit it for a boundary. All these for a batsman who had scarified his position at no.3 and probably batted at the unfamiliar positions.
Most times, you added responsibilities on your head. Leading the side, keeping the wickets, batting at slog overs but still you never made look like impossible. You are not the cause for India’s dreadful performances in overseas, you are just a part of it. Running away from challenges is never in your mind and accepted, At times you finished on the losing side but daringly admitted that that blame is your’s.
Every team expects you to lead them because each time you brought best out of them. Your lightening stumping’s, brilliant catches, astonishing bowling changes, shattering punches out of the park shows your desire to take the team over the line. Your experiments are so special that even rookies turned into veterans under pressure cooker situations.
Priorities define you the best where you never escaped from the national duties because of your personal associations. You possessed a sharp cricket brain with sheer coolness. Your in-house quality which made others to apt you is never allowing yourself to soak in pressure. Even globally established athletes tries to match you in these qualities. You are rather a calm soldier than a outstanding cricketer.