It was a script well written and evident (well, at least me) that it would be a befitting farewell to the blue-eyed boy of Indian cricket- Sachin Tendulkar, as the Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings in the semi-finals and Rajasthan Royals in the Champions League 2013 finals, yesterday. Although it was also Rahul Dravid’s last appearance with the bat but it was Sachin who had to be favored instead of Dravid. It was also evident that it had to be an IPL team clash for the finals otherwise any foreign team wouldn’t have been able to get the crowds in after the match-fixing controversies that took place earlier this year.
It was Mumbai Indians' second major title of the year, as they won the Champions League final by putting up a mammoth total of 202/6 against RR who managed just 169 runs. Everything went according to script and Dravid had to take backseat yet again and end up on the losing side. I wonder why this comparison and why Dravid always gets second treatment. Has Dravid been any lesser than Sachin? Does a batsman having more runs make him greater than anyone else? Except for not more than a dozen matches I don’t recollect Sachin single-handedly winning matches for us. I’ve lost track of the times Dravid has saved or won matches for us on a consistent basis, who for one will surely go down in cricket history as an unsung hero. Sachin may end up being the most run getter in ODI’s and Tests, a record which would be very difficult to overhaul by anyone but ultimately people should not forget as to how many times he has been instrumental in winning or saving matches for his team.
Finally, the way the finals was scripted, no guesses for how the series against the West Indies would conclude.