Gavaskar reveals true colors

I had the pleasure to watch Ajinkya Rahane, the new wonderkid of IPL T20, who scored a 100 in 60 balls for Rajastan Royals against RCB in Bangalore.  I could not help remembering what Gavaskar wrote in the Times of India on Ajinkya Rahane a few days back... This was after he scored a 98 and was out in the last over trying to score some quick runs.

He got a brilliant 98 in the previous match but was run out for a duck in the next game.It will,hopefully,teach him not to throw away a landmark when he is so near,just to show he is playing for his teamGetting a hundred in 70 balls is better than a 98 in 68,and it in no way hurts the team.He got out attempting a shot that he hadnt played earlier,only to perhaps show that he wasnt playing for himself. 
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As long as his conscience is clear,that he has given it everything,he should not worry about anybody elses perceptions because these are seldom based on experience.


Gavaskar has been notorious for attaching importance to personal milestones and this article clearly reveals his feelings.  While not to take away his batting skills as well as his records, if one analyses how much of those contributed to an Indian win, it will pale in comparison to say, Rahul Dravid's or VVS Laxman's innings.


The words used by him (in italics above) are shocking. It is easy to write this in hindsight.  Imagine if Rajastal Royal's lost the match by a low margin - I suspect he would have been the first to write, in the interest of personal landmark, Rahane compromised his team's result.


I am glad that Rahane hit back in the best way possible today - scoring a 100 with an outrageous shot, which could have got him out.  He did not need to prove to anyone, least of all to Gavaskar about playing for his team or for his milestone.  



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