Harbhajan Singh The Truckdriver

Rahul Dravid makes Harbhajan Singh interesting:

To have played 100 Tests for India is proof of both effort and determination, and Harbhajan has overcome many obstacles in getting this far. Between the time he made his debut for India and his 2001 breakout series, he ran into trouble at the NCA, had difficulties with his action, was dropped from the team, and lost his father, which made him the sole earning member of his family at 20. I remember talking to him about that time, and he told me that he had had thought of migrating to the US and earning a livelihood driving trucks [emphasis added].

Two points: one, it’s very rare for cricketers to talk in specific terms about the sacrifices — and, often, the impossibly difficult choices — they have to make. Every young kid in India wants to be a national cricketer, but you have to be a little insane to still want it after you become a teenager and realize the arduous path to achieving the goal. You have to be completely crazy to pursue cricket (especially in pre-IPL money days) when you know that your family could face potential ruin if you fail.

Two: Rahul Dravid is an incredible writer; a much better writer than commentator (in my view). I take a dim view of the recent trend to turn the commentary squad into a band of ex-cricketers; often times, I think amateurs and ardent spectators make for better dialogue. But if we must have ex-cricketers, then I want them to do what Dravid does — to explain the strange, surreal world of being an international cricketer without devolving into pointless nostalgia (a la Gavaskar), worn-out catch-phrases (a la Shastri) or braggadocio (a la Shane Warne). For all the new camera angles and HD technology, the experience of being a modern sportsmen remains a mystery to most. Dravid has made me understand Harbhajan just a little better now. (Which isn’t to say I loathe him any less.)




5 thoughts on “Harbhajan Singh The Truckdriver

  1. When I was a kid, I too dreamed of playing for India. Belonging to a family which didn’t have financial issues, I always thought a talented bloke has to be completely crazy to NOT keep pursuing at cricket. Of course, I now realize how different things are for many thousands unlike me.

    Reading this story by Dravid makes you understand why Bhajji got all emotional in one of the recent interviews (after a match, can’t remember which one) he gave. He kept talking about how he knows nothing apart from cricket. And yes, agree that Dravid is a better writer than commentator. Loved his post on Ricky Ponting.

    Btw, could you plz blogroll me?

  2. Minal says:

    One of the reasons why Dravid maybe the writer he is could be attributed to the reader in him – he is one of the most well read cricketers today and I believe the more you read the better writer you become 🙂 Most cricketers in the squad have some heart wrenching stories – be it Dhoni, Kohli, Pathan brothers and even Sachin – have to admire the odds they have overcome to get where they are today!

  3. Rizwan says:

    I think Dravid is a good commentator too- as good a write that he is. I heard a lot of him on BBC Radio during the England tests and I thought he was good in that category- and yes, I havent heard too much of him on TV. They are both different formats for a commentator and I think the Radio might suit Dravid better.

  4. livescores says:

    Harbhajan Singh is one of the best spinner in Indian squad he he played very well especially in test cricket. He brings many victories fo India, no-doubt he is asset of Indian team.

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