Roebuck on Rahul
Peter Roebuck, in the Hindu, on the man who is a part of, yet apart from, the national team -- and about his successor.
First stint as captain? Previously Dravid has merely been a temporary replacement for the incumbent. As a loyalist, he has not wanted to impose his own viewpoints on the team. Rather he tried to maintain the approach instilled by Sourav.
Nothing is more unsettling for a team than a vice-captain trying to outshine his leader. Supportive senior players reinforce a captain's strengths and cover up his weaknesses. With destructive senior men it is the other way around.
As his conduct confirmed a hundred times, Dravid is not the jealous type hankering after power. Rather he is a determined but modest man happy to lead but willing to serve. In any case, his respect for his captain reflected the mood of the team and the performance of the side.
Ganguly has been a highly successful skipper. Never forget that the Bengali played his part in transforming a team that had fallen into bad habits. He turned a fractured side into a fighting unit. Ganguly's weakness has not been vanity but laziness.
Now Dravid's situation is different. Now he has the captaincy in his own right. Although nothing official has emerged from wherever Indian cricket is being run this week, or from whichever officials are currently in charge, it's clear that Dravid has become the true captain of his country.