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In media’s theatre of dreams, end is never too far

And life moves on. Rahul Dravid is past, MSD is the present and the future, writes Pradeep Magazine.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2007 18:53 IST
Pradeep Magazine
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And life moves on. Rahul Dravid is past, MSD is the present and the future.

Why did a man just decide to quit what we are being told is the second most powerful job in the country? Does any one care?

Just keep switching channels and you would think Dhoni has done something so miraculous that we should know the most trivial details of his life, even the number of strands of hair he has!

Who knows, the reason for his great success could lie in the length, texture and curve of his locks! He is the man who has and can never see the face of failure. He is the man we had been waiting for all these years, all these decades! God is great and so is My India.

Just imagine being bombarded 24X7 with shrill, excited voices supported with images that try to prove how India has suddenly discovered the greatest man on earth. Even if he has a fraction of the qualities attributed to him, Mother India would be the greatest cricketing nation on earth.

The same was true of Sourav Ganguly once and the same was true for Dravid once. Until one day, all of a sudden, we discovered that India lose their matches as well. Until one day, all of a sudden, we discovered we are not the best side in the world. Until one day we discovered our batsmen can’t hit every ball they face for a six, our bowlers can’t take a wicket on every ball they bowl and our team can’t win every match it plays.

Blessed are those who suffer from amnesia. And even more blessed are those who want to live in the fantasy world created by a monster called the media, which in reality is waiting to guzzle, destroy and smash the very world of dreams it has created, only to move on and create another dream world.

Create and destroy. The quicker you can do this, the better you are. Even the gods up there are not so cruel.

Poor Dravid must have been left wondering these past few days, somewhere in a corner of earth which by no stretch of imagination can be Jharkhand, that did he exist at all? Was he for real?

Dravid may have been Indian cricket’s first victim of the “Great Reality Show” but he won’t be the only one for long. Beware Dhoni, the monster has tasted blood. Have a blast as long as it lasts.

First Published: Sep 20, 2007 02:19 IST