And So it Goes

by Devanshu Mehta

Five months ago, when Dravid retired, I wrote an article called And So it Begins:

I left India in 2001, the year of the Kolkata Test. The Australian team from that match has one player left in the team– Ricky Ponting.

India have five– Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan.

That is remarkable.

And now only three remain.

I don’t write much about VVS. I find him dependable, reliable and necessary, but I don’t find him exciting. It’s unfortunate, I know. Like a rocket scientist, he’s worth a lot of money but I wouldn’t pay money to watch him at work.

I suppose this is what people mean when they say he’s underrated, but I don’t think underrated is the right word.

VVS is infrastructure. You can’t get anything done without it, but it’s not the most exciting part of a system.

Goodbye, VVS. You will be missed, because India, as we all know, lacks infrastructure.