Why We Should All Mourn the Decline of Australian Cricket


Why We Should All Mourn the Decline of Australian Cricket

Illustration: Akshita Monga


n the morning of December 16, 2003, Rahul Dravid walked out onto the pitch at the Adelaide Oval. A few time-zones away, it was a cold winter morning in India, one that I braved by peeping at the television from behind my quilt. India needed 230 runs to win their first Test match on Australian soil in two decades. The opening pair, though, had been sent packing with 48 on the board. Hours later, having seen half his team fall, Dravid cut a shot through square, clenched his fist, and raised his cap in victory.

“He batted like a god,” his captain Sourav Ganguly would say later. Indeed, he had, and not for the first time, Dravid almost single-handedly won a Test match away from home. In an interview to Harsha Bhogle later, he cried, because it had been that kind of feat. Not because India had won away from home – all things considered, it was only a single Test match – but because they had defeated the mighty Australians, the greatest Test team in the world. A team that must now look dreary-eyed at the way their legacy has perished.