Giants on whose shoulders future generations prospered: Rahul Dravid lauds class of Karnataka ’74 | Cricket News


New Delhi: The room was engulfed in waves of nostalgic warmth as the Karnataka team won. 1974 Ranji TrophyTook the audience back to a simpler era of cricket and life.
Although it was simplistic in those days, players liked it GR Vishwanath, Syed Kirmani, Brijesh Patel, EAS PrasannaAnd BS Chandrasekhar welcomed many outstanding cricketers, paving a path that has become wider over the years.
None of them radiated more strongly than him Rahul DravidFormer captain of India and current head coach of the team.
“It was an inspiration for all of us. From our U15 and U17 tours, we could only hear how Karnataka defeated the mighty Bombay (in the semi-finals at that time) against all odds.
“It really opened the doors to Karnataka cricket and the rest of the country that it was possible to beat Bombay. It was the foundation of everything that Karnataka cricket prospered on the shoulders of these giants,” Dravid said at a function here. Held to honor the Class of '74.
Karnataka stopped Mumbai's sequence in the semi-finals and won on the basis of first innings lead. Vishwanath and Brijesh both scored centuries, while Prasanna and Chandrasekhar collectively took nine wickets.
This is the first instance in 15 seasons that Mumbai has not reached the Ranji Trophy final.
In the summit clash, Karnataka defeated Rajasthan by 185 runs as captain Prasanna took nine wickets to win their first Ranji title.
Vishwanath, in his typical humble manner, reminded how Brijesh had controlled the strong Mumbai spin attack of Padmakar Shivalkar, Eknath Solkar, Rakesh Tandon and Milind Rege.
“Brijesh was a bit hesitant on the first few balls. But once he settles down, he is a nightmare for the bowlers, especially the spinners. All the best to the bowlers,” he said.
But these legends were not only good players but also wonderful human beings and great ambassadors of the game.
Dravid shared a few things with the audience.
“GRV sir was my first manager. Once we went to Visakhapatnam for a match and the Andhra Cricket Association had arranged for a passenger bus to pick us up from the railway station, about 20-25 kilometers away, and the bus driver and conductor suddenly These thoughts have come.
“There are only 15 cricketers there anyway, let's make some extra money by picking people along the way, and I remember Vishy sir shouting at him – no, no! You can't do that etc.”
Sharing another example, the 51-year-old said: “There was this train trip to Kolkata where Vishy sir and Syed Kirmani sir were with us as manager and captain respectively. It was a great two and a half days when we picked their brains. Noticed.” And the way these legends carried themselves is an inspiration to all of us.”
Brijesh underlined the significance of that landmark win for Karnataka cricket.
“Karnataka has always had some good bowlers, but we did not have a strong batting order to support them. But the arrival of Vishy, ​​Sudhakar Rao, Vijaykrishna, AV Jayaprakash, Sanjay Desai, Kiri etc. changed the whole picture.
“In fact, last year, we beat Mumbai here in the Irani Trophy final (Rest of India vs Mumbai, 1973) and that also gave us confidence that we can beat Mumbai – at home or away,” Patel said.
Former India batsmen VVS Laxman, Sujit Somasundar and former Indian fast bowlers Dodda Ganesh and Venkatesh Prasad also attended the ceremony.
While some other eminent names like Sunil Gavaskar, Roger Binny, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Sunil Joshi and R Vinaykumar shared their messages through recorded videos.
(With PTI inputs)

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