Sachin Tendulkar bid a tearful adieu to his beloved cricket pitch a week ago.
He received a well deserved send off at his home ground, The Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
Scoring more than 30,000 runs in international cricket is a sensational record and it was great to see a legend receive the enormous amount of kudos that he warrants.
But does anybody remember Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly - the other great Indian batsmen who had also scored more than 10,000 runs in their careers?
They were never given such a fitting goodbye by fans and maybe they very well deserved like Tendulkar.
Sachin Tendulkar averages 53.79 in Test cricket, while "The Wall" averaged 52.31. The averages are close but it does need to be taken in to account that Tendulkar held his average for many more Test matches.
Tendulkar has scored 68 fifties, while Dravid is just five behind at 63. Dravid's catching at the slip was useful and his leadership skills were also very good, in fact they were as good as Tendulkar's.
Tendulkar's best innings of 248 came against Bangladesh in 2004, while Dravid's highest score of 270 against Pakistan will be equally remembered.
There's no doubting the ability of the two gentlemen but we have been too much engrossed in recalling Sachin's great times and innings these days.
I'm not saying that Tendulkar has been hyped around too much but Dravid also deserves something out of what he has accomplished.
He was the one who stood up bravely to tackle the South African bowlers in 1997,
when all other Indian batsmen were constantly failing to deliver. Even Tendulkar did well in that Tour to South Africa by scoring a century or two.
The likes of Allan Donald did scare the Indian batsmen but,these two were the ones who tackled Donald and co. effectively.
Dravid's performances in limited over games were not as good as those in Tests and that's why he's not seen in the same light as Tendullkar.
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