Leaders of India
For a newly independent India grappling with the trauma of a bloody partition, Lala Amarnath was an ide a l leader. Having grown up in Lahore, he was sensitive to the happenings around him and did much to promote people to people contact when the two countries, India and Pakistan, first played against each other in 195152. And it was only fair that the mantle of captaincy passed on from Amaranth to Vijay Hazare, the son of a school teacher from Sangli in the Bombay Presidency. Hazare, much like 1950s India, was a hesitant captain. A newly independent nation was still searching for direction and Hazare too showed the same uncertainty in his captaincy.
Indian captains across time have been an extension off the larger projection of India as a country and viceversa. Sunil Gavaskar, for example, was very late 1970s and 80s India. Traditional and conservative in his approach, Gavaskar, much like the Indian ideology of the time, would go on the attack only after he had readied his defence. He was methodical and calculative and orthodox, in sharp contrast to Sourav Ganguly, who perfectly epitomised the turn-of-the-millennium India.
For Sourav, it wasn’t a big deal to have Steve Waugh wait for 30 minutes at the toss at Eden Gardens in 2001.SowhatifWaughhadtowait. The Indians had been forced to do manysuchthingsinthepast.Now the roll of the dice had changed. It was giveback time and it was best if Waugh, Nasser Hussain and others did not make much fuss about it. Hussain showed his opposing number his shirt number when he reached his century in the Natwest final in 2002. Sourav responded by opening his shirt at the Lord’s balcony.
Souravwithshirtinhandwhile exposing the many threads he wears for religious reasons round his neck presented a pecu-