New Delhi. There are two types of dates. The one that you remember from time to time, never got down from your mind or heart. Second, which we just forget. 6 October in Indian cricket (6th October) is a memorable date. This is the date of the last T20 match of two great batsmen of India. The interesting thing is that both these batsmen came on the field to defeat each other on that day. The one who got the victory, his fans call him ‘The God’, the name is Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin’s team defeated the team captained by Rahul Dravid, who was called ‘The Wall’ on that day.
The common sports lover may not remember that special date or tournament of 2013. But even today the fans of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid have not forgotten that date, place and tournament. The place was called the heart of the country, Delhi and the match was the final of the Champions T20 League (Champions League Twenty20). On one side was the Mumbai Indians, captained by Rohit Sharma, whose opening used to be on Sachin’s strong shoulders. The second team Rajasthan Royals was commanded by Rahul Dravid himself.
Mumbai Indians were like today too, in which finding faults was a difficult task. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, are as usual a relatively lesser-known but very strong team. Rahul Dravid won the toss in the final match. ‘The Wall’ must have hoped that they would be able to turn the hands of the clock according to their own accord, but that time was in the name of Mumbai.
Batting first in that match, Mumbai Indians raised a mountain of 202 runs for 6 wickets. Before who scored how many runs, let’s know who were in this batting lineup… Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith of West Indies came out to open the innings. Ambati Rayudu at number three and then captain Rohit Sharma himself. Caribbean cricketer Kieron Pollard at number five and Australia’s stormy batsman Glenn Maxwell at number six. After all this came the evergreen Dinesh Karthik of Indian cricket. All these together took the team beyond 200. However, there was not a single fifty in the innings. Sachin made 15, Dwayne Smith gave a good start by scoring 44 runs. It was carried forward by Rayudu (29), Rohit (33), Pollard (15), Maxwell (37) and Karthik (15).
Rahul Dravid’s team had got a mountain-like target and it would have been achieved only if the stormy batting was done in response. Now Rahul himself has never been known for batting fast. Yes, it is definitely difficult to find a better teamman than him. Dravid sent each of his batsmen that day to bat before himself, who knew how to bat a little faster than him. However, even by doing this, he could not win the team as no one lived up to the expectation except his two batters. Rajasthan Royals’ current captain Sanju Samson scored 60 and Ajinkya Rahane scored 65 runs. Rahul Dravid became the victim of Nathan Coulter-Nile by scoring one run and the team of Rajasthan Royals lost the match by 33 runs.
In this way, on 6 October 2013, Mumbai Indians defeated Rajasthan Royals and won the title of Champions Trophy. But if it is said then it will not be wrong that today this date is more remembered for the last T20 match of Sachin and Dravid than the title of Mumbai.
And finally; It is a wonderful coincidence that Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, who said goodbye to domestic T20 cricket on a single day, have played only one T20 match each at the international level. Sachin played the only T20 International match in 2006. Rahul Dravid made his T20 International debut in 2011. That was also his last T20 International match.