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A checkered run at the helm

September 14, 2007

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

Rahul Dravid, a voracious reader, must be not only familiar but seems to have lived out the Shakespearen analogy better than most.

Also see: Six jewels from Dravid

During his tenure, which began after the ugliest of fall-outs between coach and captain in Indian cricket history, Dravid was a determined but non-imposing leader. Though he tried harder than most, he didn't wear the tag naturally as his predecessor Sourav Ganguly, but treated it more as a privilege; a privilege he seemed burdened with for most part.

It was a privilege he never sought and one he wouldn't mind relinquishing. And that's exactly what he did after leading the team to a Test series triumph on English soil after 21 years.

On Friday, Dravid announced that he would step down as India captain to "concentrate on his batting". His first love!
Photographs: AFP/Getty Images | Text: Deepti Patwardhan

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