During his career, Rahul Dravid has always been a gentleman, both on and off the field. On Saturday, one of his gestures confirmed that Dravid, the player, has retired, not Dravid, the gentleman. Dravid served Geoffrey Boycott a cup of tea during the morning session of fourth day's play at the Eden.
It all started when Boycott was on his way upstairs at the Club House for his commentary assignment with the BBC. Dravid, jokingly, said: "Give me the cup... I'm holding it."
A beaming Boycott replied that Dravid could hold the cup only if he wore the waiter's white cap. Dravid then readily obliged and entered the enclosure before Boycott said in his inimitable fashion, "Everyone please look this way. I've got a new waiter with me...Mr. Dravid."
Dravid, too, followed up. "Geoffrey has his own ways," he smilingly said.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) feathers were certainly ruffled when Virender Sehwag had termed the food served by them as substandard.
On Saturday, immediately after Sehwag's dismissal off the very first ball of the post-lunch session, a joke circulated in the CAB premises, which said that all the stuff prepared with special care might have caused indigestion, leading to the opener's dismissal against the run of play.
Interestingly, there was a wry smile in the faces of those individuals in the CAB who couldn't digest Sehwag's comments.
The boisterous Barmy Army, before their departure, gave something back to the Eden, the place where they have probably enjoyed the most, so far.
Their tour manager gifted one of the senior CAB officials with an England flag with the words ' To the Eden Gardens, the best cricket stadium in Asia ' inscribed on it.