Which person on earth would deny an honorary doctorate from a University like Bangalore and reply them with a brilliant letter about why he denied that!!Trust me, no one else but Rahul Dravid can only do this.
A man of words, a man with 110% commitment, a team man who would walk on broken glass if his team wants him to, Rahul Sharad Dravid is a son every parents want, is a father whom which every daughter would look upon and moreover a person with reputation every person wants to go with.
Defining Rahul Dravid’s eye catching career in some words is next to impossible.
With 24,117 international runs, Dravid is among the legends of the game. He is known for his technique, batting style and the way he structured his innings over his career.
With 36 test centuries, 12 ODI centuries he was the most dependable batsman in the longest format of the game.
His inclination towards cricket started when he was 12 years old and when on to represent his state in U-15, U-17 and U-19 tournaments.
He made his international debut in 1996 and surprisingly he struggled in his first few matches.
Who would know at that time that this struggling batsman who had many failures to his name would turn up and become Mr.Dependable for Team India.
The Memorable One
No one can ever forget the memories Dravid and Laxman created at the Eden Gardens in 2001 against a quality Australian side led by Steve Waugh. Enforcing a follow on, the Australians were in total control of the game and were almost sure of their 17th consecutive test victory.
The 376 runs partnership between Dravid and Laxman goes down as one of the greatest ever.
Rahul Dravid scored 180 which helped Team India get in a strong position. That innings showed what temperament Rahul Dravid has and what a gem Indian Cricket is blessed with.
Whenever he has got good starts he has converted them into big hundreds. That’s where he got the titles, The Wall and Mr.Dependable.
“The Wolf Who Lived for the Pack” Harsha Bhogle on Rahul Dravid.
A surprising fact about Rahul Dravid is that he has 5 double centuries and the score of the double hundred is more than the previous one.
Playing Style and the “Mind Game”
Great bowlers who have bowled to him like Shoaib Akhtar, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and many others often state that Dravid used to play with the Bowler’s mentality before facing the bowls they bowled. The first 15-20 minutes if the bowler is successful, then he is lucky, if not, just think about the other wickets.
Many Indian Cricket fans would hate Dravid for only one reason. Remember?
The Multan Test Match.
Tendulkar on 194, 6 runs short of another Double Century,
And Rahul Dravid, the captain declares the innings.
How many of us really know what happened that day?
Tendulkar had been given enough time to complete his 200 but he almost took 19-20 balls to get from 192 to 194. The score on the board was enough to put on and the team needed to declare in order to win the match. That’s when Dravid took the decision of declaring the innings and there we go, the crowd and the fans started giving him names- Cruel, Selfish, In-human and what not…
Being such a good man on and off the field, we hardly remember his drawbacks and mistakes.
A Gem of a Person
Rahul Dravid has always been the iconic person and the role model ever one followed.
After retiring, Dravid took over the mentorship of Rajasthan Royals and moreover he decided to handle the upcoming stars of Indian Cricket.
He started coaching the U-19 team and taught the players to be a good human beings first.
With the guidance of a coach like Dravid, the players flourished as players but moreover they got to know how to behave.
Shreyas Iyer, Pritihvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shubhman Gill, and many others are the students of “The Wall”.
Inspiration is what each and every sportsperson should seek from Dravid.
Simplicity, Selflessness, attitude to give everything the team needs and staying away from limelight is what makes him one of the greatest cricketers to ever play this game.