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Rahul Dravid: An Inspiration March 9, 2012

Posted by Karan in General.
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Yesterday, as I clicked on the trending topic “Rahul Dravid” on Twitter, the first tweet which noticed amidst the cluster of messages and tributes was, “Even when he announces his retirement, the media persons rush to ask Sachin Tendulkar for his opinion”.

This has probably been the summary of Rahul Dravid’s career. It is to his credit that in spite of playing in the age of the biggest Indian sporting star India has ever seen, he has more than held his own and marked his route towards greatness. That he has rarely ever received his due is well recorded; what is amazing is to never find himself fretting about it. Never. To my mind, the greatest tribute he could have received was from the Bradman Oration at the Australia War Memorial, who chose him to deliver a speech in front of an August audience. Needless to mention, the speech was delivered with eloquence, dignity and grace. Just like the great man.

“If I had to chose one man to bat for my life, it has to be Rahul Dravid”- Brian Lara.

Cut to Kolkata 2001. With India in dire straits, Laxman hit that knock, but to my mind, Rahul Dravid was an equal hero then. While Laxman was in good form, and hence had been promoted to No.3, Dravid was not. He was not expected to last long but then that’s when you can trust Rahul Dravid to fight. And fight he did. Digging out all his reserves of mental energy, determination, technique, selflessness; Dravid delivered a master class of the highest order.

In a way, Dravid is someone who all of us can relate to. While Tendulkar is someone who has always been seen with God-like qualities, Laxman with his immense talent, Ganguly with his flair; Dravid’s been one who can easily fit into the role of the boy next door. And that’s what makes his achievements all the more amazing. It is what makes him the most inspiring figure around- “I can try and emulate his attributes, and I’ll succeed”.

“All this going around is not aggression; if you want to see aggression on cricket field, look into Rahul Dravid’s eyes.”- Matthew Hayden.

I don’t have too many words to say, I am too choked with emotion at the prospect of Rahul Dravid retiring. My eyes are moist, for one of the biggest idols of my life is walking into the setting sun; for he is the one who has taught me the biggest lesson in my life. Just don’t give up. Watching him fight high quality seam bowling warms my heart.

My favourite Dravid innings:
1) 233 vs Australia- Adelaide in 2003
2) 180 vs Australia- Kolkata in 2003
3) 144 vs West Indies- Georgetown in 2002
4) 93 vs Australia- Perth in 2008
5) 270 vs Pakistan- Rawalpindi in 2004

God Bless Rahul Dravid.

Comments»

1. Sambhav Jain - March 9, 2012

Salute to ‘The Wall’….. we’ll miss you !!

2. Pramath - March 9, 2012

Coming from a die-hard Tendulkar fan, this sure is some tribute!

Partings suck.

3. anonymous - March 9, 2012

spoke my mind.. choked with emotions, at a loss for words.. Cricket would never be the same again and this void would be felt for a long time to come..

4. Sandeep Gupta - March 11, 2012

Guys if you have not noticed it till now, you will have a chance in Bangladesh. Scene 1. Sachin gets out in nineties- His face will be like he is about to cry. Scene 2. Sachin gets out after scoring a century but india about to loose – His will go back smiling as if he has already achieved what he wanted. Now the team wins or looses its upto Dhoni to take care. Scene 3- Sachin is in eigties in a test match and the captain declares the inning to the sake of trying to win the match. Sachin will be upset like anything, he will throw his bat in the dressing room I dont care the team wins or looses, how dare you stop me from making my century

kunal - October 18, 2012

scene 1 }” Sachin gets out after scoring a century but india about to loose – His will go back smiling as if he has already achieved what he wanted.Now the team wins or looses its upto Dhoni to take care ” dude after the heart breaking loss in chennai (after the 136 ) he did not come out for the presentation awards .Anshuman Gaikwad the then coach said “he will not come out before him out he is crying “.and have some common sense u expect him to fininsh matches where the hell in the world have u heard opening batsmen finishing matches
scene 2]”he will throw his bat in the dressing room I dont care the team wins or looses, how dare you stop me from making my century” come off it every one has some self intrest wouldnt u be dissapointed that u were 5 runs away from a double 100 and out of no where the declartion comes , even without any consulting atleast if dravid placed the team before himself he should have consulted the batsmen and by the way we won the test match on the 4th day itself dont tell me 5 more runs and a couple of overs made any difference . and later sachin mentioned in an interview that he did not have any differences with dravid .throwing his r u serious plz dont black mouth sachin by false statement he never did anything like that .

kunal - October 18, 2012

“Scene 1.Sachin gets out in nineties gets out in nineties- His face will be like he is about to cry” .most normal cricketers would fell sorry after coming close to a 100 and not achieving it.nothing wrong about that i think . i have seen him getting out several times in 90s because of wrong empiring decissions he very had the option of black mouthing them contradicting to ur statements he smiled and walked back.plz dont spread wrong rumours regarding him. by the way rd is a legend but why do people unnecessarily drag him into the picture still flabbergasts me

5. Manjunath Kapse N - June 14, 2014

RAHUL DRAVID CLASS CONSISTENCY COMMITMENT THE WALL MR DEPENDABLE LEGENDARY MASTER BATSMAN


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