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The Real Gentleman in Gentleman’s Game!

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Rahul Dravid

There are two kinds of batsmen in this world.

1. The one who know where is their off stump

2.The ones who don’t know.

And he belongs to rare breed, the one who fall into the first basket.

Cricket is gentleman’s game that is what I have heard over the years, at least since I am born.
The realization of this came in 2001 Australia-India series, where this Gentleman scored absolutely magnificent 181 in Kolkata Test, one of the innings regarded highly in calmness , composure and perseverance.
At the other end there was stylish , flamboyant , artist who was doing all his magic tricks with the golden wrist , Hyderabad Kalian, very very special Laxman scored fabulous 281*( highest test score by that time by Indian later Viru broked it).
It made us believe as an Indian cricket fan , that nothing is impossible. If you have will and right approach to things you do, you can defeat even untouchables.’The untouchables’, yes that was the word associated with mighty Aussies those days.21 test wins on the thought. Only Windies had better record than them, then.
So much has been written and said about that innings!
It changed whole together the attitude and approach of Indian cricket.

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START Brick By Brick:

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The hanky, slim, shy Karnataka batsmen who Debuted in England 1996 tour at the LORDS. Does anyone remember?  I doubt, most us might not. Let’s see the other story of the same day. On same match another young rookie made his debut in completely different style of batting. Character named Sourav Ganguly! He made astonishing century (131). Debuted at other end was Rahul Dravid, who made 95 on the same day. Unfortunately missed century on his first match by mere 5 runs.
Unlike many occasions very few notice Rahul’s contributions to team India.

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The wall story:

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Not sure when it was exactly associated with Dravid, but it is worth the name, ‘The wall’.
It was inaugurated by Sachin in the presence of Venkatesh Prasad, Srinath, Kumble and other KSCA players in 2008.
It is made up of 10000 bricks which symbolizes Rahul Dravid’s more than 10k runs in Test matches.

It had a digital display which would tell us live status of his run tallies as he was still playing that time.
Coming back to nick name The Wall. It is Truly magnificent conceptualization by skyline group.

Jammy the name would have suited the most of the starry superstar in the team those days, but It was for our own Rahul Sharad Dravid.
His dad used to work in Kisaan Jam , hence the name Jammy.He has the characteristics of jam which binds two portion of bread , roti whatever we eat with it.
He used to play like that, holding an innings together on his own, absorbing all the pressure at the top, so that VVS, Sachin, Sourav later on Yuvi, Mahi, Raina can have all leisure to play in their natural style.

He was genuine team man in all the senses. If you remember Dada needed an extra bowler to play in 11, but never wanted to scarifice a batsman for that cause. What he did was, he turned to his deputy for advice. Actually to say that dada had gone for a advice would be a bit anxious.
The result was Rahul Dravid became Keeper and stood behind the stumps.This man did whatever his team asked him to do. You need these kind of players on your side.

 

Everyone knows India went on to reach finals of the World Cup 2003 and eventually lost to mighty Aussies.
Dravid’s contribution was immense in that tournament. Even he had the dream of holding that elusive trophy in his hand like Sachin. It did not come true. The attention and respect, he deserved never came his way, but he did not have any regrets about it. Like all great men he never showed any anger or  frustration on and off field too.

He is now currently coaching U-19 team India. Rightly so he believes the Game has jumped leaps and bounds, gone far ahead in no time. the chances of talent might get wasted are high because of the kind of recognition and limelight todays’ youngster are getting. One thing is sure in coming days time, we can expect couple of cool headed and temperamentally level-headed guys will represent Senior Team India.

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Rahul Dravid is a complete man, a team man I must say. An Ideal role model for any youngster.

Facts about this gentleman:

# Rahul Dravid played 94 consecutive Tests since his debut in 1996, without missing a single match. This record was later broked by Gilly 96 matches.

# Dravid scored centuries in all ten TEST playing nations which was record then.

# Dravid has faced more deliveries and spent more time in the middle while batting than any other batsman in the history of Test cricket. Throughout his Test career, Dravid has faced 31,258 deliveries – a world record. No other batsman has faced even 30,000 deliveries

# 2000: Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2000

# 2004: ICC Test Player of The Year, ICC Cricketer of The Year.

# 2012: Don Bradman Award with Glenn McGrath

# 2015: Wisden India’s Highest Impact Test Batsman

# Was voted the sexiest sports personality in India in an online survey (2004-05). He beated the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Sania Mirza.

Indian Government:

#1998: Arjuna Award

#2004: Padma Shri

#2013: Padma Bhushan

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At last what Vijeeta, his wife, said about Dravid  is culmination of Rahul Dravid, the gentleman.

“If I packed only two sets of informal clothes, he would rotate them through an entire tour if he had to and not think about it. He doesn’t care for gadgets, and barely registers brands – of cologne or cars. But if the weight of his bat was off by a gram, he would notice it in an instant and get the problem fixed.”

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Playing with his younger son, Anway

 

Rahul Dravid

Sharad Dravid, Pushpa Dravid, Vijeeta Dravid, Rahul Dravid (Left to right) with their sons Anway and Samit (left to right).

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