"Rahul Dravid"---the moment you hear this name "thought of Respect" seems to be a natural phenomenon. And for your mind it’s inevitable but to generate spontaneous thoughts of "Discipline”, Calmness, Flexibility, Steadiness, patience...etc when the name “Rahul Dravid” is the stimulus. The reason is straight forward.The legend of "Rahul Dravid" is an epitome of all these...
A gentleman in the truest sense played his entire cricket career in the same gentle man spirit. Never ever was he in news for scandals, nor for any bad behaviour.His entire cricket career seemed to be a metaphor of gentlemanship.Well I think whoever named Cricket as gentleman’s game must have foreseen the occurrence of Rahul Dravid in Cricket.
"The Wall" (as he is popularly known as) was a part of many mindblowing, most entertaining, match winning partnerships. While the other involved in the partnership went on to make the top score, Rahul at the other end would just make sure that they are supported very well and aren’t experiencing any pressure.
"Well the wall was very flexible too...".Ask him to open the innings or bat in the middle order, Ask him to keep the wickets or field at point, slip or even at short leg at times. He was there in every role giving his 100 percent.Infact in the earlier days of Indian cricket when Indian players thought that "fielding isn't actually part of cricket: P" it was he who set high standards of fielding...and even wicket keeping too...
Many bowlers have undergone unpredictably high amount of irritation/restlessness while bowling to Rahul Dravid. Bowlers of the likes of Shohaib Akhtar, Glenn Mcgrath, Brett lee covered miles to bowl a ball, and dravid was happy enough to leave the ball, to the safe gloves of keeper or play a defensive shot ...thus withering away the bowlers. I guess patience was flawlessly and skillfully induced in his DNA.
A very trusted overseas player for India. While other players were figuring out the bounce and speed in pitches of England,SouthAfrica , Australia etc ...Rahul Dravid went on to make 100s and biggies on those surfaces.
He was good Captain too...He led India to a decent amt of wins in major formats...His ability as a captain was unleashed in the recent IPL, wherin even after having "fixed" players in the team he made sure he led the team to playoffs...In fact among all the legends it was him who adapted to the 20-20 format effortlessly.
“Now that he has quit all forms of Cricket, Cricket is experiencing a big VOID.”
By the way we have seen him a few times as a commentator, and as usual he looks great in that role too. I wish "Cricket" will get services of Rahul dravid in the form of Commentator at least.
"Take my Bow...Rahul Dravid"