Rahul Dravid, the name may not excite as many people as a Dhoni, Kohli or Sachin would but the man certainly has done enough to match these cricketers. Rahul Dravid was a stellar performer in his playing days and always had people feel safe with him in the middle. A perfect gentleman, Rahul Dravid was a complete team man and never put his interest ahead of the team’s.
From having frustrated multiple opponents with his gritty batting to smashing a few sixers in the T20 format, there isn’t really much Mr. Perfect could not do.
Here are the 5 top reasons to not forget his heroics:
Always played for the team
You tell him to keep, he’ll keep. You don’t have an opener in the team, he’ll open. You want him to bowl a couple of overs also, he’ll do. He would even stand wherever you’d feel he would be best on the field.
Rahul Dravid would never shy away from serving the team and trying to give his best to help the team in anyway possible. If you remember correctly, it was Dravid who declared the Indian innings when Sachin was on 194. This wasn’t just a move to get Sachin angry but the entire nation. But Dravid didn’t care.
Just like he never batted to win fans, none of his moves were to please the people only. It was always in the country’s interest even if it meant the people won’t like him. Don’t get me wrong. He loved his fans and did a lot of things for them, for instance, fulfilling a fan’s wish who was suffering from cancer.
Won so many games for us and saved even more
Rahul Dravid has saved multiple games for India and even got us crucial wins. His innings of 233 against Australia at Adelaide in 2003 is one of the finest overseas performances by an India. Dravid got India close to a win despite the Aussies getting over 500 in the first innings.
His other notable innings was in 2002 at Headingley where he scored 148 in the first innings after Saurav Ganguly had opted to bat first on a green top and India had lost Sehwag early.
But one of the finest and the best was his 180 in the second innings against Australia in Kolkata in 2001 where India won the game after following on.
Heart of Gold
Rahul Dravid has a heart of gold. Though he won’t show much emotion, he really gets emotional and feels strongly.
From helping a fan with cancer fulfill his dreams to getting a Paralympic Indian swimmer Sharath Gaikwad back to swimming ways, Dravid goes out to do whatever he could for the betterment of people and the country. Also, when the entire World was busy with the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Mr. Cool, Dravid went ahead and donated blood for the needy.
Always there to mentor
Rahul Dravid works closely with GoSports Foundation, a foundation working on Athlete Development and helps the foundation with his mentorship to the promising athletes and getting the best in them.
Snubbed Indian senior cricket team for junior team
Rahul Dravid had an offer on a plate, to serve the Indian senior team. But the wonderful man he is, he wanted to focus on the younger crop and make champions instead of working easy on the senior team. He currently coaches the India-A team and also the U-19 team.
The mighty man he is, the nation owes him everything for all that he has offered to the Indian Cricket. There can be only one “Wall” and that will always be “Rahul Dravid”.
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