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RAHUL DRAVID : A SELFLESS CAMPAIGNER

Harsh Vardhan Srivastava : Who would have thought that a middle class boy coming from Indore will became a cricketing legend. Yes i am talking about Rahul Sharad Dravid, the most selfless and accomplished personality of the Indian Cricket. Rahul Dravid was born in a Marathi family on 11th January 1973 in Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and brought up in Bangalore. His attraction towards cricket and passion following determination made him stand out in crowd of millions of cricketer, he played cricket for Karnataka at under-15, under-17, under-19 levels before making his debut in International cricket. Dravid made his debut against England at the historic ground LORDS and scored 95 in that game. In the next foreign tour of South Africa he scored his first test century. As time elapsed Dravid keep on improving his skills and temperament and became the backbone of Indian cricket team.

DRAVID : A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

Dravid has always been an inspirational and impressive personality. He is one of the most kind-hearted, down-to-earth and mentally strong person of the Indian cricket team. His dedication to serve his country is truly appreciable.

He had been dropped few times from the team due to poor performances but he bounce back every time with a better and stronger version of himself.

Rahul Dravid’s Speech At The Convocation, BITS Pilani :

  • “As a young boy I hero-worshiped my father and my curiosity about this game that he was so passionate about, grew progressively deeper and I spent more time watching the game with him and playing it in my backyard on the streets- my curiosity gave way to interest and before long this interest gave way to love. I remember at some point, feeling deep inside me, what I wanted to do. Finding myself in the Dravid household was no accident of birth, it appeared. I learnt that sometimes inspiration just stares you in the face.”
  • “By this time I was being talked about as a national probable, I even captained the Indian under 19 team, the question I got wherever I went was : When are you going to play for the country? Now this is not something I had any control over, but the question began to dominate my life and my game. I ended up playing five years of domestic cricket, before getting my national grade. It was frustrating. I remember putting a sticker on my kinetic Honda which read, God’s delays are not God’s denials. It was a gentle reminder to myself to keep faith when I started the scooter engine and loaded my kit bag in the morning.”
  • “Overall I had an extremely gratifying career – many highs and several disappointments as well. After the tour of Australia last year it became very clear to me that the time had come to move on and make way for the next generation of talented young batsmen to begin their journey, just as I had done 16 years ago. It just felt right and I was happy to call time on my career, with my family, colleagues and friends around me. I was touched by all affection I have received. I have no regrets, no unfulfilled professional goals and nothing left to prove to myself. I have climbed my mountain, one which I had originally set to climb as a little boy. As I began climbing the mountain I had set my eyes on, I received lots of support along the way. As a sat alone dealing with my success and failure I got to understand myself better. The climb became everything to me and I immersed myself in it. As I got closer to the top of my mountain, I managed to remain focused and keep my eyes of the destination. When I finally got there I thoroughly enjoyed being where I stood, sense of peace and parity, because it is then I realized that you do not have to be the number 1 in the world, you have to be number one yourself. Reaching that peak is the highest peak there is. Like a good mountain climber I am now in search of the next mountain to climb. The uncertainty makes me nervous – it also excites me. I am back to being like a little boy, listening to the cricket commentary coming from my transistor in my father’s studio.”

He also said :

“I have been told that the minimum marks required to come to BITS is 75% in Maths and Physics. Luckily those standards do not apply in selecting your chief guest.”

“That is how Rahul Dravid is. You tell him he played well and he will tell you that somebody else played well to. I don’t know if he is human being. How can a human being be so selfless?”Harsha Bhogle.

“Rahul Dravid is a player who would walk on broken glass if his team asks him to”, famous quote by the Former crickter Navjot Singh Sidhu depicts his country serving attitude.

According to the wisdom words of cricket Rahul Dravid was one of the best technical batsman of his era. Catastrophically, Dravid never gets that much of credit for what he deserves but this man does not believes in taking credit or appreciation. In the end he silently served his nation and always been a silent savior.

This Cricketer had also gone through some tough times when team India loss in group stage matches in world cup 2007 but giving up was alien to him. In the very same year he led India to historic test series victory in England after 21 years. post retirement Rahul has taken up the job of breeding the next generation of Indian cricket.

“In a career that marked by grace, style and beautiful batsman ship, it’s a slog that’s ended Rahul Dravid’s career. But once again, it was what was needed.”Harsha Bhogle.

Some of his best batting figures include :

  • 233 & 72* at Adelaide Vs Australia(2003)
  • 180 at Eden Gardens Vs Australia(2001)
  • 270 at Rawalpindi Vs Pakistan (2004)
  • 217 at The Oval Vs England (2002)
  • 146 at The Oval Vs England (2011)

Despite these match saving and match winning knocks Dravid consider his performance in 2011 tour of England in which he was lone fighter in the colossal batting line up. He stood as the alone warrior and ended up as highest run-getter (463 runs, 3 centuries) despite of the valiant attempt India lost the series disastrously.

Dravid had always done whatever it takes to serve the nation through his profession. Dravid announced his retirement after Australia tour of 2012 with these concluding statement, “I have failed at times but never stopped trying that why I end up with sadness but also with pride”.

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