Before Rahul Dravid, Indians had witnessed the rapid collapse of batting lineup when opening batsman Tendulkar dismissed early, And then there arrived Dravid into the team making uncompromising inning’s for his side. Runs would come from Tendulkar’s lofts or Dada’s drives but a solid defense took birth only from Dravid’s Willow.
The Indore born Dravid is from a Marathi family, grew up in Karnataka which he later represented in First class cricket. Technique is your attribute and Defence is inside you by default. The Classical Stalwart Dravid was not only suited for his regulation at the crease almost close to two days but also for short quickfire. Watching your bat gives us immense indulgence. The short selection is absolutely a coach book perfection. You are a prompt on playing back foot. Most times, you are formidable with your bat. The way you halted the fall of wickets by negotiating odd deliveries is worthless. You built enormous innings, standing like a rock and yet making the team reach out of trouble quite times. You soon became an Ideal batsman for a crisis.
Despite having low strike-rate, selectors had doubted your job in limited overs cricket, but they couldn’t understand your caliber of taking control and strike rotation while batsmen at the other end making way for pavilion. It has often happened sometimes. Your involvement in two of the largest partnerships in Odis, 318 with Dada, 331 with Tendulkar, shows that you can construct Walls taking victories inside it and leaving defeats outside.
Unlike in Odis, you had many of a unique records in whites. Having 23% of runs India scored under Dada’s 21 Test Wins, we knew how vital he was for the team under Dada. Your pummeling act with VVS at eden gardens in 2001 is one of the most remarkable games in the history of Indian cricket. In a cricket lunatic nation, the race to represent at the highest level is so stiff and who better than the Dravid, turned up as India U-19 & India A coach, resulting a fruitful run for youngsters in those levels. Commitment in every game is marvel.
Batting for incessant hours made accomplished bowlers exhausted. The more he spends time at the crease, the more exuberant he came up. His approach is always fastidious. You were a prodigy whom India missing at no.3 in tests. Ajinkya or pujara can be a second Dravid might be in some future, but none can be ‘The Wall’. One of the peaceful warriors of Indian cricket. Being calm and humiliant describes Rahul Sharad Dravid ! The success of Rahul Dravid is not what he took with him when he bid goodbye to cricket, but it was when he made an everlasting impact on the gentlemen’s game and on it’s fans