“Rahul Dravid is a player who could walk on a broken glass if his team asked.”
This line from Navjot Singh Sidhu perfectly sums up Rahul Dravid’s illustrious career that had everything, beginning from more than twenty thousand international runs, close to fifty centuries, an average that will make even the best in the business jealous but when you give it a close look, you will feel a bit sorry for the man who gave his all for his team.
Right from his Test debut when his 95 at Lord’s was eclipsed by fellow debutant Sourav Ganguly’s 131, the Karnataka maestro remained in the shadow of his contemporaries. Almost every time he did something big, another cricketer stole the show with even a bigger performance.
His first ODI century came in the game that Saeed Anwar scored 194. His two highest ODI scores came in matches that Sachin Tendulkar and Ganguly came close to breaking the 200-run barrier in 50-overs game. But then again, Dravid was always a nice gentleman before a cricketer as no one, not even a single person can claim that the 44-year old was not satisfied with his career.
Team’s cause was the utmost priority for him and his whole career justifies it.
The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag were leading India’s charge of becoming one of best cricket teams in the world but it Dravid who acted as the cement to keep the core of the team together.
A fan had perfectly described his importance to the team by saying: “Sachin is God… Ganguly is God of off-side… Laxman is the God of 4th innings… But when the doors of the temple are closed, even God is behind The Wall.”
His illustrious career came to an unceremonious end in 2012 when he bid adieu to international cricket after an ODI game in Cardiff.
The game has moved on after losing one of its finest exponents but there is absolutely no denying the fact that he is badly missed.
For those who love the purest form of the game, he was an artist. The legendary batsman is celebrating his 44th birthday today and we at Sportzwiki are wishing him a lifetime of happiness.
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