Former Indian captain and legendary batsman Rahul Dravid recently talked about the success and revealed the meaning of the success to him.
Rahul Dravid was one of the greatest batsmen in international cricket history. In his long international career, Dravid maintained the great image of a patient batsman. His defensive batting also played an important role for India‘s rising in the international cricket as he successfully managed to convince everyone how much his kind of batting can be powerful too. Due to his solid batting, Dravid even earned the nickname of “The Wall”.
Dravid served for the Indian team between 1996 and 2012. He played 164 Tests, 344 ODIs and only T20I where the right-handed batsman scored 13288 runs (average 52.31), 10889 runs (average 39.16) and 31 runs respectively. He is still India’s second most run-scorer in international cricket. Meanwhile, in the overall international cricket, he is still the sixth most run-scorer.
According to Dravid, success means expressing and performing in the best way. He further added that success shouldn’t be recognised with the overall career performance. Rather than, the former Indian captain emphasised on the best possible growth.
Dravid recently told ESPNcricinfo, “Success is being the best you can be. For me that’s it. Personally, at least, at the end of the day success is not about a lot of runs or wickets or things like that. If you are able to sit back and [look back] on your career and say, ‘Hey, I gave it my best shot, I tried my very best’… Sometimes you might play a lot of cricket, sometimes you play less cricket. Or whatever it is that you do in life. And you need a bit of luck as well for things to fall in place. You can’t escape that.”
You can’t compare yourself with other people: Rahul Dravid
Dravid further clarified that people shouldn’t compare with others, only need to focus on personal best.
He added, “You can’t compare yourself with other people – at the end of the day it’s your journey, so just be the best that you can be.”
Rahul Dravid also claimed that a successful cricketer actually failed a lot more times than his successes.
Dravid said, “In cricket, you fail a lot more than you succeed. In batting, in general, you fail a lot more. If you consider a fifty as a success point, you don’t cross fifty in the majority of your innings, so you do learn to fail a lot in cricket, and a guy who has an average of 50 in international cricket has failed a lot more times than he has succeeded.”
To achieve success, Dravid further gave importance to the patience and concentration, which he feels that it can be learnt with a lot of practice. He credited his introvert nature for his successes till the date.