December 8, 2009

A salute to the unsung hero of Indian Cricket: Rahul Dravid


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Ever since he made his debut at Lord’s in 1996, Rahul Dravid has been one of the main pillars of the Indian batting line up with his blend of right technique and stylish shots. In a side full of stroke makers, Dravid has been, as his name suggests, The Wall, guarding the Indian kingdom!

A man who could well be a symbol of hardwork, Dravid, through sheer practice and innovative strokes, transformed his batting for One day cricket and became an integral part of the one day side. He was verily the batsman of the 1999 World Cup with two hundreds and the highest aggregate. For this, he was named as Wisden cricketer of the year last year, one of the few Indians to receive this special recognition.Rahul has maintained a Test career average of over 50 ever since his brilliant 95 at Lords. He is someone who excels in a crisis situation and has got India out of trouble on several occasions. One of the occasions was in 1999, against New Zealand, when he joined the ranks of Vijay Hazare and Sunil Gavaskar as one of only three Indians to have scored a century in each innings in a Test and consequently bailed India out of a terrible position. His temperament and concentration both are exemplary.

After being one of the best that India has ever produced, Dravid has regularly being overshadowed by the stroke makers in our team, be it Saurav, Sachin or off late, Sehwag, Yuvraj or Dhoni.

Here’s a salute to the one man, the modest and unassuming Rahul Dravid, who has guarded the team as “The Wall” without any hunger for recognition and has been serving the country with the same sincerity as he did on his debut!


  1. Its so true…..the man has so much to offer still!….I thought the urge to Captain India got to him a little….but none the less…he is someone in the same league as Vengsarkar, Gavaskar, Vishwanath, Sourav, Azhar and even Sachin as far as commitment to Indian Cricket is concerned….A true gem….and a good post.

  2. Wonderful post…a delight to read!
    Dravid truly remains true to the team with his undying commitment and passion towards the game..I hope the wall stays for times to come!

  3. vishalgaba

    Thank You guyz

  4. Great post, Vishal! We have truly forgotten ‘The Wall’ of Indian Cricket.. Though he was out of form a couple of years ago, he still has the unparallel experience and gutso in him. He may not be so suitable for T20’s and ODI’s, but he is a must-have player for Test Cricket.

    Thanks for this post, buddy! I am sure many of us may have recollected the achievements of this low-profile yet classic cricketer… 🙂

  5. vishalgaba

    @Parth – Thanks a lot…Truly I believe he has been one of the most underestimated cricketers for India. He is truly ‘great’ as a player for his sheer hard-work and commitment. Amongst the Sehwag’s and Yuvraj’s, I think we lost him somewhere!

    Thanks again 🙂

  6. Vishal,
    Thanks for the visit to my blog and the comment. You have paid a good tribute to the wall 🙂

    Do stay in touch through our blogs!


  7. Rohin

    I salute the master…he is the real Hero of Indian cricket!

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