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!