Indian Wall stands Tall

Champrockx By Champrockx, 25th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is an article that I have written about the Legend 'The Wall' Rahul Dravid. A true cricketer , a true professional that all Indians would be proud of him being a part of the Indian team for almost 15 years.

Rahul Dravid, The Legend

Quite right! Indeed the wall of Indian cricket, none other than Rahul Dravid, most Technical and patient batsman you will ever see in cricket and especially in this time when T20 cricket is picking the pace so much. The time has finally come for Dravid to say goodbye to ODI’s & T20’s. The last ODI match which he played against England was his last and it was pretty emotional moment for him and his fans, as this man never had a privilege of walking in with such a wonderful ovation. But that didn't change him - same concentration, same patience, same defense - he never looked like someone who is playing his last game. But nevertheless it was his last and it was just another day in the office for The Wall of India, Rahul Dravid. A huge crowd had gathered to see the last glimpse of the wall in the blue jersey and they did not just come to watch his batting rather they wanted their Hero to know that he is loved, respected and idolized all over the world.

It was indeed a long journey for Dravid who started off his career way back in 1996. There were so many ups and downs throughout his career but he never let his concentration go away from cricket. Rahul Dravid stands out especially because he was the one who was always ready to bear the extra burden whether it is keeping or moving up and down the order all because for to achieve success for team and for his country.

With Dravid in the middle you could expect composure, serenity that is not often associated with a limited overs fixture. Dravid radiated calm and was a steadying influence that served India well for over a decade. He may never have played a Virender Sehwag style knock (not to forget his 60 ball 92 against England in the 2007 one day series) but he did serve his team well with both his batting and his wicket-keeping in the 2003 world cup and was the perfect team man at times of crisis. This is what he had always wanted to do, be the perfect team man even if the fans did not admire him enough for being so.

Nevertheless he had to struggle throughout this career finding a place in the ODI cricket. There was a time when he was dropped from the limited overs cricket for playing a test match kind of innings where he had to consume more than 90 balls for his 50. Playing the limited overs game did not come naturally to Dravid. In fact, he had to struggle more than most of his contemporaries. But as with everything Dravid he did not give up. He continued to be India’s most dependable at times of crisis, one who could be relied upon to take the shine of the new ball in seam friendly environments. He did so in South Africa at the Champions trophy in 2009 and he did so again in his last series as a one day player.

The Wall of India

The true spirit of the game, the classic style in which he plays, the way he conducts himself both on and off the field. And the gentle and polished way he presents himself, Dravid deserves more respect than he is getting. Era of Indian Cricket where Sachin and Ganguly were his contemporaries who overshadowed dravid achievements, we will surely miss the wall in One-day format. Even with so many runs that he has got in his bag, nearly 24,000 runs and nearly fifty 100’s that he has got he went unnoticed quite understandable when you have a player like Sachin in the team. Sachin is a GOD’s gift quite rightly but Dravid is a wall for Team India where he has been the back bone of Indian Cricket for more than 15 years.

When asked by journalists to list the best moments of his one day career he has listed two. One being the 2003 world cup when Dravid played a key role in India’s run to the final. His wicket-keeping had improved with every game with the Abdur Razzaq catch being his stand out moment behind the stumps. And the other one being surprisingly the recently concluded 2011 world cup where he did not even play a single game, infact he was not even in the world cup squad. Yet he lived the moment with his team, with his mates who he has spent years in the dressing room. He enjoyed the victory as much as the ones who played, though he did not get the cash rewards that followed. What better evidence can he give us of his loyalty to the team?

A true patriot of India, who played as Captain, Batsman, Wicket keeper, Fielder, Bowler, every time he tried to give 100% cricket without any controversy. No player are in the world who never be compared with Rahul Dravid in cricket. And whether retired or not, he will always be a legend of Indian cricket who youngsters will do well to emulate. Rahul Dravid will always be remembered in the hearts of millions of fans as a true cricketer and as a true professional who gave everything to cricket and his commitment to cricket which people cannot forget where he’ll always be remembered as a Wall of Indian cricket.


Cricket, Indian Cricket, Legend, Wall

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author avatar Champrockx
Myself Champ, hailing from India, working for E n Y, this is totally new for me. I have been reading quite a few of them from various authors so i am still in my learning curve. Hopefully i will succeed in what i am doing !

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author avatar Shreeja
26th Sep 2011 (#)

A good article :)

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author avatar Champrockx
27th Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks Shreeja :D

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