There are a few men we abhorrence to see abatement - one such man is Rahul Sharad Dravid, ‘The Wall’ of Indian candid for decades. Abounding dream to do what Dravid has done with the willow – with which he fought abounding a action to accompany celebrity to Indian cricket.
Dravid with his warrior spirit oozed aplomb from the actual alpha of his career and fabricated an absolute bearing abatement for his athletic and common access to the game. Dravid may not be a Tendulkar or a Ganguly or may not be as adventurous as Sehwag, but he is and will go bottomward as one of the batting greats to accept anytime graced the bold of cricket.
Somewhere in all these years of grind, Dravid never got his due as a amateur but none can catechism his adherence to the team, nor can one anytime say that he flinched while adverse adverse bowling that has been dished out to him all over the world.
Such is the award-winning on his wicket that allegorical spinner Shane Warne wrote in his memoir:
“The breastwork could additionally call Rahul. Because once, Dravid was set, you bare the bowling agnate of a dozen cannon battlefront all at already to bang him down.”
Statistics say that Dravid afterwards Allan Border faced the best numbers of deliveries in Test candid – this tells us how abundant Indian candid is abased on him.
Year afterwards year, Dravid has been consistently scoring runs and acceptable matches for India at home and abroad. No added Indian batsman has adored or won added Test matches than Dravid, but he has never accustomed the accolades that he so appropriately deserved. Abridgement of acclaim has never been a bridle to his motivation; such is his adulation for candid that Dravid like a apprehensive assistant of the bold continues to labour every distinct day to accompany honour to Indian cricket.
After Sachin Tendulkar, he is the alone Indian batsman to account added than 10,000 runs in both forms of the game. But Dravid has consistently been the man abaft the curtains and our lath too hasn’t been affectionate to him. From actuality affected to accumulate wickets back India absent an all-rounder to actuality accustomed the captaincy back it had no takers, Dravid has done all that he could do for the country.
It’s amazing that there was no media advertising and alarum back Dravid went accomplished 11,000 Test runs to become the fourth accomplished run-getter in Test cricket. Maybe we accept bootless to see the accurate in Dravid or maybe we aloof accept a affection for imperfection.
Is Dravid destined to comedy the quintessential role of the acknowledging hero eternally? He does not assume to accept a botheration with donning this role as continued as the aggregation wins. But I do accept a botheration with this as a accurate amateur like Dravid deserves to be up there with the greats of the game.
Hopefully his abridgement of runs in the Sri Lankan alternation doesn’t force the selectors to discount him for the Australia and New Zealand series.
It’s a benevolence that from now on we will get to see beneath and beneath of a fable alleged Rahul Dravid.