Many sportsmen play their game with mind and body, with strategies and calculations and with rage and sheer aggression. Only a few play with their heart and bestowing a sense of serenity in the souls of the embryos. He stood still when everyone gusted away by the storm of crises and aided his fellows out of the pit. He can’t be described by mere words but by true emotions. He is the wall and the strongest pillar of the Indian batting line-up ever constructed for team India. He is Mr. Dependable, Rahul Dravid.
Dravid did not make much in-roads into the scoreboards for a while. In the year 1996 against a fierce South African bowling attack the “Wall” scored his maiden century and dissolved his fears in the tears of joy. From then on there was no looking back for this legend as he scored runs irrespective of the stature of the opponents. He scored runs consistently against every team withstanding the storm while others disappeared into it. He won the ICC Player of the year in 2004. He was also nicknamed the “Wall” of the Indian cricket team for he had the colossal strength to withstand the speedy storms and the turning tornados. Some legends are born with talent, some others gain it by deeds, and few others gain it by fame, but only one earned it with heart. With grief and joy spread over the flag of India at equal measures, let us bow down for his humane display on the field.
It was in the early 2000 that was most fruitful to him with an award of ICC player of the year in 2004. He was then named the wall of the Indian cricket team for he had the colossal strength to withstand the speedy storms and the turning tornados. At the later stages of 2000 he was criticized for lack of fitness and whenever a finger was pointed at him for retirement at the age of 36, he replied back strongly.
On 9 march 2012 at the age of 39 Rahul Sharad Dravid decided to hang his boots consequently let many hearts sink. It probably was largely to do with his performance in the Australian Tour Down Under. Some legends are born with talent, some others gain it by their deeds, and few others gain it by fame and popularity, but only one earned it with his heart. With grief and joy spread over the flag of India at equal measures, let us bow down for his humane display on the field.