The Wall aka Rahul Dravid(Jammie)
To start with lemme quote Matthew Hayden
“All this going around is not aggression. If you want to see aggression on cricket field, look into Rahul Dravid’s eyes”
It is people like him who keep cricket Gentlemen’s game. He is probably the best test cricketer ever. Also he was the kind of a player who puts team first.
He was everything Indian Cricket Team wanted him to be. They needed an opener he was there, they needed a class fielder on third man or slip or gully, he was right there. India needed an extra batsman he becomes the wicket-keeper and performed very well. India needed a captain, he was captain reliable
What has been remarkable is the consistency with which he’s been able to do it overseas. In 2006, Dravid scored two fifties in the Jamaica Test as India won their first series in the Caribbean in 35 years. He lead the side to series victories in England for the first time in a generation too, as captain.
I doubt I can put it better than Bhogle, who said, “Ask him to walk on water for his team and he will ask you how many miles.”
In 286 Test innings, Dravid played 31,258 balls. More than anyone else, ever. Just to add to his ability to endure and push himself beyond limits:
He was challenged every time and he challenged the challange every time.
When they called him ‘slow’ for limited overs cricket, scored 50 off 22 balls.
When the opposition never hesitated to appreciate (See the player behind him, even though he reached Pavilion)
You want avhievement how about this:
Some Quotes to make it understandable:
“Try to take his wicket in first fifteen minutes, if can’t then try to take the remaining wickets” — Steve Waugh
Glenn McGrath once said that if there was one Indian player who could get a direct entry into the famous Australian team of the late 90s, it would be Rahul Dravid.
“Dravid has been a class player for a long time now and we know his ability better than anyone. He’s not like the other guys who love scoring off every ball, and there’s no real weakness in his game either.” — Glenn McGrath
“If you can’t get along with Dravid, you’re struggling in life ” — Brett Lee
“Rahul Dravid being known as ‘The Wall’ is pretty much spot on. ‘The fortress’ could also describe Rahul. Because once, Dravid was set, you needed the bowling equivalent of a dozen cannon firing all at once to blast him down,”” — Shane The Warne
“If I have to put anyone to bat for my life, it’ll be Kallis or Dravid“. — Brian Lara
“Time and Tide waits for nobody, except Rahul Dravid” — MTV India
It is a sad thing that we won’t see more of his cricket any further and the greatest of the people around the world will never say such beautiful things about anyone.
May God Bless the Wall!!
To sum it up with the Batman Series:
Rahul Dravid was not the player India asked for, but he was the player they needed.