'Bad Shot': how Rahul Dravid reacted to a comment from viewers during the networks
Often called The Great Wall for the immaculate defense of him, Rahul Dravid gave a sense of relief or security to many of us who grew up in the nineties to the time he was in the fold. But it wasn't the way he played that made him the cricketer that he was. Dravid was little more than a solid defense in the sense that he made a common man believe that good guys aren't always last and that you don't need to be blessed with great natural ability like Sachin Tendulkar to play. the highest level.
In fact, in many ways, Dravid was a poor man's Tendulkar. Someone who wasn't necessarily blessed with a lot of natural ability in terms of stroke play, but what he did was maximize his ability to the max, he did the basics right and he worked as hard as anyone could. And the result: 13,288 test runs and 10,889 ODI runs. The perfect recipe for success. He works hard, does his best, and lives life with a lot of honesty, integrity, and self-confidence.
Otherwise, who would have thought that a guy who was labeled a test specialist ended his career with over 10,000 ODI runs, very few dream of that, fewer achieve it. Perhaps his greatest legacy was to make a common man believe that if you can maximize your ability, then nothing is impossible and continue to live your life as the student of the game, always ready to learn. In Dravid's words, "The biggest room in this world is the room for improvement."
Any young boy, growing up in the nineties, trying to emulate Tendulkar was always looking for trouble. Not surprisingly, possibly none of them made it to the international level. Dravid, playing in the shadow of a star-studded batting lineup that boasted of players like Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Azharuddin in the early part of his career and then Sehwag, was arguably the best hitting icon there could be, just follow. the textbook, I would say maybe.
So when he finished his international career, the cricket world got a little poorer.
It was after his retirement, fresh out of college, that I got my first Indian Premier League assignment. The match was between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders. Dravid had just taken over from Shane Warne for the Royals and, as always, he seemed determined to do something in the cash-rich league.
Anyone who has been to Eden Gardens will tell you that he can sometimes intimidate you. While I was lost in my own thoughts, Dravid was almost standing in front of me and you won't know what Dravid is until the moment you start to take it in. No sense of aura, not an iota of extravagance, just a simple man going about his business quietly on the eve of an IPL match.
When Dravid decided to hit the nets, I thought I'd go right behind him, just to watch him hit for a while. Opportunities like that come few and far between. While he was taking some takedowns, one of my colleagues, without even realizing that he was too close to the action, made an observation that could be heard even if he is taking a boat ride on the Ganges. You don't say 'bad shot' to a guy who has scored 23,000 international runs.
While most of us didn't know how to react, considering we all knew he heard it, he hit the next one right in the middle of the bat. he looked at us and just smiled. That's all he did and he summed up his entire career for all of us. Most would have ignored you, few would have stared at you, but none would have recognized it as gracefully as Dravid did that day.
The former Indian captain turned 49 today (Tuesday) and the best birthday present he could receive is a series win in South Africa. And it is no longer a distant dream but a reality that could unfold in the next five days.
Source: Sajal Patra, india.com