Classy 'Wall' in Blue for One Last Time

September 16, 2011

All eyes at Sophia Gardens on Friday September 16, 2011 will be on the great ‘Wall’ of Indian Cricket –Rahul Dravid. Whether he scores well or not, certainly it is the last time Dravid fans will witness him in the Blue uniform of Indian ODI (One-day Cricket International) squad.

Being a die-hard fan of Mr Dependable Dravid, I personally have a high admiration for the man. Right from the days I acquired knowledge about the game of cricket I have keenly been following his matches. His determination, perseverance, unique batting techniques and commitment to the team has immensely impressed me and the very reason goes for this small dedication to the fine hero of Indian Cricket.

In 343 matches, Dravid has scored 10,820 runs, averaging 39.06 and at a strike-rate of 71.16. Adding to it, Dravid also has 196 catches and 14 stumpings to his credit. Rahul Dravid is no whirlwind that sweeps the opposition away. He is more like a woodpecker that chips away silently and the results are sure to follow.

In One-day form of cricket it has not been an easy ride for Dravid. Though he made his debut in 1996 he had to be patient enough to be successful and well-recognised. Taking the responsibility of wicket-keeping, captaincy was never easy but he did manage it to some extent. When he felt captaincy is not meant for him he humbly gave it away to concentrate more on his batting.

Well, I’m sure many would disagree with me when I say he is one of the superb players even in One Day form of cricket. Though his style of batting may not be so suitable for 50-over matches, one cannot ignore the number of one-day matches that are won by Indians merely because of Dravid. One will not find another selfless player like Dravid anywhere. There are so many instances  where all the major Indian batsmen were sent straight to pavilion but Dravid was the only one who came to team’s rescue. It is an undeniable fact that he has successfully scored runs ‘Under Pressure’ for the Indian team. Ask the opposition team and they’ll tell you how annoying Dravid can be if he is well set.

‘If the concept of extra payment for over time and deduction for no work existed in Indian Cricket Team  ... Rahul Dravid would have been richest and more than half the team would have been bankrupt by now’. I recently came across these lines and it did make me smile and isn’t it true in a way? He is one of the few cricketers who play for the team and not just for individual records.

Suman Rao, one of the great fans of Rahul Dravid says, “He may not be born great. But he is the true example of the line that greatness can be achieved through hard work and grit” He is a real role-model for budding cricketers, he adds.

Meghna Bhat, another strong admirer of Dravid says, “He puts team interest before his and shrugs off any praises in this regard reiterating time and again that the very character is part of the game. He is the true student of the game and true to the ethics of the game. He never revealed anything that happened in the dressing room and has been Mr Clean, especially his career being devoid of controversial remarks about the game or the players which speaks of his high integrity”.

Various Cricketing Records

Dravid is the second Indian batsman, after Sachin Tendulkar, and the third international player to reach 12,000 runs in Test cricket. On 14 February 2007, he became the sixth player over all and the third Indian (after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly) to score 10,000 runs in ODI cricket in cricketing history. He is the first and only batsman to score a century in all ten Test playing nation. With more than 200 catches, Dravid currently holds the world record for the most number of catches in Test cricket. Dravid has also been involved in more than 80 century partnerships with 18 different partners and has been involved in 19 century partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar – a world record.

When Dravid dons the India cap, goes out into the middle with the rest of the pack and smells the grass, he knows there is just one way to perform – by giving one hundred percent for the country. Till date, no one can say that he has ever given one percent less.

Luckily for Dravid fans including me, he has not announced his retirement from Tests and we can still watch him play for days together focussed, calm and cool as ever.

By Veekshitha Arasa
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Comment on this article

  • Bipin Bihari Bal, Orissa/Kolkata

    Sat, Sep 17 2011

    I got emotional when I heared about the news that my hero,my IDOL,The Wall & Mr.Dependable announced his retirement from ODI & T20 international.It was a very shocking moment for me.He has played the game in true spirits.The GENTLEMAN of the game and in nature also.GOD BLESS U MY IDOL.

  • Alwyn, Praveen,Dubai

    Sat, Sep 17 2011

    I just read a Banner during yesterday Match Against England while David was Batting
    'Sachin is the God of cricket
    Sourav is the God of Off side
    VVS is the God of 4th Innings
    But when the doors of the Temple are closed even God is Behind the WALL'


    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    Dravid the great wall will always stand tall. Rahul Dravid has given o the best of all time for indian cricket in both format of cricket. rahul dravid is not just a great batsman in world cricket but is a great human being. Mr cool we will miss you in all time your contribution for indian cricket and world cricket are so amazing and magnificeint dravid please play for test cricket for india for long time, good bye Mr cool.

  • Sandeep, Bangalore

    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    Great article on great player.Beautifully expressed. The way he scored 69 runs on the final day was exceptional proving that why he was named the WALL

  • rajesh, mangalore/dubai

    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    In the game of gentlemen,i never saw a gentleman like dravid.i am the biggest fan of him..its a feast to watch him batting especially in the test cricket..the wall has not fallen but it has become history.its a history which evry budding cricketer should read to learn the basics of cricket..rahul thanx for entertaing and contributing to our nations one day cricket.


    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    Rahul dravid retirment of ODI. leaves to fall off the great wall of team india. never get such a player like dravid.

  • vashal, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    Great Thinking cricketer.The best player ever test crickte find.Wish u all the best for your off field Innings.

  • Wilfy, Mangalore/UAE

    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    A great and true cricketer the cricketer world has ever seen. It’s still a mystery stepping down from captaincy even after a successful tour in England winning the series after many years. Since then he was neglected from ODI's. Anyone has an answer please?

    I wonder why these englishmen give doctorate to Dhoni instead of Dravid who was the only to score when whole team was not scoring.

  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    A true gentleman...we all miss you a lot..God bless

  • Vijay Pais, Kirem, Saudi

    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    We were so happy when we heard Rahul returned for one day team, but now we are so sad to hear Rahul retiring from one dayers. We want Rahul still play one dayers atleast 1 more year. But we wish him good luck for test cricket, we want to see Rahul playing till his 50's. Thanks Rahul for your wonderful service.

  • mithun kk, mangalore

    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    Rahul dravid a real gentleman in world cricket we miss u a lot in oneday but we glad 2see ur good perfomance in test matches

  • R Mallar, Kasaragod/ Dubai

    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    The last of 4 cricketers from Karnataka in recent history, who were all thorough gentlemen first. Sad to see that Prasad, Kumble, Srinath and Dravid era is finally coming to an end. For outsiders, these gentlemen represented Kannadigas as well and they have made us really proud.

  • Vivek Baliga, Bangalore/Abohar

    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    THE WALL......... what a apt name for a person, who has played by the rules selflessely for the TEAM and COUNTRY,he is one of the true blooded cricket legends of the nation,hope the creed does not forget his contributions becausce he is not a media frenzy person

  • Rohan A. Almeida, Bangalore

    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    " Form is Temporary Class is Permanent "
    I would like to apply the above said statement to Mr. Dependable of Indian Cricket. Yes ! I mean it.
    He's been the most consistent player I've ever seen.
    Rahul, you might get retired from the game but not from the hearts of Millions around the globe.
    Standing ovation and a heartfelt salute to you for keeping up the spirit of the game.
    We always love you Rahul.
    You are the Best !!

    And yeah !! Veekshitha...True example of awesomeness.
    Feeling proud to have you as a good friend.
    Excellent portrayal of Wall's facts.
    Now I know, why you always wanted to attend Journo
    Top Class summary...!!
    I don't know what attracted me, whether its Dravid or your description about him...!!
    Hats off...!!
    Keep the same spirit...

    Cheers !!

    Rohan A. Almeida

  • Wilson, Mangalore (Muscat)

    Fri, Sep 16 2011

    Mr Dravid. A great cricketer and a gentleman. Always a teamsman. Such Cricketers will be seen very rarely in the International arena. He has played the game in its true spirits and what we have achieved in Cricket is because of players of his calibe A master of technicality in cricket skills, a person of high integrity in field, a player of sincere class and a team player above all puts Rahul on top of all the present bunch of cricketing "idols" we have. Rahul has never craved for member of the team, but it all came in and beckoned due to his extraordinary attitude and feats. We will miss you Dravid

  • Nancy, Belman

    Thu, Sep 15 2011

    A Great person's great achievements always remained un-noticed. But The "WALL RAHUL" is greatest and will remain forever.

    Rahul, Wish you peace and good health. You will be remembered always not only Great Cricketer, but as a Great Human Being, Mr Clean, Mr Cool.

  • akumar, udyavara /toronto

    Thu, Sep 15 2011

    great pictures and informaton about this wall..I was a fan of dravid right through his ranji trophy matches.The only cricketer had his goals written down.A thinking cricketer.awesome!

  • Sushma, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 15 2011

    Lovely piece. Befitting tribute to the cricketing wall. He deserves every praise in the world for his unmatched selflessness in the game

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