Rahul Dravid: The Self-Effacing Man
January 11th marks the birthday of the finest cricket players of all time, Rahul Dravid. Call him “The Wall” or “Mr. Dependable” or “Jammy” or even call him “A True Gentleman” of the gentleman game. The very thought of Dravid fills your mind with immense respect. Not just because he was an incredible player on the fields, but he is also a man of great ethics and values. He is one such person who installs motivation in the non-cricket fans.
Dravid was honoured with several awards among which the prominent ones are the Arjuna Award, Padma Shri (Indian fourth highest civilian award) , Padma Bhushan (Indian third highest civilian award) , Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (International Cricket Council award awarded to the player of the year), Wisden Cricketers of the Year ( Award based on the cricket reference book published annually in the United Kingdom) , Test Player of The Year.
On the 42nd birthday of Dravid, we present you with the aura of the Gentleman with his own words.
“I have failed at times, but I never stopped trying.”
Like any sports person, Rahul Dravid had ups and downs in his career graph. There were instances in his life where he was dropped from ODI team a few times due to his inability to perform. His constant efforts, focused mind and hard work brought him back to the team. And rest of it is history, and he was entirely response for setting up his magnificent history.
“My approach to cricket has been responsibly simple: it was about giving everything to the team, was about playing with dignity and it was about upholding the spirit of the game. I hope I have done some of that.”
Dravid is a great example of teamwork. He was someone upon whom an entire team could rely on. When it comes to a team sport, it’s wonderful to see people with an attitude of we.
This is what Ian Chappell had to say about Dravid:
“Team in trouble? whom do you turn to? Rahul Dravid!”
“Cricket is just something that I am good at, just like various people are good at various things. What’s lucky is that cricket gets enormous publicity.”
Dravid is a man of few words. It’s hardly a few times he comes in the media’s limelight but when he does he fills your heart with more respect. He is a humble man. I have heard a few instances on how polite and well behaved he is. No, I am not talking about his behaviour with the other cricketers or celebrities. He treats every individual with politeness and respect. And that is something which makes you respect this man more.
“No dream is ever chased alone.”
Gratitude is what you term it. This one sentence proves him to be a self-effacing man.
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