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Rahul Dravid – The Wall of Cricket and much more!

Will you open the innings? Yes. Will you keep wickets in order to accommodate an extra batsman? Yes. Will you captain the team? Yes. This was Rahul Dravid for you. A selfless team man for whom the team’s goals and ambitions came way before his own.

Most call him ‘The Wall’. While some call him ‘Mr. Dependable’. But for me he was the one reason stroke makers like Sachin, Sehwag, Dada etc. could flourish. They could play freely knowing that at the other end, ‘The Wall’ was being constructed brick by brick to stay for as long as one could imagine. This was the wall who scored a 12 hour 270* at Rawalpindi. He was the reason we knew that despite the first wicket falling for a low score, we wouldn’t collapse. He was one of the reasons we had belief in saving and even winning overseas tests. He was one of the reasons we learnt to win overseas. Dravid has been part of 15 test wins abroad and in 11 of them he has been awarded the Man of the Match.

This was the wall who scored centuries after centuries in the England tour of 2011 when others were falling like 9 pins. This was the wall who batted with conviction and purpose on a minefield of a pitch in West Indies in 2006 to score two half centuries to take India to a historic series win. This was the wall who agreed to keep wickets so as to accommodate an extra batsman and thus ensure the journey of the team to the 2003 World Cup Finals. This was the wall who didn’t bother others like Sachin, Laxman, Dada etc. taking the limelight despite his hard work because it was all for the team.

In this age of slam bang cricket, Dravid seems among the last in the generation of technically equipped batsman. His honesty, patience, integrity, sincerity always kept him in the hearts of thousands of fans and players across the world. There was never a disciplinary blot in his career or never a time where he brazenly displayed his aggression. It was always his bat which did the talking. His Bradman Oration was an excellent example which showed his love for the future of the game and its players.

Among the Fab 3, he was one of the best batsman throughout 2011. But a poor Aussie series coupled with a couple of dropped slip catches and he knew the decision had to be taken. He wasn’t for one who believed in grand send offs. He had immediately retired from ODIs and T20s after unexpectedly being called back by the selectors after 2 years in the wilderness. There was always the temptation to score some centuries at home and retire.

But Dravid doesn’t play the game like that. He knew better than anyone else that his time was up. And he had to go. And he did just that.

Hat’s off to the man! The game is poorer without him!!


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  1. Varun

    whenever Dravid was playing … I had Hope …

    • aseemrastogi2

      He was the reason people could go to sleep peacefully fully knowing well that we won’t collapse just like that.

  2. Brilliant article! Rahul Dravid will be remembered forever! Sigh! Test series wont remain the same without him! ūüėź

    • aseemrastogi2

      Thanks :). As one person pointed out, when he was there in the team we had ‘HOPE’.

  3. He made sure that the game felt better with him !!

  4. Slightly disappointing tribute to the great man Dravid. The repeated use of the same phrases made for a boring read. Sorry to have pointed it out.

    • aseemrastogi2

      Actually the great man can never be given a tribute in words. He is beyond all that can be written. Mortals like us can only try to write what we feel about him!

  5. Dravid a great batter but took right decision. Now its time for Sachin , Laxman and Dhoni probably. Manoi Tiwary who didn’t got a chance for wrong decision of Dhoni in Aussie tour(he favoured his chennai partner Raina even after so many failure), is the fittest guy to fit in his place.

    • aseemrastogi2

      Sachin and Laxman would surely be the next in line to retire. Sachin’s quest for the 100th ton is proving to be a joke now. Dhoni is not test match material and he knows that and that’s why wants to leave tests by 2013. Raina and Yuvi have been given too many chances in tests. Tiwary, Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Pujara, Kohli etc. are the future. Lets see.

  6. Nice write up buddy…. It perfectly reflects the thoughts which might have gone through most of his fans.
    Thanks for the post

    • aseemrastogi2

      Thanks Yogesh. Putting our feelings into words is almost impossible for legends like him. But have still attempted to write something which many of us would have have thought about.

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