Legendary Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid announced his retirement from international cricket today. Although Rahul Dravid is a cricketer, his influence over those who watched him in last 16 years of his career goes beyond that of a sportsman.
Cricket is a game but like any other game, performance and politics both co-exist in its administration. But Rahul always stayed above politics and survived in grueling competition only because of his performance with the bat. No one can claim him to side with or against any selector, captain or player. Rahul kept ignited the power of performance for 16 long years.
Rahul kept his calm in pressure situations and in the midst of sledging by opposition players at various times in his career. He was used to rowing the boat for Indian cricket team in stormy waters like a brave soldier in a losing battle and most of the times he succeeded in bringing the team to the shore safely. Several of his long and tiring innings speak of his determination as a player.
Due to his pleasing personality on and off the field, even rudest of international players praise him. He made so many friends world-wide and very few foes if any. Press is guilty of not covering him as much as Sachin Tendulkar or Ricky Ponting but he was above this all. That is why even Sachin Tendulkar said today, there can only be one Rahul Dravid.
Best Wishes to the Cricket Legend!
Few lines from Dravid’s retirement speech:
“My approach to cricket has been reasonably simple, it was about giving everything for the team, it was about playing with dignity and about upholding the spirit of the game. I hope I have done some of that. I have failed at times, but I have never stopped trying. It is why I leave with sadness, but also with pride.”