Rahul Dravid and his success story is a perfect example of what one can achieve if he or she has the grit, attitude, discipline, and the relentless desire to succeed in life.
Having made his debut with a brilliant but heartbreaking 95 at Lord’s, Rahul Dravid went in to impinge himself as one of the greatest batsmen that the game has ever seen. Dravid was one of India’s greatest match-winners and he managed to carve out a unique niche for himself in a team that was studded with outrageous talent like Sachin Tendulkar.
Rahul Dravid knew his strengths. He knew he might not match Tendulkar in stroke-making but he certainly ensured that he matched the ‘Little genius’ as far as consistency and winning games for his team was concerned. And, it is this quality of The Wall’ that former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja is a fan of.
Raja, in an interaction with Indranil Basu on Sportskeeda, heaped high praise on the legendary Dravid for the manner in which he competed and sometimes outshone Tendulkar through his sheer hard work and attitude towards the game.
Maybe Rahul Dravid wasn’t as gifted as Sachin Tendulkar but to survive and compete with a great cricketer takes a lot of you. You know you’ve tried your best which is still not good enough to be the best batsman in the team and that can put you down,” Ramiz Raja said.
“But credit to Rahul Dravid, for at times outdoing Sachin Tendulkar. He was an extremely good batsman on a tough pitch because his defense was rock solid. And he had a great attitude as well at that pivotal No. 3 position and keeping as well,” he added,’
You’d always respect Rahul Dravid’- Ramiz Raja
Rahul Dravid was an epitome of what you call a selfless cricketer. The man could do anything for the sake of his team. He could open the innings when someone was injured or out of form, he could don the wicketkeeping gloves in ODI cricket as the team wanted to play an extra batsman, he could obviously grind it out in tough conditions and if the situation deemed it necessary, he could also tonk the bowling attack to all corners of the ground.
And, this why Dravid is probably one of the most respected cricketers in the history of the game; someone who is adored [Ramiz Raja included] by one and all for his selflessness, mental fortitude, grit, discipline, and of-course his astounding international numbers.
”You’d always respect Rahul Dravid. The greatness of a player is judged in the dressing room. If the team feels he will not let them down in a tough situation, for a gritty 30 or a 50, that’s what matters,” Ramiz Raja said.