Rahul Dravid – The man who needs no introduction be it as a captain or batsman. Indian cricket history is definitely incomplete without this genious cricketer of his era. Had he played for the countries like South Africa or Australia to not being overshadowed by his team mate Sachin Tendulkar as both have played into the same era but Rahul Dravid was always overshadowed.
Rahul Dravid is a once-in-a-lifetime player or if we say him the coaching manual of cricket it won’t be wrong in any way. After the retirement he is still working for the betterment of Indian cricket as the head coach at National Academy Bangalore for the youngsters.
While talking to ET Now, Rahul Dravid said when I see the youngsters throwing away his talents I feel really bad and it frustrates me also.
“Thousands of people who would want to be in the position I want to be in, in a sense I owe it to them, to do the best I can with my talent over the period of time that I have. I think that was in a sense quite truthful to me. You have been given a gift, don’t throw away that gift. That frustrates me a lot as well when I see a lot of young people sometimes waste the talent they have been given, that frustrates me because if you have been given that kind of a gift, I certainly think you should try and do the best with it. So people like them were my inspiration as a lot. I looked upto them and said – they would want to be in my place, I owe it to them to be the best that I can be because I have been given this gift and I don’t know why,” he told Ayaz Menon while speaking to ET Now.
During his playing days Rahul Dravid was epitome of greatness through his calm and composure temperament to play the cricket in a right full manner without dropping standard of cricket. Most of the cricketers these try to play with the mind games with their unexpected behaviour on the field. But Rahul Dravid believes to be the successful cricketer there is point to sledge for any reason as it creates the communication among the players in the team who are complete opposite.
“I think a certain amount of respect for the rules respect for regulations, respect for your opposition, respect for spectators, people who follow the sport, at a personal level I think is very very important. That really adds meaning to what you are doing, otherwise to me, it just becomes too transanctional, just playing it for losing or winning or for the money. I think to make that distinction, that doesn’t make you a lesser player, it shouldn’t have to make you a lesser player. Just because you follow the rules, just because you are the nice guy to shake hands with the opposition and genuinely understand what your responsibilities are in the larger scheme of things in the game, doesn’t make you less competitive or bowl a poor outswinger or not bat well. I think they are not related. You don’t have to be mean and nasty to be really successful,” Dravid added.