Rahul Dravid, one of the most complete cricketers or even if we say the greatest player to ever has played for India. It won’t be any wrong thing. His determination, grit, and excellence was treated to watch out when he has bat out for India team in test and ODIs. But he didn’t receive the invitation for his leadership skills as much as received for his unforgettable knocks.
It was 2006, a tour of West Indies and in their own territory India team has won the series and it was the same series after which he has been given the name “The Wall”. In 2006-07, he was the captain when India won a series in South Africa territory against their best pacers.
If there is any more doubt on his instincts Rahul Dravid was the third captain after Kapil dev (1986) and Ajit Wadeker (1971) “to won test series in their own backyard in England” during the 2007 campaign.
Stylish left opener and Southpaw from Delhi Gautam Gambhir, in a recent show on Star sports, show Cricket Connected believed that Rahul Dravid is way more than cricketer for India team.
“I made my one-day debut under Sourav Ganguly and my Test debut under Rahul Dravid. It is so unfortunate that we do not give Rahul Dravid enough credit for his captaincy. We only talk about Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, now we talk about Virat Kohli, but Rahul Dravid has been a fabulous captain for India as well. Even with his records, he’s probably the most under-rated cricketer and probably the most under-rated leader as well,” Gambhir said.
Gambhir said, “Dravid did everything that the team wanted him to.”
“If you look at Rahul Dravid as a cricketer, I think if you asked him to open the batting in Test cricket, he did, he batted at No. 3, he kept wickets for India, he batted as a finisher, he did everything what Indian cricket asked him or what a captain asked him to do and that is the kind of role models you want.
For me, I think he has had a bigger impact. Sourav Ganguly has always had a bigger impact in white-ball cricket because of his flamboyance, but Rahul Dravid overall, in Indian cricket, had a much bigger impact than probably anyone. You can actually match his impact to someone like Sachin Tendulkar as well because he played under the shadows of Sachin Tendulkar all his life, but yes, impact wise, probably the same,” said Gambhir.