What else should i write or say? Cricket, an indispensable sport in Indian culture and almost a religion for billion Indians.
I love playing football but certainly i hate watching 22 men fighting for a single ball in a green field, but cricket it is different and vibrant.
Whenever India plays, be it abroad or at local, i will watch it. White, Blue, yellow whatever jersey they wear, my eyes will be covering their game.
I was not born when Kapil retired or played and i am not aware of Gavaskar's mammoth run bank. But I grew up by watching SACHIN, AZHARUDDIN and a LEGEND called RAHUL DRAVID.
There was a time, i was damn crazy on NUMBER 5, just because Rahul dravid wore it in a game. times changed and now i am damn crazy on Number 7 but my respect and love towards Dravid NEVER diminished.HARD to accept the fact that Dravid RETIRES.
There was and There is Only one RAHUL DRAVID.
I agree 500% on the above line, it was said by none other than Indian God of cricket, SACHIN Tendulkar.
Am sure on one particular thing, You may be a fan of Ganguly,Dhoni or Yuvraj but at some part of time you would have admired Rahul Dravid for his dedication to his profession and i admired and i admire him.
He sacrificed and dedicated himself to this game, ask why ?
*He accepted to handle the great pressure by Captaining Indian side, which is still a nightmare for many cricketers, even SACHIN cant withstand that enormous pressure pile.
*He accepted to do the wicket keeping job, during the great world cup tour.
People say, he is not a good captain but none has got right and none has got mouth to comment about his talents as a batsman and as a cricketer.
We had a viral Joke across my neighborhood.
1) Akthar bowls a ball at 150+ kph, Rahul dravid defends it with a stroke, frustrated Akthar now bowls at same speed, but the same result there.
Now annoyed Akthar asks, "What are you?".
Dravid,"Great wall of India, stop talking go bowl".
Apart from a terrific batsman, Dravid is a GOOD human, i haven't seen him fighting like school guys on pitch, he respected the game and game respected him back.
A standing ovation at OVAL, i had goosebumps by seeing thousands of Englishman standing and appreciating a SINGLE Indian.
I cant digest the fact that Dravid retires, certainly there cant be a replacement, there cant be an another wall.I stand by Tendulkar's comment.
There is and there was only one Rahul Dravid.
When most of the ex cricketers and retired heads, who have no other job than commenting and criticizing the out of form Indian cricketers, simple because those ex cricketers has NO GUTS TO stand against BCCI, BCCI pays them more, after receiving such bulk money, Ex-Players will release some lame, insane comments on out form guys and hurt them.
Fine example-Mr.Ganguly, Gavaskar etc.
Will be happy to see him playing IPL and I would love to see Jammy coaching Indian Team in future, Indian cricket team will surely miss a GENTLEMAN in their dressing room, Only there are very few left to respect the game and respect the opponent.
And finally, This wall NEVER RETIRES, A salute to Rahul Dravid - True legend.
Yo all test playing bowlers, you can feel relieved, relaxed and rejuvenated, because the man who defended your balls ranging from 50-150 kph is retiring.