End of an Era
Rahul Dravid retires from International Test cricket. Make no mistake, there will be no other Rahul ever; I say that because it is not just the talent but the way this dude carried himself, the integrity, the selflessness, the sheer hard work, the ever so fading altruism.
It is a pity we live in a world where flamboyance, arrogance and extravagance is noticed almost immediately while behind the scene doggie ruthless determinations are often ignored.
I mean everybody remembers Yuvraj’s six 6s. Sachin’s effortless on-drives, Warner’s reverse sweep six but nobody notices the guy with a record of facing highest number of balls and that too with flawless technique showing the makers name to the bowler.
In my book, Rahul Dravid is a touch better than Sachin himself. Sachin Tendulkar is most definitely more talented, however if god had bestowed the same to our Rahul, India would have been in a much better place.
Because of this, legendary Rahul Dravid never got his due. Saurav Ganguly got all the laurels for being the most successful captain but nobody mentions the fact that it was Rahul who scored whopping 23% of the total runs scored by the whole team in those matches not counting the additional workload of wicket keeping bestowed on him.
Rahul Dravid has been a true work horse of Indian cricket team. He is the architect and the foundation on which new breed of fluent cricketers are showcasing their talents.
True to his larger than life professionalism, Rahul Dravid decided to retire off the field not obstructing the way for any deserving youngster in a day and age where showmanship and tributary farewell matches are order of the day.
It is truly an end of an era.