Rahul Dravid: The true servant of the Indian Cricket

“Coaching this team, I tend to get a lot of attention, but it is really about the quality of support staff that we have had, there have been seven or eight of us, who have been together for the last 14 months. The effort they put in was incredible”.

These were the words of U19 team coach Rahul Dravid, and more importantly these were the words Dravid said when U19 team won the U19 World Cup.

Rahul Dravid is a kind of person who does not need any introduction. In his playing days, Rahul Dravid was regarded as the perfect example of the team player. When he was playing his last ODI match against England, Harsha Bhogle said in the commentary box, “ask him to walk on fire today for the team and he will do it”.

Navjot Singh Sidhu one said Rahul Dravid will even walk on the broken glass if the team asks him to. If we ask players of his generation, be it Steve Waugh, Jacques Kallis, Glenn McGrath, Brian Lara, Mathew Hayden and many others, they all hailed Rahul Dravid’s dedication to the team and the game of Cricket.

Rahul Dravid was never the superstar of the team, he was the silent engineer who always preferredworking out of the limelight. He is one who was always looked upon in the time of crisis.

Even after his retirement, Dravid preferred to do something that could help India’s Cricket. He tried commentary but left it by saying he did not feel doing anything creative. He was even offered the role of India’s senior team after Anil Kumble resigned from the post of the coach. Rather than choosing the job that could have kept him in the limelight and among the elites, Dravid chose to guide the U19 team. He spent time with young players, took raw stones and turned them into artistic pieces.

One more example of Rahul Dravid’s true character was when BCCI announced prize money to U19 winning team. Among the prize money, Dravid was paid the highest amount of 50 lakh rupees while his support staff got 20 lakhs each. To this Dravid showed his displeasure over this disparity and asked for equal prize money.

We may get player like Sachin Tendulkar or even Virat Kohli again who are known for their game, but there will never be any other one like Rahul Dravid, who never got the limelight, nor the applause he deserve yet he never stopped from working hard.

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