Former India captain Rahul Dravid is unarguably among the greatest batters to have ever graced the game of cricket.

Former India captain Rahul Dravid is unarguably among the greatest batters to have ever graced the game of cricket. Still among the world’s leading run-getters, Dravid amassed 13288 runs in 164 Tests at an average of 52.31. In a highly accomplished career, he hit 36 hundreds and 63 fifties. Even though there were question marks over his ability in the 50-over format, Dravid still ended up with formidable numbers in ODIs as well – 10889 runs in 344 matches at an average of 39.16 with 12 hundreds and 83 fifties. Dravid was a reasonably successful captain as well. It was under him that India last won a Test series in England. Above all, he is a thorough gentleman. So, here’s a look at some famous quotes from the famous wall of Indian cricket.

1. Although Dravid is one of the most successful cricketers in the history of the game, he is equally humble as well and is often known to downplay his achievements. Speaking about his success as a cricketer, he once said:

“Cricket is just something that I am good at, just like various people are good at various things. What’s lucky is that cricket gets enormous publicity.”

2. Cricket is something that can raise passion and create a volatile atmosphere as well, as seen recently during the Lord’s Test between India and England. Dravid, however, had different thoughts on playing the game. According to him:

“You don’t play for revenge, you play for respect and pride.”

3. It is no secret that Dravid was not hugely gifted. He had to work really hard with his limitations to reach where he did. However, according to Dravid, talent is an overrated virtue. Speaking about it, he once said:

“I think we judge talent wrong. What do we see as talent? I think I have made the same mistake myself. We judge talent by people’s ability to strike a cricket ball. The sweetness, the timing. That’s the only thing we see as talent. Things like determination, courage, discipline, temperament, these are also talent.”

4. Team combinations and playing XIs are something that are fervently discussed these days. Dravid has an interesting take on the issue. According to him:

“You don’t win or lose the games because of the 11 you select. You win or lose with what those 11 do on the field.”

5. Dravid played all his international cricket under the shadows of superstars like Sachin Tendulkar. Post-retirement as well, he is happy to stay away from the limelight. On how he would like to be remembered, the legend once famously said:

“Even if my grandchildren don’t remember the fact that I scored 10,000 runs in Test and ODI cricket, I am confident that they will remember that Sachin Tendulkar used to be my teammate.”

6. Simplicity is the hallmark of Dravid the cricketer and Dravid the person. He kept the same intact till he hung up his boots. The legend’s views on how he played the game during his retirement message reflect his persona. He had said:

“My approach to cricket has been reasonably simple: it was about giving everything to the team, it was about playing with dignity and it was about upholding the spirit of the game. I hope I have done some of that. I have failed at times, but I have never stopped trying. It is why I leave with sadness but also with pride.”

7. Dravid credits a lot of people for his immense success as a cricketer. Sharing his thoughts on playing for India, he once said:

“I was like every other boy in India, with a dream of playing for my country. Yet I could never have imagined a journey so long and so fulfilling. No dream is ever chased alone.”

8. Although Dravid is known as a serious character, he has a charming humorous side as well. Often asked about the decision to declare in Multan with Tendulkar on 194, Dravid famously quipped:

“I was telling people if every time I answered a question about Multan I got a rupee, I would be a multimillionaire by now.”

9. Unlike some current superstars, who do not care much for fans and their views, Dravid has always credited India’s loyal followers. He had stated:

“There are so many fans and so many people who care deeply about this game, and it is because of these fans that we are who we are as cricketers.”

10. There are some cricketers who do not care about reputation. Dravid was not one of them. He believed:

“I think credibility, irrespective of what you do, if you are in public life, then it is important.”

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