Indians by nature are worshippers and followers. Another trait of we Indians is that we generally go by hype and stardom and miss out on actual substance and class. How many FB posts/tweets/articles did we see when Rahul Dravid reached 12k Test runs(only 3rd person in history), how much hyped it was when he took a record 200 catches? How well was it visible when he played his 150th test? Now how much credit are we giving him on his completing 15 glorious years serving the country? Think the same things being achieved by a bigger star and we would have been celebrating on the roads and showing off our happiness. Lucky or Unlucky but thats the way it is….
It is already 15 years since a simple, elegant, studious and very likeable young man walked out to bat for India at Lord's. That was an appropriate setting. Rahul Dravid is neatly turned out, plays the game correctly, likes the traditions associated with the game and is respectful of them. It is not difficult to see why the English would like him. In 1996, though, he was significantly more humble and courteous than those I seemed to run into at the ground.
Not much has changed since then. He is still as intense as ever, still unlikely to sport the ponytail he rejected in one of his earliest commercials, still deeply enamoured by the idea of playing for India, still very out of place in the Kingfisher jingle. That intensity is worth studying, though, for Dravid knows no other way of playing the game. Like a good student would, he assimilates data, works out what he is going to do, and focuses as intently as anyone who has played the game. Patience has been a childhood friend, and it has allowed him to retain the intensity. Impatience is the hallmark of youth, and while Dravid has been young in years, he has always sported a maturity that belies them.
Being a true fan of cricket(not materialistic events like IPL and all), I thought its a sort of my duty to do my bit on this occasion. Here I have compiled the 15 unforgettable highlights in the glorious career of the most underrated and over performing cricketer of India.