11 April, 2021

Placid Rock

Apart from being just a cricketer out of the ordinary, Dravid is a personality with a brain which ticks and which takes in not merely what presents itself to the eye.

Placid Rock
Rahul Dravid could best be described as the cricketer’s cricketer—just as Spenser was known as the poet’s poet. This, in essence, sums up what Dravid means to the game. As a cricketer he has played many parts—all to distinction. He has batted in every accepted position in the order, from the very top to where the tail begins. He has been just as versatile in the field, especially close to the wicket. His catches in the slips have been as spectacular as any held by Solkar and company. He has also deputised as a wicket-keeper with as much efficiency as any of the great exemplars of the past.

Indeed, Dravid’s all-round ability to come through the most testing circumstance without a trace of nerves has won him the nickname of The Wall. After his performance at Headingley this should be amended to ‘The Fort-ress’ with the tricolour aloft, due to his ability to prop up an innings when all seemed lost. In recent times every big score by him has been meaningful, for it has usually saved a match or opened the gates to victory. Dravid has displayed a stubborn refusal to...

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