02 October, 2020

The Great Wall

Boyhood friends remember him as shy and studious. Six years since his debut, they say Rahul Dravid hasn't changed.

The Great Wall
Like many teenagers who burn the midnight oil during examinations, this youngster would read late into the night. The oddity, though, was that he read one book, tucked it under his pillow and next day engaged himself with solving some pressing problems with the way he wielded his willow. The demeanour of Rahul Dravid seems influenced by this book that he carried along for many years—Robert H. Schuller's Tough Times Never Last, but Tough People Do!, a treatise on coping with problems and preventing burnouts. The tome also possibly helped Dravid's metamorphosis from a quiet teenager to a world-class cerebral cricketer.

Friends, teammates and cricket writers, all talk about Dravid's biggest attribute: intelligence. "I see that he is in deep thought on the field all the time. Every time he fails, he has a discussion with the coach and senior players," says former Indian wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani. Cricket writer Rajan Bala reckons Dravid is the most intelligent player in the team. "To me he is the Aramis (the cleverest of The Three Musketeers) of Indian cricket. He's...


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