Going to miss you, Dravid…
Words are not entering out of my mouth, Infinite thoughts crossing my mind, such is my condition, on the day when Cricket’s another legend retires…
Anyone in his late Teen years, or in Adulthood must be feeling the same kind of emotions today. Because we know what names like Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid mean to us. These are the names we grew up with, names we cheered, names we favored, names we won’t ever trade in those trading cards. But Life moves on, so do Cricket – After Saurav and Anil, it’s time for another Cricketing Legend – Rahul Dravid to bid adieu to the world.
When we saw cricket, we used to wait for Dravid to come and bat. When India used to lose, Rahul was the one world Depended on. I have known so many people out there who had such a soft spot for him. So many girls who had his posters on their wall. So many fanatics who used to worship him. Maybe he has not been able to perform that better in recent times, but those newspaper headlines about how Mr. Dependable did it again will remain with us throughout our lives.
The Wall or Mr. Dependable or simply Dravid – whatever name you like to call has always been an essence to our lives.
If children today like Kohli and Raina, teens like Dhoni or Yuvraj, Adults were always a fan of Dravid, Ganguly and Sachin and that too, in much broader terms.
I don’t know if world will remember him after some time, but we the youth of india will always keep him in our hearts and so will the girls who used to think that if there’s anyone who gives justice to ‘Tall, Dark and Handsome’- It’s Dravid.
Dravid’s Official Word –
I would like to announce my retirement from international and domestic first-class cricket. It is 16 years since I played my first Test match for India and today I feel it is time to move on. Once 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. As I look back, I have many people to thank for teaching me and believing in me. My junior coaches in Bangalore and at various junior national camps inculcated in me a powerful love of the game, which has always stayed with me. My coaches at the international level have added to my craft and helped shape my personality. The physios and trainers worked hard to keep me fit – not an easy job – and allowed me to play late into my 30s.
The selectors, who rarely receive any credit in India, occasionally had more confidence in me than I had in myself and I am grateful for that. The various captains I played under offered me guidance and inspired me. Most of all I have to thank the teams I played with.
I was lucky in my early years to play for a Karnataka team that was trying to forge itself into a strong side and they were years of fun and learning. In the Indian team, I was fortunate to be part of a wonderful era when India played some of its finest cricket at home and abroad. Many of my teammates have become legends, not just in India but in the wider cricketing world. I admired them, learnt from them and I leave the game with wonderful memories and strong friendships. It is a great gift to have.
A career in sport is almost impossible to manage without the support, and guidance, and reassurance of family and friends. During tough times, and there always are, this is whom we go to. I found strength and encouragement from my parents and brother and they created around me a positive environment which was essential to my success.
My wife, Vijeeta, has been a remarkable partner in my journey. She has made sacrifices in her own career and has almost been a single parent as she brought up our children alone as I travelled abroad to play. Whenever challenges appeared, she was always there, as sounding board, as ally and as guide. Being away from my family became harder and harder through the years and I look forward now to spending time at home and doing the simple things, like just taking my sons to school.
Finally I would like to thank the Indian cricket fan, both here and across the world. The game is lucky to have you and I have been lucky to play before you. To represent India, and thus to represent you, has been a privilege and one which I have always taken seriously. 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.
His stats being too massive to be displayed here – http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/556766.html
Some of the comments on his retirements :-
”very emotional moment for me, will miss him in the dressing room and in white jersey”-Tendulkar
“Dravid is a player who would walk on broken glass if his team asks him”- Gambhir
“If u can’t get along with Dravid, u are struggling in life “-Brett Lee
“Some succeeded because they are destined to, but he succeeded because he was Determined to”-Navjot Singh Siddhu
“Champion on and off the field, showed us with his great hard work, sky is the limit”-Mahesh Bhupathi
“They say sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence. To me, the most & dependable has to be Dravid”-Shahrukh Khan”
“Rahul Dravid is one of the top 5 players I batted against”-Alec Stewart
“A great lesson in dignity, humility and graced. Even in his speech, Dravid shows why he is a”gift of gentleman’s game”-Siddhartha
“Elegant at the crease, Eloquent in Retirement, thanks for the memories”-ESPN
“Rahul Dravid-Legend, Plain and Simple”-Kevin Pietersen
“The wolf who lived for the pack
Rahul Dravid was always a team man, willing to take up challenges for the greater good; and the acceptance of challenges has defined his cricket”-Harsha Bhogle, http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/556769.html
Everyone knows he was not only a good cricketer, but the best human being – Will always remember him whenever I will See Gambhir.