‘Rahul is the kind of person who young cricketers can look up to; not only because of his success but also because of the way he conducts himself. His remarkable career is proof that nice guys don’t finish last. I am aware that many people see Rahul and me as similar cricketers, I am flattered because it’s good to be compared to a guy who has an average of over 57! It’s only now that people are recognising that Dravid has probably played more critical knocks than his great contemporaries,’ said former Australian captain Steve Waugh about one and only ‘The Wall’. On Rahul Dravid’s 44th birthday, we bring you some heart warming Rahul Dravid stories about the perfect gentleman which will make you admire him even more, and will inspire to become a wonderful human being like him.
Inspiring Rahul Dravid Stories
1. When Dravid decided to do ‘something extra’ for the underprivileged kids
Rahul Dravid was to show 25 under-privileged children how to bat and play the various strokes in the book. The organisers wanted to record all his strokes on a video and hence wanted him to explain each and every stroke as per the contract. But Rahul Dravid, citing the kids had little interest told the organizers that there was no need to go into such technical details as the kids were young and wanted to play, so he didn’t want to bore them. So he shortened the batting chat and played with them.
However, the story doesn’t end here.
He signed out bats for the kids and played a catching game with them after the cricket game ended and told the children, “Kids, technique and all is great, but what’s important is that you play cricket to enjoy the game. Study hard when you’re in school and have fun while playing cricket.”
He also realised that he didn’t complete a part of his contract and told the organiser and the producer, “That latter half, we rushed it a bit for the kids. They were losing focus. I’ll do it again some other day if it’s ok. I didn’t want them to get bored.”
Here was a man who was one of India’s greatest batsmen ever, and he didn’t create any fuss at all. This was one of the best Rahul Dravid stories that showcased his humility.