The former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid has proved many times that he was not only a great ambassador of cricket but also a thorough gentleman off the field as well. He was one of the most respected cricketers during his playing days.
And post-retirement, Rahul Dravid continues to charm with his down-to-earth attitude and great conduct and mannerisms. Dravid turns 46 today.
Cricwizz takes a look at seven instances when Rahul Dravid has proved he made the gentleman’s game proud with his selflessness and humbleness.
The caring side of Rahul Dravid
The Wall once made a cancer-afflicted patient’s dream come true when he spent an hour with the person talking to him on skype. He apologised for his failure to meet the patient in person. It was Dravid’s way to set standards of being a gentleman off the field high.
The down-to-earth Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid has been spotted many times choosing public transport like an autorickshaw to reach his destination. It’s a far cry from players who love to travel in their swanky and expensive sports cars and bikes to show off. Besides, he chooses not to use his influential position to get things done. He was once spotted standing in a queue with other parents for his child’s admission. To talk of manners, Dravid was once a victim of MTV bakra where he was proposed to by a girl. Dravid responded in the most humble manner, trying to drive senses into the girl’s head.
Always lending a helping hand
Once Rahul Dravid was called over by the head coach of his childhood club to play a match to save the team from relegating to a lower division. This happened after his retirement when Dravid has chosen to hang up his boots from all forms of cricket. But Dravid obliged to save his old club and cracked a ton to win the match in front of just 20 spectators. And Dravid made no bones about it and happily played for his former club.
Helping friends in need
In these times of tough competition and rivalry between players, Dravid had once chosen to ignore everything and give a piece of written advise to former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen who was struggling against Bangladesh spinners. In the letter, Dravid advised how to tackle them and admitted he too has struggled once against the types of quick spiners he faced in Australia. Dravid’s helping nature won him admiration from both teammates and rivals and fans too.
Rahul Dravid: A family man
Dravid has always given priority to family whenever he’s at home. Once Dravid was supposed to give a series preview to the press in his home city of Bangalore. But Rahul Dravid arrived late in the afternoon. Quizzed about it, Dravid responded that he was late due to his kids. He said whenever he’s in his home city, he likes to pick up his kids from school and spend time with them.
Dravid shaping up Indian cricket’s future
Dravid could have taken up the high profile job of an Indian coach, but the ‘Wall’ declined the offer politely and instead chose to coach the A team and India Under-19 team. There were always many to coach the national team, but it’s the junior team that needs more attention and care as they will shape up the future of Indian cricket team. And Dravid chose to guide the youngsters and the results are evident. The likes of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill all came from Dravid’s stable. And India won one Under-19 World Cup title and became a finalist once under Dravid’s tenure as coach.
Giving his best off the field as well
Once Rahul Dravid was asked to hand-over his signed cricket bats to few underprivileged kids. But Dravid believes in giving his best off the field as well. He went on to play a short game of cricket with the kids and made their day. He advised them to have fun while playing cricket and study hard when they are in school. Besides, Dravid has also been spotted donating blood to the needy, but rarely brags or talks about it.