Rahul Dravid was that cricketer who had to rely more on hard work rather than cricketing aptitude. Through hard work and perseverance, he crafted techniques through conventional means and made it work in international cricket; a technique so perfect and versatile that it suited all conditions. He has been the unsung hero of the Indian cricket team with a modest smile. He straightaway made a name for himself in Test cricket although he had to struggle quite a bit to make a mark in ODIs. However, in a period of his career, he began consistently scoring runs in ODIs as well, earning him the ICC Player of the year award.
This amazing cricketer always upheld the spirit of cricket and tried everything for his team. Be it wicket keeping, batting at different positions or different conditions, this man never turned down any request that came his way. Not that he couldn’t but because he garnered the idea of doing it for his team, for his country. In 2004, after completing his century against Bangladesh in Chittagong, he became the first and the only player till date to score a century in all the ten Test-playing countries. He received numerous awards including Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
Rahul Dravid was the best thing that happened to the Indian cricket team.