Rahul Sharad Dravid.
In today’s world, the word ‘Great’ is bandied about without much thought. One swashbuckling innings or one amazing performance; and a person is characterised as ‘Great’.
Therefore, it becomes a necessity to search for better adjectives to describe a person. ‘Legend’ can be safely discarded. There are many legends floating around.
Dravid is more than that.
Can one consider bestowing the title ‘God’ on Rahul Dravid? Consider him on equal footing with Sachin Tendulkar?
I don’t think so.
Sachin was bestowed the title ‘God’ purely based on cricketing talent. His straight drive might be Beautiful. His cuts might be exquisite. His cover driver might be a treat to watch.
However, the fact remains that Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was bestowed with the title ‘God’ purely based on cricketing talent.
Well, Rahul Dravid is more than that. :’)
He doesn’t limit himself to Cricket. He exists outside that.
He inspires us with his personality.
He steals our hearts with his charisma.
He epitomes all the qualities the game of Cricket seeks to bring out.
He was a man who existed Outside the Boundaries.
It isn’t fitting that we limit him with the title ‘God’
He is more. He is Great. He is Legendary. He is God.
He is Rahul. Sharad. Dravid. _/|\_
One might ask, what’s it with him that makes him stand out? Well, I could talk for days and days about the qualities that make him unique and it still wouldn’t be enough.
However, I will say one thing though.
Some people might call Rahul Dravid a genius.
I vehemently disagree. Calling Dravid a genius is insulting.
Genii are people who have a natural talent within them and don’t need much practice to flourish.
Sachin Tendulkar was a genius.
Brian Lara was a genius.
Ricky Ponting was a genius.
Rahul Dravid was a common man. He was a man who put in the hard yards to succeed. He would get up in the middle of the night and shadow practice trying to achieve perfection. He would be the first one to come to the practice session and the last one to leave. He never missed the optional practice sessions.
He took his game seriously.
He kept on learning. From the age of 9 to the age of 40.
He strived. To achieve perfection.
He was one of Us. Ordinaries.
He is now one of Them. Genii.
He serves as a reminder that all of Us can reach great heights if only we put in dedicated hard work.
Pure, unadulterated hard work.
An Ordinary to a Genius.