Rahul Dravid was a the first celebrity I truly loved. Since his retirement I have read over a dozen tribtues. However this one seems to be the BEST.
In the q&a that followed his speech, one answer got close to the core of his personality. What motivated him still, after all these years and so many runs? Dravid said that as a schoolboy, he remembered many kids who had at least as much desire to play professional cricket as he did – they attended every camp and net session, no matter what the cost or the difficulty of getting there. But you could tell – from just one ball bowled or one shot played – that they simply didn’t have the talent to make it. He knew he was different. “I was given a talent to play cricket,” Dravid explained. “I don’t know why I was given it. But I was. I owe it to all those who wish it had been them to give of my best, every day.” [Source]
I had innumerable fights with my school mates over who was better Sachin or Rahul. Generally I was the only one who backed Rahul. No one really understood why I like Rahul Dravid so much. But Ed Smith has so rightly described who he is different than everyone else. It’s not the record its the man.