Second Best

I happened to come across this amazing interview of Rahul Dravid today, that brought back memories of my teen years. So, today’s cricket post is a #ThrowbackThursday, as the hashtag generation would so aptly put it. If you haven’t watched the video yet, you are missing out. I’m going to leave this here, just in case.

They played alongside and/or against each other since they were both 15-16 years old, and even now, after they’re both long retired, and in their 40s, Dravid cannot stop fanboy-ing over Sachin, it’s so adorable!

Everybody knows Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman India ever produced, but do you know who was the second best? (Clue: Read G.O.A.T : Indian Cricket Edition)

That’s right. Rahul Sharath Dravid.

An absolute gentleman, that’s who he is. A wonderful human being. A great role model to youngsters. Okay, I’m out of superlatives. My mother gifted me his biography on my 15th birthday, despite being aware of the fact that I am a Sachin Tendulkar fan, because even she knew. Sachin was a freak talent. One of a kind. But Dravid? Rahul Dravid was all about ethics, hard work, dedication, and determination. (Also read: Role Models)

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Ayee gifting me a biography of Rahul Dravid as a present on my 15th birthday. (21 August 2004)

I’ll forever be a Sachin Tendulkar fan, but if I were asked to pick one sportsman as my role model for my career, I’d pick Rahul Dravid.

 

 

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