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Dravid, the fans' choice

There seems to be a lot of roar among fans about Dravid. In the fan poll which Natasha@RCB conducted about who the fans' best player was, 'The Wall' came out clearly on top. So I thought, why not create an info-graphic (since I love those charts, look here, and here) about why the fans love RD so much. And there's more. This info-graphic would be presented to the man himself.

I am personally a huge fan of Dravid as well. I remember going to the India vs Australia game at the Wankhede Stadium (Oct 17, 2007). Dravid was not playing that match (dropped due to being out of form, LOL @ selectors, Dravid is never out of form), but he was in the squad. Australia batted first, and during the change of innings, both the teams came out to practice in the outfield as they usually do. For India, MSD was batting near the fine leg boundary, whereas none other than Rahul Dravid was batting on the third man boundary. I was sitting in the North Stand, so could clearly see both. Even while playing on thick grass, Dravid (facing RP I think) timed each and every cover drive to perfection. What's more, most of them seemed to go where Dhoni was batting on the other side. Meanwhile, MSD kept missing a lot of short balls from Zaheer. Moral: Asking Zaheer to bowl short on lush grass is not a good idea Mahi!

Before I get carried away, lets come to the point. Now, in order to make the info-graphic, I want all the fans who read this to tell me three characteristics of RD which they love. The comments section is all yours. Get carried away in Dravid-mania and come up with three things you love/like/adore/admire about him, his cricket and everything else Dravid. I would take care of the rest. For me, the three would be:

1. Price on his wicket
2. Humility
3. Love for the game

Don't restrict yourself to these three, come up with your own.

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I am so glad to see such amazing comments people have posted about Dravid.

Well I have so many points to write about this guy!
He is too complex and doesn't impress many with his style of batting, but the composure that he shows on the field is AMAZING!!

And yea, people might blame him to be a very bad man-manager... well India were in the middle of a dream run under his captaincy beating SL 6-1, England 4-1, Pakistan 5-1 in India and 4-1 in Pakistan and also won 16 matches consecutively chasing and it came to an end courtesy a fantastic last ball thriller when Bravo( who would himself consider lucky for being able to bowl the magic ball) dismissed Yuvraj Singh and won the game for WI by 1 run.
He persisted with Sehwag who was consistently getting out for low scores for I guess 3 series where he went without a fifty but Dravid kept faith in him and attracted lot of criticism and you cannot call such a person a bad leader who is ready to take the blame for his team member?

India won their first test series in England under his captaincy.

His test record is probably the BEST any1 could hope for.
Innings in England where he was ready to take blow after blow just to see India goes through the session wicketless, you cannot ask for a more determined person.

And he is a COMPLETE TEAM MAN.. Remember the innings in Adelaide, people remember his heroics, but they tend to forget his post-match comments with Harsha Bhogle, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri when they asked him how tiring his 2nd innings was, and he replied, everytime he looked at the dressing room, he saw bowlers padded up and he used to tell himself why should they face the bowlers when it is the batsman's duty and played with lots of responsibility though he was mentally and physically tired.

And for all those who still complain about his strike rate, Remember India v/s NZ in Hyderabad, Sachin scores 186*, but the guy who was at the other end also scored a 150 and needless to say who it was.

Also, the same venue a couple of years later - Dravid's blietzkrieg 50 off 22 balls :) was worth a watch and good enough to shut people's thoughts for criticizing him about his strike rate. ( I still remember, Dhoni was giving strike to Dravid as Dhoni wasn't able to connect the ball like Dravid was :) )

And they call cricket the GENTLEMAN's game, and it is because of cricketers like him, the name still finds some sense :).
karthik-ravi on 13 Sep 2010, 01:50 AM
1. Steven Waugh for India (only his gritty batting, not his captaincy)
2. One of the finest fielders at short fine leg India has produced. People forget how many catches he has taken to add to the tally of Kumble and Srinath. He was later promoted to the slip cordon, where he has been as immaculate as ever.
3. Has always respected Indian domestic cricket. Has always played for his domestic team whenever he was not playing for India. Great commitment.

One more bonus point for Dravid.
Dravid respects cricket's legacy and history. He understands how important it is to know why cricket the way it is.
People should read the foreward written by Dravid for Steven Waugh's autobiography 'Out of my comfort zone'.
CanTHeeRava on 13 Jul 2010, 10:49 AM
@Maddydravid &Vignesh;-Sridhar

By hosannas i meant 'praises' or 'adulation'. I'm oblivious to its Tamil interpretation. ( Nor do i watch Tamil movies)
Disha-Shetty1 on 13 Jul 2010, 08:27 AM
@disha-Hossanas?? u watch tamil films aa??
vignesh-sridhar on 13 Jul 2010, 07:59 AM
i just love is simplicity!!!!!!
hes silence speaks it all.....
srishti-gajare on 12 Jul 2010, 08:44 AM
@disha:million likes....
maddydravid on 12 Jul 2010, 03:31 AM
he's a hardcore indian cricketer!!!
dedicated to his country!!!
most of all
u dont find many ppl like this nowadays@
Lav1119 on 12 Jul 2010, 02:05 AM
1. Dedication/ perseverance
2. He guards his wicket as much as his privacy
3. Best supporting act in the history of the game

Had Tendulkar not existed (and it would have been impossible to invent him), we would be singing hosannas to Dravid today. What say?? ;-)
Disha-Shetty1 on 12 Jul 2010, 12:38 AM
@govind-Big shot, local player doesnt matter!!! no 1s asking u to share ur family info!!! open ur eyes!! v r saying he is not fan friendly!!! fan friendly meaning he doesnt talk n respond to fans well,which is not good!!! no1 wants his private info n stuff!! onli asking him to be a lil more responsive to his fans!!
vignesh-sridhar on 11 Jul 2010, 09:03 PM
he is wall
if allowed can play full 5 days in test matches
arohit on 11 Jul 2010, 01:21 PM
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