#365DaysOfWriting – Day 248

Happy birthday Rahul Dravid

Sorry I don’t have enough energy to give you a full-fledged wish, Dravid. Then again, if I had half the energy you did I could’ve gone places.

He’s India’s and the world’s best test batsman.

Let’s be honest here – by his own admission he wasn’t the greatest ODI batsman for a while. It is to his credit though, that he adjusted his game to such an extent, that he went from batting at No. 8 to being a batting mainstay even in ODIs. That’s why he’s the greatest. Apart from his humility, which is well-documented, he had nothing but respect and a desire to give back to the game that gave him so much.

These are a few of my favourite innings.

81 & 68 v West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica

270 v Pakistan at Rawalpindi

233 & 72* v Australia at Adelaide

50* (22) v New Zealand at Hyderabad (ODI)

84 (94) v South Africa at Durban (ODI) – although we lost this game, it was memorable for Dravid’s 6 off Allan Donald, and the stare he got from him just after.

There are many more, but these were the first few that came to my mind. Happy birthday Dravid. Thank you for existing. You bring the ‘gentleman’ to the ‘gentleman’s game’.

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