Padma Bhushan adorns ‘The Wall’
Rahul Dravid, former India cricketer, is listed among the recipients of ‘Padma Bhushan’ award, India’s 3rd highest civilian award. Known for his stylish batting and pure technique, Dravid retired from international cricket in March 2012.
Always taken for granted, never given the deserved recognition, never appreciated enough for sacrifices made for team-causes and repeatedly over-shadowed by colleagues; this was the story of Dravid's career. But none of those factors stopped him from giving his 100% every time he took the field. This aspect of Dravid's personality was a blessing to Indian cricket.
His ability and more importantly, readiness to bat anywhere in the line-up in ODIs, enabled Sourav Ganguly's men to become one of the most respected oppositions in world cricket.
That Dravid subsequently became one of the best batsmen in history of cricket was no surprise. But the fact that none of the achievements got to his head and he still remains a modest and sincere student of the game makes him a true ambassador of cricket.
His Bradman Oration in 2011 was a testimony of his knowledge, about not only the game's techniques, but also the economics and policies governing it. Surely, it is a great sign for the future of cricket, to have someone like him in ICC would do a world of good to a game that needs to be preserved and nourished in the right way.
Today’s cricketing world definitely misses his square-cuts, leg glances, cover drives and most importantly, perhaps the most confident front-foot defense. But the message of his career, that even if you don't possess the natural flair and prodigious skill to pursue your dreams, you can still excel with total commitment and pure hard-work, will remain forever.
Congrats on the award, Mr.Dravid, and thank you for showing that one can remain a nice guy till the very end and still finish first.
- Asian Tribune -