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20 reasons why Rahul Dravid is known as the Clark Kent of the Indian Cricket team

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A teardrop full of emotions came out of everybody’s eye when Rahul Dravid declared his retirement from the Indian Cricket Team. Even after that, he has not stopped serving the country. He is now a full time coach for our Under-19 team. There are reasons why we all love him so much. Here are a few complied together for you to know

1. Rahul Dravid is the 2nd Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar to have completed 10,000 runs in both Test matches (13,288) and one-day matches (10,889).
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2. He is regarded as an epitome of humility and self-perseverance. Even John Cena posted a picture of him that read ‘You don’t play for revenge, you play for respect and pride’.
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3. He is the most disciplinarian player of the team who used to reach first for the practise and leave last, never missing on any coaching sessions.
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4. Dravid always used to put his team first, he still ended up as the second-highest run-getter of all times.
 
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5. For Rahul, each success match set a higher bar for the next. He never celebrated his scores. He would not even declare his success.
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6. A silent performer full of talent and commitment, Rahul Dravid served the Indian Cricket Team in different roles as and when required.
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7. Rahul never compared himself with anybody else. He believed that he was his own competition.
 
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8. Rahul is a man of class and always served to contribute. Records never really mattered to him as long as he was contributing to India’s victory.
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9. He is a man full of humility and dignity. He contributed selflessly and always put his team above everything, encouraging and inspiring the young players in the team.
 
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10. Rahul was the support system of the team. His teammates nicknamed him “Mr. Dependable” because he never said no for anything, be it batting, wicket keeping, bowling or fielding, he pitched in for everything even after public criticism.
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11. Though he faced a few failures in his life, he never stopped trying, taking up everything that came his way!
 
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12. Rahul is known for his elegant stroke-play and ability to grind down his opponents. He is also known as “The Wall” of the team for his solid defence and unflappable temperament.
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13. Along with the other superstars of the team like Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, Dravid also was an integral part of the batting talent group that graced the Indian cricket.
 
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14. Shane Warne wrote in his diary ‘Shane Warne’s Century’ about Rahul stating “Once Dravid was set, you needed the bowling equivalent of a dozen cannon firing all at once to blast him down”.
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15. Rahul’s focus was always on winning the match. He never got into very few commercials or endorsement and publicity. He just went on collecting runs. He wouldn’t care what people think about his personality then.
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16. The University of Bangalore decided to award Dravid with an honorary doctorate. But Dravid thanked the institution for the honour and said he would rather earn one through his research work rather than being awarded one.
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17. Dravid had fans who admired him a lot. One of them was a cancer patient, Akshay Dhoke. He was diagnosed a few years ago and wished to speak to his idol. Dravid couldn’t travel to meet the boy physically but he took some time out and interacted with the fan with the help of the boy’s uncle through Skype.
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18. He also supports blind cricket and was also the brand ambassador for the 2nd T20 World Cup For Blind. He says “I am not good enough playing blind cricket. It is rather difficult proposition because I have never played the game as they play. They have exceptional qualities”.
 
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19. In times when other players couldn’t do justice to the game, Dravid would impart his flexibility and mould a team which can thrive in all conditions. This quality of his is indeed inspiring.
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20. The Indian U19 team was unbeaten under Dravid’s training for 18 matches in a row till the finals of the World Cup. Literally shows how inspiring and strong a coach he is!
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Though now he is not on field, he will always be in our list of best
captains and best cricketers of all time.
Today, on his birthday, we wish him all the luck.
Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid.

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