I am a major fan of Sports even though i do not play it.
Cricket and Tennis being the ones i keep myself always updated(if not able to watch them) on and F1 and Football keep coming and going.
And the set of Players whom I have been Fan from the right beginning have all been Men and Women who have ruled in their Sport at sometime or the other!
Coincidentally some of the players(Male) have been very good looking but then am not simply a Fan because of their looks(Though my Siblings might not agree to this fact - but then when have siblings ever agreed :P)
Rahul Dravid is one such Players whom I have rooted for from the time he has been playing International cricket. Now my heart never bled when he got married or I never kept his photo in my room/wallet looking at it daily and dreaming about him as my Fantasy Hero!!
I am just one of those "N" number of Fans of his Cricket!!
As the news came out of his retirement on Thursday Evening and Rahul Dravid confirming it on Friday at 12.30pm in a press conference on his retirement from All forms of Cricket, we could see so many articles written on him and blogs from Fans flowing out celebrating the "Wall".
Ironically enough, RD has never liked the nickname "Wall" though he never minded being called "Jam".
Am not going to write again about his achievement or how illustrious his career was or when he started playing and the background etc. There are more than enough said/written about him for us to read and am not sure even if am worth to write about him!
Instead am just going to write about a few things that stuck me as I was listening to all these interviews and reading all these articles, which am going to Sum up as
"Cracks in the Wall - Joined by Jam"
1) RD is a classic example of how much good you are in your work/skill, you are expected to deliver more and also get criticized more than appreciated.
2) RD is known for his cool and calm outlook even if the path is rough and always ready to stand for the whole team during tough times.
3) Despite being one of the Seniors in the team, he had been asked to keep shuffling in the team positions as and when needed.
4) Even though he is No.3 Batsman and Slip fielder but he has also kept wickets, even bowled and took a few wickets and also been a 12th Man.
5) Even though at times overshadowed by a few other greats, he quietly kept playing knowing that the recognition and appreciation will come if he plays well and his team wins!
6) His Leadership Quality being tested and him not emerging victorious had still not deterred from being a Team Player.
7) He was a learner of the Game. Despite loving history and being the conventional sort who believed that only Test Match could make you a real cricketer, still he never opposed the new formats and braced them despite being in his last years of career!
All these points could be reflected to our Professional or Personal Life!
Can we be like that? Experience is what helps and kept him going!! Does experience make us modest like him? Even though we might be skillful or best known for a skill we have, do we say Yes/No if we are asked to do something else which we might not be good at? Can we let our competitors/counterparts to hog the limelight and patiently wait for only the success of our work and not appreciation! can we accept the reality of our limitations and still work with team! We need to change as the world is changing!
In his speech while acknowledging his family, he mentioned " During tough times -- and there have been many --" , If one looks in his career there have been more tough times than actual rewards of which we talk today as we bid him adieu from the Ground. Life is full of such tough times and its unto us on how we handle it!!
My Heart is Bleeding knowing that I will not see Rahul Dravid's Name in the Playing XI for India but then Am feeling proud to have been born in the Era of Rahul Dravid and watched brilliant Cricket!!!
Today we celebrate the "Wall" as Monument but he also had Cracks which he tried to join as "Jam"!!
Salute RD!!! :)