Writing on ‘The Wall’; HBD Rahul Dravid

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Sachin Tendulkar might have scored more Test runs than any other cricketer in the world, but it is Rahul Dravid who has faced more deliveries. If there was ever a batsman who put a price on his wicket, it is Dravid. No wonder everyone calls him The Wall.

He is one of the greatest cricketers of all times, and the greats of the game only seem to agree with it. Here’s what the legends of cricket have to say about him.

Brian Lara

“If I have to put anyone to bat for my life, it’ll be Kallis or Dravid.”

Glenn McGrath

“If there was one Indian player who could get a direct entry into the famous Australian team of the late 90s, it would be Rahul Dravid.”

Shoaib Akhtar

“Even though Sachin is great, I have always found Rahul more solid and hard to get out. He has a solid defense and plays less shots than others. When a batsman plays less shots then it is tough to get him as he makes less mistakes.”

Sourav Ganguly

“He’s a champion at everything. I really admire him. I am very impressed with the way he approaches life.”

Matthew Hayden

“All this going around is not aggression. If you want to see aggression on the cricket field, look into Rahul Dravid’s eyes.”

Navjot Singh Sidhu

“Rahul is a person who will walk on the broken glasses if his team asks him to.”

Shane Warne

“Rahul Dravid being known as ‘The Wall’ is pretty much spot on. ‘The fortress’ could also describe Rahul. Because once, Dravid was set, you needed the bowling equivalent of a dozen cannon firing all at once to blast him down.”

Sunil Gavaskar

“He brings a serenity to the crease that is so good for the nerves in the dressing room. He also helps ease the tension away by the way he plays. He then proceeds to make the fastest of bowlers look easy to bat against. His economy of movement and the preciseness of his footwork gets him into position quickly, and so, the bowlers look quite clueless. The fastest of deliveries is played as if it’s done every day and with minimum fuss.”

Try to take his wicket in the first 15 minutes, if you can’t then only try to take the remaining wickets: Steve Waugh advising his bowlers on Rahul Dravid.

Chris Gayle

Dravid Could play attacking cricket like me but i could never play like him.

VVS Laxman

I learn from and admire his consistency. We have been together for four-five years and it is a great learning process to bat with him. It definitely helps when I bat alongside Rahul, a guy who is so intense and is concentrating at all times kind of inspires you at the other end.

Brett Lee

If you can’t get along with Dravid, you’re struggling in life.

Sachin Tendulkar

He (Dravid) is a perfect role model for youngsters. He has set a great example for all of us to follow. We are all trying to follow that path.

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