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Rahul Dravid's retirement

My husband, the perfectionist

While he was very particular about how he approached the game, he had the great ability to leave cricket on the field once the day was done

Vijeeta Dravid

March 12, 2012

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Rahul Dravid plays with son Samit outside their home in Bangalore, March 10, 2012
Dravid watches his son Samit play outside their home in Bangalore © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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I've been married to Rahul for almost nine years now and we have always been very private people. So I'm sure he will be astonished to find that I have written at length about him.

This is not meant to be a song of praise for him on his retirement; that is up to the rest of the world. I am his wife, not a fan, and the reason I am writing this is to give you an insight into the role cricket has played in his life, and to take that in for myself at the end of his 16-year international career.

Just after we got married, I remember him saying to me that he hoped to play for "the next three or four years", and that he would need me there to support him in that time. Now that he has retired, I think: "Not bad. We've done far better than the three or four years we thought about in May 2003."

The last 12 months were special for us for more reasons than the runs or centuries Rahul has scored. After the 2010-11 tour of South Africa, our older son, Samit, suddenly developed a huge interest in cricket. When he watched Rahul score his centuries in England last year, it was as if in the last year of his career, Rahul had found his best audience.

I was with the boys at Old Trafford when Rahul played his first (and last) Twenty20 international and then also travelled to every match of the one-day series. After the last ODI, we went into the Lord's dressing room and showed Samit and Anvay their baba's name on the honours board. It was a huge thrill for the boys to see Rahul play live in front of so many people, to see him at his "work", which kept him away from them for months.

Cricket has been the centre of Rahul's world and his approach to every season and series has been consistent in all the time we have been married. Methodical, thoughtful and very, very organised. When I travelled with him for the first time, in Australia in 2003-04, I began to notice how he would prepare for games - the importance of routines, and his obsession with shadow practice at odd hours of day or night. I found that weird. Once, I actually thought he was sleepwalking!

Now I know that with Rahul's cricket, nothing is casual, unconscious or accidental. Before he went on tour, I would pack all his other bags, but his cricket kit was sacred - I did not touch it; only he handled it. I know if I packed only two sets of informal clothes, he would rotate them through an entire tour if he had to and not think about it. He has used one type of moisturising cream for 20 years because his skin gets dry. Nothing else. He doesn't care for gadgets, and barely registers brands - of watches, cologne or cars. But if the weight of his bat was off by a gram, he would notice it in an instant and get the problem fixed.

Cricket has been his priority and everyone around him knows that. On match days Rahul wanted his space and his silence. He didn't like being rushed, not for the bus, not to the crease. All he said he needed was ten minutes to himself, to get what I call his "internal milieu" settled, before he could go about a match day.

When we began to travel with the kids - and he loved having them around during a series, even when they were babies - we made sure we got two rooms. The day before every game, the boys were told that their father had to be left alone for a while, and Rahul would go into his room for his meditation and visualisation exercises. On the morning of the game, he would get up and do another session of meditation before leaving for the ground. I have tried meditation myself and I know that the zone he gets into as quickly as he does - it takes lots of years of training to get there. It is part of the complete equilibrium he tries to achieve before getting into a series.

Like all players, Rahul has his superstitions. He doesn't try a new bat out for a series, and puts his right thigh pad on first. Last year before the Lord's Test, he made sure to sit in the same space Tillakaratne Dilshan had occupied in the visitors' dressing room when he scored nearly a double-hundred earlier in the season. Rahul scored his first hundred at Lord's in that game.

 
 
If I packed only two sets of informal clothes, he would rotate them through an entire tour if he had to and not think about it. He doesn't care for gadgets, and barely registers brands - of watches, cologne or cars. But if the weight of his bat was off by a gram, he would notice it in an instant and get the problem fixed
 

Once the game is on, at the end of every day he has this fantastic ability to switch off. He may be thinking about it, his batting may bother him, he will be itching to go back and try again, but he can compartmentalise his life very well. He won't order room service or brood indoors, he would rather go out, find something to do - go to a movie or watch a musical, which he loves. He will walk out to the sea to wind down or go to bookstores, or find something else to do.

He has dealt with all that goes on in cricket because he can separate the game and the rest of his life and put things in perspective. No matter what was happening in his cricket, at home he is husband, father, family man. He has never said, "Oh I've had a bad day." He wouldn't speak about his work unless asked. Other than dropped catches.

Only once, I remember, he returned from a Test and said, "I got a bit angry today. I lost my temper. Shouldn't have done that." He wouldn't say more. Many months later, Viru [Sehwag] told me that he'd actually thrown a chair after a defeat to England in Mumbai. He'd thrown the chair, Viru said, not because the team had lost but because they had lost very badly.

One of Rahul's great strengths is his ability - and he has had it all along - to accept reality. He believes you cannot complain about anything because there is no end to complaining. And he knows there is no end to improving either. He always looks within, to gain, to learn and to keep working at his cricket.

In the last few years he worked doubly hard to make sure he played the game in his best physical condition in the toughest phase of his career physically. He tried to understand his body and work on his limitations - he was able to hold off shoulder surgery despite a problem in his rotator cuff because he found ways to keep it strong. When I was pregnant with Samit, we spent two months in South Africa to work in a sports centre that focused on strengthening Rahul's shoulder. Because he sweats profusely, he has even had sweat analysis done, to see how that affects his batting. He found that Pat Rafter, the former Australian tennis player, had a similar problem.

To get fit, he went on very difficult protein diets for three months at a stretch, giving up rice, chapatis and dessert altogether - even though he has a sweet tooth. He wanted his batting and his cricket to benefit from his peak fitness, even heading into his late 30s. He has been to see a specialist in eye co-ordination techniques, for eye exercises for the muscles of his eyes. If there was a problem, he always tried to find answers.

Outside cricket, Rahul is a man of no fuss. If he's on a diet, he will eat whatever is served, as long as it fits the diet. Even if the same food keeps turning up on his plate for days in a row, he will eat it without complaint. If he drops a catch, though, it bothers him enough to talk about it on the phone when we speak in the evening; during matches, it is the only part of cricket that he will talk about without me asking him about it. In 2009 he lost his old, faded India cap, when it was stolen from a ground. He was very, very upset about it. It was dear to him and he was extremely proud to wear it.

People always ask me the reason for Rahul being a "normal" person, despite the fame and the celebrity circus. I think it all began with his middle-class upbringing, of being taught to believe in fundamental values like humility and perspective. He has also had some very old, solid friendships that have kept him rooted.

He is fond of reading, as many know, and has a great sense of and interest in history of all kinds - of the game he plays and also of the lives of some of the world's greatest men. When he started his cricket career, he had a coach, Keki Tarapore, who probably taught him to be a good human being along with being a good cricketer.

All of this has given Rahul a deep understanding of what exactly was important about his being in cricket and what was not. It can only come from a real love for the game. When I began to understand the kind of politics there are in the game, he only said one thing: that this game has given me so much in life that I will never be bitter. There is so much to be thankful for, no matter what else happens, that never goes away.


Rahul Dravid celebrates with son Samit and wife Vijeta,South Africa v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, December 18, 2006
Dravid with Vijeeta and Samit after the victory in the Johannesburg Test in 2006 © AFP
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Cricket has made Rahul who he is, and I can say that he was able to get the absolute maximum out of his abilities as an international cricketer.

What next for him? I know he likes his routine and he's in a good zone when he is in his routine, so we will have to create one at home for him. Getting the groceries could be part of that. A cup of tea in the morning for his wife would be a lovely bonus, I would think, particularly now that he doesn't have to take off for the gym or for training at the KSCA at the crack of dawn.

More seriously, though, I think he will spend time relaxing and reading to let it all sink in a bit. He has loved music and wants to learn how to play the guitar. Then perhaps he would like to find something that fills in at least some of the place that cricket occupied in his life, something challenging and cerebral.

Rahul has lived his dream and he thinks it's time to move on. Retirement will mean a big shift in his life, of not have training or team-mates around him, or the chance to compete against the best. The family, though, is delighted to have him back.

Vijeeta has been married to Rahul Dravid for nine years. They have two sons

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Posted by zainhasan88 on (March 15, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

I'm from Pakistan and I have to say that over the past decade and a half, I have been following Rahul Dravid's career religiously and words escape me still. His class and sheer determination were truly an inspiration across the border as well. I must say that this very intimate insight in his life is also very inspiring and is beautifully composed. And finally, I wish him the best in the future.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Rahul Dravid has been a great inspiration for me not only as a cricketer but also as a human being who tries to achieve perfection in what he does.I think he epitomises all the human values and is a living example of what one can achieve by trying your best irrespective of the profession you choose.This article has been another eye opener for me after reading his biography by vaidam jaishankar.Its truly an insane honour to have seen you in action.Your humility,simplicity,commitment,dedication and above all belief in human values above everything will be a life long inspiration for me in my life ahead.Its truly unimaginable to see Rahul Dravid retire.Thank you Dr Mrs Dravid for giving us a deep insight into his life.<RESPECT>

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

MY Tribute to the 'Wall'...........

I have no right to brag about my intense love for test cricket, the pinnacle of the game, for I Owe all this sense of superiority to you, Sir Rahul Dravid. This day, I realise, i can feel in every bit of me, what an 'IDOL' means. One of the last classical cricketers to have played the game, u have been an 'influence' in every move you made, every shot you played, every word you spoke and every example you set. Those moments.. Those rare animated punches through the air in Adelaide (2003), Lords(2011) are the ones that will remain in front of my eyes forever. The dreadful thought of not having to watch you walk in again at No.3 in white apparels, send lumps across my throat as i write this. All i can say is,

You may not be the greatest cricketer ever, but you are the greatest man to have ever played cricket. There cannot be another 'U'

YOU CAME!!.... I SAW!!... YOU CONQUERED!!!

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Thinking about rahul dravid, reminds me vishwanath always.Being from the same city they have got lot in common .Comparing vishy with sunny was alwaysgreat debate in our days. Now fans compare rahul with sachin. Sunnybhai and sachin got more limelight but vishy and rahul always performed in crisis. Being from belgaum, border city of karnataka and maharastra those two and these two have been like left eye and right eye for me.

Posted by allapey on (March 14, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

Mrs Dravid, Thanks for the great article about the gentlemn cricketer and truly you are the jewel in Dravid's crown

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

A gr8 person....love you respect for u.....

Posted by donbanda on (March 14, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

Beautifully written article Mrs Dravid. Please keep writing. You are gifted.

Posted by enthusiastic on (March 13, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

Dravid is an absolute gent! Always played and did what the team expected of him and did not go for glory. Quintessential team man. He was willing to grind and sacrifice for the cause of his team. What a player but a even better human being!

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

Beautiful article, simple and straightforward yet very profound and moving befitting the man. Thank you very much Mrs. Dravid.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Great article ! Salute to one of the greatest cricketer of all times. Thanks Rahul for your ENORMOUS contribution to Indian cricket and providing us with all the great memories to cherish for rest of our lives.

Posted by ajuthani on (March 13, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Mrs Vijeta Dravid, Thanks for giving an insight to the persona of Rahul Dravid, the family man as opposed to Rahul Dravid, the cricketer. He is the most genuine of cricketer's - on and off the field. He is a true living legend, the greatest Indian test cricketer and the reason for me to watch and keep loving the game of cricket. A complete team player, his selflessness towards his country, his dedication and sincerity towards the sports - all would remain parallel to none, will remain unmatched till eternity. His name will be scribed in 'Gold' in my heart and he will remain my last cricketing Hero. A special thanks to You and your fly. for supporting him in his quest to server his country. My salutations not just to the Best Indian Test Cricketer, not just to one of cricket's all time greats - but also to Rahul Dravid, the complete family man, the thorough Gentleman and the true Indian, by heart and soul. Long live the Legend and the legacy of Mr. Rahul Dravid - my Hero. Anil Juthani

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

really gud insight and a best companion Dravid could have opted to spend rest of his life :) Dravid can never keep a foot wrong . Feels really intriguing to get to knw how the personal life our legends unfold . Always had this wish to follow these cricketers on how they prepare for a match or wat they eat , how there personal lives are ... This article has given us much more than that . Where ever u go , u have more respect and hard core fan followin than any other cricketer :) Ppl dnt just support of follow u , they respet u :) thats wat sets u apart ... :) Thanks for playin cricket Rahul , u a the reason for smiles on millions of faces frm slums to palaces :) Thank you Vijeeta and the rest of ur family for leetin u , entertain us to bliss :)

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

I'll miss you a lot, Rahul! :(

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

The silent but graceful departure of Rahul Dravid from Team India is a gentle reminder for things to come for "Bigger" legends including Sachin & VVS Laxman in near future. While the world at large is going gung ho over Sachin's impending 100th Century for over a year now, no one has rooted the same for the "GREAT WALL". While it is frivolous to compare one batting legend to other (Dravid Vs Tendulkar) in cricketing terms, Dravid would definitely stand tall far above Sachin, for being known for his batting technique & team player attitude than selling Coke bottles. This guy has made a habit out of playing second fiddle to the superstars, just like it happens in Bollywood movies. While the second string hero or heroine dies/eliminated in the climax, in real life they bid a quite farewell like our own Dravids.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

What a great Article by Mrs Dravid on her husband Rahul Sharad Dravid...man we will miss him so much on Test scene, by joe he had equally fantastic ODI record, sad no one said a word about it...when India play Lanka in a test series, we would be so sad not see the BEST NO 3 in the world of ALL TIME not on the field and wearing that famous test cap :(

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

A must read for all Rahul Dravid fans!! :) An excellent read from the person who probably know our WALL more than anyone else!! Thanks a lot ma'am for sharing a piece of our Idol's private life.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Darvid Family Rocks!!!Happy Retired life Jammy.You will be missed very much. I love you a lot man. Cheers!!!!

Posted by sharuvman on (March 13, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Salute to Mrs Vijeeta. Excellent insight into Rahul's life. Always wanted to know about Rahul beyond the field. Used to follow his batting in Ranji games through radio commentary. Thanks Vijeeta for supporting Rahul all along and wish to see Samit/Anvay on field in 15 years time. For me, "He believes you cannot complain about anything because there is no end to complaining. And he knows there is no end to improving either. He always looks within, to gain, to learn and to keep working at his cricket." stood out in the article and inspired me. Made my day...all the very best.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Excellent one; befitting title for the gentleman - Mr. Perfectionist; what this article does not tell explicitly and you have read between lines is how much the wife has supported the husband; congrats to her too. Like the 'Internal Mlieu'!!!!

Rahul has inspired a whole generation of not just cricketers and cricket fans, but common people like me - his demeanour and commitment is something that all young Indians who want to make it big in their field of work should emulate!!

Thanks Rahul for being a real living and reachable role model and thanks Vijeeta for exposing the personal side of the man; he has only grown in stature for all of us!!!

Posted by sewd on (March 13, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

I must confess I became a convert over the years. In the initial years my opinion was because of his defensive tactics others around him had to take the risk of scoring especially in the one days. Also I felt that he used to invariably find the fielders when he played his expansive strokes. Over the years I am glad to say that I was wrong. However what I realized over the years, ( I don't know him personally) he is the quintessential team man to the core and most importantly when everything is done and dusted a great human being. Thank You for the memories and wish you all the success in whatever you set out to defend in the future.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

Rahul Dravid was one Indian cricketer that I admired wholly. He never created in me any remorse or animosity when he was batting. The technique and concentration was marvellous. I have not seen him ever sledge and that goes to show his upbringing and the peaceful life he has had at home. His integrity on the field is a reflection of the trust and protection at home; much credit to his wife and family.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

A great cricketer ever with great character

Posted by R_Niranjana on (March 13, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Dear Mrs Dravid, Rahul was a total package - as a cricketer and a gentleman. Now you have added one more attribute as a complete family man. Really glad to know some more tidbits about Rahul the Person. I'm sure he is what he is now thanks to your support too. Don't know whether he expresses it with you knowing his shyness. Both of you make an adoring couple. THANKS RAHUL for what you are and the joy you have brought in our life. You are one of the very few sports personalities I admire for being a great human being along with personalities like Prakash Padukone, Gopichand, Vishwanathan Anand, Steffi Graf, Pete Sampras, Ramesh Krishnan and some others who have gone around making this world a better place to live in, in their own way. May your tribe increase and make the sporting world a better one enriching the lives of people and bring more moments of joy in this greedy world. May you both and your family continue to lead a fulfilling life.

Posted by cricketator on (March 13, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

While I salute Dravid's contribution to the success of the national team, I am not sure if cricketers' families should frequently accompany the team during their overseas travels.

Posted by Aravind2009 on (March 13, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

True CHAMPION. Thanks Mrs. Dravid for your words here. with this we fans understood how a true CHAMP is made. his dedication to cricket made him THE WALL. Inspite of all stardom he still remain rooted is amazing. I am sure off the field rahul continues to be with cricket. wish you great success Rahul Sir, thanks millions for making all cricket fans happy for last 16 years.

Posted by kurups on (March 13, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Thanks for sharing a bit of Rahul's private life...I expected nothing less from a man who is a true inpiration to countless indians and sportsman around the world. It would do a world of good to our new crop of kohlis, rainas, sharmas et al to take a part of this genuis's ethics in their life as well. and surely at some point Rahul's going to pen a book, I hope...cant wait to read about all the experience in a long and brilliant career. good luck to Rahul and family!

Posted by Huls on (March 13, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

A lot of wonderfully supportive lines have been already writtena and will continue to be written describing the greatest batting technician of the modern era. This one is truly from the heart of his closest suppoprter. And what a fantastically simple article giving millions of Rahul's fans' a wonderful insight to his off the field life. Ed Smith wonderfully captured Rahul in these lines "Those twin aspects of his personality - the dignified human being and the passionate competitor - ran alongside each other, the one never allowed to interfere with the other. He knew where the boundaries were, in life and in cricket". I do wish all of us mere mortals can learn from this four line description of perhaps the all time greatest Number Three Batsman of our times.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Nice article, always wondered how the finest Test cricketer of the world be in person. He has been the Best. Rahul will be missed

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

Wonderful article about Rahul Dravid by a person who knows him the best !!

Posted by Swingit on (March 13, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Well I doubt there could be a greater accolade to the very BEST batsman BAR NONE that India has produced in the last 20 years, if not the best ever to come out of India. The earnest and thoughtful manner that Mrs. Dravid writes about her husband is a testament to what a tremendous human being Dravid is in addition to being an outstanding cricketer. India will miss you, and the world will miss you, for u made the game better by your mere presence. Like the private part of you that your wife has disclosed here, your life on the cricket field was one everyone would do well to emulate. Here's to my favourite Indian cricketer ever. Cheers and may the gods favour you in whatever you may pursue in your life after cricket.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

a truly great man he was.

Posted by Jawz on (March 13, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

"He wanted his batting and his cricket to benefit from his peak fitness, even heading into his late 30s. He has been to see a specialist in eye co-ordination techniques, for eye exercises for the muscles of his eyes. If there was a problem, he always tried to find answers." This para and the rest of the article are an eye opener for those fans who are never able to take failure in their stride and pass uncharitable comments about our sportsperson but they fail to understand and realize that how much effort, sacrifice and commitment these sportsmen do reach where they are now. Disgruntled fans are unable to see to what lengths our sportsmen go to achieve. One of the best articles I have read on Cricinfo which holds true for any field. Dravid has, through his character, shown what an upright character, humbleness, discipline can achieve and it is a valuable lesson for anyone wishing to succeed. Thanks Mrs Dravid.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

A true gentleman,he was one among my best inspirational people rearding his simplicity,dediatin &loving nature.

Posted by ssbshankar on (March 13, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

While it's very rare to get a good appreciation or words from a spouse, however great the better half would be, its amazing to see these good words by Vijeta. Now, I see how a spouse can play an important role in the success of the better half.

Rahul Dravid is a phenomenon, up above human dimensions. His professional (cricket) life is a reference book for many of us read and get inspired to live! and not just exist around. To me, Rahul is a hero, role model through his cricketing career. I wish him best for the rest of his life and hope he keeps inspiring me for many more years to come in some way or the other.

Cricket is Lucky to have Rahul Dravid who made me and people like me to watch cricket so far. I am sure Cricket looses it's attraction and charm with the retirement of the THE RAHUL DRAVID, a true representative of International Cricket.

Posted by sathish008 on (March 13, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

Love you wall. Cricket will miss you. Good one Mrs.Wall. Amazing article.

Posted by SunilaSN on (March 13, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

Dear Vijeta, Thank you so much for sharing with us wonderful aspects of Rahul's life off the field. And thank you Rahul for enriching our lives with memorable moments that we will cherish forever! He has dedicated so much of his life for cricket. Apart from being a great cricketer, he is such a good human being and a perfect role model. I am not just proud of his numerous qualities and achievements, but also proud of myself being his ardent fan! Can't imagine me watching a cricket match without him anymore! How lucky you are, Vijeta, to be part of his family, to be able to experience it all and share his life! My best wishes to the family and love to the kids! Hearty congratulations to Rahul on his great accomplishments and best wishes for the future endeavors. How I wish, whatever he undertakes in future - it would be related to cricket! His favorite quote: Life is cricket, cricket is life! For us, without him, cricket and life, both are not going to be the same again! - Sunila

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

One of those human beings who would reassure people's belief in good thoughts, good actions, good habits and good character. The IDOL!!

Posted by sidharth_madhav on (March 13, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

Oh wow..this article blew me away. On the one hand we have Tendulkar who is pure genius and talent all the way, but Rahul is a champion. You could say Tendulkar is a better talent than Dravid, but The Wall powers through with his sheer determination, hard work, dedication and unwavering focus to master himself, his game and his environment. That, my friends, is the way a champion is created.One brick at a time, with blood, sweat, tears and a lot of sacrifice. Who uses one brand of moisturizer for 20 years, especially when cricket has given him riches beyond our believes. He is the role model we truly need. Tendulkar ofcourse is king, but most of us can never emulate him, but we can definitely walk along the path Dravid has shown us. Tendulkar is the 'Superman', but I prefer our 'Dark Knight', Rahul Dravid 'The Batman'.

Posted by Lakpj on (March 13, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

Very well written, unbiased article. Dravid is not a superstar like Sachin or Yuvraj or Dhoni, but a very simple, consistent and most importantly a successful player. Certainly a cricketing icon not only for young Indian cricketers but also for young players from other countries as well.

Posted by syllu on (March 13, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

Must read article Thanx a lot Vijeeta..........:D

Posted by city_bengaluru on (March 13, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

Nice article. I read this even though I don't follow cricket much other than watching few games. However, my husband is very passionate about the game and one of the biggest admirers of Rahul. So much so that he has a pair of Rahul's gloves won on an auction site showcased in his study room. Being a parent, reading this article and all the comments made me think of Rahul's parents and their role in his upbringing. Kudos to them. All the best, Rahul.

Posted by Clyde on (March 13, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

This article is a fine piece of work and it is generous of Vijeeta to give it to us.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

Long live Dravid. Thanks for all your achievements which made me a very proud fan.

Posted by Umms on (March 13, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

Great batsman...better than Sachin in my opinion. You would be missed. Bowlers can relax now....The application you showed during career is some example to follow.....Enjoy your life..Rahul..Message from Pakistan

Posted by Hector21 on (March 13, 2012, 2:29 GMT)

Very well written! But, I really want THE WALL to play 1 more test so that he gets a proper well deserved farewell. I mean for such a long and illustrious career, for someone whom Test cricket was his life for the last 16 years, for someone who changed the face of Indian cricket, led India to overseas victory in England won tests in South Africa and Australia, which was almost unheard of, he deserves a lap of the ground with the Tricolour and being carried on the shoulders. It happened with Steve Waugh, it happened with Ganguly, shouldn't Dravid deserve one too. Please BCCI, let Dravid play the 1st test of whatever next test series India plays and that way he gets a fitting tribute!

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

A Very very nice article!!

Posted by CricketLifer on (March 13, 2012, 2:01 GMT)

The ultimate inside scoop! Thank you Mrs. Dravid. Vince Lombardi, the legendary football coach from NFL drilled in his players that preparation-preparation-preparation was the key to success. Dravid personifies that perfectly. In an era where most superstars act like they own the world, his humble and deeply family oriented character stands out. There are lot of lessons for up and coming youngsters in any sport in Dravid's story.

Posted by Squarecut2Heaven on (March 13, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

Along with making tea for his wife (very important) I wish he wont be sucked in entirely in to the commentating cloud; the next Dravid should be a writer and serious thinker of the game and life around it - Just my wishes.

Posted by Squarecut2Heaven on (March 13, 2012, 1:43 GMT)

One of the best 'cricket' writing in recent times. I was reluctant to read it at first, resisted it for to days before giving in and feel better for it. Coming in after all that tabloid style writing surrounding the Australia series this is a whiff of fresh fragrant air!

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

Pragmatic. Disciplined. Modest. Low Key. and yet one of the Greatest. May God guide you and bless you. Thank You for being Rahul Dravid.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 0:47 GMT)

Very good article! Simple and very well written. Thanks, Mrs. Dravid for sharing The Wall's so far never known facts. This clearly shows the hard work and dedication needed to achieve the heights achieved by the Dravids, Tendulkars, Laras, Pontings etc. Please, please instruct The Wall never to let Samit & Anvay to even think about 20-20/T20. Thanks, again, for sharing with the fans. Good luck to The Wall and the family.

Posted by only_sehwag on (March 13, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

Is there any way he can play one more test?? Just one more ?? - from a sehwag fan

Posted by paaul on (March 13, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

Great Article!! He has been known as wall for so many years but i think the wall can't stand without cement and the cement is you. We all wish Dravid good look!!!

Posted by playitstraight on (March 13, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

Excellent article, was very surprised when I read that the great, calm and humble man threw a chair when India lost by a large margin in a Test match vs England in Mumbai! It obviously shows that he put the team ahead of himself and always did whatever he could to help India win.Anyways, all the best Dravid for your post-retirement life! Along with many other Indian fans, I am eagerly waiting to see you as India's batting coach someday, maybe even fielding coach!

Posted by VijayParimoo on (March 12, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

This article about Rahul off field befits the poise and patience Rahul has shown all along on the field.

Besides everything else Rahul and his family plan together, I would sincerely hope he considers opening a cricket academy for high-school kids to teach them the art of batting patiently and mastering the bowlers, becomes a batting coach for India and considers donating a part of his time to the underpriviledged kids who can use a hero like him to motivate them.

All the best Rahul, you have been the Rock Dravid for India

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

One of the finest batsmen India has ever produced. A true gentleman on and off the field. World cricket will miss Dravid.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 23:31 GMT)

A man of dignity, discipline, class and principles! Very well written article by Vijeeta, and I hope to take a leaf out of Rahul's book.

Posted by meonly_araf on (March 12, 2012, 22:42 GMT)

Thanks mate, for being there for all these 16years.. you were a delight to watch when batting, none better in slips... will be missed dearly..

Posted by sssm on (March 12, 2012, 22:42 GMT)

This is an icing on the cake of what has been written about 'The Wall'.Sports persons usually serve an inspiration for those in their arena but Rahul is one of those who can serve as source of motivation beyond that and this write-up only gives a closer peep. Good luck for future endeavors!

Posted by popenoe on (March 12, 2012, 22:01 GMT)

Dear Vijeeta Dravid, Many thanks for sharing your sentiments about Rahul Dravid. I wish all the best for both of you. I have coffee ready for my wife every morning, so I bet your Rahul is under some pressure which I believe he can surely handle. Since you say he likes routine, but needs something creative about it, how about cooking (which I also indulge in with the help of many good cooking books available nowadays)? Whenever I can, I watch Dravid's best innings by ``Googling'' them. His strokes are precious poetry and have won or saved many matches. Being an avid reader, he'll find many cerebral things to do including, I hope, writing. I loved your article and as the Danes say ``tusind tak''.

Cheers,

Prakash

Posted by yogi.s on (March 12, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

I bet if cricinfo were to give awards for the best article this one would win hands down. Great job Vijeeta.

Posted by yogi.s on (March 12, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

What a good article! Thanks cricinfo and vijeeta for this piece about one of india's finest cricketers and most certainly the perfect gentleman in the game. To read about all the efforts dravid put in to staying fit and improving his game all the time is really very inspiring for one and all. Inspired me to be the best that I can be in my walk of life. Dravid you are an excellent cricketer and an even better person than that. Wish you a good life post retirement and hope that you will return to serve cricket in a different role. The game needs people like you.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

Wonderful article. goodbye to the great wall.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

Wow what an article, after reading this article my respect to Rahul Dravid increased more than ever. I am sure he will back to cricket as batting coach for India. I am sure one day Rahul and Kumble would take up coaching and help budding cricketers.

Posted by Davros64 on (March 12, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

Respect to a Legend and true stalwart of Indian cricket.

Many many thanks, Rahul.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

Beautifully narration, it gives a complete picture about Dravid, even though we have heard a lot about him from his colleagues, team mates, ex players and so many, it will be so pleasant when u hear something from his dearer or personal one. Nice, Best of luck for both of you. Have a nice time ahead !

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

wow cant believe a wife can write a complementary article for her hub

Posted by Saisuman on (March 12, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

I have seen rahul batting and fielding in the field,i don't need to tell about that but as a person i would say the best person.....in this article whatever i went through is very much true & very life....miss u dravid too much on d field

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

That's why we have saying "Behind every successful man there is woman".

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

Thank u Vijeja for sharing experiences about our beloved cricker. He is such a lovely human being...I have seen him closely twice..once in Chennai Stadium Test match agaist Pakistan. I have seen him doing pratice like match..With same intensity.second time i saw him Mumbai Aiport going he is going to SA for his treatment.He is my one of 3all time favurites.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

Awesome biography!!... :)

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

Speechless yaaa, really, by reading ur article i felt like i know rahul very closely, a well written hatttzz off to you and jammy :)

Posted by Hyderabadi_Nawab on (March 12, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Who says nice guys finish last - Rahul Dravid is the perfect role model for all youngsters and not just budding cricketers - I wish we see him in the commentary box soon - all the best Rahul!

Posted by dadvoc on (March 12, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

insightful and interesting I've always admired Dravid for his serene character, his very look (even on a TV screen) gives you impression that he is a well-balanced person. The man is clearly an ardent reader, I would absolutely love to see him back - commentating, and I hope he will. I wish a refreshing 'new life' to Dravid and family. Sheer respect! A Pakistani Fan

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

Oh man, PLEASE LET ME TEACH HIM GUITAR!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

I have read many articles on Sir Dravid but this one is just Exceptional. Great insight from Mrs.Dravid and i wonder many wouldnt have known of his approach to every single match if not for this article.

"This game has given me so much in life that I will never be bitter. There is so much to be thankful for, no matter what else happens, that never goes away."

"He doesn't care for gadgets, and barely registers brands - of watches, cologne or cars. But if the weight of his bat was off by a gram, he would notice it in an instant and get the problem fixed."

Thanks for the article.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

The BEST article I have read in cricinfo .. Hands of to Vijeeta Dravid to be such a wonderful & caring wife to the " GREAT WALL OF INDIAN CRICKET ".

Posted by AllanofSouza on (March 12, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

Dravid is a thougher gentleman. I can not recall an issue with him during his entire career. Great articles. Just one advice for Dravid, "it is never to late to learn to play the guitar. I am a late learner in guitar and I'm doing preety darn good. Guess practise 5 - 10 minutes every day. Make it your routine. You can make that work better than anyone from what I hear. Good luck, young lad.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

Beautifully written. Here's wishing Rahul Dravid the very best. I remember Lords' 96 like yesterday..i've grown up watching you. Thanks for the wonderful memories. Cheers and God bless.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

its fascinating to see your expressions on the legendary husband. How the family sacrified with him regd the comfort zone were seen indirectly. There are lot of lesson to be learned for the younger generation, like " the game gave lot to me, so without fuss and disagreement, i should give it back. Sometimes i got angry when some people talk nonsense, about him. ( example IPL 1 - THE TALKS OF DR MALLYA). i was very angry, once it was blamed on RD.) In a way its opening the third eye of the indian cricket fan and the officials, regd how to fill the vaccum or big hole created by RD RETIREMENT. THANKS TO THE FAMILY MEMBERS FOR THEIR SACRIFICES. THANKS MADAM AND THANKS RD. NOW THE WHOLE WORLD WILL COME TO KNOW THE NEXT DIMENSIONS OF HIS ABSENCE.. RD PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH. AND COME BACK TO CRICKET IN ANOTHER FORM... WE ARE WAITING FOR U

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

inspirational way of life and bulls eye like focus..

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

This should be the best read on Dravid. A great treat for all the fans indeed. Many thanks to the author and cricinfo for such a lovely initiative.

Posted by SamuelK on (March 12, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

Hi Mrs. Vijeeta Dravid, Thank you very much for sharing this with us, all the readers here at cricinfo. I've read all the articles here published about Rahul, after the retirement and a lot of them are pretty good. But, this definitely is unmatched and the most intimate perspective of the man. Wish you both good times and happiness, post retirement and I wish that Rahul finds another good role/job to do after this, along with spending time with the family.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Well written about RD. RD was one reason i stayed off hours to enjoy test cricket here in USA. RD gave us comfort zone when things were not normal in test match.

Posted by monikhs on (March 12, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Like husband like wife!! What an articulated insight about a legend into his private life. I am pretty sure that retirement for him is from cricket for people like him dont retire in life. They move onto something more important and still maintain the same intensity. Mind you I am not talking about moving into mindless commentary, etc. But again even if he moves into it, I am sure he will bring a sense of purpose and a meaning to that profession as well. Dhoni gave a nice tribute like Tendulkar and others - "Dont try emulating him, you can never do it but try creating your own space"...what else to say!!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

He's very lucky to have a such a wonderful women in his life...

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

How sweet of Mrs.Dravid to write about her husband, and not once gushing in praise or extolling his virtues. Just an honest assessment of her spouse. Thank you, you represent everything one likes to associate Indian culture with.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

The true champion...Rahul Dravid, the WALL, as described by none other than his better half !! What a description !! Awesome...

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

Arguably the best article in cricinfo.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

thanks Vijeta for sharing this. Rahul have been simply amazing and source of inspiration for me. I will miss him a lot. Wish your entire family the very best of luck for future.

Posted by sbkalgi on (March 12, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Do I have to watch test cricket anymore? Hmm I find it hard to watch India playing test without RD...plain n simple...

Thanks Mrs Wall for some of these private insights, this has been nice write up..We thank you from bottom of heart for all the sacrifices you n all your family members made to make great WALL of India.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

he is the legend and the most consistent performer for india.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

wonderful insights into real Rahul

Posted by WishIndiaImprove on (March 12, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Some people were talking about RD's comments, "Just being talented doesn't necessarily mean you will have a successful Test career", about youngsters. Now, Mrs. Dravid's column gives the answer to them. You need hard work, dedication, mental strength... Some of these important things are missing from naturally talented young team members.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

@ Ahmed Shaikh and all persons who belong to another country for respect our dada he is a great cricketer

Posted by ultrasnow on (March 12, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

What a selfless woman. So considerate of Cricinfo in acknowledging the role of the all sacrificing Indian woman - as wife, mother, sister and friend.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

A Must be good enough to handle is work and family... there is so much any one can learn from rahul.....

Posted by JKSFB on (March 12, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Dear Mrs. Dravid - Thank you for the personal insight into your husband's personality. As sports fans, we tend to label people as this and that, based on perceptions. It is nice to know the truth from those closest to the person! I am sure you and Rahul are now bored with all the (well deserved) superlatives that have been thrown your way. As a fan of cricket, I just have 1 request - please request Mr.Dravid to reveal some of his inside knowledge about how the game is run in India. His opinion will be respected universally, I am sure.

Posted by niraj13 on (March 12, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

Very nice article! It is great to hear about the great man from his own better half. I had always been a huge Tendulkar fan. But when I read the news about Dravid's retirement, it suddenly hit me that this is going to have a huge impact on many things. Dravid changed Indian cricket in a way only a select few have. Players like him come once in a generation. It will be really hard to see India's playing 11 in whites without him. It is a huge loss not only to Indian cricket, but to cricket as a whole. Coming back to this article, thanks to Vijeeta Dravid for sharing more about our beloved cricketer. It takes a lot of sacrifice and effort from the family (and especially the wife) to contribute to the success of a athlete. So, thanks and congratulations to Mrs. Dravid for playing the role that she did in Rahul's life.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

The best article i have read on CInfo! I wish Mrs Ganguly would have written one and Mrs Tendulkar will write one when the time comes. There is so much we can know and learn from the personal lives of these great people..

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

I am at loss of words , each of us can learn a lot from this man .. I have always loved Dravid more than tendulkar .. Wish you a great and lovely life ahead Mr and Mrs Dravid.

Posted by Nick_Pats on (March 12, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Waiting for Dravid to leave a comment.. ;)

Posted by iamsaikishore on (March 12, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Like Sachin, Rahul Dravid also had an illustrious career. Apart from 'The Wall's' terrific on field abilities, what admires me the most is his off field image. We all know Sachin has so far maintained a CLEAN SLATE. Rahul Dravid is ALSO one of those RARE GEM of sportsmen who NEVER HAD ANY BLACK MARK THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. One fact that left me amazed in this is, did Sachin over-shadowed in this too, or did Rahul never left any shadow at all..!

A King is worshiped only in his kingdom; but a Scholar is worshiped everywhere!

HATS-OFF to the Best Technique in the World!

HATS-OFF to the Best Perfectionist in the World!

HATS-OFF to the Best Human Being in the World!

Posted by breathecricket on (March 12, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Dear Rahul, I am an ardent fan of yours. It is not the talent in you that I have always admired the most. Many people are talented. But I guess it is the attitude and determination that you had that stood out. I can bet, you were a very very ordinary one day player. But for the efforts you put in to overcome your limitations. I keep telling my son that he ought to draw inspiration from you. Why my son, even I do.

Have a great time with your family. And hope you would play a very important role in the years to come for the youth in our society. I do not want to restrict to cricket alone. It could be anything. You are a role model and hope many Indians would benefit by your services in the years to come.

My best wishes to your family. Glad they would have more of you!!! With Love.

Posted by 12th_man on (March 12, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Dear Vijeeta, thank you for sharing this with us. A gentleman and a legend has left the game in a better state than when he started. Is there any chance Rahul wants to come to New Zealand and share his secrets of his success? Seriously, I wish you and Rahul and your family a happy "retirement". Thank you :-)

Posted by Prakhs on (March 12, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Rahul Dravid, one of the most respected cricketer in the world. We'll miss the class, character and solidity that you have provided to the Indian cricket team for close to 16 years. Your commitment, determination and strong mental ability are greatest qualities that one can learn from you. World cricket will never be able to see a more gentle and classy cricketer than Dravid. Repect, regards and love for you SIR. Hats off Mr. Dravid, we love you.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Read On.................Dravid's better half writes about him.....................

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

I am a from Pakistan..I have great respect for RD..he is a legend. I don't think the world will see a player like him again.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Hi Mrs Dravid.....so wonderful of u to write things about one of Indias greatest cricketing legends.Yes we will miss the great Wall of india as now we will come to know very soon how dependable the team was on him.No one yes no one will come even next to him in his style,defence and above all patience with high scoring abilities.India will miss him vvvvvv dearly.As for his fans then there is still IPL where he will play and I wish him more of IPL sucesses in future.Oyeee madam now we will all wait for the 2 little Dravids to take the field in the near future.Amen

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Really nice testimonial,Mrs Dravid.The Wall is really lucky to have someone like you by his side.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

During the test in 1999 Dravid hit two centuries back to back. I remember a 'Hindu' newspaper article mentioning " people can admire Tendulkar for his genius, but youngsters can follow Dravid for he is in their zone". Serenity in grease thy name is Dravid.

Posted by vajira12 on (March 12, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Such an insight to the man and his method. Illuminating. He has been India's best batsman and most organized for the very reasons she has explained.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

There was that bat behind the 22 yard strip, There was that man behind that bat, There was that rugged heart behind that man standing Tall, as the only Wall I ever knew and any bowler who foxed all these and got to the three stumps that stood behind all these, he's a true champion...

Posted by dcglynn on (March 12, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Great article for a great cricketer. I've always enjoyed watching Dravid bat - particularly on the last tour of England he was just awesome.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Dear Vijeeta, Greetings from Trinidad. It is nice to see your article about Rahul, on his retirement. It was a honor for me to act as a host for a couple of Dinners in 1997 W.I Tour. In that particular tour half of the boys were from Karnataka. I myself was graduated in Karnataka. Thus I had some special attachment with that group. One thing I realised that he was very much focused on game. He spoke very little about out side matters. In their next trip I realised how much sacrifice these Cricketers make to keep themselves fit. May god bless you both long and happy married life. I hope your both children will be successful in their dad's foot steps. Dr Narra

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

My first reaction. What a wonderful couple. Sincere, straightforward and down to earth. If Mr Dravid is a voracious reader, Mrs Dravid, through this piece, has proved a very good writer. Wishing all the happiness to a lovely couple and their two darling boys. P.S. Nice to know that the elder boy has taken to cricket. And, the kind of parents he has will never force it on him; but will let him chose his career. Being an old man myself (73), I may never live to know what Samit may grow into, but am sure, with his pedigree, he will do well, in whatever he chooses. God bless the gentle and beautiful family -- not the page 3 type; but a real one!

Posted by pankajkumarsingh on (March 12, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Two remarks touched my heart.... (1) "if the weight of his bat was off by a gram, he would notice it in an instant and get the problem fixed" and (2) "He wouldn't speak about his work unless asked. Other than dropped catches."... That is the kind of perfectionist Mr. Dravid is. I'd have to thank Mrs. Dravid to being in this side of Cricket. I was tired of reading -ves and +ves of the aspect of the game. This emotional side of cricket really touched me.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Will miss the wall in the field irritating bowlers with his immense concentration and strength....will not watch the test matches anymore

Posted by Shairani on (March 12, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

The game is poorer without the class and elegance of the great Dravid. Best of luck to him and his family.

Posted by AjaySridharan on (March 12, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Longevity is not a hallmark of excellence...it is a prerequisite. It would not be possible without an impeccable worth ethic, loving the plateau...the phase when you are seemingly not improving, but still enjoying the routines nevertheless...just like a beautiful relationship. More than anything else, it would not be possible without good company around...a partner that instinctively understands that and offers moral support. Of the all many wonderful partnerships Dravid has shared in the middle, it appears that he has been in an unbroken beautiful partnership at home! Keep it going guys! Thanks for the inspiration. You make us all want to be that much better than we were yesterday!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan we always loved the way Dravid played his cricket. Very humble and very respectable person. Good Luck for the rest of your life.

Wish all the indian players are like him..

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

The Wall-off the field!!! But Mrs. Dravid sad to say that it is not all over. A bit of cricket is yet to get over-IPL. I will be happy to see my legend walk in once again and show his ability once more. I think his family will also be happy.

Posted by JoseBautista on (March 12, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

nice! good job mrs. dravid...great article...gonna miss dravid! i liked him more than sachin! that is because dravid was unique! amazing guy! god bless you and your family!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

The other side of the WALL..this person truly deservs all the respect and honor..Thanks to Mrs. Dravid for sharing ths unseen life of a legend... I must say in Indian cricket there anr only two players are present Sachin and Rahul who dsnt involve thr prsonal life in thr professinal life...both of them never have any controversy in there whole carrier... Simply a true legend...India always miss u playing u r the safest wall for India...i wondered hw india survive devastrating pace attcks of SA,AUS etc from now.... ue retirement made a big whole in indian middle order.. Missing you..farewell..:)

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

I hope the person who pinched Dravid's India cap has the decency to return it someday. It was a cap Rahul earned and I can understand the importance it holds to him, or for anyone who has earned something through honest work, for that matter.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

this article(gonna miss this legendary player) made me cry !! :'(

Posted by Asadpk on (March 12, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Very well written indeed! A delightful insight into one of my favourite cricketers.

Being from Pakistan, I have always wished we had a batsman and cricketer who would have the attributes of Dravid: diligent, gritty, disciplined, principled, patient, unassuming, pragmatic, respectful, courageous, reliable, selfless, noble, dignified and so on, in short a true gentleman and a role model.

Even though I rarely wished him well when he was batting, nevertheless it has been a privilege watching him on and off the field. Thank you sir for the memories and I wish you all the best in this next phase of your life. Love from Pakistan!

Posted by sili on (March 12, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

OMG, Mrs Dravid... Thank you so much for this article..what do i say...Rahul..you are my role model in my life for the hard work and the commitment which you have showed on Cricket and now i understood it on your personal life also. I have already stopped watching cricket and will watch for 50% till my other great SRT plays then sure 100% i will stop following the cricket till some legends or someone come as near like Rahul and Sachin.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

Brilliant Article..It only starts from here..I grew up adulating Dravid, Tendulkar, Kumble, Srinath. Now I think my kids will grow with Samit getting into the mainstream..Best wishes Dravids..The legend only starts from here..

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Delightful. Mrs. Dravid thanks for this beautiful piece of insight on Rahul's life. Alongwith Imran and Mark Waugh, Rahul was my favourite cricketer. Alot of that had to do with his work ethic, his sobriety, the fact that he always had his feet on the ground, his style and his technique. Alot of people here believe that if we had a batsman who had half the ability of Dravid, Pakistan would have been unbeatable or atleast be considered among the top 2-3 teams all throughout the 90's and 00's. We need more of such gentlemen cricketers in the world. Thank you Rahul and Thank you Mrs. Dravid.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Respect!!!! To both Rahul Dravid n his wife Vijetha Dravid!!!!

Read this even if u do not follow cricket!!!!!

Posted by zico123 on (March 12, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Dravid is an absolute legend, he is one of finest, greatest cricketer World have ever produced, 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs !!! and he is so humble, gentleman, great ambassador of the game. his technique is best in the world and so is his slip catching, it will be big boot to fill, Pujara should be like for like replacement.

Posted by wicked.wizard on (March 12, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Makes me wish for a good honest autobiography of Dravid!

Posted by AhaanSM on (March 12, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Well, RS. Dravid (Rahul Sharad Dravid) is truly a godd human as well as a good cricketer. I am sure that he has great love for cricket and as you would obviously expect, he has great love for his family. He has taken this big decision seeing the India cricket future and also to do something for his family. I am sure he is sensible in his house, in the pavilion and on the field and he was quite sensible while making this decision too.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (March 12, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

"A cup of tea in the morning for his wife would be a lovely bonus"...couldn't agree more, and you deserve everything he does for you, for all the sacrifices you made. Behind every successful man, there is always a SUPER WOMAN. Thanks to you and your children, we (rest of India) got to enjoy your husband's incredible service to our national pride.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

You have drawn a beautiful portrait of a gentleman to the core, who fitted the game like a glove. Nice insights into his personality, how he managed to be so focussed, so committed, so expert. I am sure Rahul will have a great innings in the times to come in other roles to play, besides being a role model not only for his multitudinous fans but also others who have seen him stand for values and achieve. Meantime, I am sure Samit will have us looking out eagerly for him to step into the cricketing shoes of his illustrious father. Please, let him not become another surgeon or software engineer! PS: Btw, if Rahul had chosen to become a surgeon, he'd have been number one at it too, like the clinical shots he always plays! :)

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Very emotionally written. Simply liked it a lot. Dravid, to me, was one of the nicest cricketers you could ever have in today's cricketing world. He was a fine sportsman and he will be missed by all his fans. It is better if he sticks around to cricket in any ways possible.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

very nicely written...it was pleasure reading such an artilce

Posted by Aaaaaron on (March 12, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Loved your article.... thanks for sharing a lot about dravid things which we dont know. A true perfectionist.

Posted by armbowler on (March 12, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Dear Mrs. Dravid, Wonderful insight into a remarkable person. I have been a great fan his and will be for time to come. Congratulations to both of you. Wish you all the best.

Posted by pr3m on (March 12, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Thanks a lot for this, Mrs. Dravid.

Respect.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

My memory of Rahul goes back to 1996-97 when i was working with Canara Bank Staff College as a Faculty... and we had Venky, Sunil and Kumbi in our team not to mention around half the Karnataka Ranji side !!! Kumbi ( K Sri) was with us in the STC and we had a monthly "meet a celebrity- Study Circles" and through Kumbi we got a double bonus of having both Kumble and Rahul.... both were and are such gentlemen that they bowled us all over.. no swagger and aggro of wannbe celebs...like u said Vijeeta the "middle class" values imbibed have made and endeared him to millions across the globe..... not for him the swagger and foolish aggro of a Virat or an out burst of a Bhajji.....simple buckling down and getting the job done... Hats off to there "trio" of gentlemen cricketers from "namma" Begaluru -- Javagal, Anil and Rahul... they are the real ambassadors of the game..players & gentlemen..... u have a jewel here take care of him..God Bless..

Posted by N_Vipul on (March 12, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

A big thank you to Dravid's wife for bringing out the inside story - it's a delight for all Rahul dravid fans!Personally,for a 19 year-old like me,cricket has been synonymous to Rahul Dravid for all these years. It was a pleasure to watch him bat for the whole day and then go to bed reassured that he would be back in the middle the next morning...ready to fight it out again...and tire the opposition to dust! More often, it felt great and fulfilling to have bunked classes in order to follow his entire innings because he never let his fans down! Outside cricket,he's been colossal & a perfect role model for any youngster. What distinguished him from his contemporaries was his ability to remain grounded & as constant as the 'Northern Star' at all times. He's shown that nice guys do finish first. Rahul Dravid will be missed big time.That pretty cover drive with a big stride forward,that lovely pull shot with a water-tight technique & the on-drive will be missed... Hats off to you, Sir!

Posted by AmeerHamzaSheikh on (March 12, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Dear Dravids: I am a Sri Lankan and have admired Rahul for his on field manners and his classical cricketing style. He will be missed by not only India but the entire global cricketing fraternity. He epitomized the gentleman side of the game. All the best!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

I've always wondered how I would react to the day Dravid decides to hang up his boots. Choked with emotion, I feared that my enthusiasm for the game would diminish (if not vanish) , a game that provided as much pain , as relief . It would mark the end of fervent unreasonable long discussions, shadow cricketing trademark shots , waiting impatiently for the next test series .For me, and for a few others I believe , cricket was synonymous with Dravid. As the world would go gaga over the supposed GOD of cricket ( no disrespect intended ) , I would wait for dravid to walk out and go about his business as usual. It was passion of a different kind , unexplained by numbers , hence not registered in the public subconscious.

His batting was single minded, away from the fickleness of the glamour and glitz that has come to be associated with the game. A doggedness about his intent can never be replicated in this era of slam bang one night stands( read T-20) .

His exit , true to his nature, has

Posted by jasonpete on (March 12, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

Beautiful writing and a wonderful piece to read which comes straight from the heart.Best of luck for your future Dravid..Eventhough I watched you once when you toured Down under a few years back,it's a delight to watch you play.Thanks for your contribution to world cricket and to give a pleasant memories to all cricket fans around the world.Best wishes.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

The 'Other side of the Wall' has been as fluid with her writings as has been "the Wall' all this while!! I hope together the Dravids can groom their son as well, and provide us with a future 'No.3' in Sumit!! Thank you, Dravid, for all what you have contributed to Indian cricket. You shall sure be missed........

Posted by HPVeeru on (March 12, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Dear Mrs Dravid, A great testimonial for a truly deserving husband. The values which you speak about in your article are reflected in his game as well as life. I always feel, Rahul is a good man who played good cricket. He is absolutely right about not being bitter to the very fabric of Indian cricket as it is because of India, there is Rahul Dravid and not otherwise. Keeping oneself close to his culture and value system in this glittering cricketing industry is a testimony in itself. Wish you all a wonderful life ahead and sound health today and always. - Harsh

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

The Wall had the best foundation for last 9 years, It is called Vijetha ..

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Rahul Dravid is extremely lucky to have a wife like u, madam. You understand him so well and so deep. Its really great that u allowed cricket to be his first love, the last 9 years. I personally wish that the 2 of you have a lovely life ahead. And may your children grow up to be as great human beings as you and your husband :)

Posted by Vikram_Afzulpurkar on (March 12, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Yeah, staying rooted in old friends is one thing that's kept Rahul grounded. He was also someone who never wasted resources as I hear. Back in 1989, when a friend was about to throw off a finished pop-corn packet, Rahul screamed to hold on, pulled out a corn or two that was there and demonstrated how to 'scrape the barrel.'... goes the story! Similar to his batting!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Dear Mrs. Dravid - Firstly, thanks so much for sharing about about your GREAT HUSBAND. Over the last few years I have stayed up watching cricket deep into the night here in Washington DC, just because your husband played the game. I am from Bangalore but have been living in the US since the last 20 years. I am a Businessman and a Professional singer / guitarist - Please tell Rahul that I will give him any number of FREE hours of guitar tutoring if he visits the Washington DC area in the future. We ( my friends and I ) also intent to promote cricket here in the US and hence would appreciate a brief visit when time permits or if your family intents to do some wonderful sight-seeing of US and the most beautiful city in the World!! Your husband is a great role model and father - something very rare, specially these days here in the West. You have been a great life partner to him - otherwise he would not have done so well AFTER MARRIAGE. Keep it up and God Bless. LOVE, Sushil Thanks again

Posted by anto12 on (March 12, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Rahul is truly the same person,when on the field or off it.He is the real role model for any cricketer to follow.A truly great article straight from the heart about a perfect gentleman.I wish Dravid success in all his endevours.

Posted by cricsuhail on (March 12, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Beautiful writing. Thanks for sharing such an insight - what an role model, Rahul is and was. A brilliant cricketer, but more importantly a true gentelman. Enjoy Rahul. We are proud of you!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

What a cultured family! Mrs.Dravid has provided rare glimpses of Rahul in different hues. Thank her for providing an opportunity for me and my two sons who had been ardent fans[should I say devotees] of Dravid to record our admiration and wishes Long live enitire Dravid family

Posted by chinmayrvaidya on (March 12, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

They say - Cricket is a Gentleman's game. We say - Rahul Dravid is a True Gentleman.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

very nice article! i loved it! thanks for sharing ur views!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Dear Mrs. Dravid, Thank you for a wonderful insight. I had the pleasure of meeting your husband in Karachi in 2006. He is a thorough gentleman, a great ambassador for the game.

To be very honest, he is the only name that pops up in the current era when someone mentions "Cricket is a Gentleman's game" The game will definitely miss him.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Simple yet stunning! Thank you!

Posted by IndianCrazyFan on (March 12, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

Nice article from Mrs. Dravid.

Rahul will be missed a lot for Indian team. Nearly for 16 years I never imagined team without Rahul and Sachin. Now one is gone. Hard to believe but life goes.

Rahul you are the WALL for Indian team all through your career.

Thanks for your great knocks. All the best for your future.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Dear Vijeeta,Thanks for a great incite into Mr. Walls Life. He has been and will always be the Best player in the History of Modern Day Cricket. Best Number "3". Its not Nice to see him retire from active cricket but he knows the best as he is always the Mr. Dependable. May be we can see him soon in some other AVATAR in the cricketing world. I wish all the Best to him in the coming Years along with Good Health and your whole Family.

Posted by vicky7 on (March 12, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

superb article shows how hard this man has worked to be a legend of the game

Posted by Dr.Makonahally on (March 12, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

It was sad to see Rahul Dravid retire.Following him since his first test in Lord's,always put his team interest first.One of the most successful Indian cricket captain and cricketer in the overseas tours.Hope has a lot to more contribute to game in a different capacity.There will one and only Rahul Dravid who thrilled fans in many ways with text book batting in tests,captaincy,wicket keeper or finisher in ODI's has donned may a hat for our Team India.Rahul Dravid is one perfect person.perfect team man,very articulate,never a wrong word in press,true gentleman,committed,selfless,humble and Down to Earth.Wishing him all the Best..TRUE ROLE MODEL!!!

Posted by Isaac on (March 12, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

I was dreading this day! Its finally here and gone, cricket still remains test cricket will prod on, one dayers will slowly die, twenty/20 like NBA will take cricket by storm. I can proudly tell the rest of my life that I followed the career of the last of the greats very closely. I can, even if all the guns and mean machines are aimed at me, stand tall and proclaim that Rahul Sharad Dravid was/ is the greatest of all Indian batsman. No one, can come close. i always used to dream, if I want to have a friend it will be Dravid.When ever he walked into bat I always say a word of prayer for him.Cricket to me is not going to be same without this man. Its great to see his beloved wife note and jot a few points that most writers miss. I hope Dravid will share his passion in the form of a post retirement book. Vijeetha please make sure he writes a book. I am sure millions like me will be eagerly looking forward to it. God bless India's greatest cricketing son. You are beyond comparison RSD!

Posted by Kevivreyi on (March 12, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

What a great cricketer with such a lovely temperament!I always wondered how cricketers react to an off day on the field... But with Rahul Dravid, just as I expected a measured approach to both good and bad days!The willingness to to go to great lengths to identify a problem and work so hard to get it rectified is what makes you rise above an everyday individual, Sir!! Hats off on such a wonderful attitude towards you game and your career and I hope you are able to guide the next generation too.

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 12, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Thanks for the article Mam. There are many things that we can learn for the legend.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Good article ...Thanks for all the joy/pleasure you have given us in international playing career. I am sure you will contributea lot in the fututre , both to ICCI and BCCI . All the Best for the future...

Posted by Ganeshwaran on (March 12, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Dear vijeeta,what a shot,well balanced and neatly timed through the cover for four through the 'Genuine'cricket world...(How many times dravid has done this in cricket field),well said and so touching,u know vijeeta,as cricket lovers we are so proud that, rahul is a well desciplined cricketer throughout his whole career,nowaday' how many cricketers are like this ? i guess there's only a few like dravid,also i have a hard feeling that Rahul didn't get the right recognition in indian cricket as far as those big 'cats 'did !!,but he let his bat do the talking in great style,in which those 'big cats cannot match his stats,i mean the record tells he saved and won many matches when he's scoring centuries for india than those big'cats'.Dravid the small 'kitten' in the big 'cat'family!!Well done the 'Dravids'.From a true cricket lover from Sri lanka !

Posted by I_know_cricket on (March 12, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

And I thought batsmen just came in and batted! I guess I was wrong... We actually just see the end product without realizing what goes in to prepare for the game... May be that's how legends are made!

Posted by maverick_ind on (March 12, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

thanks for sharing this article! dravid is my hero!! tc.

Posted by intcamd on (March 12, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Mrs Dravid - thank you for sharing!! Good luck to both of you, and thanks to Dravid as an Indian cricket fan

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Thanks, Mrs.Dravid for the "inside view". You are a very lucky lady to have married such a grounded, humble man. The last week, we have been blessed with some fine tributes to Dravid by great cricket writers. Thanks Harsha, Sambit Bal, Kesavan.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

My skin gets dry. I sweat profusely. I did have a habit of strolling around and shadow-cricketing when in my childhood (it happens even now,instinctively). Plus I'm into books as well. But unfortunately,that's where any possible resemblances between me and this legendary man end :/

Posted by nayonika on (March 12, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

Thank you Mrs.Dravid for a lovely article on my most favourite batsman. God bless you and your family happy times with Rahul.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

A must read article.... Hats off to you The WALL

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

Vijiteeta!Awesome!! Truly from the heart.What else does a man need, otherthan a understanding soul?Wish you all the best

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

i m alwys love his batting bt shame on indian media never give the respect our media alwys showing sachin, sachin & sachin and it's true sachin alwys play for him self ...Dravid indian board also play politics with you bt everyone know you alwys our fav bastmen.....indian never give another Dravid u are the only one......love you men.....i am emotion when i see you going retire..........

wish Rahul Dravid all the very best

Posted by cloudmess on (March 12, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

For those of us still in grief over Dravid's retirement, this was wonderful to read: to be reminded that there was always a man, a wife, children, a family behind the great cricketer. It makes it all a little easier to let go now. Thank you, Cricinfo. And thank you to Mrs Dravid, for much more than just this article.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Lovely!The best article on dravid so far

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

the indian cricket team was lucky to have such a genious, sagacious and hardworking man on its side............

Posted by Sanj747 on (March 12, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Brilliant. Takes 2 to make a successful partnership. Mrs Dravid has always been the other partner from reading this.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Rahul Dravid will be an excellent administrator of the game. His speech at Bradman Lecture, Dec'11, has shown a face that was until then unknown to public at large. He, and, many excellent cricketers like him must replace the politicians who lord over BCCI today. Kumble, Srinath have shown it with their beginning at KSCA. The game will definitely be in safe hands, if Rahul decides to take up administering our cricket setup.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

Lovely article giving an insight of Mr perfectionist.Hoping he'll play an important role in KCA & BCCI.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

The man who has come back strongly & proved himself every time he got criticized, takes a final stand. Nooooooooo..... :( Its very hard to digest.I cant see a test match without Dravid.will miss u a lot Mr. Dependable....His excellence cannot be described in words....Cricket will never see a player like him :( The dedication, hard work,grit & the gentlemanship will never ever be seen on the cricket field anymore.u have played the game on ur terms & retired the same way.Thanks for all the entertainment and the spirit u have shown over the years !!! may god bless u with his the best blessings & hope to see u soon in the IPL...:))

Posted by no_second_chance_for_batsman on (March 12, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Well written article! Thanks to Vijeeta for all the support that she gave to Dravid & of course taking care of kids and chores....and for making sure to give him space when it comes to his routine. I read somewhere & it is a famous quote " 90% of happiness in life depends on the life partner one chooses". So Congrats to Dravid & Vijeeta. Have a blessed life & we can't wait to see if one of the kid or both will take up cricket ! Regards, Kumar

Posted by Sanjay-Bhagat on (March 12, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Great description of a great cricketer, lots to learn from Mr Rahul Dravid. Thank you Mrs Dravid and god bless you and your family.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

A definite role model.. Dedication has always been the best part of him.. Unbreakable wall he is.

Posted by vipul_atri on (March 12, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

we are very thankful to you having introduced to the normal life of a great (great looks smaller though) cricketer.. God bless you and your family.. we will never forget the givings of Dravid to cricket and India

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

As far as cricketers go, it doesn't get any classier than this guy.

Posted by voyager on (March 12, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

One of the very few Indian cricketer who is not obsessed with stats. Even though he could have carried on for some more time and still perform better than most, but the timing and thinking behind the decision is perfect. Senior players at this stage should stick around if there is a big impending challenge like Australian series was, it would have been selfish of him if he had retired before that, and unfair to the new comer. At this stage any personal record should become completely imaterial. There is no big challenge for Inidan cricket any time soon, and that is why SRT should retire right now even if it mean he remained not out on 99 centuries. In the big picture the hundred centuries are irrelevant, he would be more favorable remembered for doing that rather than keep hanging on just for the sake of completing 100th century. Did Bradman prolonged his career to have 100 average? would he be remembered differently if he had 100.00 run average rather than 99.94?

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Very well written, thanks for the wonderful memories and triumphs.... Rahul Dravid. Take a bow.

Posted by tiabbasi on (March 12, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Thank you Dravid for entertaining us for sixteen years. In my opinion you were better than Sachin and took a right decision to retire with respect.

Posted by Siva_Nine_Eleven on (March 12, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Not only in tests, one who has followed most of the matches played by team India since 1995 would strongly remember something. That not only in tests, Rahul has saved team India's back more than a bunch of times even in ODIs, coming in at #3. Perseverance prevails. Hail Rahul!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Sachin you never were and never could be a Rahul...class act!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

We all miss him on the ground. And its hard to digest; We cannot see this great man, when first wicket falls down in test cricket. Ah! What a journey and respect gained by the player all over the world

Posted by Keshav21 on (March 12, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Nice article from a Doctor...... Which shows great understanding of her husband... I just love it.... Thank you mam.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Brilliant! Plenty to learn for the wanna be No.3's of Indian Cricket....

Posted by Rawal on (March 12, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Great, great article written by Vijeeta! It is priceless to read an 'insider' about cricketers we have followed for more than a decade.

I know Rahul would be surprised but surely not unhappy with the sort of genuis work you have put together in words. Thank you very much!

Wish you, your sons (Samit and Anvay) and Rahul Dravid a great life ahead.

Posted by Keshav21 on (March 12, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Nice article from a Doctor...... Which shows great understanding of her husband... I just love it.... Thank you mam.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

This is really the best one can describe Rahul. Wishing your family an even better life moving forward

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

What a sweet article. Indeed there couldn't be a better note on someone like Dravid, a person who was as quiet off the field as he was on it. Who better to speak about him, than his better half?

Thanks Cricinfo for producing this, thanks a ton Vijeeta for writing this. A pleasure to read indeed.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Chances od Dravid's kid for that matter Kumble's kid become very good Cricketer are more than any other present INDIAN cricketers.

Posted by voyager on (March 12, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Good man, good family. Great pursuit of excellence. Fan from pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Well what can one say? The wife is almost as good a thinker/writer as the man himself and she seems to be one of his biggest fans minus the loss of perspective fans often suffer. God be with the family and the path their elder son is taking allows us to dream about seeing another Rahul in a decade or so.

Posted by g.jeevan05 on (March 12, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Fabulous article from Mr's.Dravid!!

Posted by SUNMRPL on (March 12, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Dear Vijetha,

Great inside story !!!, I have been big fan of Rahul over the years starting from his great knock against the likes of Donald and Mac Millan...First of all congrats to Rahul on having great cricket career and being a entertainer. He was superb... Fortunately or unfortuantely he rose and retired during the era of one more great Sachin. I had a gut feeling that Rahul doesn't enjoy his success as much as he deserves to do so. I saw him yelling on his wicket even though he scored 3 figures. I hope,since his retirement, he has been enjoying what he did upto now retrospectively ...He was great ... He remains in our memory as true gentleman.

Posted by Vii_Vil_Vin on (March 12, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

I had a sense of emptiness for the last few days.. not because Dravid was retiring, but I felt something was missing somewhere about his retirement..

The retirement feels complete now!! Thanks Mrs.Dravid.. God bless your family!!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Brilliant! very simple straight drive ...

Posted by Ckrvarma on (March 12, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Dear Vijeeta, Great article... well written... a clean composed writing like Dravid's batting, straight from your heart... You would have heard this a million times but still let me fill in too... You have a legend with you ... treasure that... all the very best.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

"He can live with 2 pairs of in-formals for the entire tour but not with a minor fault in the bat", truly inspirational, fully committed to the job. Plenty to learn from this great individual.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

wonderful. an insight into the process, what makes rahul dravid. absolutely loved the line that he would eat whatever is served even if it was served day in day out. that itself clearly indicates that our WALL is a no fuss man. people are talking 'life after retirement'. what will he do as though he is a 60year old. he is just 39. there is plenty still left for him to do. best, he becomes the batting coach of the NCA. he is a coaching manual. who best other than THE WALL himself to guide the next generation. it would be wonderful if dravid can churn out a few guys with water tight technique. we will be able to perform well in alien conditions. salutations, dravid sir.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

The one and only " WALL " for our Indian Cricket team who has played a responsible cricket in middle order of test matches to prove that he is sill on the crease who has the capability to play longer innings in test matches in particular. Especially, None can forget his innings against Aussies which include a dazzling mammoth partnership with V.V.S. Laxman

Definitely, We are going to miss you a lot Dravid. However, One day or other everyone has to resign and get forward. You are one of the legends which we have in Indian Cricket team...Wishing you and your family all the very best for an upcoming future...........

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Thank you for the memories Rahul 'The Wall' Dravid, One of the Greatest Ambassador of cricket, on and off the field. Hoping he'll play an important role in KSCA & BCCI.

Posted by SunilRajanna12 on (March 12, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

It was very thoughtful of Dravid's wife to mention Keki Tarapore as his coach in his formative years, which is most important. He is surely the nicest person in the cricketing world that I can think of. Not that it matters, but I feel like saying 'All the best Rahul....'.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Straight from the heart, candid and pleasantly surprising! This just warmed my heart. While reading the piece, the only thing that kept running through my mind was, "Wow! What love." And it made me realize that she's just as eloquent and erudite as her husband. A brilliant read! :)

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

loved the article...what ever he has achieved today is only because of his sheer hard work..and modesty..to learn every day...

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Well done.... Mrs. Dravid I rate this is the best article i read about my hero .The humble man with indomitable spirit has left a noble legacy.He will be remembered for not only his cricketing heroics but his greatest humble nature.He is role model not only for cricket players but to others also irrespective of the field.Modern Society needs to instill such values.He has set examples,examples to follow.May God bless your family!!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

In this era when everything is measured on monetary scales,Rahul Dravids true measure is on other scales- Discipline, handwork integrity,team spirit and strength of character.On these scales he stands head above shoulder over all his contemporaries Eventually when these true scales of evaluation return,then and only then will his 'true value' to world cricket will be realized and celebrated!! His value is priceless as it is eternal. Salutations Great Rahul Dravid!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Straight from the heart, candid and pleasantly surprising! This just warmed my heart. While I was reading the tribute, the only thing that kept running through my mind was, "Wow! What love." And it made me realize that she's just as eloquent and erudite as her husband. A brilliant read! :)

Posted by Rakim on (March 12, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

Great article. Beautifully written. I always knew Dravid was a gentleman. Respect from a Pak fan :)

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

I m a Sri Lankan. Dravid is my fav cricketer. As a matter of fact I see some "indian arrognece " in all the other players more or less ( Not to hurt you Indian fans - thats a fact).But Dravid , ever since I saw him frist time plyaing his first test in England, he became one of my fav. I m not hurt even he drag his team win with SL. He is a true professional and humble and get on with the job type. I hardly remember him being agitated in the match. I like his calm , quite , professional apporoch which I honestly dont see in Kili, Raina, Yuviraj or Srishanth. There is a saying in SL, if Thendulkar get a hundrad we (SL ) will win the match. If its dravid - we will loose. Rahul, Wish you good luck - a true legend.

Posted by Dipankar_Kolkata on (March 12, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

Without you Rahul, I will rarely watch Test cricket overseas, which I actually loved so much!!!! Great Article Mrs Dravid

Posted by Dipti-RD on (March 12, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

he is a perfectionist in all situation... hats off to RD... no1 can ever replace u at any time... we even dont have any right to comment on your ability, but stil I want to say THANK YOU 4 your contribution.... you will be missed by millions... May god blees u n ur family n have joyful and wondeful life ahead...

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Nicely written article..I felt like now even Samit will become a great cricketer like his father did...A great man..a great thinker. I believe he was so consistent because of his daily routines which he does without being lazy..I truly admire you..Rahul. All the best in your future life..

Posted by rockz.andy on (March 12, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

i got emotional the moment dravid announced his retirement last week, whatever the article i almost feel like crying its a great insight to the legendary player from his other half,Vijeeta this article finally make me feel like outstanding,couldn't even ask for better and from some comments i came to know about the sacrifice tht you had done for keeping our legend in full flow and the support that you had provided Thanks a ton and Pete,Fedex,Rahul Dravid these are legends with sheer class and brought the beauty to the games they have played.

Wishing you a wonderful life ahead Mr and Mrs Dravid, Samit and Anvay

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

What a great tribute to the finest gentleman to grace the cricket field. He will be missed.

Posted by shajiwahab on (March 12, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

A Team India without the perfect team man Rahul Dravid anymore. Who would have imagined that this day would come. It all seemed like yesterday when Rahul and Sourav were batting at that debut test in England many years ago!!

Rahul, you have always lived in the shawdow of your more illustrious colleagues but let me tell you that you have left an indelible mark in our hearts and minds and none of them ever compares to you! You have been the epitome of perfection and gamesmanship.

Your achievements, your humility, perseverance and selfless dedication to your country will always be an inspiration to the thousands of young and bustling cricketers who want to play for our country someday.

Take a bow Rahul Dravid for you have been a true son of the soil !!!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

Dear Vijeeta,

Fittingly, only you could have written such eloquent article about Rahul. You have been a wonderful mother to both Samit and Anvay. Rahul has been singularly lucky to have you as his wife. I would stick my neck out to state that Rahul probably could not have such distinctions in his unmatched feats on the cricket field. That he has been the greatest cricketer alongside Sunil Gavaskar is beyond any doubts. But to my mind he is perhaps the best person India has. Any parents would like to have son like him, brothers and sisters a brother like him. As a fellow Indian, I can not see anybody to be an ideal role model for the millions of Indian youths and intellectuals.

And you as a single parent-paticularly during the past 6 years have looked after Samit and Anvay so wonderfully. Rahul did acknowledge this in his press meet that now he will have more time for you and children.

Our lives are much richer by merely witnessing you looking after Anvay, Samit and Rahul.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

too good. proud to have rahul dravid in our team.

Posted by dganger on (March 12, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

Somehow i always had this feeling if there is one man in this Indian cricket team who can be near perfect at meditation it has to be Dravid, if u consider perfection is reaching the stage of Nirvana in Meditation. However for Cricket Fans his achievement is not short of any Nirvana stage, his cool, composed, articulate, soft spoken demeanor, with that everlasting assurance of his presence has not only delighted millions of Indians and cricket fan all over the world.....I can only imagine how it must be to have a family member like Rahul Dravid. Mrs Dravid,no wonder you are so blessed to have a husband like him and so are we,to have a true gentleman & one of the finest ambassador of the game to have represented us. Wishing you all a wonderful life ahead. God bless you

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

What a wonderful person Mrs Dravid must be. The article shouts out how much she obviously respects her husband both personally and professionally. Making such a public statement for such a private person is telling us how much playing cricket and especially representing India was a privilage for Rahul Dravid and his family. He never received the public admiration as much as some of his colleagues but in retirement his star is sure to shine as bright as any other. It is only in retirement that we the Cricket viewer can look back and appreciate how truly dedicated and magnificient this man was for us. I've always thought of Rahul Dravid as the Madonna of Indian Cricket because he always adapted himself to the need of the team, but in retirement he has shown me that there is more substance to this man than I had ever thought. He will be truly missed. If you look through cricket history there have not been many like him before and I very much doubt that there will be anyone like him.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

A very touching write-up by Mrs. Dravid.. got me all emotional, thinking about a Cricketer's (such a legendary and gentlemanly one, at that) sentiments at the thought of retiring from the game thats his life!!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

The Women behind the Wall Rahul Dravids wife says it all.... Amazing !!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

No words to praise Mr.Wall. Excellent article.

Posted by SeemaVedak on (March 12, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

Only a wife can write this. Superb !! I have read his biography and would love to read his autobiography. Its something I have always loved, reading autobiographies and reading Rahul Dravid's autobiography would be just wonderful. Congratulations to you coz you and his parents are the most important support in his life and I hope you all enjoy his retirement. A big loss to fans like us but a wonderful gain for you, Samit, Anvay and his parents. All the best to a beautiful life ahead.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

A wife's perspective of a great cricketer! Thanks Vijeta Dravid for giving us the inside information about THE WALL

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

a great gentleman and a great batsman!! sad that the new generation of Indian cricketers aren't gentlemen anymore.they should learn from Kumble,Dravid,Sachin etc.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

He is my all-time favorite cricketer. Just love his cricket and his gentlemanship. I hope the so called new generation of cricketers takes a leaf out of this simple life of Dravid. Love you Dravid.. will miss your batting :-(

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

A Rahul watcher from his Ranji days and an ardent fan of him. Let him spend some time with you and kids, but please do not force him to do that for long. We want him back in action, either as a cricket administrator like his pal Kumble or as a wild life activist, his private passion.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

please Mr. D, post something as a reply to this wonderful wonderful tribute..the nation and more importantly Mrs D, deserves as much..and thank you for showing the world that one can follow one's dream and not compromise on one's values..it takes pure guts and integrity to do that..

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

A gr8 player nd true champion,..m a pakistani bt i hav no hesitatn n admiring Rahul"THE WALL"Dravid....i rank him greater dn Tendulkar cox Dravid haz Won Nd Saved More matches 4 India dn 10 dol kar....

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

Gr8 Article...... on Gr8 Person........... A true gentleman of the Gentlemen's game....... I wish and pray to whole Family of RD very pleasant life ahead. and i Hope that we will see both samit and anvay......... to shine bright for Indian cricket...... but with same ethical way like RD did. Thank You Sir..... u r always been my guideline ........ and inspiration to be wat i am.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Vijeeta Dravid pays tribute to her 'perfectionist' husband Rahul

Posted by Mastmale on (March 12, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

My favorite cricketer. The cricketer who I could relate to the most. The ability to work selflessly for the team, to be obsessed about ones performance, to have humility and perspective and go about life without complaining have been the values I have learnt from Dravid. I wish our future cricketers also learn these qualities. Thank you Rahul for being an inspiration.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

With such a heavy heart I read this article. Rahuls retirement is slowly letting me know I too am growing old. I guess this has been coming for sometime, started with wasim retiring and after tendulkar retires i will have no more heroes left in cricket. its tough to come into terms.

I often pray so that Tendulkar does get to score a hundred, not because I dont like him, I adore him, but because I am scared, if he scores his hundredth hundred, maybe he too will retire.

Mr Dravid, my captain o captain, it has been an immense honour to have watched you play all these years. I cried when I heard u will retire.

Posted by Ramko on (March 12, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Hi Vijeeta Dravid, It's a great insight about RD's routines and personality. I would love to read his autobiography. Basically I adore him as a great cricket player and I bet he is a great gentle man. I miss him in Indian cricket......

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

My Preferent Indian Player, A real "WALL" who stood in difficult time for Cricket India for over 16 years. After he walks off the grass of cricket field will be less green. Mrs Dravid Thanks for this article. Go RD Go

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

right tym to know inside story of dravid by his wife..... u r a legend nd cannot be compared to sachin or other legends. u have ur own category nobody fix in it except you.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

What a person he was! More from the cricket, he is very nice guy, very adorable! Thank you Mr Wall, I will always remember the way u have tried in my whole life! Thanks a lot! I will Proudly tell my children that i have seen Rahul Dravid , Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina play live, even if it was on TV! :))

Posted by karthik_ig on (March 12, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

Salute you Mr.DRavid. Greatest ever gentleman in cricket. Long Live. Wish you all the best for your retirement life

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

One of the finest articles written about one of the finest cricketer that walked the earth. We pakistanis havent witnessed such amazing and classy inside account for a great cricketer, since Jemima's stories about the great imran khan

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.Excellent tribute, Vijeeta Dravid

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

My Preferent Indian Players. A Real "Wall" who stood for cricket India in difficult times for 16 years. Wish him all the very best for his future endeavors.

Posted by anurag2704 on (March 12, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Some one pointed out on twitter today ..." Marry some one who can write more than 140 intelligent characters once you retire ...".Mrs Dravid , hats off to you for the best piece some one has written on Rahul Dravid.

Posted by Joby_George on (March 12, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

Well said article by Vijeeta. I am sure she is proud to have not only the best batsman but also the best husband. I rate Rahul Dravid as the best batsman India have ever produced. His performances took indian cricket to new heights.Had he been selfish, he could have scored more centuries than may legends. He always adjusted to the situation and was always flexible to the team. A wonderful human being, God Bless you and your family in all your future endeavors.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Beautifully written, and a fantastic insight into the great man. Thank you, Vijeeta.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

i ve been following many posts on cricinfo, also the blabber-jabber and criticism which mixes the comments section but look at this one! its like everybody over here is singing together for Dravids glory! show the stature of man! nice article Mrs Dravid! god bless thy family!

Posted by aativas on (March 12, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Very touching article. Glad to know that Rahul is as nice as is on cricket field. Hope Mrs. D's dreams of getting morning tea are fulfilled.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

So much of repesct for him as a Pakistani Fan ! A calm influence yet very focused ! Something to learn from.

Posted by Arvind3 on (March 12, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Ms. Vijeeta Dravid, you may be his wife, but surely, you are a huge fan of his. It shows in this article. Thank you for this article. These past days I can't get enough material to read about my idol Mr. Dravid. I still can't handle the thought that I won't see him play. This article sorta gives me closure. Dravid, you sir are an inspiration. I pray and hope that some day I get the privilege to shake hands with you. Thank you for everything. Wish you well from the bottom of my heart.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

Dear Mrs Dravid

Your husband was someone who I looked forward to every match. Keeping aside for a moment is stupendous talent and hardwork, the way he presented himself through so many years as a public figure itself is a goose bump inciting memory.

Thank you for writing this article and sharing a bit more on this great man.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

As the Media Manager for Sri Lanka Cricket, i have known Rahul from the time he stepped into the International arena. He to me was a breath of fresh air, and a gentleman far beyond compare. I remember hosting so many press conferences Post and pre Match with Rahul at the head table as Captain or Man of the Match. He would remove his cap as a token of respect to all scribes in attendance, but what impressed me most is his behavior and his modesty. During my tenure as a Television presenter and the host of the famous Sri Lanka's magazine show namely "The Dulux Cricket Show" in which i have interviewed 276 cricketers in a span of over 6 years, Rahul was my guest during a Test series here in Sri Lanka. He was so eloquent kind and classy, that i wound up the show with the motto of my Alma Mater " Esto Perpetua " which means " Be thou forever", in other words i wound up by saying, thanks Dravid,wish you were Sri Lankan, Sri Lankan Cricket fans love you.... Be thou for ever...God bless

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

We will miss the Wall and Mr.Dependable from now on.......He is one of the greatest Player in the History who had played in all difficult times and rescued Team India from defeats.......Best of Luck to Dravid and would love to see Junior Dravid on the Field in future.........

Posted by kpms on (March 12, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Rahul "The Wall" Dravid is a real perfectionist. He tried all his 16 years of his glorious International Career to do the best for his Team and the country.... Hats Off!!!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Thanks Vijeeta for this wonderful Insight you have provided on your hubby and thanks for supporting him wholeheartedly these nine years

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Thank you Mrs. Dravid. It has been wonderful reading this article. You have covered every aspect about him as wife point of view. A lot of credit goes to you as well who have given support of every kind to him especially when he needed it most. Best of luck to a wonderful couple in coming years and thank again for the article.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (March 12, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

Take a bow...Mr & Mrs. Dravid...wonderfully crafted article. We hope to benefit from RD's cerebral, ethical and erudite mind for many years to come.

Posted by Pwwwn on (March 12, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

Thank you Rahul for the memories. You are a role model, in cricket, in life. God bless your journey ahead.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

I wish I could be his guitar teacher(for beginner lessons only) :)

Posted by Renish83 on (March 12, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

For last couple of days, I am reading almost every article which is related to Dravid. It's now I am realizing, how much I am gonna miss him!!!..Truly a great player…

Posted by ROLAYH on (March 12, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

I believe he still needs to go to gym (may be not everyday)...because he will still be playing the IPL...Will be glad to see him there... Awesome player... I really liked the part about meditation and concentration building part...

Posted by shovwar on (March 12, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

The Indian Batsmen who can get my most respect as a gentleman has to be (Sir) Rahul Dravid. India does not produce gentleman like Dravid anymore....(e.g Kohli, Sehwag, etc) Infact, the older generation especially the 90s...Ganguly, Jadeja, Azhar, SACHIN, Srinath, Anil had humilities. I was a die hard Indian Fan in the 90s...Thinks changed when personalities like, Sehwag, Harbhajjan, Gambhir, Srisanth, Kohli started to play...There is a lot to learn from the Oldies how to behave Especially Mr. Dravid.....I salute you Sir and you are loved by cricket fans. He was one of the last 2 greatest Test cricketer...We still have Kallis....lets enjoy as long as they last.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

This one gives an insider's perspective of values of the man who we have grown up idolizing. Brilliant piece, indeed!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Where does Rahul go from here?? For someone who breaths Cricket, he is destined to be a great Sports Ambassador for this Country and for what he has served diligently on the field, he is very much likely to hold the highest post of ICC in the near future and i am sure he will serve the cricket community immensely by doing so, but let him not fall prey to the cash cow BCCI.Till then You can take your good time with Rahul and the kids too deserve time from him. However the nation and the cricket community needs him if we have to be a major force in Test Cricket world wide. The very fact that Rahul is not going to don India gloves again has already made our eyes sore.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

Became more fan of the wall! What a person he was! More from the cricket, he is very nice guy, very adorable! Thank you Mr Wall, I will always remember the way u have tried in my whole life! Thanks a lot! I will Proudly tell my children that i have seen Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar play live, even if it was on TV! :))

Posted by Meety on (March 12, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

Mn that was one of the best articles I have ever read on this site. What a fantastic insight into the man. "He has been to see a specialist in eye co-ordination techniques, for eye exercises for the muscles of his eyes." Wow, no stone unturned for this man. Always liked the guy, always felt he was one man you couldn't give a second chance to. Way back in the first test of this summer at the MCG, (seems like years ago), when Siddle bowled him off a no-ball, I was on holidays driving up the coast. I switched the radio off swearing under my breath (not so silent that my family couldn't hear), because I thought we had just lost the test & series, that's how highly I rated him. Whilst on a personal note the Oz tour was not a great swan song, I think his legacy will live on, as I would imagine Kohli learned a lot about how to score ugly runs when the going was tough. Dravid was no pushover this summer despite no being at his high standards, Kohli should of learned a lot!

Posted by Pathiyal on (March 12, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

the manner in which he played his game, the way he conducted himself on and off the field, the way he aired his calm and calculated opinions, his careful observations and philosophical views, the ever increasing popularity he achieves in all cricket playing continents as well as from the opposition teams - all of these indicated that he is a really classy and genuine individual. still, sitting far away from the genius, we could only assume about his character and personality. this write-up from his wife goes a long way in backing us with our ideas about the legend. Congrats to Rahul and his great family at this juncture, wishing them the very best in future too. hope to see him actively involved in Indian cricket. we love him so much and we need him for ever!!!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Straight from the heart ...refreshing...just like Jammy's drives.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Really nice article. admirable Hero has such support in family made Dravid even more tough in the field for opponents Good Luck for your future - for both Mr. and Mrs. Dravid.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

WOW!!!! What an insight into the life of The Wall. Thanks, Vijeeta.

Posted by Rage468 on (March 12, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

surely, the world has left yet another one of the finest batsman and a humble person. He will be remembered for long..

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Ma'am Vijithaa...! Your husband is a pride to Mother India. A real Gentleman. I'll wish him all the best of luck. I am from Sri Lanka.

Posted by waqarhashmi on (March 12, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Vijeeta ji thanks for a lovely artical, i am Rahuls fan from pakistan, when i read about his retirment believe me tears come to my eyes. To me as a cricket fan Rahul is a real star who born once in life time.

Rahul cricket gona miss you always. wish you all the very best in your life.

Posted by AIRkris on (March 12, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

my favourite indian player, i hope i can meet him one day..

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

"he had a coach, Keki Tarapore, who probably taught him to be a good human being along with being a good cricketer"....... Thank you Mr. Tarapore. God bless you.

Posted by sharidas on (March 12, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Rahul, Whatever you do, do not give up on the Gym.

Posted by Girdhar_Jitender on (March 12, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

I salute "Dravid Family" from the bottom of my heart. Your contribution to the Indian Cricket will always be remembered by the cricket loving nation.

Posted by ooper_cut on (March 12, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Thank you Mrs.Dravid for letting us have a glimpse of what we already bet existed about the other side of Mr.Perfect.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Made for each other..! thanks Mrs. Rahul for this article and being behind him in each and everything he has done...! it will be very hard to digest that there will be no rahul at no. 3. but everything has an end...he had sacrificed his family and his family had missed him...lets thank his family first...thanks everyone..and lets not forget Mrs. Rahul...thanks again madam..have a great series ahead! god bless...!

Posted by akskada on (March 12, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Had great respect for Rahul even before this article but this pieces further reinforces his place as one of the finest cricketers not only from India but the entire cricketing world...

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

you are goddess for us(fans).you have given your whole career for him,it was not too easy.thaks a lot

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

Nice article Mam,We double proud of your Great Husband, Becoz Dravid is a Kannadiga.........

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

What a wonderful testament to the man, from his better half, his wall..respect to the Dravid family..

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

what a lovely article...Thanks Vijeeta for giving us an insight on Rahul's life..a true hero

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Very nicely written! Nice insight. Thank you.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Hope we all can Imbibe some of the qualities highlighted by Mrs.Dravid in us.Humility,to accept reality ,stop complaining and most imprtant improve continually.Just a thought anyway have we seen the last great test batsman disappear into the horizon.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

till now.... i love Rahul as a player. now i think i know a lot about this perfect gentleman with enormous passion and commitment with the game. I think this wall is unbreakable. Now, it opened a door to our youngsters (even some senior players too) to pass through and to learn more. Not just cricket.. but how a real cricketer has to be. Really what a wonderful man he is... On my knees i pay my respect to him. Well done Rahul. Al least i will never forget you.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

A perfectly-written piece... Possibly the best one to have appeared since he announced his decision...

Posted by americanfootballfan on (March 12, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

I am not a cricket fan. But I have always admired Rahul Dravid. For he is a gentleman, a good guy who always played by the rules. Decent, good people like him have always been rare anywhere in this world. BTW he looks like one of my school friend who is now an engineer. Best of luck, sincerely from my heart.

Posted by parasddun on (March 12, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Thanks to cricinfo team for the article.Newspapers are filled with stories of his deeds on the field, but this article reveals something which all the fans had been desperately waiting for...THANKS AGAIN.

Posted by aurovasudev on (March 12, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Wish you all the best, Bahurani! Our blessings for both of you for a peaceful and successful life.

Posted by Mr-Charisma on (March 12, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

quite an article mrs.dravid...dravid is such a gentleman.......a fan from pakistan.....

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Lovely Article...!!! Thanks for sharing Rahul's life from the other side. You must be proud of the sacrifice you have done and also that you have a wonderful person who is your hubby. We will all miss Dravid. Hope one of your kids will follow his father's footsteps.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

For long Rahul has soldiered on as the brave one, often the bravest one. And almost always he was eclipsed by the "Hero of the day". Too long, far too long. A statesman and leader in his own right, Rahul Sharad Dravid, have a great new life and remember that we will always remember- the average Test match fanatic fan of India. You brought dignity into a selfish and increasingly bratish sport! PS: Would love to see you as batting coach of India or as an administrator of cricket.

Posted by Jana_rs on (March 12, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Very interesting article....nice to read it....Rahul is my all time fav & childhood hero..still we all getting a chance to see him live on IPL...will support Rajasthan Royals, as he is going to be part of/ lead the team- the only reason!! :)

Posted by athem79 on (March 12, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Super insight on Mr. Wall from Mrs. Wall. Always read and heard of his calmness. Loosing temperament only on one occasion in a career of 16 years is an achievement by itself. I don't need to give him an advice but with this caliber he should start guiding individuals on controlling emotions and temperament. I will be the first one to join his institute.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

what an article i great couple a wonderful wife writing about her loving husband hats off

Posted by Fuzz1973 on (March 12, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Vijeeta, Thanks for sharing with the world the real Mr. Nice Guy Auto entry into " The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen " He is Personification of the Term " A Legend " Good luck to all four of you.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

True Champion family.... No fuss at all.. Defines the simple but proud Indian middle class.. Aai Dravid has written a gem on Baba Dravid :)

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

Thanks a lot Vijeeta, that was really nice of you. Best of luck to your family :)

Posted by DeepakL on (March 12, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Thanks for sharing wonderful facts abt Rahul.

Posted by kuwupu on (March 12, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Thanks to wonderful inside facts about Rahul Dravid! I have been always big fan of your husband. Thank you Vijeeta, i hope you do get your bonus Chai! :) Wish you all the best to your family!

Posted by girishnks on (March 12, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

What a lovely article from someone who has seen Rahul at such close quarters and lived his life with him. It speaks volumes of the man that he is and actually her description of him is almost to the T the same as the person that I as a fan visualized him to be. Which only proves that he is a genuine person who played the game with the spirit that is deserves. Rahul is one of the people who became true legends during thier playing career without being treated like one. He deserves a seperate pedestal and a seperate footnote in history that he does not need to share with anyone. He will be sorely missed not just for the qmount of runs he scored but for the dignity and conduct he bought to the game. Wishing you the very best for everything in the future Rahul.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

By reading this article today I believe this oldest proverb: "BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL MAN, THERE IS A WOMAN". Thanks Mrs. Dravid for the wonderful insight.Wow.. what an article !. Best on Rahul so far. I admire Rahul for his determination, hard work and work ethic. These qualities are needed in any field. I think any MBA institute can use Rahul as a use case. One of the best things I came to know through this article is, Rahul talking about dropped catch with his wife, not discussing anything else. This easily shows how much he cares for others. I once read in his interview ,' if I drop a catch I feel very bad, because bowler has done all the hard work of getting the batsmen make a mistake and I drop the catch, all effort of the bowler is wasted.

Posted by obstreperous on (March 12, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

A fine insight from a real insider. You have earned that morning cup of tea, Vijeeta.

Posted by Rahul_Paharia on (March 12, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Lovely surprise. It is a very very well written article, given us rare insights into the person behind the great cricketer.

Posted by crickey_fan on (March 12, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

Mrs. Dravid, This is a truly memorable piece. It provides so much insight into the man and the amount of sweat, toil and dedication a top level athlete has to put in to reach the summit. The article has some wonderful tidbits that provide a glimpse into Rahul Dravid's life and preparation beyond the cameras. One thing stands out... "I can say that he was able to get the absolute maximum out of his abilities as an international cricketer. " Not many cricketers or people in any walk of life can say that with all their heart. With Dravid, you just knew that is true. He extracted everything and more. Thanks for all the memories.

Posted by Arpra on (March 12, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Does perfection run in the family? This is so well written with not a comma out of place. Thanks Vijeta, for sharing this...

Posted by kudnip on (March 12, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

wat a tribute to a great player...It gives us an insight of the life of a cricket legend.

Posted by Admo on (March 12, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Wonderful piece. Thanks Vijeeta for sharing a slice of your life!

The good news is Samit is interested in cricket and he saw baba Dravid score a ton at Lords and saw his name on the Lord's Honours Board. If at all Samit does become a cricketer, we can be all be rest assured it will be for the right reasons and he will come up the right way.

Apologies for bringing in this dynastic angle. But the loss of Dravid makes one despair so much for another such cricketer.

Posted by RahulWise on (March 12, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Wow.. what an article !. Best on Rahul so far.

I admire Rahul for his determination, hard work and work ethic. These qualities are needed in any field. I think any MBA institute can use Rahul as a use case.

One of the best things I came to know through this article is, Rahul talking about dropped catch with his wife, not discussing anything else. This easily shows how much he cares for others. I once read in his interview ,' if I drop a catch I feel very bad, because bowler has done all the hard work of getting the batsmen make a mistake and I drop the catch, all effort of the bowler is wasted' .

Ganguly told, Dravid should have retired after England itself.

Dravid is not Dravid, he will never do things which harm the team, he is not selfish like many other players or running behind fame.

A true legend, and a very nice human being.

We miss you Rahul. I will stop watching test cricket. I used to stay all up in the night to watch you, I dont need to do that any more.

Posted by vbkrish on (March 12, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Interesting article.Throwing the chair after a huge loss, talking about dropped catches, sensing the difference in weight of his bat, sitting on the same chair, where Dilshan sat to scorer a century were all funny to read. DRAVID, we will MISS YOU.

Posted by kasyapm on (March 12, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Thanks a lot for this article!! Gives us some insight into how the legend thinks. The article was organized in a brilliant way. Thanks a ton!

Posted by SouthPaw on (March 12, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Very nice insight into one of the greatest cricketers to have walked the earth! It is easy to connect all what the writer is saying to Dravid, having seen the result of application of his meditation, fitness regimen, conduct and the respect for the game.

Posted by nikhilbengeri on (March 12, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

By reading this article today I believe this oldest proverb: "BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL MAN, THERE IS A WOMAN". Thanks Mrs. Dravid for the wonderful insight.

Posted by crazy_heads on (March 12, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

nice article....http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/238187.html, is this the game she was referring to when she says "Only once, I remember, he returned from a Test and said, "I got a bit angry today. I lost my temper. Shouldn't have done that." "

Posted by StopSmoking on (March 12, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

So, there is another Dravid on the planet after all! :) 'Hi, Mrs. Dravid, please don't hurt our Mr. Dravid, give him love behalf of all of us, Thank You for sharing Rahul' :) Jokes apart! Dravid threw chair!!!!! WOW I am not really surprised seeing how upset he gets when he drops catches! We can even see it during the game as well. Rahul will be missed dearly, but it was very dignified and right call. Best wishes for more family time, thanks for the happiness.

Posted by chathapuram on (March 12, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

Vijeeta,

For such a nice person what to say Only good things will happen to him.All the very best in new life style..Love and Blessings

Posted by Valbhipur on (March 12, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

WOW... Such an original note for a legend from his wife... I expected a routine "Husband praising" note... I was completely blown away. The sayings says, "There is a woman behind every successful man" Rahul seem to be blessed with two behind him... ! His mother (Not to take anything away from Father..) and now his wife.. The feel in the article is so genuine that I felt compelled to write a comment! I just pray that BCCI would use Rahul's services for the sake of Indian cricket... Rahuls and Kumbles comes along only once in blue moon!!

Posted by India_boy on (March 12, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

thank you mam for this great insight. Like millions across the globe, I too am a big fan of Sir Dravid. Just when I thought I knew everything about this great person, this gem of a mini biography comes along! It is very hard to imagine someone as successful and yet as grounded and professional as this guy. But about as much credit goes to you as well for being his pillar of strength and bringing up the kids almost all alone in his absence(as Sir Dravid also mentioned in his farewell press conference). Hope to see Samit or Anvay follow in their baba's footsteps someday and bring more laurels to the country. thank you once again

Posted by JoydeepGupta on (March 12, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

Well, this is getting really emotional :-)) Cricinfo has been always Dravid's own site.

Posted by SSLakshman on (March 12, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

A very well written article... most of the indian cricket fans would agree that Rahul has done more than enough to the team india. We will be missing you Rahul ! Have a great life ahead !

Posted by RGP1 on (March 12, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

The Wall behind the Wall. Thank you Vijeeta for sharing Rahul with us for that much longer.

Posted by Vpx23 on (March 12, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Great in depth Article about you man & Our Hero Vijeeta ! Please get him into the commentary box occasionally.

Posted by SmiSri on (March 12, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

Vijeeta, Thank you so much for sharing this insight into the way Rahul LIVES his cricket - I've followed his career since his Ranji trophy days and it's feels like the end of an era, now that he's retired. Here's wishing you and your family all the happiness that this phase brings and we know that we'll be seeing Rahul move to his next challenge soon enough!

Posted by dnarmstrong on (March 12, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Fantastic insight into an ornament of the game and the discipline his game was built upon. Wonderful cricketer and person, and this was a great read.

Posted by RohanBhalerao on (March 12, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

WOW..! Thank you very much Ma'am for giving an insight into the man from close quarters. If not for this article by you, the world would have been starved of some very important information like the PREPARATION by the great man. I am sure this will inspire many. THANKS again..!

Posted by Rahul_78 on (March 12, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

So far of all the millions of articles written on Rahul this one is by miles the best. I am sure it is not an easy job to be a wife of an Indian cricketer who are treated as a demigods in our country. Lot of credit should go to the long, successful and illustrious career of Rahul to Vijeta and his parents. Have a wonderful journey in a life after cricket.

Posted by Charindra on (March 12, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

Good to read a wife's account. Refreshing. I wish Mathimalar Muralitharan could also write something like this.... :)

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (March 12, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

Vijeeta a good wife for Dravid in not only understanding him , which is quite normal for a Indian woman but also planning for Dravid after post retirement life. This line says how lovely she planned :"l I know he likes his routine and he's in a good zone when he is in his routine, so we will have to create one at home for him. Getting the groceries could be part of that. A cup of tea in the morning for his wife would be a lovely bonus". And also about Dravid , he lives life in simple way which means he just doesn't care about dresses, watches and all...Oh my god, for 20 years he is been same. My head is rolling :-o. How did he manage that?? Hats off!..Lots to learn from you Dravid apart from Cricket on how you managed success and protect yourself from ill effects of success like ego, being proud, and many bad qualities we generally get after success. And now i am feeling if i get a chance i will grab it with two hands to meet RD once, " Sir, can i meet you once :-)?"..i know its tough

Posted by narayanan723 on (March 12, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

Superbly written. I always look forward to getting know about how life away from the spotlight works for these sportsmen. Interesting to read about the informal dresses.

Posted by philipbkk on (March 12, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

Wonderful article..honest and reinforces the point as to why Dravid has been so successful...Test cricket will not be same without dravid

Posted by CRKS on (March 12, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

good one ..thanks for the article!

Posted by cricket_vijay on (March 12, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Mrs Dravid, You can dream on about having Dravid back at home, I think he is destined for other things. Indian coach(atleast batting), KSCA administrator and maybe one day CM or a PM :)

Posted by ShivRaj09 on (March 12, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

Thanks Vijeta for this nice article about my HERO and Idol "Rahul" It is my dream to meet my hero at least once in my life . I want to meet him along with my kid and want to show him Idol of his father. I know he will be equally excited for this opportunity. We all are going to miss RD in cricket .

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (March 12, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

No tribute s enough to compensate all he has done to Indian cricket..

Posted by pitch_it_up on (March 12, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

Interesting! Gives the other side of RD. May he have an equally successful post-retirment life.

BTW, is this the same Keki Tarapore who tried insulting Kapil Dev when we was attending some junior/under 16 training camp in Mumbai...over some food and India not producing fast bowlers??

Posted by kirantalatam on (March 12, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

Thanks for sharing it with us Vijeeta!!

Posted by AbelBabel on (March 12, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Thank you for the glimpse into your partnership, Mrs Dravid, with the most intense cricketer I've had the pleasure of watching. Perhaps Rahul will give us his view of his entire cricket career, including the most recent few innings that turned out the statistical oddity of being bowled/ hit wicket. Perhaps it was a change in the routine?

Posted by ShivakumarAiyar on (March 12, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

Very Good Article by someone who can be said to be the closest to him in the last decade. The insight into Dravid the person is inseparable from Dravid the Cricketer & the info. is only be a corroboration of what we have believed of "Rahul - The Perfectionist' Dravid " especially cricket fans who have observed him both 'On & Off the field ' for the last decade or so.

To Dravid the Dependable - The entire nation & Cricketing World Salutes you for your Contribution to Cricket. The game of Cricket would have been much poorer without Players/Sportsmen like you. We believe every word of yours as Gospel when you said that "might have failed at times, but 'NEVER STOPPED TRYING' " & we are 'ETERNALLY GRATEFUL' to you for the way you played the Game.

Must admit that Amitabh's tweet very aptly sums up the tribute to u " Affable, Selfless & a true Gentleman of the game- DESERVED GREATER GLORIFICATION" . I could not agree more especially the last part.

Posted by RajeshNaik on (March 12, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

This is a surprise. Thanks Cricinfo. Thanks Vijeta.

Posted by abhijitsakhare on (March 12, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

great article for a great sportsman.

Posted by nagiamar24 on (March 12, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

Nice insight of the Dravid.

Posted by chaitukash79 on (March 12, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

Oh my word! Amazingly well written article :-). I am not a very emotional person, but reading this column gave me a lump in my throat. Farewell to a champ.. and Vijeeta, you should consider a career in writing cricket columns! Very very good job.

Posted by Longmemory on (March 12, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Thank you for such a fabulous treat! It is great to read a piece like this - from someone who couldn't possibly be closer to the man himself. The sentence about Dravid immediately knowing if his bat was off by even a gram reminded me of a story I once read about Pete Sampras. His regular stringer had run out of the usual paint that he used to draw the big "W" (for Wilson) on the stringbed of Pete's racket and used a slightly different paint. As soon as Pete took the racket out of its plastic bag to use it, he knew something was off - and discarded it as it didn't feel right. Stories like that remind you that at the level of Dravid or Sampras its not very different from that of a Yehudi Menuhin and his violin or Chaurasia and his flute.

Posted by Black_Rider on (March 12, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Dear Vijeeta,,, i am a sri lankan.Dravid is the only person that i loved in the Indian Team.He is a down to earth person.You are very lucky to have a person like him.Sanga, Murali, Mahela, Dravid, Laxman, Lara, Fleming all are great human beings among some greedy and big mouth cricketers.

Posted by thinktank1 on (March 12, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

I think from now on it's going to be a big challenge for Dravid to live against the routine.. It takes some time to sink in.

Posted by karachi_hibachi on (March 12, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

Thank you so much for sharing.

Posted by banter123 on (March 12, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Many people are blessed with talent and called a wonder-kid when they are climbing the ladders of success.Dravid was an exception,its by sheer hard work alone that he became a cricketing legend. As a sportsmen Dravid must be aware of the problems faced by differrent aspiring sportsstars,if he initates a moment to help the condition of Indian sports,it would be such a pleasure.Thank you Mrs.Dravid.

Posted by svenkat02 on (March 12, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

Truly marvellous article. Can't get more insight into the life of Rahul Dravid than this article. Great people have certain qualities that are pretty much the same among each great person, and Dravid is no exception. His wife Vijeta is an excellent writer and has done a great job in telling us a lot of things that we didnt know about this great man and has made us feel that we Dravid fans know nothing about him.

Posted by AjitNarayan on (March 12, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

What an article! Thanks Mrs. Dravid, you have brought a tear to my eye.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (March 12, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

Nice article by Rahul wife, you cannot achieve what Rahul achieved without being perfectionist. Future of great legend should be sound and safe in India because BCCI has lots of money and Rahul can go into politics, or commentary. Life is full of entertainment in politics.

Posted by gsivakumar3010 on (March 12, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

Well written, Mrs Dravid. Enjoyed reading about one of my favorite cricketer. I wish Rahul Dravid all the very best. Though I will miss seeing him in Indian colours, Dravid deserves to have a great retirement after all these years of selfless service.

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