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'I may have thought too much about the game but that's who I was'

For Rahul Dravid, analysing his cricket and working his weaknesses out methodically was a way of making up for his relative lack of conventional talent

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 9, 2012

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At the launch of Timeless Steel, an anthology of writings on him published by ESPNcricinfo and Walt Disney India, Rahul Dravid spoke to Sanjay Manjrekar and Harsha Bhogle. Some excerpts.

On being seen as an intellectual, and whether he is comfortable with the tag
I am comfortable with that tag because that's who I was. I'm not hiding away from the fact that I did think deeply about this game, and I thought deeply because I loved it. I wanted to know how good I could become. I challenged myself, I asked questions. That's who I was.

People are different. I am not the only intense or intellectual cricketer. I played with other cricketers who could be pretty intense and intellectual. I know Sanjay was too - not to the obsessive levels that I was sometimes, but he was. The beauty of this game is, it allows different people to succeed; it allows everyone to express themselves. In some ways, this intellectualism, or this curiosity, was a strength for me. As well as a weakness sometimes.

On his obsession with technique
There are many who would say that. There were times when I thought too much about it. But that was who I was. Thinking about the game, working my weaknesses out, worked for me. I wasn't the most prodigiously talented cricketer in Karnataka, let alone India. Some of my team-mates in my school team could hit the ball cleaner than I do. I had to work through that lack of talent, so to speak, that lack of natural flair. Runs never came easy for me. That was the foundation for this thinking. It was a strength. I was able to overcome a lot of things. There were times in my career when I overdid it, and that was a red flag.

I realised it myself too, and a lot of senior players would tell me too, like you [Manjrekar], Anil [Kumble] and [Javagal] Srinath constantly being in my ear, telling me to just relax. But as a young kid growing up, desperate to do well, it was not always the most natural thing for me to do. As I matured, I managed it better. I don't think the basic trait will ever go away, but I managed the whole process better.

On the idea of being "less talented"
I think we judge talent wrong. What do we see as talent? I think I have made the same mistake myself. We judge talent by people's ability to strike a cricket ball. The sweetness, the timing. That's the only thing we see as talent. Things like determination, courage, discipline, temperament, these are also talent. I think when we judge talent, we have got to look at the whole package.

The talent I was mentioning was about striking the cricket ball. It's difficult to explain but some people just have it. You can look at a kid and say he has got it. Sourav Ganguly just had it - to time the cover-drive. You could see it. Sachin has it. Viru has it. You won't necessarily say that about Gautam so much. Not that he is less successful. That's what we see as talent.

We don't actually look at the other side of talent. We say a talented player didn't make it, but maybe he didn't have the other talent. I hate to bring this example up: Vinod [Kambli] is one of the nicest guys I have met. When [Karnataka] played him in Rajkot, Vinod got 150 against Srinath, Anil. First ball Anil came on to bowl, he hit him straight into the concrete wall. At short leg, you said, "Man, amazing, how did he do that? I wish I could do that." But maybe he didn't have the talent in other areas. Of just understanding what it took to be an international cricketer, or dealing with the stress and pressure. I can only guess. But maybe Sachin had that much more. Maybe in that other side of things, I was luckily much more talented.

On reading, conversing, showing an interest in others' lives
It was a way to escape. I thought about cricket a lot. I needed to get out of this bubble of mine. I found it in books and conversations with other people about other things. I was a curious person and this was my release. I like being challenged intellectually. I hated at the end of the day to talk cricket to someone else. I was talking to myself about cricket all the time, so I needed to talk to somebody else about something else. Took a lot of pressure off me. When I was reading books, or trying to find out what was interesting in others' lives, I wasn't thinking about cricket.

On getting angry, particularly the one incident described by Sehwag to his wife, Vijeeta, where he threw a chair in the dressing room
I don't think I was a person who got angry easily. I didn't need to be conscious of it, but I did realise that when I did get angry or let someone enter infiltrate my cocoon, I didn't play well. I was almost playing for the wrong reasons. There were a lot of times I was trying to prove someone wrong. In those cases I would never do well. Sometimes I tried to manufacture it to see if motivated me, but it didn't.

[On that occasion] I was partly angry with myself. We were leading the [2006] series 1-0, going into Bombay against England. I won the toss and I bowled first, which I don't think in hindsight was a smart decision. We bowled badly on the first day on a wicket that did help the seamers a bit, we batted terribly, and in the end I was angry at myself too, because I hadn't batted particularly well. I thought I made a wrong decision upfront. And then to end up capitulating on the last day when we could have easily played out a draw... I got a bit upset that day.

On captaincy
Let me say, it's been a great honour and privilege to captain India. When I got the opportunity, I took it up with a certain amount of energy and enthusiasm. I wanted to do it. At the time I gave it up, I felt that somehow, over a period of time, that had gone. Maybe it was the amount of cricket we played, or some of the up-and-down results we had. We had some good results, and crushing disappointments was well. All that took a toll on me. When I gave up, I wasn't enjoying it. I was getting up in the morning, before a one-day game, and thinking, "Oh god, another game of cricket." I had never felt like that about a game of cricket.

It's a tough job. It's a challenging job, no doubt about it. There is a lot of stuff that happens outside the field that you need to deal with quite well. In hindsight there is a lot of stuff that I can look back on and say, "Maybe you could have done that better." I don't know any captain who will not look back and say, "Maybe some things I could have done better."

I'd like to believe I still did a pretty good job. I could have done a better job, yes. If I paced out better, maybe if some results had gone our way, especially the World Cup. It takes a toll on you emotionally. If some results had gone our way, I would have been able to carry on.

On Greg Chappell
Right from the first time I met him in Australia, and Sourav introduced us, I thought he was a terrific man to talk cricket with. People like Greg have grown up with the game. They talk the game, they discuss the game, they have grown up in an era of Australian cricket where they would play the game and sit back and spend hours at the bar discussing the game. There was a lot he could offer, in terms of knowledge, from his experiences of having played the game so much. He was a great batsman, he knew batting, he understood batting. There was a lot he could help young kids with.

On the impression that it was Chappell's team and not Dravid's
It was my team. It was obviously my team. Because Greg was a strong personality, because he was himself a great cricketer, and because of the fanfare and the publicity that came with whatever he did, it sometimes gave the impression that it was his team more than my team or our team or the Indian team. That's the nature of the person; he is the kind of person who can polarise opinion. He is a strong personality. Comes across like that. I always felt that it was my team. I was always happy with the way things went.

On the decline of cricket conversation among cricketers
It definitely happens less and less. In a way it is a sign of professionalism. People are cooling down, having ice baths, having stretches, going to the physio. Getting together happens less and less. I am sure when guys get together they talk about cricket, but I think there are more distractions - so much more to do. A lot more external entertainment. People don't want to hang around in dirty, smelly dressing rooms, you know. That's one of the sad things about the game.

I remember long train journeys in our time, when playing first-class cricket. And in the evening you hear GS Viswanath and Syed Kirmani talk about the game, or Carlton Saldanha or Roger Binny. You have their undivided attention. You are pestering them with questions. They are having conversations among themselves, and you are eavesdropping on those conversations. A lot of my learning happened on these train journeys; I really enjoyed them. Sometimes I miss that. Creating that environment for that sometimes is missing.

People do talk cricket, but it is different when it is casual and relaxed. Someone asks you specific advice, it is different. The best learnings happen in these casual conversations. You are talking to someone else, and someone eavesdrops - those are some of my fondest memories.

On eliminating his exaggerated trigger movement, and whether it contributed to his getting bowled repeatedly in Australia
I did try and stay stiller rather than have that exaggerated shuffle. Actually, after I started playing well, it happened naturally. As time went on, as I batted better and better, that trigger movement became less and less. I tried to try and stop doing it. Partly because I was falling over a lot.

My timing went off a little bit. It's a tricky one, timing. Probably I was late on the ball. The timing of the coming down of the bat, maybe I lost that a little bit. Maybe they bowled well. Thing with these tours is, there is not a lot of time in between to analyse too much. There is not a lot of time to go back and work on some of these small things that come into your batting.

On his possible future in cricket administration
Nobody can do anything about the governance of the game. It's an impossible task I think.

I'm joking. It's a great game, it has been part of my life, I will always love to be some way involved in it. What form that takes, and how it happens, you never know. I have got to be humble about it. A lot of people who I respect and who have been able to make a contribution have always taken some time away from the game. I have lived this game, played this game, for about 25 years. I think it's not a bad idea to step away from it, look from outside, get a perspective and then come back. I don't know what form it might take. It's too great a game for me to "give back to it", but I will love to be associated.

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Posted by desi-blue on (July 12, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

@ Rahul Darirar:Enough about Dravid,what has he done anyway??He has a modest record at best...some of his barely mentionable achievements are that he is only the second batsman after SRT to score 13000 test runs,he is the first batsman to score centuries against all test playing nations,he holds the record for the most number of catches in test cricket,was the first player at no.3 to score 10000 runs,holds the record for not being dismissed on a duck for 120 consecutive innings,he also holds the record for the highest percentage contribution of runs scored in matches won under a single captain,where the captain has won more than 20 tests and the list goes on and on...anyway like i said enough of this average cricketer...lets have a look at YOUR professional cricket record..shall we???

Posted by csudeepta on (July 10, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

@IndnCrktfan..just change the point of view and a new picture emerges. the 100s haven't resulted in losses, the 100s have come in matches that India went on to loss. A loss would mean batsmen failed. So a greater % here actually means a greater contribution vis-a-vis other batsmen.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (July 10, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

I don;t like to compare RD with SRT as they are two different types of batsmen but I am compelled to provide with these data as some of u keep arguing abt who is netter. These numebrs r only for test matches. ~44% of RD's centuries have resulted in Draw compared to SRT's 39%. ~11% of RD's centuries have resulted in loss whereas ~21% of SRT's centuries hv resulted in a loss and finally ~44% of RD's centuries have won the etst match as compared to ~39% of SRT's centuries. All in ALL Dravid's centuries hav helped the team better than SRT's in either winning or drawing the test match than in a losing cause. We can break this down to a much higher resolution (for exampleHome vs. Away)

Posted by ian_ghose on (July 10, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

I'd like to see if he actually concedes the fact the senior Indian players namely Tendulkar, Ganguly, Sehwag, Z Khan and H Singh underperformed in the 2007 World Cup just to undermine Greg Chappell, something that sadly stands a blot on Dravid's captaincy. What was starker was how they started performing again once Chappell had been booted out in the England series that followed. I think that's what disgusted Dravid and he quit the India captaincy. I wonder if its talked about in the book.

Posted by D.Sharma on (July 10, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

And still people go on about strike rates in tests. Tendulkar isn't special in this category, so I don't know why people compare Rahul and Statchin regarding this. When Dravid faces 100 balls, he scores 43, and Endulkar, 54. Wow! What a big difference! Wait till Selfishulkar matches Sehwag, then we'll talk.

Posted by Asura1 on (July 10, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

I sometimes visit this comments section just for the lulz and the below comment made me happy first thing in the morning. Hilarious stuff and thanks to the author for such great comedy "It was no coincidence that we won the world cup in 2011 after he was dropped."

Posted by Asura1 on (July 10, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Rahul Dravid is the best Batsmen for India in the modern era. I dont care about T20, IPL or even ODIs, to me cricket is all abou tests and hence RD is the bestbatsmen. lol at some comments by cricket noobs...lol again at who said RD received more credit than sachin. I like both sachin and RD, they both are legends in their own way and one cannot replace the other. But ST fans always would like to defame RD and try prove ST as a better player. Its the problem with these noob fans rather than the players. lol

Posted by athem79 on (July 10, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

@kh1902 . . to add to your point . . the reason why SRT was successful in the last 10 years . . . Because Wall was along side with him and VVS was yet to follow. Hence Sachin can play with more ease. Also, look at the ratio of wins dedicated to RDravid as against Sachin. Please don't compare match-wise, compare local vs international and ensure you include both players are playing those matches. RDravid would outplay Sachin

Posted by ramnivas354 on (July 10, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

Rahual dravid was the pillar for our indian team, really i love his game because he is the only player who with stands all the time for our indian team ,he is really an awesome player.

Posted by shankupals on (July 10, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

@nawabofcricket : Whenever you support counter others argument, please furnish facts/stats like how many match winning innings. We indians did not win many matches. As far as I remeber I could only recollect not more than 4 of his innings as match winning. But anyhow I like him becuase he is one of the batsmen we could rely on.. Whenever he scores, he stays there for long like taking 120 balls to score 30 runs. Yeah I agree that his technique is good but also he is not at all a fluent batsmen. I put Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the same league as Dravid.

Posted by nickydude on (July 10, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

In response to kh1902, wud request him to check India's home & especially overseas wins & draws from 1996 to 2011 with Dravid's contributions in it & then please comment about cricket:)

Posted by kh1902 on (July 10, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

As usual Dravid always gets bouqets and no brickbats. His failures, and there have been many, have always been conveniently overlooked by his army of one-eyed fans. Dravid can consider himself fortunate that he was never subjected to the scrutiny that Tendulkar has been. When Tendulkar has one failure, everyone puts him down and starts praising Dravid. Time and time again, Tendulkar has rescued India in difficult situations when Dravid has failed. On some occasions, Dravid has done the same and he gets praised endlessly. People then conveniently forget his previous failures. Sachin Tendulkar is India's greatest ever batsman. His only crime is being too successful for his own good.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

Any amount of twist and turn will not land Rahul in any controversy. He is the real lotus. He was a testimony to the fact that talent is cheaper than table salt if widowed without attitude. His pristine human atributes qunitessential for success took him to the world of great neatness and he combined these qualities with talent to become one of the best ever Indian batsmen and irrefutably the games's greatest gentleman

Posted by nawabofcricket on (July 10, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

Darira, check your facts. Rahul was involved in more more match winning determined innings than SRT. He was the best of the best cricket player ( The Wall, was not just a name, look at why the world called him that) and he is one the best human beings to have played cricket that all cricket fans should be proud of and all aspiring cricket players should draw inspiration from.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (July 9, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

A truly special cricketer.He may not have had the talent to hit the ball but he had the talent to pick the right ball to drive elegantly.Its a shame captaincy took such a toll on his career.His innings at Trent Bridge last year on a wildly seaming greentop was truly impressive considering he opened against a high quality attack.Still the guy I'd choose to bat for my life!

Posted by dbping on (July 9, 2012, 22:01 GMT)

Its sad that fans of one player have to debase other players records simply to show their heroes in a better light. Rahul Dravid was the epitome of professionalism in the Indian team and its a shame that there are people who ridicule him because of his supposedly poor record abroad.

Posted by Alexk400 on (July 9, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

Sometimes if player thinks too much about game ( amateur ) not good at leadership. May be he was a great student of game and strategy and stuff. As greg chappel said he could have been great leader if everybody played for Rahul dravid. That said Dhoni is great leader because he just wins. He is extremely lucky in that opponents choke on all his moves. Dhoni's moves not based on strategy or deep thinking..more of gut instinct. Also somehow same team in 2007 choked under dravid and now they won world cup in 2011. Yes it was in india but india did not win in 1996. Even though i am hardcore sehwag fan , sehwag needs to shutup and stop talking about dhoni and his worldcup win. I feel sourgrapes because he choked in final. Dhoni got arrogant and egomaniac after workd cup win. Sehwag should do his bat talking and he is not a good talker with his mouth. For me dhoni earned everything no one gave to him anything free. He is damn lucky in that sense.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

All the talks about him being a great test batsman! Check his records in the last 5 years, except for one series in England, he was ordinary. He got bowled 8 times in Australia lol, what a technique! All that Dravid fans have is one test match in Australia and one in Pakistan. This is out of 150 that he played.

Posted by Asura1 on (July 9, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Sri Rahul Dravid is such a blessing to the game, If cricket were a person then he/she would be EXTREMELY proud to have a son like RD. What a player, what an intellectual, what a character, what an orator, what a fighter and what a rock solid stylish warrior. R.E.S.P.E.C.T!!!!!

Posted by hhillbumper on (July 9, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

This bloke could walk into any team and be of huge benefit to the talent and spirit of the team.Shame he had to play for India as he has never been given his due credit due to Tendulkar.I know who is the better batsman and it ain't Sachin

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

I really pity d peopl who cud nt njoyed or undrstood this genious's batting. A selfless teamman who won many battles for india on terrible pirches bt nvr receivd his due,due to lack of intelignce n understanding of the game among indians. Sublime wit technique n courage of everst size made him stand apart among other so called match winners.I just Loved to watch this Genious fr 15 years n he nvr disapponted me...kudos to Mr rahul Dravid..the best batsman in last 20 yrs india has produced..u will b remebrd till my last breath,Sir.......Thanks fr all loving memories....

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

He should have realized all his so called "talents" are good only for the Test matches. Not one days or T20, and yet he tried playing every format and prevented younger players from getting chances. Good he was dropped from the ODI team. It was no coincidence that we won the world cup in 2011 after he was dropped.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

It's Always nice to hear when Rahul Dravid speaks no matter whether plays cricket or Attend a Press Meet or Cricket discussion, he does it with such a calmness and authority.. One of the MOST RESPECTED sports person and Human Being.. dearly miss him in Indian Colors but in a way an opportunity for an Youngster to fill in the shoes left over..

Posted by nrgknale on (July 9, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Rahul Dravid to me is one of the best test batsman India has ever produced. Other than the recent abberation he has been the only batsman to consistently stick it out in hostile conditions on away tours while the rest crumbled. I truly admire his honesty; he wasn't naturally gifted like Tendulkar or Sehwag, but his iron clad determination, fantastic ethos and superhuman level of concentration really did him wonders as evinced by his staggering statistics. Indian culture romanticizes inborn virtues and a subsequent sense of destiny. But in reality diligence and hard work actually matters more than innate talent not just in pro sport but life in general as shown by Malcom Gladwell's research. Kids, not just aspiring cricketers would do themselves good by internalizing Dravid's message.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

"Some of my team-mates in my school team could hit the ball cleaner than I do. I had to work through that lack of talent, so to speak, that lack of natural flair. Runs never came easy for me. "

That sums it up. Kohli at #3 already won us more games than Dravid in his whole career. The main talent he had was to step on other people's head (e.g. Ganguly when Chappel came along and Tendulkar)

Posted by Selassie-I on (July 9, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

a top man, he shall be missed. Here is hoping that he enters administration, the BCCI could really do with some clear, forward thinking minds who put the game ahead of everything... including personal gain.

Posted by Outside_Off_Stump on (July 9, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Best Test batsman India has ever produced, all round nice guy, and one of the most impressive minds of our game. Rahul, take a bow!

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Dravid should be the luckiest Indian batsman , his failures in SA ,SL and Aus (except once in 03-04 against the weakest aussie attack of all time) are never mentioned but VVS,Ganguly and SRT are crucified for their failures.

Posted by vajira12 on (July 9, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Just to fully endorse @Praxis. (from Sri Lanka)

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (July 9, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

I feel sorry for dravid becaus he was born in era of tendulkar people always talk about sachin and his record and forget about the anchor in our test team which was dravid and sachin alone didnt take our team to no1 and infact one of our greastest wins was created by laxman and dravid in 2001 kaltoka against austtrailia

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (July 9, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

RSD is the greatest of the modern Indian batsmen and one of all the all-time great batsmen and in addition, on at least a couple of occassions RSD has spoken as beautifully as he played the game. But I'm afraid I do not agree with RSD when he says he was as not talented as others. Whilst he may not have been an attacking batsman such as Sir Viv Richards, a player like RSD cannot succeed without being immensely talented. I think that many people associate RSD with hard work and as a result overlook the natural ability he had. After all genius is nine-tenths perspiration and one-tenth inspiration and it was through his hard work that his genius shone through. It's the same in any sport or otherr walk of life. For example, Federer is regarded as a genius on the tennis court but he has spent many many years working hard to get to that level. Einstein is known to be a genius in his field but how did achieve this status - through hard work.

Posted by landl47 on (July 9, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

I'd love to sit him down with Kevin Pietersen and just have Pietersen listen to him for an hour.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 9, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

@ Rohan_K on (July 09 2012, 10:41 AM GMT)....Well said!! and I like US_Indian comments but US_Indian brother ,comparing here is not good as there is no debate to be done here . Let's imbibe his qualities in our life. ( I am not a Sachin fan)

Posted by Rohan_K on (July 9, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

@US_ Indian - The whole world loves RSD, lets praise him for his achievements rather than senselessly commenting on SRT. RSD alone would not have been the person he is, the whole set of people around him has contributed.

Posted by Praxis on (July 9, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

The best test cricketer from India for last 20 years at least, don't know about others, but I've always found his defense, technically sound stroke plays & discipline to be very stylish, admirable and attractive. His batting & career stats never attracted severe fanatics like others or seemed cool for hundreds of endorsements. But he is respected & admired, which is quite rare for modern cricketers. Last of the classical test batsmen, Dravid will always be a hero in my book and I'm not an Indian fan.

Posted by jb633 on (July 9, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Absolute hero, IMO the best test batsmen India has produced. The manner in which he tackled the moving ball was just class. Hats off

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

Excellent cricketer and an excellent person who played cricket the "right" way. Never an ounce of controversy about this cricketer. You have been under appreciated in India (yes, under appreciated in the country of millions of gods). Hats off to you!

Posted by TontonZolaMoukoko on (July 9, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

What an asset Rahul Dravid is for the game of cricket. Both he and Kumar Sangakkara impress hugely every time I see or hear them interviewed and I hope both will have a future in high level cricket administration, the game will far better for their involvement.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (July 9, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

How could anybody resist admiring this guy. His captaincy tenure was one of the most challenging times he endured during his illustrious career and most of the reasons for the turmoil were non cricketing issues. Still he avoided courting any ill feeling towards Greg Chappell as well as some of his colleagues whom he must have looked towards for the support in those difficult times. Rahul is not only a technician par excellence but and amazing and humble human being off the cricket field.

Posted by Hammond on (July 9, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Great technically correct batsman and a true gentleman.

Posted by KarachiKid on (July 9, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

What a rock solid batsman, what a cricketer, what a personality. Hats off (from accross the border) !

Posted by US_Indian on (July 9, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

It is just awesome, magnetic to see his bat do the talk or him talking. The same sense of calmness, humility, more usage of brain and intellect, the critical thinking which goes into his game and life. How many people can boast about this qualities. Definitely not our so called Demi-god SRT, he can talk only about himself, or his endorsements and millions or his records but never ever touch peoples heart with the straight talk which also need to come from the bottom of the heart. I am pretty sure that RSD cannot boast of the millions he has invested or millions of crazy fans like SRT but definitely he can boast of the knowledgeable fans of the game who are his hardcore fans much more than SRT could dream off. That is the real contribution of this gem of the game AKA Rahul Sharad Dravid.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

A Pleasing cricketer - on the eye & even on the mind... >>> Wish him all the best for the future and hope Indian & World Cricket would find more ways to deploy his talents to better the game!

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 9, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

South Indians have a character which lacks else where, a spiritual thinking( intellectual thinking). It's in our genes. Dravid is no different. He had excelled in that in cricket. So some my find Dravid thought's naive here.

Posted by cricket4every on (July 9, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

Well said Rahul,I wish every cricketer, before he/she picks up his/her kit bag today should read this article 1st nd then should lift her/his kit bag to go to the cricket field.

Posted by pitch_it_up on (July 9, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

Very interesting, intriguing and something to learn from this conversation. Notice how Rahul carefully avoided the Greg Chappell question. Greg might be a bad guy to the rest of the team, but Rahul, like a true professional, developed a working relationship with him (of course BCCI hired him as a coach for Indian Team for some reason). And Rahul being a professional and a gentleman at that, doesn't complain how some key people in the team did not provide the same level of support to him during his tenure as captain as he did to others. Hats off to the gentleman!!!

Posted by N.Sundararajan on (July 9, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

N. Sundararajan from Chennai: Rahul, You continue to amaze us fans ! Absolute intellectual, and phenomenal clarity of thought ! Your explantaion about talent is something every selector---at every level---should read and read again, and internalise.

May your tribe increase ! ( if that is possible---I believe there can only be one Rahul Dravid---the only one!) God bless you for what you have given to this game and to the country and to all of us fans!

Posted by Alexk400 on (July 9, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

What i remember dravid is his tenacity not to give up. He truly fights above his talent. He do not have sehwag eye cordiantion or strong muscle. Sachin's natural talent but dravid had heart. He was class above everyone. For me he is best cricketer india ever produced on par with Kapil dev.

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Why punish the West Indies players when the administration is to blame?

As ever, the West Indies board has taken the short-term view and removed supposedly troublesome players instead of recognising its own incompetence

Power to Smithy, trouble for Dhoni

Australia's new captain admirably turned things around for his side in Brisbane, leading in more departments than one

Gilchrist's conscientious moment

In the semi-final against Sri Lanka in 2003, Adam Gilchrist walked back to the pavilion despite being given not out by the on-field umpire

Kicking, screaming, scrapping India

India are losing, but they are making Australia win. They are losing, but they are aggressive. They are attacking, until there is nothing left to attack. One shot, one bouncer and one sentence at a time

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