The world of cricket has seen many greats come and go, but there will never be another Rahul Dravid, for he exhibited greatness at its most humble and redefined discipline in the sport. Dignified, fair-minded, eloquent, gentle, yet tougher than anyone will ever know. A selfless cricketer and down-to-earth human being who always did and said the right things; the kind of man you'd want your son to grow into.
A cricketer who mastered all the textbook shots to stand firm against some of the best bowling attacks, Dravid will always be remembered for his temperament and patience at the crease which saw him frustrate the opposition by batting for countless hours. And, the fact that the right-hander slammed a staggering 24,208 runs including 48 hundreds and 146 fifties across formats, shows how clinical he was with the willow.
While Dravid's batting talents surely make him one of the greatest to have ever graced the gentleman's game, it also overshadows his other talents on the field. With the memories of his iconic innings still afresh in the minds of cricket pundits and fans, Dravid, the fielder, still finds himself lurking in the shadows, rarely getting his due.
Outstanding catcher Rahul Dravid pic.twitter.com/DnLQhKlHPVâ Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 30, 2020
But, on 30th June, it was Dravid and his fielding abilities that rightly became the talk of the town after a heartfelt tribute from Harbhajan Singh went on social media.
Taking to Twitter, the Indian spinner shared a video compilation of Dravid's top catches, celebrating his efforts as a fielder. "Outstanding catcher Rahul Dravid," Bhajji captioned the video.
Apart from scoring 13,288 runs in 164 Tests, Dravid also has a whopping 210 catches to his name in the longest version of the game. His tally of catches remains the most by a player in the history of Test cricket. Apart from Dravid, only two more players, Mahela Jayawardene (205) and Jacques Kallis (200), have taken 200 or more catches in Test cricket.
Agree 100%. Wonderful hands. I also kept telling Jam to field at short-leg....but he wouldnât come in. Too modest to admit that he was indeed the best in the playing XI at that position https://t.co/9OLW6lsjMQâ Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 30, 2020
Wow !! Just wow https://t.co/vQh6Mbb8QXâ Ashwin (During Covid 19)ð®ð³ (@ashwinravi99) June 30, 2020
The best of those were off your bowling....â Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 30, 2020
Rahul Dravid is a gem of a person in Indian team.. he is the one who never expressed any negative emotions against any player in the ground.. Perfect gentleman.. And very passionate on his cricket.. Miss that kind of a person now a daysâ nimmy (@nimmyspace) June 30, 2020
The word âGentlemanâ belongs only to Dravid on and off filed ð»ð»â UnnalMudiyum Thambhi (@KarthikKumar_80) June 30, 2020
Most under rated player in history of cricket..â inder keswani (@inder_manila) June 30, 2020
one of the best gentleman to have played this beautiful game..
unfortunately did not receive the support when he led the side..
to me best cricketer India ha ever produced..
even now associated with the game and grooming youngsters#dravidgentlemanofcricket #rahuldravid #TheWall
This alone shows why Dravid is Indias GOAT...the ONLY team man..batted WHEREVER was needed by the TEAM, kept, slip, shortleg, covers, square and STILL avg more than 50!!! Numbers are NEVER a true reflection of what really is..WITHOUT him ur #4 would NEVER haâ Imraan16 (@imorati) June 30, 2020
The selfless cricketer:
Fielded at any position: slip, Fwd SL, silly point, gully, short MW, leg gully and cherry on cake --wicket keeping.
Show any cricketer worth his salt donning different roles at different times.
By far the best .