Despite the lack of flair and flamboyance in his batting, Rahul Dravid remains one of the greatest batsmen India has ever seen. Concentration, resilience and workmanship were key to Dravid’s success. Armed with a text-book technique, he had a knack of adapting to adverse situations quickly and frustrating the opposition with his long resistance at the crease.
His unforgettable partnership with Laxman at Eden, his heroics in Adelaide, his exceptional feat in Rawalpindi and his masterstroke in Headingly are all forever entrenched in our memory. Be it taking up the gloves or opening the batting instead of his usual no.3, Dravid never complained when he was asked to compromise his comfort for the team’s benefit.
Perhaps even more than his records, Rahul Dravid’s discipline, hard work and gutsy attitude have inspired a generation of cricketers. As the legendary cricketer turns 41, we look back at some rare and exclusive pictures from his cricketing years. Click on to enjoy the ride.