Today is an auspicious day, you guys! No, there is still a good chance that our Aadhar details are being poached, as we’re having this talk. But today is one of those days that cricket, as a sport, owes a lot. If you’re still wondering…
It is the birthday of, as Harsha Bhogle would say, ‘The wolf who lived for the pack’- AKA, Rahul Dravid.
45 and better than ever! One of the most respectable men to walk and play on the pitch, Dravid is a living legend who has not only spearheaded the game during his time but has also been shaping and mentoring the future of Indian cricket with the U-19 team.
A true gentleman in every way, it was/is his passion and dedication for the sport that made him shine like no other. But, it wasn’t just the ‘gentleman’ tag he is known for.
If you have somehow slept through the last decade, Rahul Dravid is also fondly known as ‘The wall’ and rightly so. I mean, We all know that Sachin is the God of Cricket But …
If you insist, the tag has more to do with his approach to the game rather than the stats and was given to him by a newspaper that predicted his legacy a reflection on his exemplary career, just the way it should have been.
And guess what? It stuck. It really did because the man of the moment is still remembered as the ‘The wall’ even today and I have proof.
For instance, Sachin Tendulkar sent birthday wishes to Rahul Dravid in the most adorable way…
There might be many strong walls around us but the greatest yet is the one and only, #RahulDravid. Happy birthday, Jammy! My best wishes for the U-19 World Cup. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/RICNJXzIWM
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 11, 2018
“There might be many strong walls around us but the greatest yet is the one and only, Rahul Dravid. Happy birthday, Jammy! My best wishes for the U-19 World Cup.”
Not just him.
Even Virender Sehwag had the cutest things to say about Dravid while wishing him on his name day.
Wall in Pic 1 may or may not shake or break.
But Wall in Pic 2 riding me is unshakable and unbreakable. Just sit back ,relax and have a safe ride. #HappyBirthdayDravid . Best wishes to the U-19 boys! pic.twitter.com/fP07xmQIMc
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2018
“Wall in Pic 1 may or may not shake or break. But Wall in Pic 2 riding me is unshakable and unbreakable. Just sit back, relax and have a safe ride. Happy birthday, Dravid. Best wishes to the U-19 boys!”
Let me add, even the BCCI put out a tweet marking ‘The Wall turns 45’ occasion.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2018
If these aren’t the signs of love and respect then what are, really?
Once again…happy birthday, Rahul Dravid. Thank you for the memories.