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Amazing Personal Skills To Learn From The Wall of The Indian Cricket, Rahul Dravid

Arya Sharan

Rahul Dravid, the wall of Indian Cricket is one of the most celebrated cricketers in the world. As much as we know about his batting, fielding, wicket-keeping and leadership skills, in all these years we have learnt how Dravid has always been the perfect role model for us since childhood.

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When Dravid retired from Indian Cricket, Sambit Bal, a well-known cricket journalist, wrote in his piece as I quote “Tendulkar said yesterday that there can never be another Rahul Dravid. He perhaps meant the cricketer. But it would be far tougher to find a man like him in the Indian dressing room again. In his retirement, the side hasn't merely lost a man who could be counted on to stand up at the toughest times, but also a bit of its character.”

Here are 5 things we can learn from the off-field Rahul Dravid:

 

Determination

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Former Cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu once said, “ Some succeeded because they are destined to, but he succeeded because he was Determined to”.

And that’s true, Rahul Dravid was a determined cricketer, not blessed with the fastest of reflexes, he grew up to become one of the best batsmen of the world has ever seen with the help of his solid & brazen technique and some sheer hard work and steely resolve. With the likes of Sehwag’s power hitting, Laxman’s amazing wrist-work and Sachin’s palpable posture, Rahul Dravid made sure he reached the heights of success playing in the realm of reality and working harder on each shot.

 

Never be self-righteous

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Being Rahul Dravid, he had all the privileges to be self-satisfied with regard to the things he has done and the success he had achieved but Dravid made sure he never missed a training session before the match. Dravid’s miraculously precise catching skills made him the best slip fielder in the world but hardly ever we saw him neglect the catching sessions with the team.

That teaches us how we must keep alive the eagerness to improve. We must never be satisfied with our hard work.

 

Discover the limits of your potential and overcome them

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Rahul Dravid wasn't an expected competitor in ODI cricket or the other shorter formats of the game, yet his numbers stack up satisfactorily alongside the so-called ‘best’ in the format.

Always known to be a batsman whose playing methods were meant to be suited only to the Test Cricket, he still managed to finish as the seventh-highest run getter in one-day internationals, this tells how much he adapted with all the formats of the game and worked on himself to play in each one of them perfectly, changing himself according to the situations, for better.

 

Learning is a never ending process

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As Dravid is currently working with the India’s U-19 side, he says he is learning a lot from the players and they are much more talented than him. His humility, modesty and a hunger to learn something new every time he steps onto the field whether as a player or as a coach, makes him the remarkable personality he is.

In 2002, during the tour of England, Dravid did not vacillate to take batting tips from Michael Vaughan after Vaughan had a great knock playing the Indian spinners.No matter how successful you are, never be too proud to seek advice as there is always some scope for improvement.

No matter how successful you are, never be too proud to seek advice as there is always some scope for improvement.

 

Let your bat do the talking

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Though a gentlemen’s sport, at times in the heat of the passion involved, players tend to get over aggressive with words and actions during the game but Dravid’s resolute concern and focus towards the game ensured that he never disdained the dignity of the game. And his career assured that his bat did all the talking and answered the critics with elegance and charm.

As popularly said, Success is the best revenge; make sure you utilize all your positive and negative energy into working on yourself so that your performance becomes a solution to any given problem.


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