Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16

Thread: Rahul Dravid

  1. #1
    International Debutant Majin's Avatar
    TIE Fighter Shooter Champion!
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    England
    Posts
    2,784

    Rahul Dravid

    Hey, So like i'm writing an article about Dravid for my college course, and I need to get some "Public Opinion" about him, so If you guys could just like, discuss Dravid (and his obvious awesomeness. 0:}), I'd be grateful. How do you rate him? What are his strenghs/weakness's in your eyes? Would you have him in your team? Is he the best Indian batsman in the team at the moment? Anything along those lines would be much appreciated, thanks.

  2. #2
    International Debutant a massive zebra's Avatar
    Eggs Champion!
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    on my ass @ the PC
    Posts
    2,810
    Cricinfo profile

    Rahul Dravid, a cricketer who seamlessly blends an old-world classicism with a new-age professionalism, is the best No. 3 batsman to play for India – and might even be considered one of the best ever by the time his career is done. He already averages around 60 at that position, more than any regular No. 3 batsman in the game’s history, barring Don Bradman. Unusually for an Indian batsman, he also averages more overseas – around 60, again – than at home. But impressive as his statistics are, they cannot represent the extent of his importance to India, or the beauty of his batsmanship.

    When Dravid began playing Test cricket, he was quickly stereotyped as a technically correct player capable of stonewalling against the best attacks – his early nickname was ‘The Wall’ – but of little else. As the years went by, though, Dravid, a sincere batsman who brought humility and a deep intelligence to his study of the game, grew in stature, finally reaching full blossom under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy. As a New India emerged, so did a new Dravid: first, he put on the wicketkeeping gloves in one-dayers, and transformed himself into an astute finisher in the middle-order; then, he strung together a series of awe-inspiring performances in Test matches, as India crept closer and closer to their quest of an overseas series win.

    Dravid’s golden phase began, arguably, in Kolkata 2001, with a supporting act, when he made 180 to supplement VVS Laxman’s classic effort of 281 against Australia. But from then on, Dravid became India’s most valuable player, saving them Tests at Port Elizabeth, Georgetown and Trent Bridge, winning them Tests at Headlingley, Adelaide, Kandy and Rawalpindi. At one point during this run, he carved up four centuries in successive innings, and hit four double-centuries in the space of 15 Tests, including in historic away-wins at Adelaide and Rawalpindi. As India finished off the 2004 Pakistan tour on a winning note, on the back of Dravid’s epic 270, his average crept past Sachin Tendulkar’s – and it seemed no aberration.

    Dravid’s amazing run was no triumph of substance over style, though, for he has plenty of both. A classical strokeplayer who plays every shot in the book, he often outscores team-mates like Tendulkar and Laxman in the course of partnerships with them, and while his pulling and cover-driving is especially breathtaking, he has every other shot in the book as well. He is both an artist and a craftsman, repeatedly constructing innings that stand out not merely for the beauty of their execution, but for the context in which they come. By the time he entered his 30s, Dravid was already in the pantheon of great Indian batsmen, alongside Merchant, Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar. What else could he achieve? Anything.
    THE ULTIMATE CRICKET WEB ARCADE EGGS CHAMPION

    RIP Fardin Qayyumi (AKA "cricket player"; "Bob"), 1990-2006
    RIP Craig Walsh (AKA "Craig"), 1985-2012

  3. #3
    International Debutant Majin's Avatar
    TIE Fighter Shooter Champion!
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    England
    Posts
    2,784
    I don't need his profile (I already have it), I need your own personal opinions of him.

  4. #4
    International Captain masterblaster's Avatar
    Netblazer3D Champion!
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    6,065
    Driven, Determined, Intense, Intelligent and with plenty of Integrity. Rahul Dravid for me is the ultimate team man. The man lives and breathes cricket, and his batting as already stated is a work of art in itself.

    A master craftsman, a man who will sacrifice any part of his cricket and himself for the teams cause. Rahul Dravid, one of the greatest number 3 batsmen, the world has ever seen, and one of the greatest 'classical' type batsmen the world has ever produced.

    Rahul Dravid a true blue MVP
    Self Elected Vice-President of AAAS
    (Ajit Agarkar Appreciation Society)


    "Uniting Ajit Agarkar Fans World Wide"

    Always Live Life With: Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence


  5. #5
    Hall of Fame Member age_master's Avatar
    Plasmanaut on Fire Champion!
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Posts
    15,777
    I Like Dravid, a great competitor, determined as hell and a really nice guy from what ive seen of him.

    plays some top class cricket as well
    Member of CW Green
    Kerry O'Keefe - Worlds funniest Commentator

  6. #6
    Virat Kohli (c) Jono's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    54,898
    The man is what cricket is truly about. He's a team player, a nice guy and one of the most talented batsman going around today. His grit and determination is what makes him so great, and he gives so much to the his country, always doing what's best for the team and not himself. Underappreciated and overlooked for so long, it's great to see Rahul Dravid finally get the attention and acclamation he deserves.

    "I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."

    Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.

  7. #7
    Banned ReallyCrazy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    1,202
    When I first hear the word DRAVID, I think of reliability. He's a guy you can count on at any time.

    I also think he's very hardworking, dedicated, modest and possibly the "nicest" guy in international cricket.

  8. #8
    Spanish_Vicente sledger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Refreshingly Unconcerned With The Vulgar Exigencies Of Veracity
    Posts
    31,647
    Quote Originally Posted by ReallyCrazy
    When I first hear the word DRAVID, I think of reliability. He's a guy you can count on at any time.

    I also think he's very hardworking, dedicated, modest and possibly the "nicest" guy in international cricket.
    i couldnt have put it any better myself

  9. #9
    Banned
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Toronto, Pali Hill-Bombay
    Posts
    2,535
    Majin, have some in pdf format

    can u email me at **************************

  10. #10
    Cricket Web Staff Member / Global Moderator Neil Pickup's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Oxford, England
    Posts
    26,854
    He'd be the first name in my World XI. (Okay, third after Freddie and Harmo, but ignore that)
    MSN Messenger: minardineil2000 at hotmail dot com | AAAS Chairman
    CricketWeb Black | CricketWeb XI Captain
    ClarkeWatch: We're Watching Rikki - Are You?

    Up The Grecians - Exeter City FC

    Completing the Square: My Cricket Web Blog

  11. #11
    First Class Debutant Jnr.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Queensland
    Posts
    802
    He's the first bat I would pick in my World XI.

    He seems to be a very very determined guy, always gives his best, team man, huge powers of concentration in everything he does. Seems like a guy with high morals and who abides by them.

    One of my favourite cricketers in the world.

  12. #12
    International Debutant
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Nere a Spoon
    Posts
    2,873
    Concerntration..

  13. #13
    SJS
    SJS is offline
    Hall of Fame Member SJS's Avatar
    Virus 2 Champion!
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Mumbai India
    Posts
    19,264
    1. Immense powers of concentration.
    2. Superb all round technique. Very orthodox. His extreme orthodoxy makes him very vulnerable when he tries unorthodox strokes. His rare slogs are doomed for failure but he really doesnt need them, so good is his overall game as long as he plays with a straight bat he is appears infallible.
    3. Plays every stroke in the book in copybook style.
    4. Least affected by one day cricket of all the major batsmen in the world. The reverse sweep he has started playing recently being the only (totally unwarranted and unrequired) exception.
    5. Under-rated slip fielder.
    6. Orthodox in game and values making him the one universally loved gentleman cricketer in the world-this is rare today.
    7. Modest to a fault.
    8. Very tough underneath a deceptively mild exterior.
    9. The ultimate team man.
    10. A thinking cricketer if ever there was one. This could sometimes be overdone by over analyising his own batting when in a bad patch which, fortunately is very rare.
    11. His one weakness is, at times driving off the backfoot with the bat away from the body and not exactly perpenidular. He invariably knicks it back towards the stumps.
    12. The only cricketer today who could model for a cricket coaching book for MCC for all the strokes attacking or defensive. PLUS could be a role model for youngsters on how to behave PLUS can be a model for after shaves

  14. #14
    International Captain Swervy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    An Aussie with a Lancashire accent living in Keighley,West Yorks
    Posts
    7,360
    all round good egg
    rave down, hit the ground


    MSN: djjacksono@hotmail.com

  15. #15
    Hall of Fame Member age_master's Avatar
    Plasmanaut on Fire Champion!
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Posts
    15,777
    Quote Originally Posted by SJS
    4. Least affected by one day cricket of all the major batsmen in the world. The reverse sweep he has started playing recently being the only (totally unwarranted and unrequired) exception.

    dont knock it

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast


Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 28
    Last Post: 20-06-2004, 05:09 PM
  2. Is Tendulkar a choker
    By Beleg in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 305
    Last Post: 29-04-2004, 11:33 AM
  3. Dravid Signs For Scotland
    By masterblaster in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 04-05-2003, 05:39 PM
  4. Who is more vital - Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid?
    By masterblaster in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 17-12-2002, 09:13 AM
  5. Ya gotta love him too! - The Rahul Dravid appreciation thread
    By masterblaster in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-10-2002, 11:34 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •