Hindustan Times interviews Dravid

Given his style of handling the media makes you think he would have succeeded in Hollywood, where elusiveness is a key ingredient to success. Yes, this is our very own Rahul Dravid.

Somehow I’ve always had a sense of awe about this man. Perhaps it’s his enigmatic nature, maybe it’s his penchant for orthodoxy, I can’t tell. What is so endearing about Dravid, at least for me, is that he is testament to the fact that introverted-ness and success are not mutually exclusive. Understandably, that is only when accompanied with grinding hard work, determination and talent.

There are things he does that seem to momentarily defy logic – his relinquishment of captaincy being a prime example – but make a lot of sense with time. Consider that after the disastrous World Cup 2007 campaign, he had not stepped down from captaincy. India go on a win an inconsequential, mostly relief-inducing series in Bangladesh and follow that up with a history-making Test series victory in England. Then the ODI-series loss in England and then Dhoni & Co. go and win the T20 World Cup. With the loss at the hands of the Aussies in the ODI series at home, shortly after the T20 World Cup, he would have gotten sacked as captain. In retrospect, a wise decision!

In this interview, he is characteristically Dravid, or Dravid as we know him. He speaks of the rather tumultuous year he has had: relinquishment of captaincy; having made his peace with losing a place in ODI side; reaching 10,000 runs in Test cricket,which he downplays while shedding light on his unbroken attendance record in Tests; and his criticism laden stint in the IPL. There is nothing new on the stepping-down-from-captaincy front. “I just felt the time had come to move on, and I just knew it”, synonymous with his earlier “ captaincy has a sell-by-date” reasoning. On the IPL, says Dravid, “..playing T20 cricket was new to me and I wanted to see how I’d go in that form of the game.” When asked about his run in the IPL and mud and slush that Mallya turned out to be, he stays with the safe “..there were other things that could have gone a bit better as well both on and off the field”. He doesn’t say much despite the bitterness that he would have felt. The slightest indication comes only when he talks of his young son and says that he “nothing to live up to” when spending time with him. There are hints of retirement too, but not anything we wouldn’t expect. “I won’t be playing after five years”, is something that is almost obvious. The only unexpected part of the interview is his denial of adhering to “copybook style” cricket, for which he is a poster-boy.

Mostly a very predictable interview, yet worth a read. Check it out here.

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5 Responses to Hindustan Times interviews Dravid

  1. rs says:

    I read this as well and liked it. While I don’t think highly of Dravid’s captaincy, he is still one of my favorite players. And despite his shyness and his rough year he is still expected to be the third highest earning Indian cricketer this year (he proves that you don’t need non-cricketing antics to succeed).

  2. vmminerva says:

    @rs, welcome to my blog. Btw, nice blogs you’ve got there. Good to see another Chennai-ite. 🙂

  3. ipl08 says:

    thanks 🙂

  4. scorpicity says:

    At this point in time where a place in the side is no longer assured, he will naturally be careful… am sure after he retires, we will have a much open dravid.

  5. yogi says:

    I am elated to have spoken so high of rahul dravid.Yes,i agree with the writer’s point he has been well respected cricketers in the world for the past 10 years.Rahul for me someone who has taught how to speak and go about your communication in public.probably the most loved Indian cricketer by Electronic Media.The way he answers the media does impact the listener.

    I will stop watching cricket once he retires form game.I have developed the passion for cricket because of him.

    Rahul you’re the greatest ever Indian Test Cricketer and also one of all time great test players,.

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