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Why is Rahul Dravid so underrated by the Indian media & public?

Rahul Dravid, one of my most favorite cricketers of all time, hit 177 runs  in a day’s play of test cricket, rescued India yet again from a terrible start, and crossed a monumental 11,000 runs in test cricket, all in one day.

Yet you never have anybody talking about him as often as some of the Indian media’s favorite celebrities.

You may ask, why this injustice? It’s all too easy to understand,  I‘ll tell you why:

  • He never slapped his team-mate on a cricket field, or called his an opponent a monkey (official version is Teri Maa ki)
  • He never got slapped by his team-mate (and hence he couldn’t cry on TV for getting slapped), never danced on a cricket field, and never spoke of himself in third person and said things like: “I think Rahul Dravid is a terrific guy!”
  • He took a world record 184 catches in test cricket with a lot of ease, and no fuss. Little did he realize that unless he flaunted a new hairstyle or wig, and pump his fist looking at the camera, those are not counted as catches.  Poor guy!
  • He’s always had the same boring hairstyle. No wigs, extensions, coloring, or perming. How boring!
  • He was never involved in any serious rumors with bollywood starlets. Now that’s a terrible thing to do. How could you be so condescending towards the media and the eager public?
  • He never leaked confidential emails; never ran to his government asking for support to get back into the team when he was dropped shamelessly (actually he should have, if a left-wing government batted for a left hander terribly out of form, wouldn’t you expect a right-wing government to support a right hander in pretty good form?)
  • He never kissed his ex girlfriend in public at her birthday party. Hence nobody played his smooch a few thousand times on TV, and so he was never a media sensation.
  • He did not have the attitude or the body to be shirtless a few hundred times in public, and do the same cool dude dance for the same song for twenty years
  • He never bashed up a bowler screaming “Howzaatttt” in English, during test matches played in Mumbai. If he can’t speak Marathi, he has no business playing in Mumbai, does he?
  • He never wrote a book called “Going Rogue: A cricketer’s life”
  • He did not participate in Big Boss,  and hence nobody could have made a racist taunt at him
  • He proved again and again that nice guys do not necessarily finish last
  • And last, but the most important factor: He is Rahul Dravid and not Rahul Gandhi



17 Comments Post a comment
  1. Somebody mentioned here in the posts that Dravid never performed when required. My dear friend, whoever made that comment needs to look at the statistics. The number of Test matches Dravid saved or won for India is all in the time of required or difficult conditions. remember what happened in New Zealand or Australia when even the Indian openers were wary of facing the new ball and poor Parthiv Patel, the young kid then was sent to open or remember kolkata. Remember england where Dravid and Bangar took all the hit, even though Tendulkar and Ganguly scored centuries in that match, Dravid was given man of match though he scored less than both of them. Did anyone wondered why? Dravid is the only batsman who was involved in two 300 run partnership in ODIs. Don’t say he did not perform when required. For that matter even Tendulkar ( as you call GOD) failed many times when needed. Also keep in mind that Individual heroism make one off games, but collectiveness brings glory. Kapil won the world cup because he had a team. We never won a world cup after that because we have heroes for sporadic sparks. I hope this time in world cup we have team under Dhoni and do well.
    I love Dravid and even Tendulkar said that the young kids should follow Dravid for classic cricket. Dravid is no doubt the unsung hero and a great gentleman. My hats off to him that even during when the selectors like Vengsarkar bursted out in Media against Dravid, or Mr. Mallya criticizing him, he kept his cool and never spoke a single word in media.

    December 22, 2010
    • Bhavana #

      yes u r true my friend he’s a gentlemen in cricket, not like other players, if some criticizing them they come to media to flow there words.
      hats off Rahul u r my best player for ever in cricket. i like u jammy.

      June 4, 2012
  2. Rahul Dravid is my favorite cricketer since childhood! And I agree with all your said points here. But these all are true for Sachin Tendulkar too! He rarely gets into controversies and always have outplayed his critics with his bat, Sachin is GOD! but some of the greatest players of Indian cricket are overshadowed by his greatness (even though he himself is a very humble man!)

    April 18, 2010
  3. I totally agree with you on this….infact he is truly the non-celebrated and unsung hero of India cricket….great to see someone echoes my views…Here is my salute to Rahul Dravid –

    April 18, 2010
  4. Hi Marees..thanks for the comment 🙂


    April 15, 2010
  5. marees #

    Vasu, I think you dont need to feel too much.

    I bet he is having a good time on the field (and off too as discretely/stylishly as you can expect from him)

    he is my favourite cricketer too and I am disappointed Dhoni could not find a place for him in the XI for WordCup 2011.

    April 14, 2010
  6. @Sandy: Thanks for visiting and commenting. I have nothing against SRT. That he is one of the best ever to play the game and a national icon is undisputable. But why do you have to put down Rahul to praise Sachin or vice versa. In fact, one another blog of mine I have praised SRT and spoken about what we can learn from him.

    So, Rahul never performed when required? Not even his harshest and blindest critics would agree with that, and even if he did, he wouldn’t have any damn stats to back that up, so I am not going to bother commenting.

    @ Amit: Thanks for visiting and commenting. Dravid had an excellent ODI record, got dropped for no strong reason, made a comeback and did pretty well, but dropped again for no reason again. Nobody raised a word in protest – its almost as if we told him “Listen these kids cant play fast bowling, so why don’t you play for us in Champions trophy in S.A, and when we are back home on flat pitches, we’ll let the Rainas and Rohits have a go”.

    All said and done, I am not bothered he is not playing ODIs now. He has done enough, including keeping and batting at any position to provide team flexibility, and top scoring in ’99 WC. And I am pretty sure he also doesn’t care too much either. And just by the way, his T20 record is pretty good – average 27 ish and a strike rate of 7.5 RPO; pretty decent stuff for a “test batsman”. Just for a comparison, Ganguly’s strike rate in T20s is just over a run a ball (and he is considered a hitter in ODIs). Ganguly averaged 41 at 73 strike rate batting at top of the order with field restrictions in ODIs, while Dravid averaged 39.5 at 71 strike rate batting in the middle order; Very similar figures and most people completely ignore Dravid’s ODI performance.

    I don’t mean to demean Ganguly, and I have a lot of respect for his contribution to Indian cricket, but it just goes to show you how wrong stereotypes are. Just to stretch the point further…Sid Tiwary is the latest happening hitter in the country and his strike rate in IPL is 134. SRT, an old fashioned but adaptable player, who never seems to slog, is striking at 137. You ask a hundred ignorant blokes who is a better hitter and they would say Tiwary.

    And guys, this wasn’t a post to make some stance that Dravid is the best player ever, the rest are shit, and India should play Dravid for ODIs and T20s. As a regular bloke who loves cricket and supports India, Dravid is in a long list of players I admire that includes for different reasons and in no particular order Kapil, Sachin, Saurav, Kumble, Azhar, Lara, Akram, Richards, Sehwag, Marshall, Ambrose, Vishy.

    This was a satirical post to highlight how the media behaves in a silly manner and hypes up unjustified people across all fields (the repeat offender Sreesanth for example), and ignores true champions who have done the game and the country proud.

    Keep the comments coming…thanks.


    April 13, 2010
  7. amit #

    even Sachin did not do all these things but we still talk about him in the highest manner..I think the only reason is we indians love shorter version of game more than test sachin and even ganguli has been terrific in ODIs but dravid cudnt be..he tried to match up later on as he is doin in IPL 2010 in T20 …His game is technically gud so more suited for longer play but he has to adjust completely to play shots in the air as required in ODIs and T20s

    April 13, 2010
  8. Sandy #

    He never performed when it was required. Dravid is better but Sachin is best and that’s why he is still playing and is in Team. It’s not the record that counts it’s the performance for each series. If you perform you are IN for the next series as simple as that. No analysis is required.

    April 13, 2010
  9. Ansuman #

    Well written yet again.Dravid is the humblest and most courteous personality of the cricketing world.

    February 20, 2010
  10. Thanks guys, we missed Rahul for one match, and the impact was a disastrous innings defeat. I hope the Badri, Kohli, Vijays, and Rainas look up to this man as theier benchmark if they need a place in the side the day he is gone. Its going to be a bloody hard task for whoever takes over from him at number 3 some day!

    February 19, 2010
  11. rock #

    i read this post a bit late. but whatever was mentioned about rahul dravid is right. he is a man of strong positive character.he believe in himself thats why he does not get involved in any useless thing. he is the crisis man for india. gambhir is called second wall but if we think deeply difference is there. dravid is the iron wall and gambhir is not.gambhir played some good innings and straightaway compared to dravid. even kambli performed well for the time he played tests but he didn’t became wall. i would just like to write that there is only one wall(iron) in the world of cricket. all the best rahul dravid.

    January 22, 2010
  12. hmanpreet #

    I totally agree; he is my favourite cricketer too.
    Any one who has seen cricket for the past decade should feel so;
    he has been the best Indian Batsman in Tests, even better than Sachin.

    January 7, 2010
  13. Thanks for your comment Vasu and yes no doubt that Dravid is among the greatest batsmen that India has produced. Will go inside your blog one post at a time.
    Deepan Joshi

    November 25, 2009
  14. Thanks Lavanya, We are all admirers of this gentleman cricketer, and fantastic team player. I have become tired of shouting why he deserves better treatment, and hence the sarcasm!
    He’s got a few years left, so let’s enjoy the last few performances of a once in a life time player, and let’s learn from him to not bother about the lack of attention 🙂

    November 22, 2009
  15. Lavanya #

    i totallly agree with eveyrthing written here
    he rocks!!!
    his humility and dignity are characteristics which every aspiring cricketer shud learn!!!
    rahul rocks!! no matter wat!!

    November 22, 2009

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