What the legends of the game and other greats said about Rahul Dravid

(Clockwise from top left) Shane Warne, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Brett Lee Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff


Mumbai: Mar 9, 2012

Brian Lara – If I have to name anyone to bat for my life, it ll be Jacques Kallis or Rahul Dravid.

Ian Chappell: Team in trouble? Whom do you turn to? Rahul Dravid!

Allan Border: It does not get better than what Rahul Dravid did in this Test (the 2003 Test at Adelaide where he scored 233 and 72*). His batting was outstanding. Everyone has already exhausted superlatives so I would not bother myself with any additional praise but you could be sure my admiration for him has grown tremendously.

Shane Warne: Rahul is as good as anyone in the world.

Steve Waugh: He’s a pretty good role model for kids. He’s pretty steady in what he does and he does things the right way, and he’s very dedicated. He has a great technique and a great temperament.

Chris Gayle – Dravid could play attacking cricket like me but I could never play like him.

Brett Lee – If you can’t get along with Dravid, you are struggling in life.

Matthew Hayden: All this going around is not aggression; if you want to see aggression on cricket field, look into Rahul Dravid s eyes.

Peter O Toole, legendary Hollywood actor: Everyone praises Sachin Tendulkar. He may be a genius in his own right, but in my book, Rahul Dravid is the artist. Dravid s defence tactics, his strokes, his cuts, his grace are truly amazing. I d like to meet the chap sometime and take my hat off to him.

Mahesh Bhupathi: He deserves his success as he has worked hard for it. He is one of the most down to earth and disciplined professionals I ve met.

Sachin Tendulkar: He (Dravid) is a perfect role model for youngsters. He has set a great example for all of us to follow. We are all trying to follow that path.

Sourav Ganguly: He’s a champion at everything. I really admire him. I am very impressed with the way he approaches life.

Virender Sehwag: To me Rahul Dravid is the perfect cricketer. His technique is so good that he can be at ease on any sort of wicket and in any sort of conditions. His temperament and discipline allow him to adapt to different situations without discomfort.

Yuvraj Singh: It’s a great contribution by any player to Indian cricket. Looking at Rahul’s career and the way he’d started off is tremendous. He’s showed tremendous commitment and discipline. The way he sets an example on the field for all the boys (is admirable). It’s a great feeling to share the dressing room with him.

Suresh Raina: Rahul Dravid is my idol. I have been following him for the past 10 years. Got my ODI and Test cap from Rahul Dravid, a true honour to finally make my Test debut. It s a dream come true.

Kapil Dev: He is truly the mainstay of the Indian batting. He is the best batsman of India in this era undoubtedly.

Sunil Gavaskar: He brings serenity to the crease that is so good for the nerves in the dressing room. He also helps ease the tension away by the way he plays. He then proceeds to make the fastest of bowlers look easy to bat against. His economy of movement and the preciseness of his footwork gets him into position quickly, and so, the bowlers look quite clueless. The fastest of deliveries is played as if it’s done every day and with minimum fuss.

Ravi Shastri: There are only four batsmen who are great to me Sunny, Vishwanath, Sachin and now Rahul.

Navjot Sidhu: Rahul Dravid is a player who would walk on broken glass if his team asks him to.

Greg Chappell: Dravid is quiet, soft-spoken and a wonderful human being, but he does have a tough edge and is a strong personality.

John Wright: He is one of the guys who works extra time over his fitness levels and look at his scores this season. Sourav and I have been really lucky that Rahul (Dravid) has been tremendously loyal to both of us.

Andrew Flintoff: His nickname is ‘The Wall’. He does take some getting past, doesn’t he? He is a great example of how to play. And the tempo of his innings, he doesn’t change at all. He loves batting and goes on and on We have to persevere and get past the big bat of his.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins: If a Martian were to land on earth now and be told that the best batsman in the world was playing in this match, he would think it was Rahul Dravid and not Sachin Tendulkar.

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