Just as there was much to admire about Rahul Dravid the cricketer, now lost to the game as a player, there is much to admire about Rahul Dravid, the man. He played his cricket hard but fair, a soft exterior doing little to mask that supreme competitive streak that separates the extraordinary from the merely good. And make no mistake, Dravid was an extraordinary cricketer.
They say a batsman's approach to batting is indicative of the character of the individual. Just as Virender Sehwag's carefree batsmanship reflects his attitude to life in general, Dravid's studied, organised, attention-to-detail batting mirrored the way he has conducted himself, on and off the field. That's not to say that Dravid isn't spontaneous or witty. It's just that being serious, controlled and cautious comes more naturally to him.
At a time when everyone has had an opinion on what Mahendra Singh Dhoni's future as India captain should be, Dravid has provided the most lucid, articulate, well thought out and passionate point of view. Writing on Cricinfo, Dravid has outlined what he believes is the course of action Dhoni must adopt if he is to reinvent himself as a leader and regain his stature as India's finest captain. Coming from a man who himself knows a thing or three about captaincy and who is one of the finest students of the game, his words merit serious consideration. Now, if only Dhoni would make an exception and read something written about him.