Bangalore: Rahul Dravid never believed in half measures. He tried to be perfect in everything he did both on and off the field. For 16 years, he played international cricket and outside of it in all forms of the game with dignity and humility. A gentleman-cricketer to the core.
Spotted by coach Keki Tarapore, whose list of trainees include practically all the great Karnataka players who played for India, Dravid's name would be right up there if Keki decides to rank them all.
Dravid formed the 'Fab Four' of Indian batting with Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman. Tendulkar described him as the perfectionist who showed patience and willingness to build big knocks.
Tendulkar's cricketing tribute to him is apt: "Rahul has a excellent technique and he is someone who occupied crease for a long time and concentrated extremely well."
The 39-year-old Bangalore-based Maharashtrian ended his One-Day career during last summer's England tour, and he chose to retire from all forms of international cricket after a none-too-happy series in Australia.