It’s been nine years since Rahul Dravid hung up his boots and drew curtains on a glittering international career. One of the greatest batsmen India has ever produced, he earned a reputation of playing hard but fair and always upholding the spirit of the game throughout his career. Dravid’s involvement with Indian cricket, however, didn’t end with his retirement. True to his nature, the man decided to give back to the sport by grooming the forthcoming generation of cricketers. This is perhaps why, even after nine years since he last played for India, Dravid continues to receive love and respect from fans and others in the cricket fraternity.
As the legend turned 48 today, there couldn’t have been a better tribute to him than India’s terrific fightback at Sydney to save the test match earlier in the day. Dravid after all is considered to be the gold standard of grit, determination and patience, all of which was displayed by the Indian team today.
Here are the warm birthday wishes that poured in for Dravid on social media.
Wishing Rahul Dravid a very happy birthday. One of the finest batsmen India ever produced, a true gentleman, a brilliant mentor and an inspiration to many. #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) January 11, 2021
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 11, 2021
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) January 11, 2021
“I leave with sadness, but also with pride.”Rahul Dravid.
A gentleman,a silent guardian and above all a saviour. Happy Birthday to the main stay of India’s batting line-up. Do the hard work for the team, get overshadowed and walk away with modest smile.#HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/XJAnvkfnwg
— Karan Shah (@shahkaranr) January 11, 2021
Thank you for creating the future of new kids in cricket.
— MOHAN BENIWAL (@Mohanbeniwal810) January 11, 2021
— Mani Kalyan (@ManiKalyan_) January 11, 2021
Because he’s the hero India deserves, not the one we need right now. So we’ll hunt him, cos he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A Dark Knight.
— Srini Mama (@SriniMaama16) January 11, 2021
— Nitin #ICT💙 (@LoyalMIfan) January 10, 2021
— Cheeru (@sobermonk) January 10, 2021
Warm birthday wishes to a special friend with whom I shared a lot of wonderful memories and who continues to inspire us. Wishing you a very special birthday and a wonderful year ahead Rahul. pic.twitter.com/S3hWufvD9r
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 11, 2021
Kehte hain Deewaaron ke bhi kaan hote hain. Yeh deewar ke kaan toh hain hi jo sabko achhe se sunte hain, balki bahut saaf hriday aur mann bhi hai. When we had the Wall, we had it All. #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid , wish you fulfillment in all that you do. pic.twitter.com/DbV6VPUzPh
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2021
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) January 11, 2021