The man who for the entirety of his career remained in the shadow of the man who came just after him in the batting card, has now pipped that very guy to be named India’s greatest Test batsman in a poll by Wisden. While this is not the first poll of its kind and in most other’s Sachin Tendulkar has won the popular vote to be India’s greatest batsman, Rahul Dravid fans finally have something to celebrate as he came numero uno in the most recent one.
The margin of victory was minute, as Dravid got 52% votes, while Sachin got 48%. However, it’s a well deserved result for someone who has tirelessly worked for the betterment of Indian cricket even after his retirement. Perhaps, his work with the Under 19 and A side recently also played a part in the Karnataka based man’s winning the popular vote.
Even in his career, due to the well deserved limelight on Sachin, Dravid’s achievements weren’t as celebrated as they should have been, but on the other hand that also took the pressure away from him. Even after his career, while Rahul was offered the glitzy job of coaching Team India, he chose helping youngsters at the Under 19 level over it. As they say, great things happen to great people.