Bangalore, Jan 11: The Wall known for his temperament, the gentleman of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid is celebrating his 40th birthday today. Though he announced his retirement almost a year ago in March 2012, it is needless to say that the legendary cricketer's retirement has created a huge void in the Indian cricket team that cannot be filled in the near future.
During his international career he had achieved many feats, added many records to his name and was also known for his rock solid nature, as he batted for hours together.
Many cricketers have liked his rock solid nature and have complimented him for being the most consistent batsman in the Indian cricket team, fondly termed Mr Dependable or Mr Consistency.
Here are a few quotes taken from the archives - as critics, former and present cricketers have expressed their views on Rahul Dravid in the past.
It is a compilation of a few quotes from critics and cricketers.
Brian Lara on Mr. Consistency
If I have to put anyone to bat for my life, it'll be Kallis or Dravid - Brian Lara
Hayden explains the word 'aggression'
All this going around is not aggression; if you want to see aggression on cricket field, look into Rahul Dravid's eyes - Matthew Hayden
Chris Gayle on Rahul Dravid
Dravid could play attacking cricket like me but i could never play like him - Chris Gayle
Navjot Singh Sidhu
"Rahul Dravid is a player who would walk on broken glass if his team asks him to"
"If u can't get along with Dravid, u are struggling in life"
"Ask him to walk on water for his team and he will ask you how many miles."
"If there was one Indian player who could get a direct entry into the famous Australian team of the late 90s, it would be Rahul Dravid."
'Nothing can beat experience'
Last but not the least, here comes another from the person who has seen Rahul Dravid's highs and lows and has been a supporting person, taking care of his family when he was on tour.
"While he was very particular about how he approached the game, he had the great ability to leave cricket on the field once the day was done. My Husband the perfectionist"
Though it was just a compilation of quotes, they are worth reading again since it is about The Wall, the perfectionist, who entertained cricket lovers for over 16 years. Here's wishing him a very happy birthday again!