Rahul Dravid is one of the best cricketers in the world and is followed by a large number of fans. His outstanding cricket abilities have given him much fame and he has proved himself a hero numerous times. India just couldn’t stop cheering his name whenever he used to make centuries or go for a six but there are other moments outside cricket too when India was proud of him. Some of those times which proved that Rahul Dravid is hero outside cricket too are:
1. Donated Blood
When everyone was busy with the Ice bucket challenge and people had doubts about donating blood Rahul Dravid stepped up to donate blood to the needy patients in Bangalore.
2. Coaching Younger Teams
He was given an opportunity to coach the Indian National Cricket team which he refused because he wanted to coach the younger national ‘A’ team and the under 19 squad. He understood that the younger teams need him more than the national team.
3. Letter to Kevin Pieterson
When Kevin Pieterson had problems with handling a spin ball, Rahul Dravid addressed a letter to him describing how to tackle a spin.
4. Travels In Public Transport
Who don’t want fame, these days it is almost impossible to find a celebrity who don’t want fame? Among such egotistic celebrities, there’s one kind-hearted celebrity too who is too sensitive for normal citizens and the name of that celebrity is Rahul Dravid who can be easily seen travelling in public transport.
5. He Knows There’s No End To Improving
“He believes you cannot complain about anything because there is no end to complaining. And he knows there is no end to improving either,” these are the words of his wife Vijeeta Dravid for him.
6. Fulfilled His Fan’s Wish
Rahul Dravid had a young fan suffering from cancer who had the wish to meet him, unfortunately, that couldn’t happen but Rahul Dravid skyped him even for more than an hour.
7. Mentor Of India’s Future Olympians And Paralympians
Sharath Gayakwad wanted to retire from swimming due to his physical condition but Rahul Dravid came to his help and gave Sharath examples from his own life about dealing pressure. Later, Sharath went on winning 6 medals at the 2014 Asian Games.
8. Played Cricket With School Kids
Rahul Dravid was supposed to sign cricket bats for these kids, but instead, he joined them for a short game and said, “Play cricket to enjoy the game. Study hard when you’re in school and have fun while playing cricket.”
9. Arrives Late Because He Had To Pick Up His Kids
Once Rahul Dravid was asked to do a series preview in Bangalore but he reached very late. When asked the reason he replied, “Actually it’s my kids man. I like picking them up. So the younger one gets done at 1 and the older one gets done later on. So I like picking them both up whenever I’m in town and spend some time with them.“
10. Cares For Sports Fans
Once in Kolkata Sanjay Manjrekar mad an immature sporting comment which was not at all liked by Rahul Dravid, therefore, he politely asked Sanjay Manjrekar, “I don’t want people in Kolkata offended. Skip that Sanjay.“