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This work, a biography of the living legend, is the result of exhaustive research of the rise of Rahul Dravid from his childhood and early days and highlights the success, agony and triumphs of his chequered career in the world of cricket. It etches in print, for the first time, his flawless techniques and outstanding acheivements, and focuses on his temperament and the me This work, a biography of the living legend, is the result of exhaustive research of the rise of Rahul Dravid from his childhood and early days and highlights the success, agony and triumphs of his chequered career in the world of cricket. It etches in print, for the first time, his flawless techniques and outstanding acheivements, and focuses on his temperament and the meticulous manner in which he prepares himself mentally and physically for any major tour. As such, it makes an interesting read for the lovers of cricket.


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This work, a biography of the living legend, is the result of exhaustive research of the rise of Rahul Dravid from his childhood and early days and highlights the success, agony and triumphs of his chequered career in the world of cricket. It etches in print, for the first time, his flawless techniques and outstanding acheivements, and focuses on his temperament and the me This work, a biography of the living legend, is the result of exhaustive research of the rise of Rahul Dravid from his childhood and early days and highlights the success, agony and triumphs of his chequered career in the world of cricket. It etches in print, for the first time, his flawless techniques and outstanding acheivements, and focuses on his temperament and the meticulous manner in which he prepares himself mentally and physically for any major tour. As such, it makes an interesting read for the lovers of cricket.

30 review for Rahul Dravid: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Roshan

    Indian cricket over the years has seen many stalwarts grace the game with their impeccable playing technique, and the game has embraced several legends with grace to make it even-stevens for cricket and the cricketers. Sunil Gavaskar's straight drive aroused as much curiosity among cricket followers as a solid defensive shot played on the back foot by Rahul Dravid in modern cricket did. Ranked among top Indian Test batsmen for their exquisite strokeplay, gifted timing, unwavering temperament and Indian cricket over the years has seen many stalwarts grace the game with their impeccable playing technique, and the game has embraced several legends with grace to make it even-stevens for cricket and the cricketers. Sunil Gavaskar's straight drive aroused as much curiosity among cricket followers as a solid defensive shot played on the back foot by Rahul Dravid in modern cricket did. Ranked among top Indian Test batsmen for their exquisite strokeplay, gifted timing, unwavering temperament and brilliant batting technique; if Gavaskar drew crowds to Test venues in hot summers, Dravid ground his way through on field in hot summers to provide reliable cushion to Indian Test line-up on several occasions. Regarded by many as one of Indian cricket's most underrated modern cricket great, Rahul Dravid developed into a cricketer predominantly a prolific batsman who blocked anything thrown or hurled at him with graceful acceptance, be it on or off the cricket field. A stranger to controversies and allegations, Rahul Dravid exhibited tremendous character to raise the performance bar for his contemporaries with unmatchable level of consistency with bat at times and impenetrable defense coupled with unerring imperfect balance during shot execution at the batting crease. Rahul Dravid was fortunate to share his place in the Indian team with Indian cricket's several modern greats - Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh among other illustrious compeers during his cricketing days. Although, known to hog the least limelight amongst his elite teammates, and often praised for maintaining a low profile during his playing days, the Karnataka batsman was never short of confidence, skill, or ability when it came to making opponent bowlers toil hard for his wicket on batsman friendly pitches or on wickets conducive for bowling. Albeit, many cricket followers in his home town believe that Rahul Dravid was overshadowed by batting prowess of his acclaimed teammates and never got due credit for his match-winning performances in India's Test wins abroad during his playing days; Rahul was not the one to complain or create a huge hue and cry over it in the media. In my opinion, Rahul Dravid has never been in the shadow of great players of his era. It's the hype surrounding the game of cricket in India that made this wrong notion popular among cricket enthusiasts and fans, alike. The comparison of his batting style with Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath, and Sachin Tendulkar during his heydays did a great deal of good to the Indian batsman's cricket career. Often considered India's most prolific and consistent Test run-scorer since Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid never let complacency get into his head. The great Indian No.3 Test batsman has often produced knocks in Test cricket, that even the best in the business would envy. The double hundred at Adelaide in a match-winning cause against Australia and the epic century compiled alongside VVS Laxman in the historic Kolkata Test played at Eden Gardens against Australia, the then No.1 Test team in the world, stand a testimony to the fact. Rahul Dravid's mental strength and agility coupled with and complemented well by tremendous levels of concentration power made the Indian cricket legend 'The Great Wall' in the Indian batting line-up that he was. Rahul Dravid: A Biography keenly penned by Vedam Jaishankar gives fitting insight into Rahul Dravid's exploits on cricket field as junior, senior and international cricketer, struggles with loss of form and injuries, and distinguished batting prowess midway through the Karnataka champion bat's career, until 2004 to be precise. The author enlightens the readers and cricket fans on various aspects of Rahul Dravid's career, beginning with his playing days at school level through to the time he carved a niche for himself with commendable match-winning performances in Tests and limited overs international cricket. The author also throws light on the blip side of Rahul Dravid's personality and on more occasion than one, goes all out with all guns blazing to champion India's star batsman's cause. In the biography, the author Vedam Jaishankar covers various events, achievements, successes, and disappointments that have shaped Rahul Dravid's career. Vedam Jaishankar promptly exercises his astute understanding of Rahul Dravid's persona and his game to present a mind-boggling and mind-blowing perspective on sporting life of one of India's most loved and distinguished cricketing sons in the form of a biography. The author backs his perception, thoughtful insights, and cricketing facts about Rahul Dravid in the biography with numbers and statistics that don't defy his greatness and do justice to his aura as one of India's premier batsman. The biography has lot to offer to book lovers on Rahul Dravid's early life and schooling. The author has laid emphasis on Rahul Dravid's upbringing during his early years as a student and a cricketer. Various excerpts from interviews with Rahul Dravid's dean of school and college emphasizing the Indian star's proficiency as a student and growth as a cricketer at junior level make the biography, an interesting read. Vedam Jaishankar's efforts are laudable for, he primarily focuses on Indian domestic cricket to highlight the highs and lows of Rahul Dravid's career. The experience in domestic circuit makes or breaks a player. Only a distinguished lot make it to the highest level, and a subset of the distinguished lot are able to sustain the pressure International cricket brings with it, and meet its demands. Given this fact, Rahul Dravid deserves all the praise and credit for making his way through to the top level, and particularly for rise to greatness in One Day International cricket after being treated as a mere pushover by Indian selectors in limited overs format during the champion bat's early days in international cricket. From being termed 'The Wall' to 'The Great Wall' of Indian cricket, Dravid has come a long way in his One Day International career to be placed in the same league as greats like Ricky Ponting, Inzamam ul-Haq, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Kallis and several others in limited overs format. Take a bow - The Wall, The Great Wall. Hats off to the master, the tactful cricket technician! The biography also shares with cricket lovers and book enthusiasts Rahul Dravid's tryst with keeping wickets during his long spanning career and his stint as India's wicket-keeper. From finding himself out of contention for a place in the Indian One Day International team to donning the dual role of a batsman wicket-keeper, Dravid established himself as a key permanent member of Indian team excelling consistently with bat and achieving considerable success keeping wickets for India during his illustrious cricket career. The author has given his heart and soul to penning Rahul Dravid: A Biography, and the book has all its ingredients blended in right proportions to make a good read off the making of Rahul Dravid, the legendary cricketer. The author restricts the biography to until midstage of Rahul Dravid's career, and one as a reader can anticipate the absence of written content on World Cup 2007 and Indian Premier League in the sporting, sportive compilation. Vedam Jaishankar's first effort of portraying the making of Rahul Dravid in the form of Rahul Dravid: A Biography leaves the readers spellbound, primarily for not receiving the expected from the book. More concisely, the author's account on Rahul Dravid's early life and cricket career spills the beans on the cricketer's appearances for Karnataka in Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments like Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy. The biography gives a detailed description of Rahul Dravid's long association with his senior level cricket coach, Keki Tarapore. The author's work also include well perceived input on Rahul Dravid's spectacular Test debut against England in England, successful stint as Karnataka's Ranji Trophy winning captain, exploits with bat at World Cup 1999 played in England and World Cup 2003 co-hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya the two World Cups he played for India until 2004 - the year of publication of this biography, potential as captain of Indian cricket team, and a section dedicated to things to come for Rahul Dravid before he decides to hang up his boots. Last but not least, it would be unfair to forego the mention of the part in the biography that gives the readers a jist on the amiable equation Rahul Dravid shares with his parents, wife, and children, for all that he is as a cricketer his family deserves an ounce of credit and more. Rahul Dravid: A Biography by Vedam Jaishankar leaves several stories on professional front of the Indian legend untold. There's more to Rahul Dravid than offered in the biography by Vedam Jaishankar and the author signs off with a promise of completing the incomplete to his readers. Rahul Dravid: A Biography by Vedam Jaishankar is just about a right read for a one-time Rahul Dravid fan and a lifetime cricket enthusiast. The volume is indeed a vivacious page-turner keeping the readers interested, indulged, engrossed, and soaked in a cricketing splendour named Rahul Dravid until the flip of the last page. Rahul Dravid: A Biography by Vedam Jaishankar scores a boundary off the last ball leaving me with a point, to drive the point home for a star Indian cricket realized they had in the reckoning, a little too late. A brilliant read for a biography. Have fun and enjoy the cricketing tales on Jammy, the wall, the great wall, and a good ambassador of the game of cricket - Rahul Dravid. Cheers. 'If at all there is and was a great wall of India, it has to be Rahul Dravid; Rahul Sharad Dravid only'

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sandeep

    Started reading it, in the middle lost interest, not only in the book but in cricket as well, all due to the match fixing scandals. Some day shall go back to read this book but big NO to watching cricket!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Purnima

    Read this during college days. Was a nice read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kavan Mehta

    Superb book

  5. 5 out of 5

    Naveen N. Bhat

    Gifted to me by my parents on my 15th birthday. Best gift ever!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vaidya

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashray Manohar

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jahnavi

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kumara Adithya Lanka

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rohan Desai

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kumar Gaurav

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abhishek Hariharan

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jahnavi

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashish Amarnath

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jyoti

  16. 5 out of 5

    ZamiLenin

  17. 4 out of 5

    Arun Kumar

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Ramkumar C

  20. 4 out of 5

    Minal

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rajam

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thilini Jayaweera

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bachan Reddy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Saipriya Iyer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vijay Vinayak

  26. 5 out of 5

    Subash Keshapragada

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paramesh Oddepally

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sujan Rao

  29. 4 out of 5

    Piyush Kohale

  30. 5 out of 5

    Arpit

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