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Deven Prabhudesai portrays “The Nice Guy Who Finished First : Biography of Rahul Dravid”

If there is one cricketer universally acknowledged as the Great Wall of Indian Cricket, it is Rahul Dravid, and RightBooks.in makes you know “The Wall” from close. Not only has he brought hours of pleasure to millions of his fans, he has played the game with exemplary courage, passion and commitment. In this he has been one of the biggest icons of cricket and a role model for the youth of the country. Rahul Dravid's talents go far beyond batting. He never wanted to keep wickets. He gave up wicketkeeping at the age of 16, yet ended up keeping for India in two World Cups. For someone who firmly believes that destiny lies in his hands, first opening the batting, then wicket keeping and more recently captaincy have been thrust on him. On each occasion Rahul Dravid has welcomed the additional responsibility with the spirit of a warrior. In this book, “The Nice Guy Who Finished First: Biography of Rahul Dravid”, the author, an eminent cricket journalist, captures the essence of the man we all know as The Wall. Etched in print are Rahul Dravid's flawless technique and outstanding achievements. The author has painstakingly researched the rise of Rahul Dravid, his childhood, his early days in the game, his success, his agony and his triumphs. It is a remarkable story of Rahul Dravid's extraordinary cricketing career that commenced in 1996 and continues to flourish nine years later. The book highlights the physical, mental and of course, technical attributes that have elevated Rahul to legendary status. In this honest endeavour to recount the story of Rahul Dravid, the author is assisted by reminiscences from his mentors, seniors, teammates and even opponents, all of whom witnessed the making of a cricketing legend from close quarters. Then, there are the photographs, some of the best ever, which showcase, quite literally, the genius of one of India's all-time greats. 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 achievements, 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. Take a look at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=8129107295&THE NICE GUY WHO FINISHED FIRST A BIOGRAPHY OF RAHUL DRAVID for more details.

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BANGALORE, 9th February, 2012: Batting great Rahul Dravid, the second most prolific batsman in the game's history and India's middle order bulwark for years, on Friday bid adieu to Test cricket, bringing down the curtains on a glorious 16-year career.

"I would like to announce my retirement from international and domestic first-class cricket. It is 16 years since I played my first Test match for India and today I feel it is an time to move on. Once I was like every other boy in India, with a dream of playing for my country. Yet I could never have imagined a journey so long and so fulfilling."

"No dream is ever chased alone. As I look back, I have many people to thank for teaching me and believing in me. My junior coaches in Bangalore and at various junior national camps inculcated in me a powerful love of the game which has always stayed with me."

"My coaches at the international level have added to my craft and helped shape my personality. The physios and trainers worked hard to keep me fit -- not an easy job -- and allowed me to play late into my 30s."

"The selectors, who rarely receive any credit in India, occasionally had more confidence in me than I had in myself and I am grateful for that. The various captains I played under offered me guidance and inspired me. Most of all I have to thank the teams I played with."

"I was lucky in my early years to play for Karnataka team which was trying to forge itself into a strong side and they were years of fun and learning."

"In the Indian team, I was fortunate to be part of a wonderful era when India played some of its finest cricket at home and abroad. Many of my teammates have become legends, not just in India but in the wider cricketing world. I admired them, learnt from them and I leave the game with wonderful memories and strong friendships. It is a great gift to have."

"My approach to cricket has been reasonably simple: it was about giving everything to the team, it was about playing with dignity and it was about upholding the spirit of the game. I hope I have done some of that. I have failed at times, but I have never stopped trying. It is why I leave with sadness but also with pride."

"Finally I would like to thank the Indian cricket fan, both here and across the world. The game is lucky to have you and I have been lucky to play before you. To represent India, and thus to represent you, has been a privilege and one which I have always taken seriously."

- Rahul Dravid

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