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Rahul Dravid was probably one of the last classical Test match batsmen. The lynchpin of India’s Test match side through the 2000s, he combined technical virtuosity with a legendary work ethic and near-yogic powers of concentration, and epitomised an old-school guts-before-glory approach in an age increasingly defined by flashy strokeplay and low attention spans.A collectioRahul Dravid was probably one of the last classical Test match batsmen. The lynchpin of India’s Test match side through the 2000s, he combined technical virtuosity with a legendary work ethic and near-yogic powers of concentration, and epitomised an old-school guts-before-glory approach in an age increasingly defined by flashy strokeplay and low attention spans.A collection of 30 pieces – new and previously published on ESPNcricinfo and its sister publications – this book features contributions from Dravid’s team-mates and peers, some of the finest cricket writers around, and interviews over the years with Dravid himself. It attempts to paint a picture of a cricketer who embodied the best traditions and values of the game, and a man who impressed the many people who came in contact with him.Greg Chappell remembers the India captain he worked alongside. Ed Smith, who shared a dressing room with Dravid at Kent, writes of a thorough gentleman. Sanjay Bangar relives the splendour of Headingley 2002. Jarrod Kimber tells of how Dravid became the reason for him getting married. Mukul Kesavan analyses how his technique allows for more style than one might assume. Sidharth Monga puts Dravid’s captaincy under the spotlight. Rohit Brijnath looks back at the twin peaks of Adelaide 2003. Vijeeta Dravid gives us a look at her husband the perfectionist. Those and other articles make Timeless Steel as much a celebration of a colossal cricketer as of an exceptional human being....

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  • Santhosh
    2019-01-18 09:15

    I read cricinfo. I also like Dravid. And I mean both in the most politely understated way possible. If ever someone got into the online stalking business, they'd find that a cricinfo hits counter for me would have a daily average not too dissimilar to Dravid's, and for almost as long. Dravid is the cricketer I've liked the most (with Sachin, it's love, which is different) and I've gone through phases where I've voraciously searched and read everything to do with him (Google alerts, RSS feeds, the works). And then, along comes this book, which is made up mostly of the best of the cricinfo lot on Dravid, and complemented by new articles from some of my favourite cricket writers.Nicely structured, it at once provides both an intimate and a complete picture about the man and the cricketer. Because of the anthological nature of the book, and the filtering from among the tens of really really good writing on the topic, we're essentially talking about a collection of, for the most part, truly great articles. That a couple may pale in direct comparison with the other articles in the book is more a reflection of the quality and richness of the collection. The final retirement interview is a case study in its genre for both the interviewer and the interviewee. There is the unedited article of Vijeeta Dravid's, the unabridged Dravid interviews that even further illuminate his class and intelligence, and edited versions of gems previously published but now with that extra bit of hindsight. Siddharth Monga's amazing play-by-play account of the Kolkata 2001 innings took me back a decade and the brilliant dissection by Akash Chopra on Dravid's evolving technique is a masterpiece in its own right. The articles by juniors, coaches and peers give a peek into the competitor and the professional, and Samir Chopra's The Money Moment throws that bit of light on the steel behind the gentleman.Definitely a keeper. The book, that is.

  • Avinash
    2019-01-09 07:17

    Edit: 11th Jan 2018Just read few of my favorite articles (The ones from Sambit Bal, John Wright and Suresh Raina) from this book on his birthday and thought I should add something for this JAMMY of a guy :p So here it is...“1st wicket fall and now my watch begins. It shall not end until the team reach safety. I shall hit no boundary, no sixes, offer no catch. I shall have no spotlights and win no glory. I shall defend and attack as per the team's need. I am the pain for the bowlers. I am the watcher of the ball. I am the one who play against the odds, the century that brings the hope, the partnership that breaks the opposition, the shield that guards the wickets on the pitch. I pledge my runs and centuries to Indian Cricket Team, for this inning and all the innings to come. I am not the man of the Night's Watch, I am THE WALL”Happy Birthday Mr. Dependable, we all look and wish for a person like you in our lives :)We will always miss you in WHITES :)__________No doubt he was the man of steel for Indian Cricket team. One of the most unselfish sportsmen ever, the one who never desired the spotlight and always put the team before him. The book is a collection of articles written over the period of time by well know cricketers (including few of his teammates) and sports journalists. These articles show how much respect he commands in cricketing world even among the arch-rivals. He can be an Ideal for every hardworking man. A must have book for all cricket lovers. The last line of his farewell speech sums up this man nice and crisp “I have failed at times, but I have never stopped trying. It is why I leave with sadness but also with pride.”

  • Divya Mahajan
    2018-12-29 08:12

    I am not sure if I will be able to do justice to the review as the book has done to the Great Wall of India. Rahul Dravid has always been an inspiration but the way this book has elaborated various aspects of his personality through his family, friends and colleagues is amazing. He has been an epitome of perseverance but we have continuously read about his virtue so there is no need to repeat them all. But this book does not give a list of his qualities rather it shows how normal this was for Dravid, how constant he was irrespective of the circumstances or company. "Sometimes it was difficult for me to decide who was better: Rahul Dravid the human being or Rahul Dravid the cricketer" : Fazal KhaleelHis capability to switch on and off on-field was extremely important in making him the cricketer he is and his capability to give equal importance to every one else's perspective and career made him the person he is today. It was a pleasure to see him play.

  • Venkateswaran
    2018-12-27 09:52

    ideally former cricketers should fill their pages with anecdotes , journalists should try and bring in the nice words. Here sometimes the inverse happens, sometimes. But otherwise the book is very readable.Best chapter is that on Dravid's Kolkata innings. Could almost relive the 3rd and 4th dayDuring the course of the book I realised that Dravid had actually retired. The hole would not be felt in the near future. I tried searching for India's next overseas tour, but it seems not until 2014 at least. Having supreme confidence on the young Indian brigade, I can assert that the hole will be felt on the first hour of India's next overseas tour.

  • Sridatta
    2019-01-11 13:11

    As an ardent Rahul Dravid fan and cricinfo follower, reading this book was no real brainer. And it was good to see the awesome Sambit Bal spearhead the effort of bringing this book together. It is a fine book, a good looking one as well and the nice photos (almost) capture the iconic moments in his career. Before reading the book, one would expect it to set itself apart from the countless stories published in newspapers on the eve of his retirement. But more than half of the book concentrated on saying stuff everyone already have heard or read or seen. And their approach wouldn't even work with someone with less familiarity either because they kept saying stuff like 'Dravid is disciplined' or 'Dravid is hard-working' in the first section without actually delving into the particulars. Rahul Bhattacharya was one exception though. And I don't understand why that buffoon of a Sanjay Manjrekar was allowed to write a piece in this book when he has relentlessly directed absurd criticism at Dravid throughout his final few years.But the book picked itself in the second section with bunch of anecdotes by his contemporaries and I particularly enjoyed the one by Greg Chappell. It is indeed brave of anyone to formulate an approach in the middle of the match and go ahead and execute it. It would have been nice to have something written by someone from his earlier days. The piece by Karnataka cricketer is brief and abrupt and the one by a random guy going gaga over an handshake is ridiculous and funny as hell. The interviews and Bradman oratory speech were great especially the interview conducted during his retirement. My opinion of the book might not be objective as I read few of the articles earlier on Cricinfo before buying this book and my appetite was left short. This might not be a great anthology but it multiplies your respect for the great cricketer tenfold. Go read it for the person who fought the tough fight for the team we all loved.

  • Prashant
    2019-01-21 13:11

    I confess that I have never been a big Rahul Dravid fan. For me he played a very important role in the team but it is of coming at No. 3 and consistently giving the strike to the batsman at the other end, which worked the best in the era of Saurav and Sachin opening the innings. In the later part of his career most of my admiration for him came because of the nostalgia and the stubbornness of hanging to a golden period(for me) of Indian cricket. They say, in the hindsight everything falls in place so well. The reason of picking this book was the same. To relive the golden moments of the past and to learn about the man who when looked closely was indeed the only Mr. Dependable and Mr. Consistent.The book is a collection of various articles, commentaries and interviews published in various media during his career and some very fine articles after his retirement. The articles take a wide view from some of the best innings of Rahul Dravid to his life as a very private and disciplined cricketer. The book is definitely a one time read and deserves to remain in the collection of a proud reader for a long long time. Here's to the guy who was and is one of the few Gentlemen of the Gentlemen's game.

  • Sairam Krishnan
    2018-12-25 15:15

    A must-have for cricket and Dravid fans, just as a reminder of a great career. The book looks and feels lovely, and is more a collector's item than something to immerse yourself in, but it still has some lovely pieces to read.Ed Smith's piece, from which the title of the book is taken, is particularly enjoyable. So is Vijeta Dravid's tribute to her husband. But the best in the book is still Dravid himself - the 2011 Bradman Oration is a moving, emotional dedication to the game he played and loved, to the fan whom he respected. I'm glad I have it in print, bound in a book.I was in office when he retired, and me and a couple of friends tuned in to the retirement speech. I was in tears when it ended. To my generation, he was more than a player. He was an ideal, a standard to live up to, a hero we could always trust.This is a book worthy of him, the greatest defensive batsman the world has ever seen. Thank you ESPN Cricinfo.

  • Hemant Gandhi
    2019-01-07 07:56

    This book is a collected writing on India's Mr. Dependable by writers, coaches and some of the players whom he played with for the last 17 years ( it also includes an article from his wife)... The article covers some of the best innings of Rahul Dravid and also gives us few insights of his life ( which shows how disciplined he was ). This book is definitely a must read for all the cricket fans out there... It deserves to be in the collection of a proud reader for a long long time.. He indeed is a Gentleman of the Gentlemen's Game...

  • Anuprita Ratnaparkhi
    2019-01-05 11:51

    Timeless Steel, an apt title, is a collection of articles on India’s Mr. Dependable. These articles have been written by team-mates and peers, some of the finest cricket writers around, and interviews over the years with the man himself. As an ardent Dravid Fan, there was very less that I hadn’t read about, however what I really like about this book is the way this has been written is exactly synonymous to the quality he possessed – Simple, Humble yet having a class of its own. The best one I liked was his own speech written for Bradman Oration. Only a man who is well read , has had an eye for detailing and observation could have written something like this. Though I had read this speech earlier, I guess one can never get bored of a good writing. As a fan and an avid reader I hope he writes more !This surely is a one time read for everyone for the life lessons it imparts subtly.

  • Ashish
    2018-12-24 10:58

    There was a time, a week or so after I purchased the hardbound edition, when I was cursing myself for having bought this book. I’m not a huge fan of anthologies, especially one in which each section is essentially an encomium. You don’t need a 250 page book to tell you what you could glean from a single essay. I was rather surprised at myself for having fallen into the trap; I bought this only because it was available at a heavy discount at one of Flipkart’s flash sales. It ended up being a first-hand example of how e-commerce websites today are not just fulfilling demand, but also creating it.I’m glad I read it though – although I still believe I could’ve gone the Kindle route on this one. While this book didn’t reveal a lot of new information about Dravid, my memory certainly needed to be refreshed on a few counts.As one might assume, Dravid’s interviews came closest to illuminating the man he is. They made me realize that even though he’s somebody who’s often described as simple, as being someone who is easy to relate to, somebody with typical Indian middle class values, and somebody who’s not a superstar even though he is one, he has a rather contradictory perception of himself.It is surprising that in a book dedicated to dissecting Rahul Dravid, the man, the batsman, the cricketer, only two people highlight his natural talent. One is Suresh Menon, who in a wonderfully evocative piece, lambasts Sanjay Manjrekar (among others) for saying, “That you don’t need to have great talent to become a sportsman is reinforced by Dravid’s achievements.”The other is Rahul Dravid himself.“I was given a talent to play cricket. I don’t know why I was given it. But I was.”Ed Smith points out the ‘brilliant inversion of the usual myth’ in these words. Sportsmen are often fond of highlighting the importance of hard work, and rightly so. But this well-intentioned advice is often accompanied by a downplaying of their own inborn talent, so much so that many a superstar talks about how they overcame the shortcomings of their ordinary and unexceptional abilities through sheer perspiration. How refreshing, and ironic, that a man hailed by many as the embodiment of this notion is one of the few to buck the trend.It would’ve been easy to credit his successes to his own hard work, his studious obsession with his technique, his reading of the game; every expert had already done so. But true to form, Dravid chose not to walk down the easy path.This debate – natural talent versus practice and coaching – is a curious one. And not just limited to batting in Rahul Dravid’s case. In another interview, he talks about how he never felt that he was a natural slip fielder, how his slip expertise was honed over years of practice. Yet he goes on talk about the paucity of thought he gave to slip catching technique, and how it came instinctively to him. Yes, instinct can be developed with years of practice, but Dravid’s words do nothing to convince me against Mark Waugh’s opinion, who felt that slip catching comes naturally and cannot be taught by coaches.My perception of the third aspect of Dravid the cricketer, his captaincy, has also been refreshed. Like all Indians before me, I’m guilty of having remembered his tenure through the lenses of the World Cup defeat to Bangladesh and subsequent failure to progress beyond the group stages in 2007. What I failed to remember is his aggressiveness and delightful unpredictability – opening the bowling in an ODI with a spinner, sending in Irfan Pathan to open the batting in the second innings of a test match because the team needed quick runs and Sehwag was injured, and of course, declaring with Tendulkar on 194*, announcing to the world that it wasn’t just about team before self, but in fact, team before (alleged) God himself.Another thing worth mentioning is how well read he was. His instinct on becoming captain was to turn to literature, and explore the knowledge so readily available therein. Having read his speech at the Bradman Oration, I’d now like to hear him deliver it as well even though it won’t be live and I’ll know what he’s going to say before he says it. It should still be worth it though; references to World War II are not something you would expect from your regular everyday cricketer.

  • Ramiz Qudsi
    2019-01-04 09:17

    If Cricket ever need a Brand Ambassador, there is no gentleman more suitable for the job than "The Wall" which stood tall amid shambles! The book wasn't as awesome as his forward defense, something which can transform you to another world, but it was pretty awesome. Every article, written whether about "Dravid-The Cricketer" or "Dravid-The Man" gives a peek into the character he was. The compilation done cricinfo is commendable. The articles are from everyone involved even a quanta in the game.And the interview right after his retirement, done by Sharda Ugra is just beautiful. She asks him a question and then he answer them, with same respect, intent and meticulousness he faced every ball bowled at him. There is a genuineness and real concern and care in his answers, something not found in the answers given by the God himself (#SRT). The desire to contribute is reflected in those well considered words, word spoken not without thoughts! Even after retirement his words were as insightful as it has ever been.And then the book contained a wonderful surprise. The penultimate chapter was the 10th Sir Don Bradman oration delivered by Dravid. I have watched it at least 5 times and yet I read it for the sheer beauty of the oration (after all, it did not become the most watched Sir Don Bradman oration on youtube for nothing.)And the icing on the cake is the last chapter by the cricinfo's stat editor, S Rajesh. The way he presents the number, simply amazing. And it tells you that Dravid's contribution to the Indian cricket was more than mere numbers (which are huge by all measures and in all era). He contributed to India more than just 24177 international runs!

  • Shrey
    2019-01-16 08:14

    Rahul Dravid the human being or Rahul Dravid the cricketer? The book is filled with excerpts from his personal and professional lives. The book, the life of Rahul Dravid make you introspect about how you want to live your life. Great sportsmen are respected only because of their sporting abilities but Rahul Dravid is equally respected as a person and the book aptly describes this.Best thing about the book is that you can link the cricketing life of Rahul Dravid to any phase of life. Be it choosing your career, taking tough decisions in life, chasing your dreams, changing yourself/your style to achieve those dreams and much more.According to Dravid, Andre Agassi's autobiography, OPEN, has everything - passion, drugs, girls, money, fame and that's the kind of stories one would want to read. But Timeless Steel is a fascinating read even without most of these elements.

  • Sastivel Loganathan
    2019-01-22 09:08

    Not exactly a biography, but a collection of essays from Cricinfo about Rahul Dravid. I am a big admirer of Dravid's on and off field persona. I was moved by essays about his famous Don Bradman oration, Adelaide Test and many other essays. For someone who started watching cricket as a four year old in 1996 when Rahul had just debuted and had the privilege of watching him throughout his career, this book is bound to bring back nostalgic memories of the golden era, of the fabulous five ,of all those RD special innings you witnessed like Adelaide 2003, Headingley 2002 and to the recent 2011 England tour. Just goosebumps material.I was reading a super boring drag novel(la) along with it and every time I switched to the novel, I immediately wanted to come back to this book. A thoroughly enjoyable must read and must have for all Rahul Dravid fans.

  • Bhaskar kumar
    2019-01-04 09:57

    To begin with, I've got a huge Dravid poster on one of the walls of my room so this review attains the property of a decorated ritual. The book-I've no clear idea as to what makes a book great other than it's capability to keep the reader utterly engaged. if that's the parameter of a great book, then 'Timeless steel' is one of them. it had a meditative effect on me, taking me down memory lanes, from instances of the great Calcutta test to sublime image of me adjusting my stance exactly as Dravid's, head digging deep, attentive eyes, imitating the monk like concentration.yes I'm biased, yes I'm opinionated, call whatever you may, but 5 stars for the book dedicated to the evergreen student of the cricketing world.

  • Sagar Shirodkar
    2018-12-25 15:10

    This was my first book on sport or any sportsmen, and being an ardent fan of Dravid this book was an obvious choice.The book itself is a representation of Rahul Dravid ,it was as elaborate,flourishing and effortfull as his batting. My personal best part of the book was "The Bradman Oration",however it was "THE MAN" chapter of the book that kept me glued, and what could have been the best time to complete this book with Border-Gavaskar Cup the India-Australia Test match series going by my side.Indeed this one is a must read for a sport loving person and a Dravid fan.

  • Naga
    2019-01-19 08:14

    I had ordered the book after reading the review by Karunakar Dev in Flip kart . Dravid is one cricketer whom i respect the most . This book didnt let my expectations down . Class of Dravid written all over this book .. Fantastic read . Must read for every Indian . To all countrymen, you’re blessed to be living in the era of Rahul Dravid. Show him your love. Order the book now.

  • Anandraj R
    2019-01-05 12:53

    A collection of great articles from excellent authors on India's best test player. Thoroughly enjoyed Dravid's great knocks again through their narration. A must read for all fellow adherent Rahul Dravid fans.

  • Venkatesh
    2019-01-03 13:11

    The Timeless Steel is no doubt the perfect title for the book. The man is just perfect, perfect batsman, perfect teammate, perfect gentleman, perfect competitor and above all a perfect ambassador of the game and a perfect role model for all. Rahul all the best for your second innings..........:)

  • Harshad Apte
    2018-12-30 11:18

    My review is more a reflection of the man than the book on his career and his life. Rahul Dravid has embodied all that is worth admiring in a cricketer and a sportsperson in general. A true role model, he comes across as a genuine person and a thorough professional, on as well as off the field.

  • Vishal
    2018-12-26 10:09

    Although I had read most of the articles in the book on espncricinfo its nice to have them all at one place. The articles provide a lot of insights about the man that is Rahul Dravid . One of the greatest cricketers and a true gentleman .

  • Siddharth
    2018-12-27 07:14

    Lovely anthology about a great cricketer. Would have dearly loved more articles written by currrent and former cricketers rather than journos. That'd have been more intimate.Hence the four stars.

  • Siddarth Chowdhary
    2019-01-09 10:04

    The book was an awesome read.Has all the makings of a best-seller.

  • G VSandeep
    2018-12-28 13:14

    "In India, cricket is a buzzing, humming, living entity going through a most remarkable time, like no other in our cricketing history. In this last decade, the Indian team represents, more than ever before, the country we come from - of people from vastly different cultures, who speak different languages, follow different religions, belong to all classes of society."This man's speech at Bradman Orientation, which is well documented in the book is just amazing! Being a big fan of cricket who cherishes each and every innings played by the Fabulous Five, reading this book was a special experience altogether. Recollecting those superb and gritty innings mentioned in the book made me feel very nostalgic. Dravid is a fantastic cricketer, no doubt about it; but getting to know about his personality and the impact he has left on great personalities is simply amazing. Truly "he was a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a Dark Knight of Indian Cricket"

  • Jai Jethawa
    2018-12-26 09:07

    146 vs Eng at Oval (2011)270 vs Pak at Rawalpindi (2004)233 vs Aus at Adelaide (2003)180 vs Aus at Kolkata (2001)148 vs Eng at Headindley (2002) and many more.Relived these innings once again through this book.Read his Brandman Oration speech and watched it again after years along with all these innings. "Tap. Single. Back again. Forward. Defend. Dot ball." and REPEAT. The opposition got tired but he stood tall like a wall.No opener, no problem. He opened the innings.No keeper, no problem. He kept wickets.No no.3 for T20I, no problem. He played his first and last T20I.We must learn optimism from this man. When asked whether he ever felt like a sacrificial lamb, his response was as simple as his personality.“I never saw it that way. To me it felt like I was being trusted to do a tough job by the team. It made me feel valued.”#TimelessSteel indeed!

  • Akash Jain
    2019-01-13 09:58

    Rahul is a legend. Simplicity is his weapon. He is a role model .

  • Anirudh
    2019-01-06 14:13

    The wall that has stopped many encounters from fast and spin attack in the cricket ground. What a wonderful book this is that travels our mind to those when Dravid was playing for India.

  • Lokesh Jindal
    2018-12-28 10:15

    What can I say?! I love Dravid and this book is about him! :P :)A lot of articles in the beginning get repetitive and you feel like you are reading the exact same thing again and again in words of different authors, and even similar words. It's the last third of the book that I enjoyed reading a lot. Last 60 pages of the book were absolute bliss... I discovered a lot about how the cricketing literates view Dravid and how at every step he was compared to Sachin. One idea (or wish) that many Dravid fans have is how different his career and stardom could have been had he played in an era different from God ji. Among many reasons for which I don't harbor such wishes, I believe a very crucial outcome of it was that Dravid could escape the limelight and be on his own on many occasions since he was never the kind who enjoyed being the center of discussion. And who knows! May be... being always compared to Sachin helped him to always stay hungry for runs. I am sure that spending the amount of time as he did during his record breaking 20 century stands with Sachin at the crease would have helped him score and even improve his batting skills.Anyway, this book has only made me hungry to read Dravid's thoughts .. his autobiography - to read at length what his mind worked in different situations and what the source of his unmatched determination and calm was. Dravid's biography! Eh! That won't be that interesting a read I think. I wish I would get read it before I die! Finger crossed! :) Until then, I will indulge in reading this book time and again.

  • Apurv
    2018-12-29 12:01

    I didnt expect much from this book. I just wanted to keep it as a souvenir being an ardent Dravid Fan. After reading this book, got to know so much more about the man and what it took to become such a phenomenal cricketer. I started following cricket from the same England series in which Rahul made his debut and the book covers almost all of his career till he hung up his boots after Australia tour.The book has 30 articles/interviews from various respected players and professionals and it gives a perspective from each of them about the impact Rahul has had on Indian and World Cricket. The article from Ed Smith and Sambit Bal are really something which will show the true character of the most humble celebrated Crickter I have seen on cricket field.The book inspires you at some level and shows you that it is possible to achieve greatness through hard work, determination, courage, will and sheer love for the sport and pride one gets in representing his/her country. This shows you that there is and will always be scope for improvement in a person, no matter how much good he is. Through this book you could get a new prospective about self improvement.The book recalls some of the best innings we have seen an past 15 years and some of the best Indian wins of all time at home and abroad because of the contribution from Rahul. The book has the Bradman oration at the end where Rahul being the first non-Australian cricketer gave a wonderful speech and talked about modern cricket's biggest challenges.This book is surely a collector's copy and if you are a true Cricket and Rahul Dravid fan then you NEED to have this.

  • Rohit Kachhawaha
    2019-01-12 08:55

    Well, he is Rahul Dravid, that's it. Very aptly put, he is probably the last classical Test batsmen. I can proudly say he is my role model. If I had to chose I say it would be Dravid who would be batting for my life.From the game's great, Rahul Dravid is truly the 'Good Boy' of Cricket. This account gives a sneek peek into Dravid's (cricket and personal)life, how he likes to prepare for the game, his likes/dislikes, hobbies, interests, how cricket has shaped him to what he is and the rest which every fan of his like to read about.I loved the 'Bradman Oration' part, he became the first non-Australian when he delivered the esteemed lecture on 14 Dec,2011 at the Australian capital Canberra. I wanted it, and this maybe a reason I had it pre-ordered :) What he said there is still applying in Cricket, his thoughts about the T20, and how we can reform Cricket using this newest form, to fuel in Test and ODIs from the thrill of T20, his thoughts reflects how he approaches, the true master of the game who still considers himself as a student who always tries to better each passing day.I can't say more but you will have to read it. Whenever I go through the pages, I find something new, about the man, of how we can work towards betterment of whatever we maybe doing, about honesty, about having the right kind of attitude rather than just having the right kind of resources.He is the MAN who I feel should be given a key role in the decision making body of the BCCI(ICC), he still has a lot to offer to the Gentleman's Game.

  • Prithvi.bits
    2019-01-20 07:49

    'Poised' 'Great' and 'Dignity' are the three words which describe Dravid - The Batsman and the person. Best part of the book is the description about some of his greatest innings he played in his career and even in the history of cricket.The ultimate part of the book is the crescendo - The speech by Rahul Dravid in Canberra - The Bradman Oration. It's one of the best speeches I heard / readThe book is not his biography. It's a collection of interviews from cricinfo authors and many other legends, friends of Rahul Dravid.One fact from the book which like the most." When Dravid was Athens crease, the team scored 32,039 runs, which amounted to 35.6% of the total runs that India made in the Tests in which Dravid played. Dravid is also the only batsman to be involved in more than 700 partnerships; in fact, no other batsman has touched 650 so far"... That the true Timeless SteelThis book is for all the people who wants to know the other side (not the front page cricket news) of the legendary game called cricket and how the players feel about their experiences. This book gives the first person experience of how it is to go and play on the turf rather than what u see and hear on the television screen.