Rahul Dravid is a well-known Indian cricketer and brilliant batsmen. Time and again, with his simplicity and humility, he has proved an absolute gentleman. His honesty and straightforwardness fetched him immense respect in his playing days, and nothing has changed in his retirement. Off the field, he has rarely attracted controversy and has handled every issue with a straight bat and without any fuss.

On Republic Day, Dravid, who was nominated for an honorary doctorate degree by Bangalore University, denied the degree. The former India captain stated that he would prefer to earn one through research.

In an interview with Indian Express, he said,

“The thing about the doctorate is that my mom did her PhD and earned a doctorate at the age of 55. My wife’s a surgeon who studied seven years to get a degree in surgery. And I’ve always felt that if it was something I wanted, I would like to have earned it. I don’t mean that anyone else should have that feeling and I’m not trying to belittle anyone else. It’s just that I felt that way because of my own experiences. And it’s not the first time that people have asked me to become a doctorate. It’s just that it’s happened privately and over an email exchange. And before it’s been announced, I have declined it politely even then. It so happened that this unfortunately came out in public.”

He flies economy class and visits gas agency all by himself in a Santro to get a new connection. No airs, no pretense. Rahul Dravid’s wife Vijeeta Dravid’s words

“If I packed only two sets of informal clothes, he would rotate them through an entire tour if he had to and not think about it. He doesn’t care for gadgets, and barely registers brands – of watches, cologne or cars. But if the weight of his bat as off by a gram, he would notice it in an instant and get the problem fixed”

Not only has he mastered the art of batting but also has all the qualities to succeed off the field.

The former Australian cricketer Shane Watson once said,

“He’s probably the nicest guy – no, he is the nicest guy – that I’ve met in cricket. He’s a phenomenal man,”

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