His nickname is 'The Wall'. He does take some getting past, doesn't he? He is a great example of
how to play. And the tempo of his innings, he doesn't change at all. He loves batting and goes on
He averages 58 and you don't do that if you are not as good as he is. We have to preserve and get
past the big bat of his.
- Andrew Flintoff
On the field there is plenty of opportunity for fans to watch the Indian captain; they don't call
him 'The Wall' without good reason. There was a time when Dravid seemed too obsessed with
technique and in those periods he would forget the main object of the exercise was to score runs.
When he was demoted to number six he didn't sulk or become bitter, he first played a significant
contributing role in the series turning partnership with WS Laxman.
Since that turning point in his career in 2001 he has been in a ding-dong battle with Brian Lara
and Ricky Ponting to be recognised as the best batter of the period.
- Ian Chappell
Dravid is quiet, soft-spoken and a wonderful human being, but he does have a tough edge and is a
To become captain is a great honour; a great challenge. It's probably one of the toughest jobs in
cricket. India is lucky you have one of the toughest [in Dravid].
Rahul is getting better as a skipper. He does the hard work and gets the respect of the boys for
it. I really believe that at the end of his time as captain, he is going to be considered by many
people to have been one of the best captains India has had.
- Greg Chappell
I think Rahul is a great player, he's played a 100 Test matches, averages 58, and so many hundreds. He books himself in for bed and breakfast every single time he goes out to bat.
It's fantastic to be on the same park as him, and that's how I do it in terms of I like to watch players I respect, watch players who I feel privileged to be on the same field as. And I've seen how Rahul goes about his innings and that's something I want to get myself involved with.
- Kevin Pietersen