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Rahul Dravid: Timeless Steel

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  1,006 ratings  ·  120 reviews
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.

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Published July 4th 2012 by The Walt Disney Company India Ltd (first published June 4th 2012)
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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's 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 ...more
Divya Mahajan
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 Dr
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
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 pla
Sairam Krishnan
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 love
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 day

During 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 le
Sagar Shirodkar
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.

Sastivel Loganathan
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 tho ...more
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..........:)
Ramiz Qudsi
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.

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 choosi
Bhaskar kumar
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
Extended insight into the psyche of India's best ever Test No. 3. The book is structured into sections with each featuring a band of three to four essays on an aspect of Dravid – the man, the cricketer, the best knocks, and broadly, writings on the aesthetic and intellectual value of how he played the game. Besides these, this anthology also collects and reprints some of Rahul's interviews (and also his 2011 Bradman oration in its entirety) – all of which are fascinating because they allow a pee ...more
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.
Harshad Apte
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.
Ravi Anand
Ok i just finished this book and i will say that i was a little dissapointed with the content of the book. I was expecting it to be more close to the life events of Rahul dravid and it will have some of his experiences about his match winning innings. But i did not get that the book is more like essays on his life.

Few things are good like a part where Vijeeta talks about Rahul.
I will say that i did not like the content. It is a bit boring and i felt like the same thing is being repeated. The int
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 .
Anandraj R
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.
Ashray Manohar
If you are a Rahul Dravid fan this book is a must read. All the articles are from ESPN cricinfo I guess, but some of the articles like one from his wife Vijetha are totally unedited and have more content than the ones in ESPN cricinfo. Each person in the book has something special to tell about Rahul Dravid. My favorite one was by Akash Chopra, where he vividly explains Rahul Dravid's techniques. These stories give you an insight of Rahul Dravid the person, how meticulous he was with his work an ...more
I'm a hardcore Dravid fan. And by Dravid, I mean Dravid the person and not Dravid the cricketer. Dravid is one of the finest cricketers to have taken the field and he has been one of the finest human beings to have lived. It's so easy to get carried away when you're talking about such exemplary athletes, yet everything said about this man in all these articles feels like an understatement. This book is a must read, even for people who don't follow cricket. The journey of this man is all about gr ...more
Vipul Bhatia
Well for all people who miss Test cricket and off course by an extension of the same Mr. Rahul S.Dravid its a must read. Respect becomes a small word in Dravid's context and the book doesn't help much as both Vijeeta's (His wife) and John Wright's interviews reinforce the character which we have already known about but for me the icing on the cake was Suresh Menon's chapter where he busts the myth about the "10000 Hr rule" and the interview where Dravid tells why he used to love manning the slip ...more
Suyash Agrawal
Only had I known that this is such an awesome book I would have bought and read, and not waited for months before I could find a free copy.
The book is just like Dravid's batting - not immediately appealing; requiring a second look, a considered appreciation; soon revealing its beauty, its simple elegance, its clean, classical lines, its divorce from awkwardness, its style...
I could have finished the book in half the time I actually took had I not flipped back pages every fifteen minutes to re-re
Siddarth Chowdhary
The book was an awesome read.Has all the makings of a best-seller.
Vaibhav Gundre
It must have been too difficult to be "Rahul Dravid". The fact that he is always himself - no deceit, no showmanship - and he is such a role model as a human being as well as a cricketer is just extraordinary.
His statistics and contribution as a captain, batsman, wicket keeper or his catching at slip can easily go unnoticed by ordinary fan, but when you look at them closely you will get the true significance of them to Indian Cricket and to the sport in general.

Any unfair notions about him will
This book contains very memorable experiences that Dravid's colleagues, friends, relatives and cricket writers shared with him. The very format of the book makes it an interesting read: unlike a biography, every episode, in the book, shares little/no connect with each other. But it is still mighty effective in inspiring and communicating to its readers as to how a cricketer, who deemed himself to be devoid of natural cricketing talent, went on to achieve greatness through sheer single-mindedness ...more
'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 / read

The book is not his biography. It's a collection of interviews from cricinfo authors and many other legends
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
Anil Anuragi
The book is collected writing on Indian Cricket’s goto man by writers, commentators, coaches and the players whom he played with for the last 17 years.
It started with an introduction by Sambit Pal, editor of CricInfo and where in he writes “Indian Cricket may find a batsman as capable, but to find a man as exceptional is likely to be far tougher”. Yes indeed, he was more than a cricketer, he believed in simple thing. Wasn’t flashy and followed by as many as SRT but he knew his ability and stood
Rohit Kachhawaha
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
Atulya Ravishankar
To the average cricket follower, Rahul Dravid was simply another one of India's great batsmen, very much like Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman. Simply watching him bat on T.V. or reading a match report only provides a 1-dimensional image of Dravid.

"Rahul Dravid: Timeless Steel" provides a much more holistic, 3-dimensional account of Dravid. We not only learn about Dravid the player, but also about Dravid the husband, Dravid the father and Dravid the captain. The various anecdotes from players, coac
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