THERE ARE a number of messages on social networking sites likeTwitter, wishing him happy birthday. But, there were some who apart from wishing him also went a step ahead and talked about the player's contribution and how badly India misses the player's presence. One such Twitter user with tweet handle @krithika_v tweeted, “Rahul Dravid's 40th birthday today... We need to notice that a new wall for Team India is still under construction since he left...” The Indian team is in serious need for his replacement and as of now, only Cheteshwar Pujara seems to be the best person to fill his shoes.
Another noticeable innings of 180 runs in Eden Gardens against Australia in 2001 was one of his most memorable ones. He might not have a good year in 2012 but had a good year in 2011 scoring 5 centuries. In his ODI career as well, he was consistent scoring more than 10, 000 runs against his name. Another tweet with tweeter handle @madversity read, “Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid. Understated class is what we are missing” These scores just reflect upon the great career he had as a cricketer.
The recent performances against England in the Test series has highlighted the vacuum he has created in the Indian team after his retirement. He may not be able to help the Indian team with the bat but can help the Indian batsmen in teaching them the skills of batsmanship by becoming the coach of the Indian cricket team, which is only possible if BCCI appoints him for the job. It could benefit Indian cricket and it is also the best way for Dravid to give back to the game, which gave him name and fame.