Former Indian captain, Rahul “The Wall’ Dravid is known for his calibre, consistency and class. Apart from his tremendous game, Dravid is known for being the Gentleman in the Gentleman’s game. Extremely polite and down-to-earth, Dravid has won hearts all over the world, especially his fans.
There are many instances of Dravid’s humility but this one will make you wanna respect him more. Rahul Dravid, the ace cricketer, took out time from his busy schedule to talk to a terminally-ill fan diagnosed with Cancer. The guy, Akshay Dhoke, was a huge Dravid fan and anything about cricket or Dravid would light him up like a million stars. After much trouble, his friends got through Dravid’s wife and conducted a skype call with him. Read about the incident.
A year back, my friend was seriously ill with Cancer. He was a huge fan of Dravid. So much that whenever he batted he recalled Dravid’s shots and tried to emulate them.
One day a couple of us went to see him in hospital. He was being treated for blood cancer. His condition was critical and chances of recovery were negligible. We used to discuss cricket a lot. Even during his critical condition, when it was extremely difficult for him to utter simple words, he would relish any discussion on cricket. When we were leaving, he expressed a desire to talk to Dravid. We started contacting Dravid from all the possible sources we could. Though we did not hope that we will get any reply from Dravid.
A few days later, one of us got a call from Veejeta, Dravid’s wife. Dravid had gone through our emails. She was definitely touched by our efforts and expressed Dravid’s desire to have a Skype chat. We were unsure if Dravid could make it because of his busy schedule.
But he did. Dravid talked with my friend in the hospital for almost an hour. He apologized for not able to come in person. The smile on my friend’s face was precious. He was beaming with happiness. Not just that, Dravid talked with his parents, his doctors and all other patients in the ward. Dravid made sure that he left my friend and his parents motivated after the conversation. After that hour there was positive vibe in hospital.
We recorded the entire conversation. Unfortunately, my friend could not survive the harshness of cancer. The gesture which Dravid showed definitely made him gather courage for some part of his fight with cancer. When I watch the video I see my friend’s face smiling and content. I feel proud that during his last days we were able to make him smile.
In case you read this, thank you Rahul Dravid!
Watch their touching conversation here…
If you are a Dravid fan then share this amazing story forward and if your are not then, I hope this video just turned into a brand new Rahul Dravid fan. Here’s wishing The Wall, against whom the entire country stood by, a very Happy Birthday!
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