Even as the young Dhonis and Yuvis of the world make waves with their cool quotient, someone legendary like Rahul Dravid would always rule the roost when it comes to style.
But ‘The Wall’ is humble as ever when it comes to admitting it. “"Well, I don’t know if I have ever had any well defined style quotient," says Dravid, who turns 36 today. "I have just tried to be myself, I’m a pretty much a jeans and T-shirt guy," he asserts.
But nonetheless, he is pretty aware about the new bunch of boys and their styles. "Yeah, Dhoni, Yuvi, Zaheer… they are all doing something or the other… Ishant just had his hair styled differently," says an updated Rahul. <b1>
While talking of style, the cricketer also emphasises the importance of looking rejuvenated. “It’s very important to look fresh and clean, for everyone — a quick shave always work for me” says Dravid, brand ambassador for Gillette.
Good ol’ memories
The cricketer seems to be having a good time bonding with the new bunch but when we asked him about the just retired colleagues Ganguly and Kumble, nostalgia sweeps over him. "Ya, we have spent an entire career together," he says. "So many highs and lows, travelling the world together… we’ve seen it all."
It was merely, and fittingly, coincidental that Rahul made his Test debut and also completed 10,000 Test runs with Ganguly batting at other end. "It was a great journey and pleasure to share the dressing room with Anil and Sourav,” says Rahul, who “doesn’t miss them much” as they keep calling up and bumping into each other time and again.
The advent of T20 is fast turning the game into more of an entertainment event, with glamour entering the hitherto ‘serious’ game.
Isn’t that harmful? “Well, cricket and glamour have always been closely related. Everyone loves to be up, close and personal with favourite cricketers… it’s inevitable. It’s only now that the media is highlighting a cricketers life off the field in such magnitude,” says Dravid.
Talking with the ever Mr Dependable of Indian cricket, it doesn’t come as surprise when he reveals that his favourite movie is
. However, a fan of Big B, Rahul chooses a “no one in particular” when it comes to the leading ladies of Bollywood.
And what about the trend of cricketers participating in reality shows… any chance of him doing something like that? “I’m sorry,
that’s really not my cup of tea,” he rules out, and along with it the chances of launching his own label of clothing or accessories.
And what does this braveheart foresee down the line 10 years? “Probably spending a lot of time at home. But yes, being in touch with the game in some way or the other,” he signs off.