Rahul Dravid’s Speech | Sir Donald Bradman Oration
I have sometimes found myself in the middle of a big game, standing at slip or even at the non-strikers end and suddenly realised that everything else has vanished.
At that moment, all that exists is the contest and the very real sense of the joy that comes from playing the game.
It is an almost meditative experience where you reconnect with the game just like you did years ago, when you ﬁrst began. When you hit your ﬁrst boundary, took the ﬁrst catch, scored your ﬁrst century, or were involved in a big victory.
It lasts for a very ﬂeeting passage of time, but it is a very precious instant and every cricketer should hang on to it.
I know it is utterly fanciful to expect professional cricketers to play the game like amateurs; but the trick I believe is taking the spirit of the amateur – of discovery, of learning, of pure joy, of playing by the rules – into our profession.
That is from Rahul Dravid’s wonderful speech at the annual Sir Donald Bradman Oration, delivered at Australia’s National War Memorial. The full transcript can be accessed as a pdf here. Dravid covers a lot of ground, from India’s relationship with Australia over the years, through a discussion of what cricket means to Indian cricketers, to the issues confronting cricket today. All of it is worth reading…and re-reading.
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