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The Nice Guy Who Finished First is a remarkable story of Rahul Dravid's illustrious career in international cricket that commenced in 1996. It tells the tale of a young man who has succeeded in his chosen profession through an ardent faith in the three 'D's of dedication, discipline and determination. The biography reconstructs the incidents and events that have contributed The Nice Guy Who Finished First is a remarkable story of Rahul Dravid's illustrious career in international cricket that commenced in 1996. It tells the tale of a young man who has succeeded in his chosen profession through an ardent faith in the three 'D's of dedication, discipline and determination. The biography reconstructs the incidents and events that have contributed to making Rahul Dravid one of the greatest cricketers to have played the game, and an epitome of grace, humility and commitment to his team's cause. It is a tribute to a role model who refused to rest on his laurels, and remained as intense in his quest for perfection as he was when he started out. Rahul Dravid's moments of triumph are described, as also are his trials and tribulations. The book narrates the epic battle, one that he eventually won, to break free of the stereotypes that haunted him in his early years at the international level. His efforts to emerge from the intimidating shadows cast by his teammates and contemporaries are illustrated in great detail. This book highlights the physical, mental and of course, technical attributes that have elevated Rahul to legendary status. In this honest endeavour to recount the story of Rahul Dravid, the author is assisted by reminiscences for this mentors, seniors, teammates and even opponents, all of whom witnessed the making of a cricketing legend form close quarters. Then, there are the photographs, some of the best ever, which showcase, quite literally, the genius of one of the India's all-time greats.


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The Nice Guy Who Finished First is a remarkable story of Rahul Dravid's illustrious career in international cricket that commenced in 1996. It tells the tale of a young man who has succeeded in his chosen profession through an ardent faith in the three 'D's of dedication, discipline and determination. The biography reconstructs the incidents and events that have contributed The Nice Guy Who Finished First is a remarkable story of Rahul Dravid's illustrious career in international cricket that commenced in 1996. It tells the tale of a young man who has succeeded in his chosen profession through an ardent faith in the three 'D's of dedication, discipline and determination. The biography reconstructs the incidents and events that have contributed to making Rahul Dravid one of the greatest cricketers to have played the game, and an epitome of grace, humility and commitment to his team's cause. It is a tribute to a role model who refused to rest on his laurels, and remained as intense in his quest for perfection as he was when he started out. Rahul Dravid's moments of triumph are described, as also are his trials and tribulations. The book narrates the epic battle, one that he eventually won, to break free of the stereotypes that haunted him in his early years at the international level. His efforts to emerge from the intimidating shadows cast by his teammates and contemporaries are illustrated in great detail. This book highlights the physical, mental and of course, technical attributes that have elevated Rahul to legendary status. In this honest endeavour to recount the story of Rahul Dravid, the author is assisted by reminiscences for this mentors, seniors, teammates and even opponents, all of whom witnessed the making of a cricketing legend form close quarters. Then, there are the photographs, some of the best ever, which showcase, quite literally, the genius of one of the India's all-time greats.

30 review for A Biography Of Rahul Dravid: The Nice Guy Who Finished First

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashish Iyer

    It covers the Rahul Dravid's entire career from 1996 till 2005. This book felt like collection of match reports. Book does give little insights of Dravid but not in detail. There are few moments which will give you goosebumps. One time read. We as fans still awaits a comprehensive biography on this legend. It covers the Rahul Dravid's entire career from 1996 till 2005. This book felt like collection of match reports. Book does give little insights of Dravid but not in detail. There are few moments which will give you goosebumps. One time read. We as fans still awaits a comprehensive biography on this legend.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nitin Chauhan

    The language is classy and sophisticated to match up, as it were, to reflect Rahul Dravid's own character! The author's style and the organisation of the content of the book is like a thriller novel, which makes you want to go on reading without keeping the book down to find out what possibly (in detail) could have happened next to appear so artistically in this Biography. The study of word phrases involving the use of the word "character" pertaining to all sports-persons in general and Dravid in The language is classy and sophisticated to match up, as it were, to reflect Rahul Dravid's own character! The author's style and the organisation of the content of the book is like a thriller novel, which makes you want to go on reading without keeping the book down to find out what possibly (in detail) could have happened next to appear so artistically in this Biography. The study of word phrases involving the use of the word "character" pertaining to all sports-persons in general and Dravid in particular was one of my covert intention behind reading a book on sports. I found ample of it in this book, in the narrative as well as in the various quotes by the members of the cricket fraternity that have been juxtaposed intelligently along with the narrative in this book. I guess it made me enjoy it even more. Repeatedly the author reminds us of Dravid's humility, especially when it is brought to our notice time and again how Dravid's achievements and successes are often left un-highlighted and unsung due to different reasons and yet he stands quietly but confidently. "Of course, it wasn't as if he wasn't used to it", the author explains. (p.96) This book is as much a history, though utterly brief, of the cricket team of India and its fixtures and results between 1996 and 2004, as it is a personal history of Rahul Dravid's cricketing career of the same period. And for the first time, while reading this book, I became aware of the nuances of style and techniques used by cricketers - both batsmen and bowlers - that are very subtle for someone who does not understand cricket to register how such nuances are understood by the players and selectors to make important decisions in tackling any player or even comment on the players game and abilities and habits. What all goes on in a professional's life is understood from a philosophical point of view on reading a book like this. Vandalism caused by public due to poor performance of the national team shows how a professional player does not just play for pleasure or recreation, like most non-professional sports-persons or casual players. In addition to that a professional's life is affected by the responsibilities set on him by the charms of the game that moves the whole nation. The responsibility is of giving pleasure and entertainment to all those who watch him play. Another thing that kept me interested was the way that this book shows and not just tell us about Dravid. Dravid proved that team and nation is above the individual self. With his extra role as a wicket-keeper. The comment form his team-members (both players and non-players) has revealed that he has not once complained of the extra burden. On the contrary, being an optimist, he has viewed this additional responsibility as an opportunity to improve on his batting capabilities. Wicket-keeping, Dravid reckons, improved his focus on the individual ball and thus improved his batting too. Going ahead, what kept me entangled with pages of Rahul Dravid's Biography were other things too. Why does one player dominate another at one point of time and get dominated at other time by the same has much to do - if not everything - with his state of mind. The stronger ones state of mind is the more dominating one becomes. That is why no matter what changes the other antagonist player brings to his style, it is the stronger mind that prevails/dominates in that situation. And to make one's mind strong one needs constant practice not just at the action level but in particular at the mental level. In addition to this what I think the author brought out very clearly was how we could learn to carry oneself past the tougher patch (as much as in life as in cricket) in an honourable and yet tough manner is the way of a victor, through Dravid's life story. Dravid's consistent hard-work and dedication towards his team, as a statement by Moin Khan (p. 151) suggests, did not only help him become a great player and a wonderful human being but also helped others in his team to achieve similar results. This shows how someone's goodness and hard-work can lay the ground for others' greatness, especially those people's greatness. Repeatedly it has been emphasised in this book that it is the focus on each individual ball that is important for a player's success. What it leaves for us to understand is that, in life, it is the focus on each present moment that will help us be successful; not worrying about the future. Also it is best to remember only that instances form the past which help us become better in our present and completely leave behind the riff-raff that makes our past. Is it not sincerity and hard-work, coupled with consistency that is essential to achieve success? And is all this not just required at the level of either action or thought but at both? Perhaps, Rahul Dravid displayed them to a degree much greater than most ordinary people like us. In fact, we could say that his display of these qualities in combination has been among the best that mankind could achieve. And surly, that is the reason why he made it not just to the Indian Cricket team but also to the top of it. A highly entertaining and learning experience is what this book provides. But since it was written many year prior to when Dravid declared his retirement from his international career, one obviously feel that such a great book should have been written when it could have covered more about this "nice guy who finished first".

  3. 4 out of 5

    Niranjan Navalgund

    Was a great experience to read this! Highly recommend it

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dinesh Sethi

    This book is about Rahul Dravid's Cricketing journey, his matches, his performances, his successes, his failures, and his exit from the game. And, that's that! As much as I was looking to read this biography of Rahul Dravid, I ended up rather disappointed after reading it! It was an extremely shallow narrative of the life of such a profound cricketer. For someone who grew up watching cricket in the late 90s, it was merely a commentary of matches put together with some other information here and th This book is about Rahul Dravid's Cricketing journey, his matches, his performances, his successes, his failures, and his exit from the game. And, that's that! As much as I was looking to read this biography of Rahul Dravid, I ended up rather disappointed after reading it! It was an extremely shallow narrative of the life of such a profound cricketer. For someone who grew up watching cricket in the late 90s, it was merely a commentary of matches put together with some other information here and there. What I was hoping for, reading the title especially "The nice guy who finished first", was how Dravid's efforts were not always over-shadowed by the performances of his contemporaries - Sachin/ Laxman/ Ganguly / Sehwag, which happened more often than not during the same matches. But I couldn't really find the justification for the same. Even after reading the book, I just feel he never really got his due. The writer barely mentioned anything about some of the most controversial topics in Indian cricket: match-fixing scandal - "Hansiegate", Dravid's declaration in Multan test,2004 with Sachin batting at 194*, Greg Chappell's appointment as the coach and how it led to the differences in the team - which were a huge part of what team was going through in the late 90s and early 2000s. This could have been a great book, had it included the input of the very man this book is based on. I would recommend this book to A) People who want to relive the memories of the matches Dravid played, his efforts towards the game, and during the matches. B) People who absolutely don't know anything about Dravid and would like to know about why he's THE gentleman of this game. This is certainly not the right book for people who want to know about Dravid's journey to Cricket - his early life, personal life, how he dealt with failures and successes, and life beyond cricket… Anyone looking for a descriptive biography of an Indian cricketer - my recommendation would be 281 and beyond by V.V.S. Laxman. And, my search for a book which will do justice to one of the finest batsmen and humans to play this game continues…

  5. 5 out of 5

    Umesh Kesavan

    This is more of a statistical and anecdotal recollection of matches played by India from 1996-2005 (with special focus on the subject) rather than a biography with unique insights. Yet,the book holds appeal for any ardent cricket fan who has grown up relishing the highs of Kandy 2001,Leeds 2002,Adelaide 2003 and Multan 2004. For a deeper understanding of The Wall,an interview by Rahul Bhattacharya in the first print issue of the Cricinfo Magazine will suffice even as we keep waiting for a proper This is more of a statistical and anecdotal recollection of matches played by India from 1996-2005 (with special focus on the subject) rather than a biography with unique insights. Yet,the book holds appeal for any ardent cricket fan who has grown up relishing the highs of Kandy 2001,Leeds 2002,Adelaide 2003 and Multan 2004. For a deeper understanding of The Wall,an interview by Rahul Bhattacharya in the first print issue of the Cricinfo Magazine will suffice even as we keep waiting for a proper biography written by someone of the calibre of,say,Siddharth Vaidyanathan or Rohit Brijnath.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diwakar Grandhi

    As mentioned in the other reviews, this book is a collection of facts and opinions, from the experts of field, compiled together in a chronological order. It didn't give any insights about the personality or motivations which made Rahul Dravid so endearing to all his fans. Most of the information presented in the book is something that is already available in the public domain. So, although I liked it for its compilation, it's nothing insightful. As mentioned in the other reviews, this book is a collection of facts and opinions, from the experts of field, compiled together in a chronological order. It didn't give any insights about the personality or motivations which made Rahul Dravid so endearing to all his fans. Most of the information presented in the book is something that is already available in the public domain. So, although I liked it for its compilation, it's nothing insightful.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Swarna Bhatnagar

    This is more of a statistical account of Rahul Dravid's career, with facts, figures and numbers. You seldom get a view of Rahul Dravid beyond the 22 yards. Sophisticated language. Quotes and excerpts make the plot interesting. Read it and you cannot stop revering the protagonist, Rahul Sharad Dravid. This is more of a statistical account of Rahul Dravid's career, with facts, figures and numbers. You seldom get a view of Rahul Dravid beyond the 22 yards. Sophisticated language. Quotes and excerpts make the plot interesting. Read it and you cannot stop revering the protagonist, Rahul Sharad Dravid.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sachit

    I think that the book was amazing! I really enjoyed the description of his overall career because it was very intriguing. This book is an autobiography which explains his life, his up's and down's. I would really recommend this book for cricket lovers, I feel, this is one of the best cricket books you could read. I think that the book was amazing! I really enjoyed the description of his overall career because it was very intriguing. This book is an autobiography which explains his life, his up's and down's. I would really recommend this book for cricket lovers, I feel, this is one of the best cricket books you could read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Manoj Jayaraman

    A brilliant and nicely written account of the man who defined "solidarity of batsman-ship". There are accounts of Dravid's struggles and defining moments in becoming an all time great of Indian cricket. The stories fall in the timeframe starting Dravid's debut in 1995 till around 2005-06. A brilliant read about the life of a man who never ceases to be an inspiration! A brilliant and nicely written account of the man who defined "solidarity of batsman-ship". There are accounts of Dravid's struggles and defining moments in becoming an all time great of Indian cricket. The stories fall in the timeframe starting Dravid's debut in 1995 till around 2005-06. A brilliant read about the life of a man who never ceases to be an inspiration!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vidhya Venkat

    I wanted to learn more about his formative years as a cricketer and the book disappointed there. For someone who has been moved many a time by Rahul's wonderful knocks on the field, I found the book lacking in emotion and intensity. An accurate recollection of his career, nevertheless and a good read. I wanted to learn more about his formative years as a cricketer and the book disappointed there. For someone who has been moved many a time by Rahul's wonderful knocks on the field, I found the book lacking in emotion and intensity. An accurate recollection of his career, nevertheless and a good read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aswini B

    A very well written, factual book about Rahul Dravid! Perfect for all cricket lovers and delightfully peppered with anecdotes about Rahul, related by contemporaries, friends and family. An enjoyable read! My only grouse was that the cover could have been designed better.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Puneet Tomer

    I expected it to be good but I am not satisfied with the content of the book. Wanted it to give more insight about his personal life rather than just "Commentary" copied and pasted. A person like Rahul Dravid does not expect this kind of Biography. I expected it to be good but I am not satisfied with the content of the book. Wanted it to give more insight about his personal life rather than just "Commentary" copied and pasted. A person like Rahul Dravid does not expect this kind of Biography.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aniket Taksande

    "The wolf who lived for the pack" - Harsha Bhogle This book provides few moments which every cricket fan will relate to. However it fails to give detailed insights into Dravid's life. This biography provides summary of matches that we have watched and lived. As always, Rahul Dravid deserved better. "The wolf who lived for the pack" - Harsha Bhogle This book provides few moments which every cricket fan will relate to. However it fails to give detailed insights into Dravid's life. This biography provides summary of matches that we have watched and lived. As always, Rahul Dravid deserved better.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mayank

    There is so much intensity about Rahul Dravid. The book does not bring out that intensity though. Still, the book presents a lot of things about the very reserved man. Decent read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kavan Mehta

    A superb book a very good motivation of everybody...and especially to those who admire the hard work

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mangesh

    Only okay. It is a story of Indian cricket as much Dravid's. There are a few goosebumpy moments though like the Headingly test and the New Zealand series. Only okay. It is a story of Indian cricket as much Dravid's. There are a few goosebumpy moments though like the Headingly test and the New Zealand series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeevan

    For a kid born in the 90s and grew up watching cricket, this book serves the purpose as the perfect tonic for nostalgia to kick in. Re-lived a lot of moments from yesteryears.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashish Srivastava

    Wonderful Rahul Great to have knowledge about one of the best athletes of India. Summed up pretty well. Hats off to the author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pushkar Sohony

    It is always good to read cricket and of course Rahul Dravid. Would have liked more to read about his personal life.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jagrut Nemade

    Rahul Dravid: The Nice Guy Who Finished First is a biography that highlights his cricketing career right from the early Ranji trophy days for Karnataka to the point where he is appointed as the coach for India 'A' and India Under-19 team. All the ups and downs are thoroughly mentioned with no blame game being played, true to the subject of the biography. Although I was aware of most of the incidents, this book showcased the inside story of those incidents. The real-time anecdotes by the teammates Rahul Dravid: The Nice Guy Who Finished First is a biography that highlights his cricketing career right from the early Ranji trophy days for Karnataka to the point where he is appointed as the coach for India 'A' and India Under-19 team. All the ups and downs are thoroughly mentioned with no blame game being played, true to the subject of the biography. Although I was aware of most of the incidents, this book showcased the inside story of those incidents. The real-time anecdotes by the teammates, coaches, managers and the media are my favorite parts of the book. Parts, where Rahul silenced his critics with just his bat, were written very eloquently. I was surprised to notice that the nickname "The Wall" is not mentioned even once in the entire biography. And I was totally expecting romanticizing Rahul Dravid's connection with English grounds and his impeccable performances there. Not much light has been thrown over the Greg Chappell issue with Indian cricket team. Summing up, I liked this book and I am sure it would be the same for my fellow cricket fans.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ujan Dutta

    It covered more on the highlights of the matches, journey of Rahul Dravid since his days of junior cricket with very little coverage on the process, the insight of physical and mental preparation which lead to the foundation of the WALL. It would make more sense to watch his documentary rather than spending time on this read! But however being a fan of Rahul Dravid, i never gave up this book on the half way!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Banu Prakash Raje Urs M S

    Detailed about matches and events, could have been more Being a Biography, it's a great recollection of most of the important matches and events in Rahul's career in chronological order. They are quite detailed. Good refresh of the matches one would have watched. Would have been great to get more insight on Rahul's early life, Thoughts from his family, friends, school. Also at times author puts forward defensive points on behalf of Rahul, may be needless at times. Detailed about matches and events, could have been more Being a Biography, it's a great recollection of most of the important matches and events in Rahul's career in chronological order. They are quite detailed. Good refresh of the matches one would have watched. Would have been great to get more insight on Rahul's early life, Thoughts from his family, friends, school. Also at times author puts forward defensive points on behalf of Rahul, may be needless at times.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ayush

    One of the most disappointing Biographies. I was looking forward to reading more on Dravid's life and how he builds his stealth and discipline. What this book offers is a mere synopsis of his matches and that too without any insights. Randomly quotes some events from these matches, without giving and back story of how these are relevant to Dravid. I wait for Dravid's true (auto)biography One of the most disappointing Biographies. I was looking forward to reading more on Dravid's life and how he builds his stealth and discipline. What this book offers is a mere synopsis of his matches and that too without any insights. Randomly quotes some events from these matches, without giving and back story of how these are relevant to Dravid. I wait for Dravid's true (auto)biography

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tina Antony

    This is more of a factual and statistical info of Dravid's career. But it definitely have a few goosebump moments. All those excepts and quotes made it interesting. Would’ve been better if it had his personal life stories too. This is more of a factual and statistical info of Dravid's career. But it definitely have a few goosebump moments. All those excepts and quotes made it interesting. Would’ve been better if it had his personal life stories too.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dhruvin

    This is not a typical biography, but more a summary of Dravid’s cricketing journey starting from his debut till his peak in 2003-04. Disappointing read for folks who want an inside view of the upbringing and the formative years of the steely gentleman of cricket.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abhijeeth Reddy

    A look back on the formative years of Rahul Dravid's career till 2005. A highly detailed account of many of the major matches that took place within this period, the book acts as a 'biography' of Indian cricket as a whole than Rahul Dravid. Well written in a gripping manner. A look back on the formative years of Rahul Dravid's career till 2005. A highly detailed account of many of the major matches that took place within this period, the book acts as a 'biography' of Indian cricket as a whole than Rahul Dravid. Well written in a gripping manner.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarabjeet Singh

    A summary of Dravid's matches, not a biography This is nowhere close to a biography. Author just summed up all the matches played by Rahul Dravid in this book. Won't recommend it to anyone. A summary of Dravid's matches, not a biography This is nowhere close to a biography. Author just summed up all the matches played by Rahul Dravid in this book. Won't recommend it to anyone.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jayakrishna

    First book you need to read if you want to know Dravid! I grew up watching this legend and still I admire him for the 'class' he brought to the game. First book you need to read if you want to know Dravid! I grew up watching this legend and still I admire him for the 'class' he brought to the game.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Subhrajit Ghadei

    A feeble attempt It does not cover real things. Very feeble attempt and the book is written little too early in his life.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pawan Tripathi

    Match reports, one after the another. It doesn't pack the expected emotional ride, rather it is all factual. It became boring mid way. Match reports, one after the another. It doesn't pack the expected emotional ride, rather it is all factual. It became boring mid way.

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