Mumbai: Legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid, together with Sanjay Manjrekar and Harsha Bhogle today launched a collection of stories about Dravid’s amazing playing and Test career in Mumbai.
Titled “Timeless Steel”, the 256-page book portrays a cricketer who embodies the finest tradition and values of the game, and a human being who impressed the numerous people he came in contact with during his amazing cricketing journey. Rahul Dravid was the lynchpin of India’s Test batting through the 2000s, combining technical virtuosity with legendary work ethic. He epitomized an old-school guts-before-glory approach in an age increasingly defined by flashy stroke play and low attention spans.
“Disney Publishing has a long tradition of telling great stories and it is a pleasure to be launching this book on Rahul Dravid, together with ESPNcricinfo. “Timeless Steel”, is a celebration of a truly gifted cricketer and an Indian legend of sport,” said Roshini Bakshi, managing director, Consumer Products, Publishing and Retail, Disney UTV. “At Disney, we are always excited to bring such amazing content that is locally relevant, truly loved by our fans and something that transcends across ages,” she added.
“I love reading books, especially books on sports other than cricket,” said Dravid. “I found it helped me gain a good understanding of the mindset of other athletes,” he added.
“Rahul Dravid is that rarest combination in sports: a champion athlete and a gem of a man. Timeless Steel is as much a tribute to the cricketer who underpinned Indian cricket’s golden age as to the man who brought dignity and grace to the game. Cricket is the most literary of sports and this book, ESPNcricinfo’s second in as many years, reinforces our commitment to showcase the best cricket literature,” said Sambit Bal, Editor, ESPNcricinfo and Author of Timeless Steel.
Backed with eye-catching photographs that reflect the man and the cricketer, “Timeless Steel” features many contributions. Ed Smith, who once shared a dressing room with Dravid, describes the gentleman that Rahul is while Greg Chappell remembers the India captain that he worked with. Sanjay Bangar relives the splendor of Headingley 2002 while Mukul Kesavan analyses how Dravid’s techniques allows for more style than one might assume. Sidharth Monga scrutinizes Dravid’s captaincy while Rohit Brijnath looks back at the twin peaks of Adelaide 2003. Adding sheen to this book is Vijeeta Dravid’s close-up account of her perfectionist husband.
Priced at INR 599/-, Rahul Dravid fans can pick up their copy of “Timeless Steel” from the nearest shopping destinations including Landmark, Crossword, Reliance TimeOut and also online atwww.flipkart.com; www.indiaplaza.com and www.homeshop18.com
Indian Sports News Network