January 11th, 2016
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Rahul Dravid has many nicknames – Jammy, The Wall, The Gentleman. Earning the last has been no mean feat in a game that sees little of the quality anymore. Yet the title rests easy on Dravid, for courtesy and kindness seem innate in the man.
Taking the time out from his schedule, to chat with a fan terminally ill from cancer, over Skype, and apologizing for not being able to make it in person – it is no wonder the title will remain.
The entire story as narrated by a user on Quora:
“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 the 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 the positive vibe in the 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!