His ability to withstand immense pressure, His ability to protect his team mates, His ability to take critics along with him to the point where these critics self realize that their analysis, their criticism was nothing but a fallacy. Not the most gifted player but isn't that a mark of greatness, getting more from less? Hard work and self belief are his best friends. His dogged determination to grind the opposition earned him the nickname “The Wall”. His batting technique was second to none. As seen from a brand point of view this is the guy who can be always trusted to deliver , Tried and tested in difficult situations where even the best failed, Rahul stands up for the team. Truly a team man. He never lost his cool, and is respected by the entire cricket fraternity.
one of the seven batsmen to have scored more than 10,000 runs in both ODI and test
second highest run getter in test cricket
Most number of catches in test cricket
Awards and Recognition
1999: CEAT International Cricketer of the World Cup
2000: Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2000
2004:Sir Garfield Sobers TrophyWinner (Awarded for ICC Player of the Year)
2004: ICC Test Player of The Year, ICC Cricketer of The Year, MTV Youth Icon of the Year
2006: Captain of the ICC's Test Team
2011:NDTV Indian of the Year's Lifetime Achievement Award
2012:Don Bradman Award with Glen McGrath
Off-Field Personality / Brand Image Traits
A calm and composed man, his off field characteristics don't differ from his on field discipline and behavior. He restrains himself from flashy occasions and indulges in brands which are health benefiting (eg. for Movement against Tobacco). This can be approved by the fact that he rarely missed any test matches since his debut. His assurance at the crease, motivating and helping the batsmen at the other end to deliver truly amazes us and make us believe him when he comes on TV as brand ambassador for Bank of Baroda and MAX life. Even today he is genuinely interested in the development of the game, and never hesitates to offer suggestions for the same.
His inability to score quickly in one day internationals during initial years and him being not a great leader were his major criticism. However he silenced his critics when he scored many blazing innings and the Indian team won test series in WI and England after more than 3 decades, which speaks a lot about his determination and willingness to succeed at the highest level.
List of Brands Endorsed
Reebok, Pepsi, Kissan, Castrol, Hutch, Max Life, Bank of Baroda, Citizen, Skyline Construction, Sansui, Gillette, Samsung