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Agam Anand is a Novelist and a Stand-Up Artist. He has written two Novels, his 1st novel 'A Non Entity' became an instant hit among youths while his second one 'The Colossal Illusion' ranked in the Top 100 best selling books in a day of its release on Amazon, it also won the TCK Reader's Choice Awards 2019 in USA, for being the best Romantic Novel of the year. Anand was also nominated in the Author of the year category at the NE8x Literature Festival 2019 for 'The Colossal Illusion'.
He has graduated from patna in Accounts and did his Masters from Kolkata but he is more interested in writing, Litearature, Philosophy and internet. He is a Cinema Buff, Cricket lover, Very Positive and wants to see everyone Happy.
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Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid

I knew very little about the game of cricket as a kid and when I was about 9 years old world cup 1999 began. My maternal uncle was a cricket enthusiast and he somehow made me understand about the game, played with me too and which eventually turned me into a cricket lover. Still unknown with the faces of even Indian cricketers I started cheering for team India. Sachin Tendulkar was one whom I recognized because he was everyone’s favorite around and established himself as the premier batsman in the world and also Azharuddin because he was the captain. Then the 1st match between India and South Africa started, India won the toss and Azhar chose to bat on a green track of Brighton, England. My house was full with family and neighbors, who use to come to our house because they wanted to watch the world cup on a color TV which we only had in the locality. Tendulkar and Ganguly opened the innings, every boundary was cheered by my family and me. Fairly new batsman Ganguly who was only 3 years old in cricket batted beautifully with Tendulkar and added 67 runs in 15 overs together but then Tendulkar edged one off Klusener to Boucher and the next man came in. I was very much aware of his name and reputation of being the best test batsman of the then new era and also heard about his incapability to score quickly in the one-day format. He was neat and clean, nicely wore the team India dress, well-tucked shoe laces came on the pitch, he was very good looking making the fairer gender happy. His stance looked so perfect from the word go and his defense was impeccable. Someone from the neighbors said, ‘He will take down the run rate a lot, now Ganguly need to play more shots’. And the very next ball the batsman dispatched for a four. He was Dravid, the man who never said anything from his mouth to the critics but always answered with his willow throughout his career.

Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid
He smashed Donald through the covers and that was probably the best way to play the shot in every cricket coaching books, he looked elegant in blue. It looked his body was meant to wear that India jersey. He added 132 with Ganguly and scored a fluent 54 off 70 balls with a better strike rate than Ganguly who made 97 off 140 balls. People still talked about Ganguly only and ignored Dravid’s contribution. He scored a racy run a ball 104* not out in the very important game versus Kenya but Sachin ‘The Hero’ made 140* not out off just 114 balls, people talked about his sixes only forgetting that Dravid too scored a ton and added mammoth 237 runs with Tendulkar for the third wicket. Next game he batted like a superman, made 145 off just 125 balls and added¬†record ¬†318 runs with Ganguly who scored 183 and again overshadowed him. Dravid proved everyone wrong that he cannot play limited overs cricket and amassed 461 runs in 8 games emerging as the highest run scorer in the world cup 99 yet people forgot everything and concentrated on Tendulkar, Ganguly, and other hitters over the years. I, on the other hand, loved only the silent hero, whose head remained down all the time unaffected of everything that people said about him. He worked only on his game to be better and better in every next game. I became his fan and a fan for life. It doesn’t matter how many runs others will score they just can’t be Rahul Dravid. Sure your sixes are great but the limited sixes Dravid smashed were far better, poetically beautiful. 13 years later of the world cup 99 Dravid ended his career scoring over 24 thousand International runs and we all know those runs came in the most important times for India. He did everything his team wanted him to do, he became the crisis man, the last man standing on every difficult tour, his courageous test tons and one day knocks given India some of the most memorable wins. His art of standing till the last ball is bowled saved India from Humiliation countless times.
Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid
England Tour 2011: The Last Man Standing

I don’t want to write about his numbers to prove his greatness, I just want to ask all of you that how many unforgettable cricketing memories you have in your minds and if you have some then the common thread in all those memories is Dravid for sure. It never mattered who scored more runs because the runs Dravid scored were far more beautiful and technically correct, youngsters can learn the art of batting only by seeing him bat.

Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid
World Cup 2007: When none stood with him, valiant 60 vs SriLanka

His selfless approach towards the game not only made me respect him more but also taught me many values in life, his sole dedication of improving his craft to be better every next game made me more focused, in short being his fan made me a better person.

Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid
Kolkata Test 2001: When he made his epic 180 vs Australia

The legendary icon today turned 44 and still he is silently doing what he did when he played as a player, help team India to win with pride, discipline, and respect. Saying no to be the coach of Team India he chose to build the future and accepted to be the coach of under 19 and India ‘A’, again why to be in the media, it is better to work silently and produce results and above all nurture new young talents who not only will grow as great players in the future but also as supremely gentle human beings.

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Agam Anand
Agam Anand is a Novelist and a Stand-Up Artist. He has written two Novels, his 1st novel 'A Non Entity' became an instant hit among youths while his second one 'The Colossal Illusion' ranked in the Top 100 best selling books in a day of its release on Amazon, it also won the TCK Reader's Choice Awards 2019 in USA, for being the best Romantic Novel of the year. Anand was also nominated in the Author of the year category at the NE8x Literature Festival 2019 for 'The Colossal Illusion'. He has graduated from patna in Accounts and did his Masters from Kolkata but he is more interested in writing, Litearature, Philosophy and internet. He is a Cinema Buff, Cricket lover, Very Positive and wants to see everyone Happy.
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