Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
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Even as the world went gaga over Sachin Tendulkar’s twin achievement this month – twenty years in international cricket and 17000 runs – there was one Indian cricketer who quietly moved on to another landmark in international cricket. Rahul Dravid completed 11000 runs in test cricket, to go with his near 11000 in ODIs amidst a much more lukewarm response from the fans and the media.
It is to Dravid’s credit that he has been able to hold his own despite the towering presence of Tendulkar in the line-up. For years, he has held the number three position in test matches as his own, only once giving it up to VVS Laxman in that epic series of 2001 against Australia. And he replied back with a 180 batting at number six.
For many, Tendulkar is the god of Indian cricket. However, it is Dravid, who has toiled manfully for the cause of Indian cricket, not refusing to be overawed by reputation or the lack of strokes in his repertoire. At one stage in his career, Dravid was termed as a test match batsman only, but came back strongly to make ODIs his own as well. Under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy, he selflessly kept wickets to add balance to the side, despite not being the first-choice wicket-keeper.