I felt terrible afterwards, Rahul Dravid recalls throwing his cap in frustration in IPL 2014
He also revealed who should be called the 'good boy'.
Published - Jul 6, 2019 11:37 am | Updated - Sep 25, 2019 2:20 pm
Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid is one of the most respected, celebrated and adored cricketers this country has witnessed. One of the few cricketers in the world with over 10,000 runs to his name in both ODIs and Tests, the legendary batsman went on to play 164 Tests and 344 ODIs for the country and has many individual laurels to his name.
Not on many occasions the Indian fans got to see the fun side of Rahul Dravid but on Gaurav Kapur’s Breakfast with Champions, we saw the kid inside him come out. He shared many interesting details from his personal and professional life and talked at length about his image as the good of India cricket.
“I’m trying to create an image that I’m not a good guy. I don’t want to be something like a rockstar or a party animal. But when you get labelled as a good boy or someone who does everything right, the one mistake you do gets highlighted in bold letters. VVS Laxman is a good boy, I hope people see him that way and not me,” he said.
I am human, don’t blame me, cheekily says Rahul
Not many cricket fans will forget the moment in the IPL 2014 when a frustrated mentor of the Rajasthan Royals threw his cap away out of anger. Rajasthan Royals had to avoid a huge defeat against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede to have a chance of playing the Eliminator against Chennai Super Kings.
As it turned out, Mumbai Indians chased down a 190-run target inside 14 overs to pull off arguably one of the finest wins in IPL history. As the Mumbai fans went berserk in celebration, the Rajasthan camp were left dejected and something rare happened that day. Rahul Dravid, the man known for his calm and composed demeanour, lost his cool and threw his cap away.
“James Faulkner never lets me forget it (The moment when he threw his cap). I felt so terrible when the cap was going off my hands. As a coach, I tell the boys to not show emotions as it is common to make mistakes on the field. The intensity was so high, I just let the frustration come out. I’m human, don’t blame me when I make mistakes, that’s the image I really want,” says Rahul Dravid with a big smile on his face.”