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People complained about weird noises from Rahul Dravid’s hotel room

Rahul Dravid
Former Indian cricketer and captain Rahul Dravid. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid is undoubtedly one of the best cricketers the country has ever produced. And is also one of those cricketers who was hardly ever involved in controversies. But it would be surprising to hear that there were some of them, who used to complain against Dravid.

During a candid talk with Vikram Sathaye for his show ‘What the Duck’, Dravid got to know that once people in a hotel complained about weird sounds coming out of his room. “Are you aware of the fact that hotel guests used to complain, people who were especially living next to your room that weird noises would come out of Rahul Dravid’s room because there was actually a net practice happening there. The night before,” said Sathaye with a laugh.

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Dravid relied on this, saying, “No, I mean, I wasn’t. I mean you carry a bat with me, I like to carry the bat in my room and just sometimes, pick up the bat and get a feel of what it felt like my hand and so when you are tapping the ground and sometimes you know, the people below you the floor, sometimes you get the odd calls and saying ‘can you stop that’.”

“I mean, I know I gave the impression of being and I was being intense,” Dravid added.

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Following his reply, Sathaye came up with another interesting story related to Dravid’s night practice by saying, “Vijeta (Rahul Dravid’s wife) said that early in your marriage she thought you were sleep walking.”

Dravid replied for this with a laugh saying, “No, I mean it happens so sometimes you can’t get sleep. So, you know swinging the bat or you just you know sort of practicing a drill something and I think that’s a lot of batsmen will do that. They’ll sort of and you are taught that as a youngster. You used to drill your technique in front of a mirror, so you know practicing, sort of shadow practicing and it just becomes the habit and it’s almost a comfort feeling I think. It’s just a little bit of a comforting feeling when you feel nervous and picks up your bat and shadow practice and imagine you self-smashing the bowlers all over the ground.”

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Sathaye then revealed another part of the first story, about people who complained about those weird noises, “Mane kaka (Ramesh Mane, Team India’s masseur for a long time) tells a story that somebody complained that a lot of noise is coming out of Rahul Dravid’s room. So, they went back and said, sorry on your behalf and when they found out that it was Rahul Dravid’s room, they came and apologized because they didn’t want to go down in history as culprits who disturbed Rahul Dravid and caused India’s loss.”

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