Rahul Dravid picks former mate Sachin Tendulkar to bat for his life
Dravid also revealed his admiration for former West Indian great Brian Lara.
Updated - Jul 24, 2018 11:42 pm
Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has always been known to be a team man who never forgot the contribution of his colleagues. Even years after his retirement, the 45-year-old did not lose the touch of his team-mate’s spirit and it was seen when he picked Sachin Tendulkar as the batsman he would choose to bat for his life.
For those who still felt the Multan Declaration is still an issue, the matter stands settled there.
“The best guy I’ve played with was Sachin Tendulkar. In terms of quality and class, so I’d pick Sachin at his best.” Dravid was quoted as saying while answering ESPNcricinfo’s 25 questions on cricket and life and other aspects.
Dravid shared the dressing room with Tendulkar for 16 years and is ranked second in the list of India’s highest run-getters in Tests, just behind the Master Blaster.
Dravid also praised Sunil Gavaskar and GR Viswanath
The former ace batsman also gave a glimpse of his penchant for facing high-class fast bowling by standing rock solid when he said that Michael Holding or Jeff Thomson are the two players from the past he would have loved to face. “Just for a few balls though and definitely not without a helmet!” said the man with a tinge of humour.
Dravid also revealed his admiration for the former Windies great Brian Lara saying that he loved the Caribbean southpaw’s “creativity and flair” and would have loved to borrow that skill from him.
He was also asked to choose his most memorable knock among the ones played in Adelaide (233 in 2003); Kolkata (180 in 2001) and Jamaica (81 in 2006). Dravid revealed his favourite and did justice to the question. “It is very hard to pick just one. Each is very significant but I would say, in some ways, 81 in Jamaica is less recognised. I’d say that,” he said.
The former cricketer took the names of Sunil Gavaskar and GR Viswanath when asked about past batsmen he would have liked to register a partnership with.
Calling the two legendary batsmen as his “childhood heroes”, Dravid said he would have loved to partner Gavaskar and after the Little Master got out, he would have loved to involve in another partnership with the wristy Viswanath. “That would be cool,” he said.