Rahul Dravid reveals why he is keen on confronting Harbhajan Singh
Dravid also revealed some important details from the iconic Eden Test against Australia in 2001.
Updated - Jan 21, 2020 10:02 pm
Not many cricketers have managed to garner respect like that of Rahul Dravid. A walking example of a gentleman, one of the finest technicians the game has seen and one of the two Indian cricketers with over 10,000 runs in ODIs, the great man has achieved many things in life.
Nevertheless, he has some complaints against a very prolific former teammate. Talking on Breakfast with Champions, Rahul Dravid revealed that he has an issue with Harbhajan Singh. It isn’t half as serious as one would image reading the build-up, but Dravid clearly was unhappy with Harbhajan rating him as the worst-dressed in the Indian side.
“Next time I meet him I need to talk about this, it’s an issue I have with him. Somebody asked him who’s the worst dressed individual in the Indian team and he told me. Although I don’t mind, because I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what to wear, it is disappointing that I didn’t beat Javagal Srinath. Bhajji is wrong in this regard (He chuckles). I know I was bad but Javagal Srinath and his sandals were even worse,” Dravid said.
VVS and I, two patients managed to bat the whole day in Calcutta Test, recalls Dravid
India and Australia played one of the greatest Test matches of all time in 2001 at the Eden Gardens and there was a prolific Rahul Dravid contribution in that result. Besides the hat-trick from Harbhajan Singh and the unforgettable 281 by VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid’s 180 was very crucial in helping India register a fine win. Dravid revealed an interesting detail from that game and also commended Harbhajan’s performance.
“We needed Harbhajan to win that game single-handedly on the final day. You always need bowlers to pick 20 wickets to win, so Harbhajan’s was incredible and Sachin picked up three wickets as well on the final day. I didn’t practice in the lead up to that game because I picked up a viral fever after landing in Kolkata. VVS (Laxman) was carrying a dodgy back, so yeah it was two sick patients who managed to bat the whole day.
That was the best team of that era and we actually competed well against them, although they defeated us more times. I think of all the other countries, even their players would say they had their toughest battles against India, which is a nice thing,” Dravid said.