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‘He Did Groundsmen’s Job’ Ganguly’s Anecdote From Kanpur Test Explains Dravid’s Craze

Cricket is a gentleman’s game. If there is one individual who epitomises this famous saying it’s Rahul Dravid  – India batting legend and current head coach of the senior men’s cricket team.

Regarded as one of the best batters of his generation, Dravid proved that it was possible to play at the highest level upholding the sportsman spirit. Apart from his impeccable batting skills, the reason why Dravid is so popular among cricket fans is because of his down-to-earth nature.

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Not just his own teammates but even the opponents rated Dravid very highly because of his calm and composed behaviour. It was his humble nature that made the fans fall in love with him even more.

Dravid retired from international cricket a long while back but he sure knows how to win hearts even today. The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who played a major role in convincing his former teammate to take up the coveted job, shared a touching anecdote from the Kanpur Test between India and New Zealand, giving an account of Dravid’s humble nature.

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Responding to Dravid’s appointment as India’s new head coach, Ganguly said that someone told him that after the training session his former India teammate even picked up the cones, wickets and balls and brought them back to the dressing room.

The BCCI chief made his Test debut in the same match as Dravid back in 1996 at the Lord’s and knew him inside out. Ganguly said that watching Dravid carrying cones and wickets to the dressing room after the net session would have been a “great sight” for many, including the cameraman and the photographers but it wasn’t a surprise to people like him who knew him personally.

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“I wish him (Dravid) all the best. I heard that in Kanpur, after the day’s practice he was picking up the cones and wickets and balls and bringing them back to the dressing room. It must have been a great sight for cameramen and photographers to see Rahul Dravid do that. But he is that sort of a person,” the BCCI chief told News 18.

Dravid has had a terrific start to his coaching stint with the Indian team, beating New Zealand in both T20 and Test series at home. As Team India prepares to embark on a new challenge later this week, we hope that Dravid’s calming influence in the dressing room works to the team’s advantage and help them script history in the Rainbow Nation where they are yet to win a Test series.

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