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Dravid recalls how Ganguly approached him for wicket-keeping


Former Indian right handed batsman and the present head coach of India A team and India U19 team, Rahul Dravid recalled a fond memory about how he became the wicket keeper for India.

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Former Indian right handed batsman Rahul Dravid is well known for his versatile behaviour when he was in the team. He played almost at all the batting top orders and middle orders. Fans always call him as a pure team player who can do anything for team.

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As mentioned above, Rahul Dravid served as the wicket keeper for India during the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly before the arrival of MS Dhoni. Recently in an interview, the former right handed batsman recalled how the Bengal tiger approached him for wicket-keeping.

“I was asked, “Will you try?” The last time had done any sort of wicketkeeping, it was at the age of 15. I had given up wicketkeeping after that. But then, I was not that good a wicketkeeper. I’ll be very honest. I remember, we hired a wicket-keeping coach, a friend of John Wright’s for a series and two-three more sessions for me.,” Dravid said.

“I was good at catching the ball because I was a slip fielder but my feet movement was terrible. And keeping is a lot about your feet and getting your feet in the right place. Which is why I was terrible down the leg side. But yeah, it was nice and it was great. We could then give the opportunity to play an extra batsman,” he concluded.

The decision from Sourav Ganguly worked very well for Indian team, specially during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. That provided a luxury of playing an extra batsman for team India. Dravid too did good job behind the stumps in his wicket-keeping career.

 

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