REVEALED! Why was Rahul Dravid so desperate to become a wicketkeeper?

first_imgNot just a solid batting technique, Rahul Dravid also had one of the safest hands in cricket. The batting legend, in an illustrious career, spanning 16 years, shattered quite a few records with his fielding skills.  Among the multiple roles he played for Team India, wicketkeeping was among the more prominent one. More often than not, Dravid was asked to put on the gloves to accommodate an extra batsman in the team. (Rahul Dravid likely to mentor Delhi Daredevils) However, Dravid says he was not very fond of wicketkeeping during the early stages of his career.”I was never a natural wicket-keeper. It was challenging, it was never easy,” he said in reply to a fan’s query on Facebook.Dravid, considered to be one of the best to have batted at No.3, said he was left with no option but to identify himself as a wicketkeeper in order to get selected in his school team.”I started wicketkeeping in school. Once, I went to the inter-school selections. There was no wicketkeeper. So I thought the best way to get into the school team was to put my hand up as a wicketkeeper because I used to catch cricket balls a little bit in my neighbourhood.”From 1999-2004, until MS Dhoni came into the side, Dravid had kept in 73 matches and had affected 85 dismissals proving his worth as a multi-talented cricketer.Dravid said he enjoyed the extra responsibility during his wicketkeeping stint for India.”I enjoyed the the contribution that I was able to make for the team with something that wasn’t my main proficiency,” he said.advertisementWatch the video herelast_img

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