At one stage, Rahul Dravid also felt insecure about whether he deserved to play ODI cricket. In 1998, he was dropped from the team due to slow strike rate.
Edited By Arun Kumar | | Updated: 18 Jul 2020, 12:29:00 PM IST
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- Rahul Dravid could not return to ODI cricket for a year then
- 'Cricket was the first choice, otherwise MBA or something else would have been easily done in studies.
- Dravid's return before 1999 World Cup, never looked back
In Indian cricket, the second name of trust was considered to be Rahul Dravid. Whether it was ODI cricket or Test, it was Rahul Dravid who used to be the troubleshooter of the troubled Indian team. But Rahul Dravid also once felt insecure in cricket. Recently, Rahul Dravid appeared on the Indian women's team coach and former cricketer WV Raman's YouTube channel 'Inside Out', while the legendary batsman also spoke about the challenging phase of his career.
In this program, Dravid told that in 1998 he was dropped from ODI cricket. Dravid's strike rate was also slow in the ODI format. Due to this he was dropped from the team. He said, 'There were many such occasions in my international career, when I felt insecure. In 1998, I was dropped from ODI cricket. I had to struggle for my return. I was out of Indian cricket for a year then. Then there was definitely a feeling of insecurity in me. I used to wonder whether I really deserve to play ODI cricket or not.
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The former batsman said, 'I wanted to be a Test player. My coaching used to be a test player. Then we were taught that the ground shot is to hit the ball, not to hit it in the air. Then you worry whether you will be able to prove yourself even in this format (ODI).
The former captain said, 'When we were playing cricket at a young age, there was a lot of competition in this field. Even then the feeling of insecurity was at home. Because it was not easy to become a young cricketer in India. Then there was only Ranji Trophy in our era and there was Indian team.
The batsman, who scored more than 24000 international runs, said, “There was no IPL then and the money that was available in Ranji Trophy was very less. Challenges were also severe and after choosing cricket one had to give up studies on a large scale. I was not bad even in studies. And I could do my MBA in studies or something more comfortable. But I progressed in cricket and if I could not succeed here then I would have nothing left to do anything else. Even then there was a feeling of insecurity. '
Let me tell you that when Dravid returned to ODI format after 1998, he confirmed his place as a reliable batsman in the Indian team. Dravid was one of the successful batsmen of India in the 1999 World Cup. He played fiercely in both formats and his adventurous innings earned him recognition as Mr. Dependable or 'Wall of India' (The Wall) in Indian cricket.