Home > News >

Rahul Dravid believes India and Pakistan should play cricket more often

Rahul Dravid believes India and Pakistan should play cricket more often

Rahul Dravid believes there is a lot riding on the upcoming India-Australia series © PTI

Jaipur: Jan 26, 2013

There is a lot riding on the upcoming India-Australia cricket series since it will help the selectors identify the next generation of players, Rahul Dravid, the team’s mainstay till his retirement last year, said at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Saturday.

“Each series is significant like the series with England. But like India, Australia too has lost a lot of big players. So both teams are quite similar. But there is a lot riding on the teams. It will help them recognise the next generation of players,” he told reporters here after taking part in a session. 

Asked if he supported matches between India and Pakistan, Dravid said: “I would love to say that India and Pakistan should keep playing. But that is not the reality. My heart says we should play oftener. But given the situation, it will not happen. And I’m willing to accept that,” he said.

The two countries recently played a bilateral series after more than five years. India snapped cricketing ties with Pakistan in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai strike that killed 166 people and which India has blamed on Pakistani terrorists.

Asked how long he planned to play domestic cricket and the Indian Premiere League (IPL), he said he was taking “one step at a time”. 

“I will play for one year,” said Dravid, the captain of Rajasthan Royals IPL team.

He said in his post-retirement life, he was “preparing for the IPL” and “reconnecting with home and spending time with family”.

Asked if he was an IPL sceptic, Rahul said: “I have never been an IPL sceptic. It gave me the opportunity to share the dressing room with cricketing greats. Relations between players (from different countries) have never been better.” 

On being named for the Padma Bhushan, Dravid said he was “truly humbled to receive an honour like that, truly grateful”. 

He also said he was thinking of writing an autobiography.

He also said that there was a need to make cricket history books “readable”. “They have to be written in Hindi and other languages since a lot of cricketers come from small towns”.

Earlier Dravid spoke at a packed session titled ‘Corner of a Playing Field’ with cricket writer Suresh Menon, political commentator Ian Buruma and TV journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.

Asked if he enjoyed being a celebrity, Dravid said: “I cannot really say I enjoy all that. But it has its advantages.” 

He then blamed the media for creating celebrities. 

“You play two good matches and you are on all channels. In the past, you had to play a lot of cricket. You can’t be a celebrity without a body of work behind you.”

He also said that cricket had done away with regionalism. “There is never that sort of a feeling of playing for a region.”

He said “Sunny Days” by cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar had “influenced” him a lot. “The book was my ability to dream.”

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Colombo

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Photos

Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos

Videos

AB de Villiers: Disappointed with defeat in Australia

Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos

Phil Hughes injury: Indian team sends its best wishes

India’s bowling performance on Day One of tour of Australia is a promising sign

India tour of Australia 2014-15: Can India afford such a rigorous tour just ahead of ICC World Cup 2015?

Cheteshwar Pujara faces crucial series in Australia following England nightmare

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 India India tour of Australia 2014-15 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Phillip Hughes injury: Current round of Sheffield Shield called off

Phillip Hughes to have more scans after surgery

Sachin Tendulkar to meet Sports Minister to discuss Sarita Devi ban

Sourav Ganguly: Fights and controversies are a part of sport

Sachin Tendulkar’s ‘Playing It My Way’ launches in Delhi

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: New Zealand’s inspired performance in 2nd Test serves important lesson to non-Asian countries

Don Bradman vs Clarrie Grimmett — how did The Don fare against the craftiest leggie of his era

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15: Top 5 performances of the tournament

Manish Pandey, Mayank Agarwal and other uncapped players who impressed in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15

Karnataka’s team spirit is their secret to phenomenal success in recent times

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

Week by Week Pregnancy Guide – Week 27 of your pregnancy

Bigg Boss 8 Highlights: Sonali Raut’s greed ruins Praneet Bhat’s opportunity to meet his girlfriend

What was Abhishek Bachchan’s T-shirt doing on Priyamani’s bed?

Indian-American Singer Dixi Patel’s Journey with Music Helps her Excel in Life

Revealed — number of calories in different types of milk

ISL 2014: Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone could attend Indian Super League semi-final if Atletico de Kolkata qualify

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here