Akhtar is free to express his opinion: Dravid

Rahul Dravid said he has been around for too long to be perturbed by such comments Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Bengaluru: Oct 15, 2011

Senior India cricketer Rahul Dravid says former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is free is express his opinion and he is unperturbed by the comments the latter made in his autobiography ‘Controversially Yours .

Akhtar wrote in his book that Sachin Tendulkar and Dravid are not match-winners, which enraged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Indian cricket fans, who have demanded an apology.

In his reply, Dravid said, “I’m neither hassled, nor shocked or even disturbed. He has an opinion, and so is free to express. I have been around for too long to be perturbed by these things.”

Akhtar’s comments drew criticism from his former team-mates Wasim Akram, Shoaib Malik and former Pakistan cricketer Sarfaraz Nawaz.