India's 2011 World Cup win a 'special moment': Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid said having spent so much time with the team, he will now miss being part of the Indian dressing room AFP

Mumbai: Mar 27, 2012

Rahul Dravid, recalling his long career during the star-studded felicitation function on Tuesday, said that MS Dhoni’s team winning the ODI World Cup last year was a “special moment” for him.

“Mahi, you have to be proud of what you have done with this Indian team … it was a special moment for me to see the group of boys holding the World Cup last year after 2007 (when India were knocked out in the first round).

“It was a memorable moment. It was inspiring, as a 10-year-old, to see Kapil Dev lift the World Cup, and to do it again in 2011, was special. I know you have inspired a lot of 10-year-olds, there are challenges but you have the right temperament to take the legacy of Indian team forward.”

Dravid said having spent so much time with the team, he will now miss being part of the Indian dressing room.

“I will miss being part of the dressing room, the banter, the camaraderie but not so much the rap music,” Dravid said in a lighter vein.

The former Indian captain said that he had made a pact with himself that he would not cry in any of the functions, and it was “tested to the limit” in the last two-three weeks.

Kumble, with whom Dravid combined to effect a number of dismissals, felt it would be difficult for anyone to emulate the cricketer. “It’s been a great partnership with you Rahul.

When we look back we can gladly say we will only remember the wonderful memories. I just spoke about the 55 catches you have taken (off my bowling).

“When his first son Samit was born, somebody sms-ed saying caught Dravid b Kumble. But his son cannot be Rahul Dravid. It would be easier for his son to take two wickets than score the number of runs he has scored, just like it would be easier for my son to have a batting average of 18,” Kumble said.

“All of us know how he is as a person. During the evening-outs on tours he would know exactly what I hated. He was at times lost in his own thoughts, probably thinking about how he would bat the next day or analysing the day’s proceedings. I know in the next couple of months he would be busy with the IPL. I tell you it s going to get busier.”

Dravid ended his Test career with 13,288 runs — behind only Tendulkar — in 164 matches, with 36 hundreds and 63 half centuries at an average of 52.31, the 270 against Pakistan being his highest score. In the 50-over format, he scored 10,889 runs from 344 ODIs with 12 centuries and 83 half centuries at an average of 39.16.(PTI)