Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble recount early cricket days

Rahul Dravid was awarded the Best Sportspersons at the Sports Writers’ Association of Bangalore AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Bangalore: Sep 13, 2012

Former Indian cricket greats Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman on Thursday recounted playing days when they met at an award functions in Bangalore to honour Karnataka Sportsmen.

Dravid became nostalgic as he recounted how the game has changed since the days he played school cricket.

“It’s always been very hard for me to get recognition from sports writers. Right from the time I was very small. When you play school cricket you are the journalist yourself – and the rule in our school was whoever scored the most runs, if we won the match went to half the newspapers. So you took your cycle as the designated journalist for the day – and you went to half the newspapers and the guy who got the most wickets got the other half. So we shared the load,” Dravid was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Dravid also said how he finds signs of a budding sportsman in his son.

“I was one of those guys who picked up the morning newspaper as a young boy and started from the back…from the sports page. I am happy to say that my son at 7 does the same thing,” he said.

Anil Kumble highlighted the importance of media and stressed on the importance of focusing on school and college cricket.

“Whenever we played school cricket and college cricket – we had to run around agencies to give brief scores of the match. Things have changed thanks to the journalists who follow the school cricket…It is important to be recognised at such a young age,” Kumble said.

” It is always nice to see your name, your photograph, your achievements in the papers. And for that I’d like to thank the journalists for doing great work in promoting cricket. Karnataka is blessed to have icons in every sport, be it badminton, chess, cricket, hockey, athletics, swimming,” the former Indian leg-spinner added.