Rahul Dravid    Getty Images
Rahul Dravid Getty Images

Olympic gold medalist, Abhinav Bindra’s foundation, named Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust, announced the opening of the SAI-Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centre at the (Prakash) Padukone- (Rahul) Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence. The centre was inaugurated by Prakash Padukone and Rahul Dravid in the presence of Paralympic gold medallists Murlikant Petkar and Devendra Jhajharia as guests of honour. The center has been designed by former rifle shooter and Olympic champion Bindra.

A day prior to the inauguration, both Bindra and Dravid were present in the GoSports Foundation’s annual Athletes Conclave. During the event, Dravid shared his words of wisdom on failures.

‘You need to learn to fail well’

“I am quite qualified to speak on failure. I played internationals 604 times, but I didn t cross 50 on 410 of those occasions. When you fail, you tend to brush a lot of things under the carpet. You try to blame someone, find an excuse. But it s a really good opportunity to learn about yourself.

Like when you fail on an overseas tour, one way to react to is to say, ‘these conditions are not right, or I didn t get enough practice’ and think ‘when I play in India again, there are six Tests hopefully against Sri Lanka the way they are playing I will make up my average. But the greatest players I played with looked at it as an opportunity. So you need to learn to fail well,’ stated the former Indian skipper.

On his record partnership with VVS Laxman at Eden Gardens

“We had lost badly in Mumbai (during Border Gavaskar Trophy 2001) and my form wasn t good. I was demoted to No. 6. When I was walking in during the second innings, Steve Waugh said Rahul at 6? next Test at 12? But I just told myself, let me see how many one balls can I play . It was the simplest thing I could do and it worked,” concluded Dravid.