Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev notable absentees at Rahul Dravid's felicitation function

Rahul Dravid (R) has scored over 23,000 international runs and stands second behind Sachin Tendulkar in the all-time Test batting chart Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Mar 27, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev were the notable absentees during Rahul Dravid s felicitation function attended by a galaxy of former and current India cricketers, BCCI officials and other dignitaries.

Former captains Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman and current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni were among those who spoke at the function.

Legends of India cricket Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ajit Wadekar and Bapu Nadkarni too were present at the event.

An emotional Dravid recalled some of the memorable moments of his glorious 16-year long career and thanked his former team mates.

“Thanks Anil, Sourav, Mahi (Dhoni) and Laxi. I would like to believe that we took a great legacy of the Indian team forward. I have no doubt the present team will even take it to greater heights,” said Dravid.

Dravid has scored over 23,000 international runs and stands second behind Tendulkar in the all-time Test batting chart.