Great Indian batsman Rahul Dravid is called ‘The Wall’. Dravid is considered an example of patience, perseverance and self-control.
Although Dravid’s career was very long and he also recorded many records, but despite all this, Dravid also saw many ups and downs.
One of these ups and downs was his dismissal from the Indian ODI team in the year 1998. Now remembering that era, Dravid has told that the selectors had tagged him as a Test cricketer and that is why he was removed from the team. Dravid also further said that the selectors had accused him that his batting was not compatible with ODI cricket.
However, the very next year, ie in 1999, Dravid was back in the team and with his superb batting in the World Cup in England that year, Dravid not only gave a befitting reply to the selectors, along with that he made the hearts of those Indian fans Had also won those who disliked them completely.
Dravid had two such partnerships during that tournament which are part of Indian cricket history today. During a special conversation with former Indian batsman WV Raman, Dravid recalled this story and told about the feeling of insecurity he had at that time.
Dravid said, “There was such a phase in my international career. In 1998, I was dropped from the ODI team. I had to work hard to come back. I was out of the team for a year. There was uncertainty as to whether I was the right player for the ODI or not because I always wanted to be a Test player. My coaching was also like a test player. Beat the ball down. Do not hit the ball in the air. My coaching was like this, you get worried about whether you have the skills for ODI or not.”
Remind you here that despite being out of the ODI team for one year, Dravid scored 10,000 runs in ODI cricket. Not only this, but Dravid also became the third Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket.
Before him, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar achieved this position. During a conversation with WV Raman, Dravid also stated that after his retirement he was completely confused as to what to do now. In such a situation, the advice of former captain Kapil Dev showed him a new direction and he became a cricket coach.