If cricket is a gentleman’s sport then Rahul Dravid is without doubt one of the greatest advertisers of it. The former India captain, aside from his water-tight approach and excessive-class batsmanship, was additionally famend for his behaviour each on and off the sector. Despite having among the fiercest duels on the cricket subject with the likes of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar, Shane Bond and plenty of extra, Dravid seldom misplaced his cool and forgot that it’s only a battle between the bat and ball. Such was Dravid’s manner that he not often confirmed descent even after being given out due to an umpiring error. Highlighting one such incident, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif narrated how the India legend was wrongly given out caught behind in an India vs Pakistan ODI in 1996 due to the vociferous enchantment of former Pakistan leggie Mushtaq Ahmed.
Latif recalled the primary ODI of the Sharjah Cup in 1996 in Sharjah the place Rahul Dravid was dismissed by Mushtaq Ahmed. Dravid, who had made his ODI debut for India barely a fortnight in the past, was taking part in his third ODI and his second match in opposition to Pakistan.
Latif said Dravid, who was adjudged caught behind, had asked him after the match whether or not he was truly out or not.
“They played against us in Sharjah. Rahul, unfortunately, was caught behind. Mushtaq Ahmed bowled a delivery and made a huge appeal. We appealed alongside him, he was given out. After the match, Dravid asked ‘was I out’, and I said ‘no, brother, Mushtaq tang karta hai bohot (It’s Musthaq’s habit to appeal),” Latif said in a YouTube present referred to as ‘Caught Behind’.
Dravid was dismissed by Mushtaq Ahmed for three and India have been bowled out for 233, chasing Pakistan’s 272 because the Aameer Sohail-led aspect gained the match by 38 runs.
Latif additionally recalled Dravid’s Test debut a few months later at Lord’s in opposition to England.
“Both Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly had made their debuts in England and incidentally we were also there at that point of time in 1996. We met with the entire team when the Prime Minister invited us for lunch. I met these two young cricketers. They both played well,” Latif said.
Ganguly had scored a century (131) in that match and Dravid narrowly missed the mark as he was dismissed for 95 in the primary innings. The match ended in a draw.
Explaining Dravid’s greatness, Latif said, the suitable-hander was born to play cricket.
“He’s an amazing person. Younis Khan has also said that how Rahul guided him in his career and brought a change in his game. He has a great cricketing mind, was born to play cricket. He was born to play cricket. He has developed India A, and under U-19 team. He was born for cricket, it seems,” Latif added.