Saturday, July 18, 2009

"A lot of sports do suffer from the magnitude of cricket in India"

Source: Press Trust of India

Former skipper Rahul Dravid, who has been named among the 30 probables for the Indian team for the ICC Champions Trophy, on Friday said he was happy to be reconsidered for a spot in the one-day side.
"I'm happy, it feels nice to be back in the mix," Dravid told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event for NBA in suburban Mulund here.
The eight-nation tournament will be played from September 22 to October 5 in South Africa this year.
The middle-order batsman, who has scored 10,585 run in 333 matches, last played an ODI against the Australians in Nagpur in October 2007.
Talking about the status of other sports which get overshadowed by Cricket, Dravid said the only way to bring them under limelight is to attain more success in that discipline.
"A lot of sports do suffer from the magnitude of cricket in India. But there is no point complaining about it. As more and more people get success in other sports, they will get the desired attention," he said.
"It has happened with (Abhinav) Bindra at the Olympics and recently with Saina (Nehwal)," Dravid said.
On NBA's initiative to promote basketball in the country, he said the move will encourage kids to play the loop game.
Admitting that he was not good in basketball, Dravid said that he occasionally kept track of the game.
"I've never played basketball as a kid, I follow it though. I've watched Michael Jordan play a lot, followed Kobe Bryant," he said.
Asked about India's chances in the NBA, Dravid hoped that it would happen soon.
"We would have to find a few six-and-half feet guys though," he quipped.
The former Indian skipper also congratulated legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar on his 60th birthday.
"I wish him well. He has done a lot for the game and for us," he said.


  1. This is how Rahul is Ever Special for me. becuse When everyone fail to regist he is clicking. All d best Mr. Cool n Dependable

  2. Wow long time since I've been here.....It looks lovely now....

    Mr. Wall is truly back and I hope he will be in the squad to SA.....

  3. Hi Christopher!
    Good to see you.I have been following your blog without fail.
    It's a great feeling to see Rahul back in the ODI team.Let's hope selectors don't upset us :D