Rahul Dravid is the real wall of Indian cricket, says Aakash Chopra

After deliberations with BCCI over his contract extension with India A and U-19 teams and the possible conflict of interest, while mentoring IPL team Delhi Daredevils, Rahul Dravid opted to continue with the India job.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 2, 2017 12:32 pm
Rahul Dravid will continue as the India A, U-19 coach for another two years. (Source: File)

In order to take up the role of head coach of India A and India under-19 teams, former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid had to let go of his mentorship role with IPL side Delhi Daredevils. The situation arose after a conflict of interest issue was highlighted by Ramachandra Guha in his exit letters from the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators which is looking after the operations of BCCI. After deliberations with the board, Dravid took up the responsibility for the country on June 15 and signed a two-year commitment. Former cricket and now commentator Aakash Chopra posted a video on Twitter, where the 39-year old praised Dravid’s contributions to Indian cricket.

“Greatness is what the greatness does..and Rahul Dravid once again proved that he was not only a great player but is also a good human being,” Aakash said.

Speaking on the controversy currently going on the appointment of India head coach, Aakash said, “Dravid did something he has been doing for very long. Where everyone is willing to become India’s head coach, a job which is one of the most lucrative, paid and high profile job. Whereas, Dravid decided to continue as India A and U-19 coach. He signed a two-year contract.”

Dravid joined the Delhi franchise in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League and was with them for the two editions. “He was also accused of a possible conflict of interest. Thus following the rules, he stepped down from the role of Delhi Daredevils mentor. This is what he is made off. He is outstanding and at times words fall short in describing him. He is doing a just sensational. We are fortunate to have you and Indian cricket is fortunate enough to have you,” said Aakash.

Sharing his experience during Dravid’s tenure as Indian captain. The former India player said, “During our match against Pakistan in Multan, he came to my room and said ‘Shoaib Akhtar, [Mohammad] Sami will be there but don’t worry. You will give a fine performance.’ He is the only captain, I ever saw, who did this in my playing career.”

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    sharma
    Jul 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm
    I SAW RAHUL DRAVID AFTER WE WON THE CALCUTTA TEST AGAINST AUSTRALIA IN 2001 ( MADE FAMOUS BY VERY VERY SPECIAL LAXMAN) IN CHENNAI. HE ATTENDED THE 40-over match to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the tied Test at the Guru Nanak College Ground CHENNAI. Very tired very quiet and very humble. A real role model for all youngsters. Kudos to Dravid. He embodies all the virtues of hard work, verance and not affected by the trappings of success. He reminds us that cricket is a hard game which demands mental and physical courage and the glamor is only thru the lenses of a TV camera.
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