Forget cricket, captain and everything else but… whom did Rahul Dravid praise?

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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Bridgetown (Barbados). India head coach Rahul Dravid on Saturday heaved a sigh of relief after ending his tenure with the T20 World Cup title in Barbados. Dravid, who was under fire for losing two consecutive ICC finals, the World Test Championship and the ODI World Cup against Australia last year, contributed to ending India's over a decade-long title drought in his last assignment.

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In a thrilling match, India defeated South Africa by seven runs to win their second T20 World Cup title. After the victory, Virat Kohli, captain Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja announced their retirement from T20. Commenting on his relationship with Rohit, Dravid said that he likes Rohit more as a human being than as the captain of the team.

He said after the match, “I will remember him as a person, forget cricket, forget captaincy and everything else. I just hope we will still be friends. I think what impresses me the most in all this is the kind of person he is, the kind of respect he has. He has shown me the kind of care and commitment he has for the team, the kind of energy he has and he has never backed down from that.”

“So, for me, this is the person I will remember the most… he will be a great captain, he will be a great player, he will win trophies but I think this is the person I like the most,” Dravid said. The 51-year-old praised the fighting spirit of his boys and the way they fought back under tough conditions in the blockbuster encounter to establish themselves as the new T20 champions.

“I've really been at a loss for words in the last few hours. I can't be more proud of this team, the way we have fought back in difficult circumstances. Even today I think it was a great testament to the team… after losing three wickets in the first six overs, we were in that situation but the boys kept fighting, they kept the faith,” he said.

He said, “You know, as a player I was not very fortunate to win trophies but whenever I played I tried my best and it happens, it is part of the game.” It was a memorable moment for Dravid to achieve this victory with India after facing a forgettable defeat in the first round of the 2007 ODI World Cup under his leadership in the West Indies.

“I know there are many players who haven't won the trophy. I was fortunate to be given the trophy, I got the opportunity to coach and I was fortunate that this group of boys made it possible for me to win the trophy and celebrate,” Dravid said.

“It feels good but it's not like I am looking for any salvation, it's just a job that I was doing. I loved working, I loved working with Rohit and this team. It's been a great journey and I have really enjoyed it,” he said.

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