Bangalore: Rahul 'Mr Consistent' Dravid has been out there in the middle, within proximity of 22 yards, savouring every moment of Sachin Tendulkar's delightful batting. A star in his very own right, Dravid deems it indeed a special occasion to "share the same dressing room" with Sachin.
This shows how much the members of the Indian cricket team revere the "Little Master Blaster". Stating that Sachin was a down to earth person, Dravid shared his thoughts on what he thought about his "elite" teammate with Thatscricket.com
What do you think of Sachin the cricketer?
You can't get a more complete cricketer than Sachin. He has everything that a cricketer needs to have. As a batsman, he has the technique, the hunger and the desire for runs. He always contributes with the bat as well as on the field. He also is good fielder and bowls when needed. You really can't ask for a better cricketer than Sachin.
What do you think of Sachin the person?
He is a terrific person and has handled pressure brilliantly. He has handled his success very well and doesn't have any airs about him. He is a great guy and very good team man. In his heart of hearts, he is a very simple and down to earth person.
Do you remember any particular innings of his as outstanding?
I vividly remember a One-day International at Trinidad on a terrible wicket. Sachin made 45 and was unfortunate to be given out. The wicket was seaming all over and the West Indian bowlers - Ambrose, Walsh and Bishop - were making it very hot for us. But Sachin saw early that the wicket was seaming and decided to stay and played superbly till he was given out. I had the opportunity of playing with him at the middle and he played a really great knock.
You seem to have a special relationship with Sachin…
It is a great honour to be playing with Sachin and sharing the same dressing room. We have played together in the middle for quite long and have spoken a lot. I deem it as a great opportunity to be talking to a person like Sachin. Since we have been playing together for long, it has helped us to get to know each other better.
Do you have any special wish for Sachin on his Birthday?
Yeah, I wish he scores another 25 centuries and another 10,000 runs!