Dravid wants Javed Miandad's tuition

Published: Saturday, April 10, 2004, 0:30 [IST]
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Lahore:Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid wants to have a one-to-one discussion with Pakistan coach and former batting great Javed Miandad once the Test series comes to an end.

Dravid, one of the most accomplished batsmen of the present generation, was seen chatting with Miandad for around 20 minutes before the start of the fourth day's play in the second cricket Test at the Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday.

When asked about the conversation that took place between the two, Miandad said, "it was a cricketer to cricketer discussion on the game," adding with a smile "no, we didn't exchange any batting secrets".

Miandad, who remains Pakistan's highest Test run-getter, said Dravid generally discussed with him the sort of drills he does with the Pakistan players in the net sessions.

"He wanted to know the drills that I do with our players because he watches us practicing and was interested."

"He also wanted to know what preparations we made as batsmen before matches in our times. He said he wanted to have a talk with me after the series is over."

Miandad said Dravid was also keen to know when he (Miandad) would be coming to Mumbai for a coaching course at the Cricket Club of India and "I told him when I had time. He said whenever 'you are in Mumbai I will come and meet you'."

The former Pakistan captain is known for his unorthodox methods of training and at present has been using two wet marble slabs, on which the players practice with a hard cricket ball, in a bid to sharpen up their reflexes to the moving ball.

Miandad said during his playing days whenever he had some problem, he did not hesitate to discuss things with someone like Sunil Gavaskar.

"There is nothing wrong with cricketers discussing things with their counterparts from any country as long as you are not giving out any trade secrets or tips that are important to you or for your team," he said.

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