Special gift awaits Dravid at home

Published: Saturday, April 17, 2004, 0:42 [IST]
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Bangalore :Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid will receive a "very special" gift from his mother when he returns back home after anchoring India's win against Pakistan in the third test with his career-best score of 270, but the celebrations will be a family affair.

"We are feeling very happy at Rahul's achievement," an elated Mother Pushpa Dravid and father Sharad Dravid said, on India's first-ever series win on Pakistan soil in which their 31-year old son played a crucial role.

The stylish middle-order batsman, popular as "the wall" for his ability to keep his wicket and chip in runs for the team, guided India to an innings and 131-win over arch rivals Pakistan at the Rawalpindi cricket stadium on Friday.

Refusing to draw comparison of their son with either the "legend" Sunil Gavaskar or "star" batsman Sachin Tendulkar, the Dravids said, "there is no comparison with them. He plays his own game".

Pushpa Dravid said, there were special plans for a celebration when Rahul returns home from Pakistan, but said, it would be a family affair.

Dravid's doctor wife Vijeetha was at work at a private hospital in the city, when the Indian team bagged the cup.

Scores of fans and public visited the Dravids home at Indira Nagar, an upper class locality in Bangalore and congratulated his parents.

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