'Sachin is one of the most selfless chap in the team'

Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2004, 15:51 [IST]
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New Delhi:Vice-captain Rahul Dravid dismissed talks about rifts between him and Sachin Tendulkar following the controversial declaration in the first Testagainst Pakistan as "silly and baseless rumours" and said he gets along well with the master batsman.

"There were absolutely no rifts with Sachin. And all those talks were silly and baseless rumours. We get along pretty fine as we have been together for too long," Dravid said about his equation with the maestro.

"We have played cricket together for eight years and I have a lot of respect for him. So there is no chance of any rift. We had discussed and sorted out the issue," Dravid told NDTV 24 x 7.

The issue cropped up after India declared their first innings at 675 for five towards the end of the second day of the Multan Test leaving Tendulkar unbeaten on 194.

Reacting to Tendulkar expressing his surprise on the timing of the declaration, Dravid said, "some times a harmless comment at a press conference gets blown out of proportion."

"There were even talks that Sachin is selfish. It's ridiculous. We can't achieve all these (wins) in the last four years without team spirit. And Sachin is one of the most selfless guys in the team," he said.

"We understand each other very well and there is no issue at all."

Dravid said he always aspired to be compared with the legends of cricket.

"You look at Sachin and Lara and you are aspiring to be talked in the same breath along with them," said Dravid, who drew much applause after his match winning 270 in the third and deciding Test against Pakistan at Rawalpindi.

"Just like it was with Gavaskar and Vishwanath during the yesteryears," he said.

"During our times we have Lara, Waugh and Tendulkar. It does make you feel very proud when you are clubbed along with these greats," Dravid said.

On news reports putting him as the new fulcrum of the Indian batting in place of Tendulkar, Dravid said the tag changes with time.

"It's because I made runs in the last Test. When Sachin scored a double century in Australia he was talked about as the best. It was the same when Sehwag made the triple ton and when Laxman hit 271 and when Ganguly scored. These things change," he said.

Asked to recollect a 'freeze-frame' in his mind from the Pakistan tour, Dravid recalled the huddle after the historic win at Rawalpindi that ended an Indian wait that lasted five decades.

"I just think the huddle was probably the best moment. It was the culmination of five weeks hard work -- with some tough days and good ones. And those scenes in the dressing room... It was a feeling of oneness," he said.

"We were returning away from one country after winning every thing."

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