Being MTV Youth Icon a big boost for Dravid

Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Terming his selection as MTV Youth Icon of the year as a "great privilege" and "a humbling experience", Indian cricket team vice-captain Rahul Dravid on Wednesday said looking up to a cricketer as an icon is itself a big boost to the game.

"The youth of today are looking up to a cricketer as an icon is itself a big boost to the game though I have never considered me as an icon," the 'Wall' of Indian cricket, said in Mumbai.

"Considering other nominees, super star Amitabh Bachchan (films), Shekhar Suman (Television), A R Rahman (music), Amartya Sen (science and academics) and Ratan Tata (business), it is a great feeling to be selected. It is truly a great privilege and a humbling feeling," Dravid said.

Steering clear from making any comments on cricket, the 'Wall' said he had done enough talking during the conditioning camp in Bangalore and would not like to speak about cricket.

On whether it was his good looks or his cricketing ability that won him this honour, the rock-solid batsman, said, "I don't know how good looking I am. I hope the honour is for the cricket I play. It is nice to know that youngsters watch cricket and me whenever I am playing".

Dravid is the first cricketer to be selected as the MTV Youth Icon as master blaster Sachin Tendulkar had lost narrowly to industrialist Anil Ambani last year.

On whether there was any change from being Mr Consistent, Dravid replied in the negative saying, "I am pretty much the same as I was before. Even though there is more pressure perform, it is not concentrated on one single individual as we are playing as a team".

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