Dravid is his idol and he dreams of Eden

Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Pakistan's wicketkeeper-batsman Younis Khan, who considers Rahul Dravid as his idol, has a dream of playing at the magnificent Eden Gardens here and emerge as the Man of the Match.

"I am very excited to play at the Eden Gardens and I want to be the Man of the Match," Khan said about the one-off Platinum Jubilee One-day International match between India and Pakistan here on Saturday.

Khan, who, like Rahul Dravid in One-dayers, also has a dual role of a wicketkeeper and batsman for his team, considers the Indian vice-captain as his idol.

"I idolise Rahul Dravid for the kind of performances he has produced for India in the last 3-4 years," the young cricketer from the port city of Karachi said.

Incidentally, Khan had moulded his career in the line of another keeper-batsman Pakistani star Rashid Latif.

Asked whether the dual role of keeping and batting puts pressure on him, Khan said that initially he used to bat only but subsequently at the insistence of coach Bob Woolmer he opted to keep as well.

"I am enjoying it (dual role) more now," he said.

To a query about Woolmer's role in turning him into a keeper as well, he said, "Woolmer has brought a big change in the team and when he asked me if I am ready to keep, I readily agreed".

Considering Saturday's match would be his first at Eden, he said that he has been practising very hard for this match.

Asked about the dew factor here, he said that it would affect both the teams.

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