Kingston, June 18: He has spent 15 years in International cricket but senior India batsman Rahul Dravid says he continues to be inspired by Sachin Tendulkar, with whom he has starred in 19 Test century stands.
"He''s been phenomenal, has had terrific last 2-3 years and possibly done the best batting of his life," said Dravid in his ever-earnest manner in his first practice session in the Caribbean yesterday.
"When I came he had already been around for seven years; he was my captain in West Indies (in 1997) and was a source of great motivation. That motivation has not changed," he added.
India will play three tests against West Indies starting from next Monday and four against England spread across next two months this summer.
Dravid is the third highest run-scorer of all time, scoring 12,063 Test runs in 150 matches at an average of 52.44. He is also the only batsman to have hit at least one century in all 10 Test playing nations. That''s not all, he is also a world-beater with 200 catches.
Yet all this greatness sits lightly on a modest man who still is anxious to compete well for himself and his country.
"I had a seven month time off (from Tests). But I knew about these seven Tests in a row and was ready with my preparations," he said.
"You know you have done enough but there is still a certain pressure; you still feel nervous and there are butterflies (in your stomach). These things never change. It would be nice to get runs early on and keep the form going."