Colombo, Aug 25: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has revealed that during the Test series against India in Oct 2010, he egged on Indian batsman Rahul Dravid to continue playing. It can be recollected that Dravid who is now batting as good as he has ever done, was then strugling for runs.
ESPNcricinfo, quoted Ponting as saying, "I remember after our last series in India there was a lot of talk and speculation about Dravid being finished. I actually went and found him at the end of the series and said 'don't you even think about retiring' because I just saw some stuff in a few of his innings that suggested he was still a very, very good player."
He added, I just said 'don't let them wear you down, don't let them get you down'. I received a similar text message before and after the Ashes from him as well."
Dravid, usually a prolific scorer, was in the midst of an elongated poor run with the bat and in the year 2010, he managed to score centuries against weaker opponents like Bangladesh and New Zealand. Against a more threatening South African attack, he failed to make any significant contribution and was thus criticised of unnecessarily prolonging his career.
But the former Indian captain, has led to rest all such negative observations about his batting by scoring four tons in a total of seven Test matches against the West Indies and England. Even in the series against England, he was the only Indian batsman who emerged from the humiliation with his reputation intact.