Bangalore, Mar 22: Do you know how Rahul Dravid's interest in cricket develop? Here is an interesting incident which Dravid's mother Pushpa Dravid narrated when his son was felicitated by Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) on Wednesday night at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
According to Dravid's mother, "The Wall" began his cricketing journey when he was just a one-day-old baby!
You will be wondering how this is possible. But according to Pushpa, Dravid listened to cricket commentary as a one-day-old baby.
"When Dravid was born, it so happened that a lady next to me was listening to cricket commentary on radio. It was a match involving India and England teams. Dravid was a one day old baby and he heard that commentary that day. I feel it all started from that day for Dravid to pick interest in the game," Pushpa recalled.
When Dravid was asked about this, he said: "Obviously I cannot remember that. But my parents have always been supportive to me when it came to cricket. I always loved the game."
Dravid, one of the great batsmen of modern era, retired recently from Test and first class cricket. He was born on January 11, 1973. He is currently the second highest run getter in Test cricket behind Sachin Tendulkar.
The match she spoke about was a Test between India and England in Chennai. It was held between January 12 and 17, 1973. India won that match by four wickets.
Dravid's childhood heroes, Sunil Gavaskar, GR Viswanath were part of the Indian team along with stalwarts like EAS Prasanna, BS Chandrasekhar, Bishan Singh Bedi. The team was captained by Ajit Wadekar.
England were led by Tony Lewis. Tony Greig, Dennis Amiss, Keith Fletcher, Mike Denness and wicketkeeper Alan Knott played in that match.