Dravid rubbishes rumours of rift with Tendulkar

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Published: Friday, March 30, 2012, 14:50 [IST]
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No rift between me and Sachin: Dravid

Jaipur, Mar 30: Retired batting legend Rahul Dravid on Thursday rubbished rumours that he and Sachin Tendulkar were not in good terms. The rumours spread when Tendulkar missed Dravid's felicitation function in Mumbai on Tuesday.

The former captain made it clear that all is well between them while attending a promotional event along with Rajanthan Royals' teammates Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Amit Singh, Abhishek Raut.

The veteran batsman said Tendulkar had spoken to him before leaving to London. "People are talking rubbish. Sachin and I are very good friends, and everything is just fine. He had called me up on Monday to inform that he won't be able to attend the felicitation programme," Dravid said.

The Rajashtan Roayls' mentor and captain feels that Yuvraj Singh will be missed during the IPL season 5.

"But he is dealing with a more important thing. His speedy recovery and fitness is the biggest concern for us now. He is playing the most important innings of his life. We want him to be fit first, cricket can wait," Dravid said about Yuvraj Singh's recovery.

Dravid, who was recently appointed captain-cum-mentor of Rajasthan Royals, replacing Shane Warne, said their main aim would be to win the first few games to get a positive start to the campaign.

"Having Warne in the middle is always a big thing, and he will be missed this time. I personally, will miss his personality. But, we have a good team this time, and we have been able to keep the same team like last year. So, we are looking forward to a great season ahead," Dravid said.

Dravid said things haven't changed post retirement, "Even the day after I announced my retirement, there wasn't any special feeling at home. Yes, there was a sense of relief, but honestly speaking, I didn't get any time to think about anything else. IPL was knocking at the door and I had to be busy preparing for it," Dravid said, with a smile, adding, "For me, things haven't really changed."


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