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Dravid expresses desire to play at Eden again

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Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 11:15 [IST]
 
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Dravid loves to play at Eden Gardens

Kolkata, Apr 14: Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid, has expressed his desire to play again at his favourite ground, Eden Gardens which has witnessed many of his great knocks.

"I have very fond memories of the ground. Eden Gardens has been a fantastic ground for me. I hope this is not my last game here and wish to come back here to play again," said Dravid who played in his first match at the ground Friday after quitting international cricket in March.

Dravid, who is currently playing for Rajasthan Royals in the fifth edition of IPL, said after the match against Kolkata Knight Riders that he loves to play at this ground, considered to be the biggest cricket stadium in the country.

"I still enjoy playing. I am enjoying working with a lot of young players. I have been quite relaxed. We have a young team. It's good fun with a lot of exciting players," said Dravid

"It has been a great ground for me where I scored my first and last first class century. My first first class hundred came here probably in 1991," said Dravid reminiscing his great innings at the ground.

The right-handed batsman who announced his retirement from international cricket recently, scored his last international hundred in the same venue. He scored 119 while he played a Test against West Indies in November last year.

The most important knock of Dravid, considered to be a master-piece came against Australia when India were forced to follow-on in the epic Test match. The partnership between Dravid (180) and VVS Laxman (281) is considered to be a historic one, which is etched in the history of Indian cricket.

"The 180 is a very celebrated hundred. It's very special for a lot of us in the Indian team. The hundred in each innings against Pakistan was also special. It was critical in winning the game. It's one of the greatest grounds that I've played in."

"I've some great memories here. It's lovely to see my photo with (VVS) Laxman at the front," he said referring to his epic 367-run partnership with Laxman in 2001 in a Test against Australia.

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