Cool Dravid reveals when he 'lost his cool'

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Published: Monday, July 2, 2012, 11:53 [IST]
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'The Wall' reveals when he lost his cool

Mumbai, Jul 2: India's Rahul Dravid, known for his cool and calm composure throughout his cricketing career, has revealed that he had lost his cool on a couple of occasions during his glorious international stint which spanned 16 years.

Dravid has revealed that he would not get angry often, but has been frustrated with himself many a times and would not let his emotions out when everyone is around, rather would show his frustration alone in the dressing room.

"In the privacy of the dressing room, I have let myself go, throwing a few bats. I don't get angry very often but there have been times when I have been frustrated with myself, maybe after playing a bad shot, after getting out, I have done some damage to some equipments of mine.

"Once or twice in the course of 20 years, I think you can allow me that at least."

For a person of his calibre, who has been a true gentleman of the game, showing frustration in a few occasions are negligible, as he has been the perfect role model for the current generation and has showed how things work without venting out emotions, concentrating and focusing only on improving his skills, as he has been the most significant batsman of his era.

The 39 year old also shared his moments of success and being a part of the dressing room with Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Azharuddin, the legends of Indian Cricket.

Talking about the Adelaide Test, which witnessed one of his best knocks, Dravid said though it is difficult to point out a single match-winning knock, rated the double century at Adelaide as one of his best innings.

"In terms of control and just the way I have played through the innings, I think it was one of the best constructed innings. Also considering that Australia had scored over 550 runs. But frankly speaking, it was a good batting wicket," he told a news channel.

Memories of Adelaide Test also reminded Dravid of the six that he hit to get to his century, as he said "I never intended to hit a six. it just happened. I didn't think, it happened instinctively."

Dravid, who retired from international cricket recently also added that he enjoyed celebrating the victories with the team especially with all the Indian legends.

"The chance to celebrate victory and success with a group of other people is something I have enjoyed doing. There have been some big celebrations... Adelaide was one of them."

"I had the opportunity to bat with Sachin (Tendulkar), (Virender) Sehwag, Sourav (Ganguly), (Gautam) Gambhir, Laxman and (Mohammad) Azharuddin... guys who are legends of Indian cricket."

The most flexible batsman of his era, Dravid had the ability to bat at any position offered, when asked about how he could manage to do that, the humble man said that was the beauty of team sport.

"I was in the hockey team in school, played football. One of the challenges for me was to make the team feel better. It helped me evolve, so batting at different positions was never a problem. That's the beauty of team sport as I had said earlier."


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