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With books I could escape from cricket: Dravid

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Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012, 16:56 [IST]
 
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'Reading books release pressure off me'

Bangalore, Jul 5: The Wall of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid shares his experience from sitting in a chai shop reading books to playing cricket, as he has passion for sports in general.

Dravid, who was present at a book launch in Mumbai said he had a liking towards sports since his childhood days.

Asked about his interest in cricket and sports, Dravid said he is one of the sports junkies.

"I love sports. I am one of the sports junkies. Some of my best readings have been on sports outside of cricket. It has helped me to understand how other sports or how other teams and players have functioned.

Dravid also added that he can play any game, not only cricket.

"I was in the hockey team in school and played a bit of badminton at club. I follow tennis and golf. I am not a big fan of motor racing, but other than that I follow sports. I don't think I was good enough to play any," he said.

While he prefers to read books than anything else, Dravid admitted that sports came first, while reading was given the second preference.

"Reading was a way to escape because I thought about cricket a lot. And in books I found my release. I hated at the end of the day to talk about cricket with someone else, because I was talking about it with myself all the time. It took a lot of pressure off me," he said. The former India captain said he enjoyed reading Hardy Boys and Archie comics in school.

He also shared his experience being in college and how Dravid used to enjoy his college days.

"(In college) I wasn't attending too many classes. We used to sit at chai shop or cycle stand and my friends used to discuss about books. So they suggested some books to me. So, I sort of picked that up in college. I found that it was a great way to switch off and relax. With books I found that you could escape from cricket.

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