Bangalore, Aug 22: 'The Wall of Indian Cricket', Rahul Dravid who retired from international cricket earlier this year felt the senior most player in the team Sachin Tendulkar should take up more responsibilities in the Test series against New Zealand starting tomorrow at Hyderabad.
With VVS Laxman also announcing his retirement with immediate effect, there seems to be a huge void in the batting line-up as India relied more on Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman if the top order failed.
Since Rahul Dravid also retired earlier this year, this is going to be the first time in 16 years, Team India will be playing a Test without them.
Sachin Tendulkar being the most experienced player in the team, Rahul Dravid feels there will be more pressure on the iconic batsman, but hopes he will continue to take responsibility during the first Test series of the season.
"Sachin has been burdened with responsibility and has been carrying it on his shoulders for the last 16 years. I hope he will continue to do it (in the India-New Zealand series)," he told reporters on Tuesday.
Talking about Laxman's decision to quit international cricket, Dravid said the player was of utmost importance, as he meant so much for Indian cricket and said it was a privilege to have played with the stylish batsman.
"Laxman has been known for his ideas. The way he has carried himself, the way he has prepared, his practice. I think he has been a great inspiration for a lot of young kids who have been in the team with us. I am sure they have watched Laxman a lot and they have learnt a lot from Laxman. I hope some of these guys will go on to emulate Laxman," he said.