Former India captain Rahul Dravid has said that cricket’s influence in his life was such that the game made him a better person.
“One-and-a-half years after my retirement I have realised that cricket has made me a better human being. I learnt from successes and failures,” Dravid said, speaking at a convocation ceremony.
Dravid narrated several anecdotes from his career, starting from his school days, making a special mention of school principal, Father Coelho.
He also said that his father was an ardent fan of the game.
“After Australia tour I felt it is time to make way for the next generation. Now I am back to the little boy listening to cricket commentary in my father’s studio,” said Dravid, who dubbed himself as a boy from a middle-class family.
There were millions of ways to be successful, he said. “You don’t have to be number one in the world, you have to be number one to yourself by achieving all the height which you always aimed,” Dravid said, receiving a huge applause from the students.
Amir backs Dravid
Banned Pakistani pace bowler Mohammad Amir has reportedly backed Dravid’s call to make match fixing a criminal offence.
Urging the ICC to review and change its current system of anti-corruption enforcement and laws, Amir, who was jailed in England and is also serving a five-year ban for spot fixing during a test in 2010, agreed with Dravid, saying that match fixing must be made a criminal offence where the punishment should be a hard jail term.