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Dravid gives Mallya Jr the cold shoulder

cricket Updated: Apr 20, 2011 00:47 IST
Rohit Bhaskar
Rohit Bhaskar
Hindustan Times
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What would you do if you run into your former boss who decided not to retain your services?

While most would feel tempted to give him a piece of their mind, Rahul Dravid, former Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper, simply chose to ignore Sidhartha Mallya, the owner of Royal Challengers Bangalore who didn't retain the legendary batsman for IPL-IV.

After signing autographs for a few youngsters at ITC-Gardenia lobby, the official team hotel for all IPL matches in Bangalore, Dravid was headed towards Mallya junior and his entourage, standing just a few feet away. However, following the slogan of one of the rivals of the Vijay Mallya-owned United Breweries, Dravid just 'kept walking' even as Mallya Jr waited for a courtesy greeting.

Dravid, dressed in a red horizontal striped polo tee and blue jeans, made a brief eye contact with Mallya before turning the other way.

The Rajasthan Royals batsman stood in the lobby for about 15 minutes, but paid no attention to Mallya, and didn't even look in his direction. He did, however, pose for pictures with young cricket fans who waited in the hotel lobby for hours to catch a glimpse of their cricketing heroes.

A few minutes later, teammate and another former RCB player Ross Taylor dropped by.

The New Zealander, however, stopped and shared a jovial 15-minute conversation with his former boss.

Sitting on the square marble fountain in the middle of the hotel lobby, the two shared hearty laughs.

The reunion was cut short when Jacob Oram, who was sharing a ride to the stadium with Taylor and a couple of the Rajasthan Royals' domestic players, gave a shout to his compatriot.