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Others believed in me more than I did: Dravid

An emotional Rahul Dravid recalled his early cricket days and said he never thought he would play 100 Tests.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 09:10 IST

An emotional Indian captain Rahul Dravid recalled his early cricket days and said he never thought he would play 100 Tests.

"I was lucky people believed in him more than I believed in myself in various stages of his career," Dravid said at a function that Karnataka State Cricket Association put up to felicitate him and spinner Anil Kumble for crossing the milestone of playing 100 Tests.

"When I played my first Test, I never thought I would go on to play 100 Tests," said Dravid, adding, he had been lucky and fortunate that he had the right people to support him at right time.

Both Dravid and Kumble said it was an emotional moment because it's their home ground. Chinnaswamy Stadium was where he came to watch cricket from the age of five, started playing from 13, Dravid recalled.

Then Dravid had a long list to thank. He also remarked that the joy that he gets seeing the toothless smile of his eight month old son Samit he does not get scoring a century or a double hundred.

Former Test cricketers Roger Binny, Javagal Srinath and SMH Kirmani, who are also from Karnataka, made no secret of their desire to see Kumble, who is currently not part of the one-day team, playing in the World Cup next year.

Binny said he would like to see Kumble playing along side his statemate Dravid in the big event.

Added Srinath: "He (Kumble) has to play World Cup. I know it's a sensitive issue. Rahul (Dravid) is here".

Kirmani said Kumble is on the "good side" of Dravid, and expressed hope that he would make it in the team.