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Sehwag, Dhoni must be cherished: Dravid

"Players like them were not made in one day," he said on the eve of the final ODI.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 22:01 IST

Skipper Rahul Dravid on Thursday said swashbuckling batsmen Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were not one-day wonders and must be given credit to the way they have handled their fame and success.

"Players like Sehwag or Dhoni were not made in one day. It has taken years of hard work which they put in to reach wherever they are today, and that should be highlighted," Dravid said.

"They must have had so many heartaches and disappointments (on the way). It is not easy for everyone to survive that."

The Indore-born Bangalore batsman praised the way Sehwag and Dhoni had handled the pressure that came with playing for a country of a billion people.

"I really give credit to these young players who take all the attention given to them in their stride and still perform. It is difficult to deal with fame," he said after being felicitated by a local Marathi cultural organisation Sanand Nyas on his homecoming.

Dravid said he preferred to be flexible with regard to his position in the batting order.

"It improves my performance to bat at any number. It is a challenge," he said.

"So I am not aspiring to be fixed at any one position, especially in the ODIs. But in the Tests, now I am trying to have stablility."

Despite instances of boorish and unruly behaviour by the crowd in the ongoing series, Dravid rated Indian fans as the best in the world.

"It is a pride to play or India. Indian fans are the best in the world and no other motivation is needed to perform," he said.

On his teammates, he said "I am lucky to play in this generation of Sachin Tendulkar, Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble. It is a proud to share the dressing room with them."

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 22:01 IST