By Lokendra Pratap Sahi
Former England captain David Gower, among the greatest of left-handers, spoke to The Telegraph exclusively on Sachin ‘The Master’ Tendulkar.
The following are excerpts:
Q Talking of Sachin, what comes to your mind instantly?
A The striking thing for me is how long he is going on... I like the fact that every time you hear about him, or hear from him, he seems to be saying how much he still loves playing the game. At the age of 38, considering not many people start as young as Sachin, he has been there for a long time... It’s an extraordinary quality to keep loving batting... Personally, I found it increasingly hard as I got towards 36. He is 38.
Sachin’s first tour of England was in 1990, which was also the last time you played against India. What were your first impressions of him?
That was a long time ago... I think the chatter around the England dressing room during that time must have been along the lines of how impressed we were with that kind of maturity at such
The former England captain said, "One of Sachin’s great attributes is that he goes about his business quietly and steadily."Yahoo! Cricket – Sat 17 Mar, 2012 12:01 PM IST
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Interview — Rahul Dravid takes to a different pitch in an exclusive chat with The TelegraphBy Lokendra Pratap Sahi | The Telegraph | Yahoo! Cricket – Sun 11 Mar, 2012 9:09 AM IST
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One disappointing series and Rahul Dravid decided to call it a day. But, then, he set such high standards — very different, indeed, from the lesser mortals.
Dravid’s views on cricket have been well-documented, not so his thoughts on other matters. Well, he got candid in a one-on-one with The Telegraph. The following are excerpts.
Quite a few people gave you the label of a Test specialist during your career. Did it irk you?
It didn’t irk me... Don’t think it ever hurt me or anything... But, definitely, I also recognised that at certain stages, I needed to get better at my one-day game if I wanted to have a long and successful career. I knew that, by far, I was not a finished product early on. So, I needed to keep getting better... Deep down, I knew that I could make it work. And, with a bit of luck and a bit of hard work, I could have a decently successful one-day career. So it turned out.
You’ve had an awesome innings...
I am glad that I was able to play both formats of the game,
The generation Rahul played with helped change the face of Indian cricket, says Sourav Ganguly.By Lokendra Pratap Sahi | Yahoo! Cricket – Sat 10 Mar, 2012 9:02 AM IST
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Calcutta, (The Telegraph): India's most successful Test captain, Sourav Ganguly, spoke to The Telegraph on Friday, exclusively on Rahul 'Jammie' Dravid.
The following are excerpts:
Has Dravid timed his decision well?
It's difficult for me or for anybody else to assess the timing of somebody's retirement...It's a huge decision and means everything to a sportsman...All I'd say is that Rahul has made the right decision.
You were, then, expecting it now?
How tough was it for you to retire from international cricket (in November 2008)?
Very hard...I went through a number of sleepless nights...A sportsman loves his trade, loves his career...It means everything to him, it's so close to his heart...It's tough deciding to actually call it a day.
What has been Dravid's biggest contribution?
The generation Rahul played with helped change the face of Indian cricket...We started to win consistently overseas, became almost unbeatable at home... Rahul played such an important role, contributing
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