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    "It's had its share of ups and downs, I admit," he said, when asked of the past year. "But getting to 10,000 in Test cricket has been nice," says the former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid in an interview to the Hindustan Times.

    If you had spoken to Rahul Dravid during his last weeks as Indian captain, or tried to get in touch with him soon after he stepped down from the job, with a short, crisp statement and little else by way of explanation, you would have known a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders.

     

    It has now been nine months since that fateful day, and many things have happened in Dravid's life since. He has lost his place in the one-day team, and is mature enough to realise that this is not merely an issue of form - unless there is a dramatic change in policy, and simultaneous injuries to three or four young one-day batsman, he is not going to get a look-in.

     

    He has shepherded the Bangalore team to second-last place in the inaugural IPL, in the middle of having mud

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