One of many best batters to have graced Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid turned 50 years outdated on January 11, 2023. As needs poured in from completely different corners of the Indian cricketing spectrum, former India batter Hemang Badani revealed an unheard story involving the present India head coach. Whereas cricket lovers have seen Dravid decimating the opponent staff’s bowlers together with his rock-solid defence, not many know of his heroics within the Chennai league, the place the batter would go and simply bat for hours.
“He lived in Bangalore and this cricket was occurring in Chennai. And he used to come back over to Chennai to play the Chennai league, which is likely one of the most prolific leagues in India. He would are available in and churn 100s after 100s. Each recreation. And I used to be anyone who was expert however I’d loft the ball and the whole lot. Go on the market and get out. Lofting and getting out lengthy off and stuff,” Badani stated in a video shared by IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Additional within the video, Badani revealed how Dravid wouldn’t budge from his fashion of play even after getting a century.
“Rahul would solely hold the ball on the ground. At one level I stated, Rahul you’ve got one 100, you bought two, you bought 4, you’ve got acquired 5. What the hell is going on Rahul? Aren’t you bored? Do not you wish to attempt one thing else right here?,” Badani narrated the incident of a humorous dialog with Dravid.
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Revealing Dravid’s reply to the query, Badani stated that the enduring batter would come out to play with a transparent mindset, which is to bat for five hours, as he had travelled for 6-6.5 hours.
“He stated Hemang, it is fairly easy for me. I take an evening practice. In these days there have been no aircrafts and so they have been very costly. I take the evening practice. I journey for 6-6.5 hours. I’m not gonna journey that a lot and return 6.5 hours to bat for 3 hours. I’m going to bat 5 hours to get 100. And it is so simple as that for me. If I’m travelling a lot and taking part in the sport, I higher make it possible for I’m in there for five hours,” Badani additional revealed.
“He stated yet another factor, which was that within the nets, you bat for 20-odd minutes. What do you do after that as a batter? I will bat one other minute, I will bat for an additional 5 balls. You bought one other 10 balls. Coach, can I bat for an additional 5 balls, mate are you able to bowl one other 10 balls to me. He stated if I get 100, I ma batting 150 balls or 170 balls. Why ought to I not play. In any other case, I’m begging to bowlers within the nets. He would by no means get out,” he concluded.
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