The Hush Post: Rahul Dravid has shared the Indian dressing room with Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and others. But he has also played hockey alongside the likes of Sandeep Somesh, the former Indian hockey player. While Tendulkar may have been dissuaded from being a fast bowler by Dennis Lillee, Dravid decided to take up cricket more seriously than hockey after his school coach changed his position from a centre-half to right-half.
The former Indian captain was present at the launch function of Hockey Karnataka’s Bengaluru Cup where he was one of the guests of honour along with former swimming ace Nisha Millet.
Dravid recalled his playing days with his friend and former Indian women’s team coach Sandeep Somesh when they used to play for their school team. He recalled, “Sandeep (Somesh) and I studied in St Joseph’s and both used to play hockey together”. Dravid recollected his old memories and said that the then school team coach Mr Shivprakash had asked Dravid to play at the centre-half position and to control the flow of the game.
He said, “Sandeep was a year senior to me. When I was playing at the junior level, our coach Mr Shivprakash always asked me to play as a centre-half. He wanted me to control the game. He used to tell me that the team depended on me and I had to create the chances. He wanted me to run the game.” However, a year later it changed and Sandeep used to be the centre-half and Dravid the right-half.
However, we all know now what followed afterwards was not any less than a fairytale story. Dravid went on to play over 500 International matches for his nation and scored more than 24,000 runs and make 48 centuries in two versions of the game.