To have played 19 years is very hard for a fast bowler. I know how professional he’s been and how hard he’s worked. He deserved this kind of a farewell with the crowd cheering him. He can now spend time with his family, he’s got a beautiful family. We’ll stay in touch but we’ll miss him and I wish him all the best.
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It’s been a great journey. May be one regret. If I could change anything in these 20 years, that afternoon in Johannesburg during the 2003 World Cup final (where India lost to Australia). But nothing else as it’s all about destiny.
Rahul Dravid’s flair for cricket is legendary but the most neglected fact about Rahul Dravid is that he used to play hockey and was even selected to represent Karnataka’s junior team members before he took up cricket.
I have never believed in the horses-for-courses theory. Harbhajan Singh will get you wickets on a green top and Kapil Dev will get you wickets on a turner, because they are both good bowlers. A bad seamer will not get you wickets on a green top and a bad spinner will not get you wickets on a turner. I played four spinners because they happened to be the best bowlers around. I had no Kapil Dev, so playing a seamer just for the sake of balance was useless.
“Jayalalithaa liked my husband’s batting very much. I have also heard that she used to go for the matches armed with binoculars just to watch him play. We used to meet frequently during the late ’60s when she was studying in Madras’ Church Park School, but I never met her with my husband” said Sharmila Tagore in one of the interview. Jayalaithaa was also a fan of former captain Nari Contractor and she had disclosed it in an interview with actress and TV show host Simi Garewal. Nari Contractor said in one of media interview “I have never met her personally but heard in one of her interviews that she used to come to watch Pataudi and me batting”.