I see adversities as opportunities to excel : Dravid

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Kolkata, Nov 27 (UNI) Former India skipper Rahul Dravid, who returned to the Indian team after being dropped for the ODI series against Pakistan, today said every adversity was a new challenge to excel and prove his ability.

Talking to the media while inaugurating a photo exhibition at Behala College in the southern fringes of the city, he said, ''I think I love challenges. There is a certain desire and hunger in me that eggs me on to prove myself. '' '' I surely enjoy pressure. Whenever the team or I am on the backfoot I see it as an opportunity to showcase my skills and prove a point, '' Dravid, nicknamed 'The Wall', for standing tall amid ruins of Indian batting time and again, said, He then went on to add that in studies if one sees adversity as a threat there is a possibility that he will fail. '' In sports it's the same, '' said Rahul, who made his way back to the side scoring a spectacular century in the Ranji after being dropped from the side in the one day series against Pakistan.

Asked what records he had in his mind, Rahul, the fighter said, '' After playing for so long, you stop thinking about records. I want to do the best I can. The numbers and runs don't matter much anymore. What matters is whether I can win matches and play critical innings when the team needs me and if I can continue to do that I will be happy. '' He then went on to add that '' in order to succeed at the international level, one needs to sharpen other skills too, but most important thing was to love the game, love cricket. '' '' You need to work hard, learn to stay focussed, but most importantly you need to rediscover yourself as a person and love the game, '' he said.

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