Chennai, Mar 22 (UNI) For former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid legendary cricketers Sunil Gavaksar, G R Vishwanath and Kapil Dev are his role models.
''I looked up to them. I wanted to emulate them,'' he said while interacting with the students of Velammal Matriculation Higher Secondary School after handing over scholarships to the tune of Rs 18 lakh for meritorious students who had represented Tamil Nadu and India in various sports disciplines.
''They (Sunil, Vishy and Kapil) are my role models for various reasons. They were the best in their generation.'' ''People now look upon Sachin and Dhoni as big heroes. But those days Gavaskar, Vishy and Kapil were legends. As I grew older, I am actually able to meet people like them....meet my heroes and interact with them,'' he added.
Asked how he got attracted towards cricket, Dravid said he was inspired by his father, who had played cricket at school and college levels.
''I was inspired by my father. He loves cricket. Though he had not played it at big level, he had played in school and college level. He used to take me to all the matches in Bangalore, be it Ranji Trophy or test match.'' ''The cricket spirit was inculcated by my parents and teachers in my schools and colleges encouraged me,'' he added.
When a student sought his reaction on auctioning of players for the forthcoming BCCI-promoted Indian Premier League, Dravid said ''I hope it does not happen again.'' Speaking about the importance of team spirit as a captain, he said ''it's very important in cricket or anywhere. It is important even in classrooms.'' ''You need to work as a team and group... Need to know about them (players) individually and personally which will foster team spirit and will bring the best out of them,'' Dravid said.
After addressing the students in the presence of Velammal School Correspondent M V M Velmohan, Dravid posed for some photographs with students, had a chat with the award winners and later left for Velammal International School at suburban Panchetti.
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