India's legendary batsman Rahul Dravid was felicitated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday. Former teammates, members of the present Indian team, Bollywood celebrities and other members of the cricketing fraternity joined to honour 'The Wall.'
MS Dhoni was one of the first to speak of Dravid and his guiding influence. "As cricketers, we spend a lot of time out. Jammy started early. I think his parents and bhabhi will enjoy his company more now. As for the Indian team, his legacy will continue for us. I wish Jam all the best. I hope he continues to interact with young cricketers coming into NCA," he said.
While BCCI chief N Srinivasan was not present at the event, he lauded Dravid in a video message. "From the day he began playing till he retired, Rahul has been an extremely humble person. I wish him the best," he said.
Former teammate Sourav Ganguly rated Dravid as one of the greatest batsman ever. "During my captaincy you (Dravid) and John did a lot of work behind the doors to build a strong Indian team. Your are one of the best No.3 batsman in World cricket, I have seen," he said. "He was one of the huge pillar through which Indian cricket went forward. He is one of the greatest batsmen not just in India but in world cricket,"
Dravid in fact, returned the favour in equal terms. "Sourav, when you were the skipper and I was the vice-captain, ours was like a husband and wife relationship. Now I can safely say we came out on top and did well. As for Mahi (Dhoni), you have to be proud of what you have done with this Indian team... it was a special moment for me to see the group of boys holding the World Cup last year after 2007 (when India were knocked out in the first round)," he said. ( Read what Dravid had to say here)
With PTI inputs