I Still Get Nervous Before a Match, says Dravid

Kingston (Jamaica), June 18 (IANS) Rahul Dravid has played international cricket for 15 years now but the Indian batting star reveals he still gets nervous before the start of every game.

Dravid, a veteran of 150 Tests, still plays a crucial role in India's Test batting alongside other stalwarts Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman.

The former captain, ahead of the first Test against the West Indies beginning Monday, reflected on his illustrious career spanning 15 years and said he is still enjoying the game.

"I am relaxed, but there is always pressure to go and score runs, irrespective of who you are," Dravid was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

"You want to make a contribution, but you know that there is a lot that you have accomplished, a lot that you have already done, which cannot be taken away from you. So I do relax more with regard to that part of the game.

"But when I go into a game, I am still nervous. That never changes, whether I am playing my first game or my 151st. The reason that I continue playing is because I love the contest and love the vibes. I am still enjoying the game," he said after a training session at Sabina Park, the venue of the first Test.

Dravid, who last played a Test in South Africa during December-January, admitted that it is tough to be in shape when there are long gaps in between matches.

"It has been five-six months that we played a Test match. There has been a bit of IPL in between. It is a challenge to keep it going but the good thing from my point of view is that we have got seven Test matches in a row now (three in West Indies and four in England), once we start from here.

"That was at the back of my mind as I was preparing for this series and England. It will be good to get some runs early on and hopefully carry the form in the seven games."

Dravid, on his fourth tour to the West Indies, has a healthy average of 70 with 1260 runs from 14 Tests including two centuries and 10 half-centuries. The 38-year-old has also scored three fifties at Sabina Park.


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  • pallav, bhopal

    Sat, Jun 18 2011

    Dravid you are the best player i have ever seen, even grater than sachin tendulkar....... i want to see you back in the indian one day team ...... please work hard and confisticate your lost place pleaseeeeeeee

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