In his new show Off The Cuff, journalist and TV personality Shekhar Gupta chatted with cricketer Rahul Dravid, where the audience too asked him questions. Dravid spoke about T20 cricket, what he chats about standing in the slips and the Multan declaration. Excerpts from the interaction:
Shekhar Gupta: Rahul, welcome to Off the Cuff. We know you to be a man of few words, and somebody who is always conscious of where the off-stump is. I’m hoping you’ll forget the off-stump for some time and play T20 a little bit. So Rahul, mentoring...haven’t you always been a mentor to the team?
RD: I think it’s just a natural progression as a cricketer. I was fortunate as a young man, growing up in Bangalore and having, before the word ‘mentor’ became famous, the opportunity to spend time with the likes of R. Vishwanathan. I used to call him Vishi Sir and he was KCA’s chairman of the selection committee. In those days, the chairman used to travel with us. Syed Kirmani was the captain. Roger Binny lived very close to my house and when we were practising, often he’d offer me a lift in his car. So I was always jumping in for a ride, but more importantly, to ask him questions and have conversations. So I had some lovely mentors, if you can call them that, or people I looked up to. And then when I was in the Indian team, having people like Srinath, Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar.
SG: What’s the most interesting or intelligent question one of these youngsters has asked you lately?
RD: You get asked a lot of technical questions, but...