I was scared of Dravid: Dhoni

I was scared of Dravid: Dhoni

Indian skipper MS Dhoni paid tribute to Dravid at the grand gala function organised by the BCCI on Tuesday to felicitate 'The Wall' Rahul Dravid, who recently announced his retirement from all formats of the game. Dravid's family, team India, former captains, cricketers and the BCCI top brass graced the felicitaton ceremony.

"Whatever I say over here, It won't only be my words, but it's a tribute from all the youngster, who have learnt a lot from Jam. Initially, when I started off as an international cricketer, I would admit, I was quite scared to go up to him and have a chat with him. But Somehow, I never called him Rahul Bhai, It was always Jam for me," said Dhoni.

"He was someone who would walk through obstacles, not someone who would go around it. And I think, we have learnt a lot during the course of time we spent with him. Different people prepares for games in a different way. And he taught us, there can be a way to prepare for the big games and it doesn't change when you are playing some of the weaker side at the International level. He was one of the most dedicated persons, I have ever seen when it comes to the sports and also the family. We all talk about the cricketing aspect of the Jam, but not to forget he was someone who could play most of the sports well, whether it was hockey, badminton or soccer."

"He was a real gentleman and in Today's flamboyant world, where people think aggression is mostly verbal. He was someone who would never say a word to the opposition, he would keep it to himself and makes sure when he is on the field, whether it's with the brilliant catch or helping the skipper or being the skipper or planning something for the batsman or staying at the crease, make the most out of it to get India win a game. For the Indian cricket's point of view, he won't be there in the dressing room but the legacy will continue and the batten that was transferred to us, the youngsters, will try to take it in the best possibly direction. We will have ups and downs, but we will make sure we will go through it. I would like to wish Jam all the very best for the future," he concluded.