Former Indian veteran batsman Rahul Dravid and Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami played cricket on Sunday after inaugurating a new cricket stadium — Salem Cricket Foundation (SCF) ground at Valapadi. Former BCCI President N Srinivasan and TNCA President Rupa Gurunath were also present at the inauguration. The newly inaugurated stadium is almost 24kms away from Salem town.
Moreover, Dravid was among one of the chief guests present on the occasion.
The former right-handed batsman rightly deserves the honour as he has been one of India’s greatest batsmen. He is also called the wall as he was famous for facing a hell lot of deliveries, especially in Test cricket. He is the batsman who has faced the most balls in international cricket.
Post his retirement, he is still contributing to Indian cricket and the Indian U19 team under his guidance (in the recent past) were the runners-up of the recently concluded U19 World Cup in South Africa.
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Rahul Dravid Plays Cricket With Tamil Nadu CM:
“I wish I could have played here, but unfortunately I am too old and not fit enough. “I firmly believe that next generation of young cricketers will surface from smaller towns and cities as powerhouses of talents,” Dravid said.
Dravid has been working for the betterment of cricket in India even after retirement from international cricket. Now, he is serving as the Director of Cricket Operations at National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru, India. He also monitors the progress of India A and India under-19 cricket teams.
Dravid was named one of the best five cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2000 and received the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony in 2004.
#WATCH: Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami plays cricket with Rahul Dravid at the inauguration of Salem Cricket Foundation (SCF) ground at Valapadi in Salem, today. pic.twitter.com/MeLa1UVXmb
— ANI (@ANI) February 9, 2020
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