Dravid played for both captains during his cricketing career
Retired Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid has announced that he rates the captaincy abilities of Sourav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the best in cricket.
Dravid, stated that he felt as if Ganguly was passionate towards his role as captain, while Dhoni, on the other hand, is “a great leader by example”.
“All the captains had something. The two captains that I played under the longest were Ganguly and Dhoni. Both of them were right (for the job) at the time they led India,” Dravid said.
Dravid, who retired from international cricket in March, also noted that Ganguly was always gunning for a win while he was captain.
“Ganguly had a passion for the job. He had a desire to win. He was willing to do whatever it took to win,” Dravid added.
Dravid, also spoke very highly of Dhoni, and even mentioned that he admired him for his ability to create stability within the Indian team, who have broken a recent slide in the quality of their cricket with a convincing win against Sri Lanka.
“Dhoni had probably a more mature team. He is a great leader by example. Someone whom I have always admired for his ability to remain balanced and have the sense of equanimity about his captaincy,” he said.
When asked what he does in his free time, Dravid said: “Reading was a way to escape because I thought about cricket a lot. And in books I found my release. I hated at the end of the day to talk about cricket with someone else, because I was talking about it with myself all the time. It took a lot of pressure off me, (In college) I wasn’t attending too many classes. We used to sit at chai shop or cycle stand and my friends used to discuss about books. So they suggested some books to me. So, I sort of picked that up in college. I found that it was a great way to switch off and relax. With books I found that you could escape from cricket.”
However, Dravid admitted that he was also a sports fanatic.
“I love sports. I am one of the sports junkies. Some of my best readings have been on sports outside of cricket. It has helped me to understand how other sports or how other teams and players have functioned. I was in the hockey team in school and played a bit of badminton at club. I follow tennis and golf. I am not a big fan of motor racing, but other than that I follow sports. I don’t think I was good enough to play any,” he added.