I've got the best out of myself: Dravid

Sanjeeb Mukherjea | Updated: March 29, 2008, 8:11 PM IST

Chennai: It's a day to celebrate the 10,000-run man. Rahul Dravid spoke to CNN-IBN's Sanjeeb Mukherjea.

Rahul Dravid: (I did) Nothing different really. I just tried to build on a partnership; Viru was batting brilliantly at the other end. Just tried to build on the partnership and just tried to be there as much as possible, and try and get a score big enough so that we can try and put pressure on South Africa.

Sanjeeb Mukherjea: You are said to be one of the coolest heads when it comes to batting even in the most critical of situations. For once even, did you think about the record when you were batting?

Rahul Dravid: I knew that it was close by. I didn't think about it when I started the innings, but I just knew that if I keep batting and get a big score, then it would be there. Once I got very close to it then obviously I knew that it was a few runs away. But it feels good to have finally got it out of the way and take it from there.

Sanjeeb Mukherjea: How has been the journey, from day one till 10,000?

Rahul Dravid: It's been a great journey. I feel very lucky and blessed. For a young boy growing up, it is dreaming of playing for India. I never believed that I could have achieved so much. And to be here today makes me feel very proud. I feel that I have maximised my talent, I've got the best out of myself over these years. I have truly enjoyed this journey.

Sanjeeb Mukherjea: They say, practice makes a man perfect. What made Rahul Dravid perfect?

Rahul Dravid: I don't know if I am perfect, but it's been a lot of hard work. It's been a dedication to the game and to cricket and to batting, and it's been great fun along the way as well. I have had some great moments, I have had the opportunity to play with some great cricketers, teammates who have been legends in their own right.

I have had the chance to play against some great cricketers, I have played on the greatest grounds in the world. I have got the chance to travel the world and meet so many people, and lived a dream basically. It's just a great moment for me to reflect on the fact that I've been lucky enough to live a dream.

First Published: March 29, 2008, 8:11 PM IST

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