Rahul Dravid, during his illustrious cricket career, was renowned to be one of the most humble figures in the world, both on and off the field. Despite having some of the most intense rivalries throughout his playing career against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar, Shane Bond and many more, the Indian batting great hardly ever lost his cool.
Speaking volumes of Dravid’s greatness as a gentleman, former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif recalled how the India legend was wrongly given out in a crucial an India vs Pakistan ODI in 1996 thanks a massive from veteran leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed.
Latif recalled the first ODI of the Sharjah Cup in 1996 in Sharjah where Rahul Dravid was dismissed by Mushtaq Ahmed. Dravid, who had made his ODI debut for India barely a fortnight ago, was playing his third ODI and his second match against Pakistan.
Latif said Dravid, who was adjudged caught behind, had asked him after the match whether he was actually out or not.
“They played against us in Sharjah. Rahul, unfortunately, was caught behind. Mushtaq Ahmed bowled a delivery and made a huge appeal. We appealed alongside him, he was given out. After the match, Dravid asked ‘was I out’, and I said ‘no, brother, Mushtaq tang karta hai bohot (It’s Musthaq’s habit to appeal),” Latif said in a YouTube show called ‘Caught Behind’, alongside renowned anchod Dr. Nouman Niaz
Dravid was dismissed by Mushtaq Ahmed for 3 and India were bowled out for 233, chasing Pakistan’s 272 as the Aameer Sohail-led side won the match by 38 runs.
Latif also recalled Dravid’s Test debut a couple of months later at Lord’s against England.
“Both Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly had made their debuts in England and incidentally we were also there at that point of time in 1996. We met with the entire team when the Prime Minister invited us for lunch. I met these two young cricketers. They both played well,” he concluded.