“I think he (Rahul Dravid) has played a big role in becoming the cricketer that I am today, because he was the one who gave me the opportunity in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals,” the 28-year-old Nair mentioned on a chat present ‘Cow Corner Chronicles’.
Nair, who is barely the second Indian participant to hit a triple century in Test cricket, mentioned it was encouraging for him to get a possibility beneath Dravid, who amassed 13,288 within the recreation’s conventional format.
“For a legend like him to show so much faith and trust in a domestic cricketer like me, was really satisfying, it was a wake-up call to tell me, that I do belong in the IPL. I can play in the IPL. It was really encouraging, and a confidence boost for me, to get an opportunity under him,” added Nair, who performed six Tests and two ODIs.
Nair performed beneath Dravid in two Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils. Dravid was mentor at each franchises when Nair rose to nationwide prominence.
“I have always looked up to him (Dravid) since the beginning, when I started playing cricket. He was from the same state, so we would always go and watch him or on TV, watch how he conducts himself, at the grounds whenever I had the chance,” mentioned Nair, who notched up an unbeaten 303 versus England in a Test.
“He has always been someone that I can call at any time, and discuss things about my batting. he always said that you need to go out and express yourselves depending on the situations,” he mentioned.
Besides Dravid, Nair spoke about his chemistry with present India wicket-keeper-batsman Ok L Rahul, who additionally performs for Karnataka in home cricket.
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