Chetan Sakariya
Chetan Sakariya

Chetan Sakariya, who earned his maiden India call-up on the back of some consistent performances for Saurashtra in domestic cricket and for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, said he was shocked when Dravid walked up to him and said ‘hi.’

Chetan Sakariya on Rahul Dravid

Young India left-arm seamer Chetan Sakariya shared an interesting story of meeting the legendary Rahul Dravid for the first time during the Sri Lanka tour.

Sakariya, who earned his maiden India call-up on the back of some consistent performances for Saurashtra in domestic cricket and for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, said he was shocked when Dravid walked up to him and said ‘hi.’

“Rahul sir hands out a chart paper which has all the details about a player’s game; what are their strong points, where they can improve. He gave one to me as well and asked me to focus on those parts. He believes that every player has their own strengths, and likewise my bowling style is entirely different to all the other players,” Sakariya told IndiaTV.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

Sakariya also talked about what Dravid noticed in his bowling during the practice session.

“He noted during a practice session that the ball leaves from my hand with a slow pace, but it skids rapidly off the surface which makes it difficult for the batsmen sometimes.”

The left-arm pacer further recalled the moment when Dravid informed him about getting a place in the third ODI against Sri Lanka.

“Rahul sir indicated a day before the game that I could make my debut. After the end of the second ODI, Rahul sir came to me while we were practicing and told me to be ready.

I had an idea then that I may get a chance and I prepared myself accordingly, Finally, when we reached the ground for the final ODI, I found out that I would be playing. Rahul sir personally told me,” added Sakariya.