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Rahul Dravid’s sportsmanship in Canada’s dressing room leaves lasting impression on his farewell

Rahul Dravid’s sportsmanship in Canada’s dressing room leaves lasting impression on his farewell

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Rahul Dravid's gesture serves as a fitting farewell on his final tour as India's head coach. It's a testament to his character and his appreciation for the spirit of the game, transcending national boundaries.

In a touching display of sportsmanship, Indian head coach Rahul Dravid surprised the Canadian cricket team after their final washed-out group stage match at the T20 World Cup.

Washout for India

The India vs Canada T20 World Cup match was a dead rubber considering the Super 8 spots were already filled from Group A. India’s final Group A encounter was then abandoned due to a wet outfield. However, the day wasn’t a complete washout for the Canadian team.

Rahul Dravid unexpected visit

Following the cancellation, Rahul Dravid made an unexpected visit to the Canadian dressing room. He wasn’t there just to exchange pleasantries; he was also presented with a signed jersey by the entire Canadian team.

More importantly, Dravid delivered a heartfelt speech, acknowledging the challenges faced by associate nations like Canada.

Rahul Dravid shares his own experience

Drawing on his brief stint playing in Scotland in 2003, Rahul Dravid spoke openly about the struggles of playing for an associate nation. He highlighted the sacrifices made by players and the importance of their passion for the game.

“It’s not easy,” Dravid said. “I understand that having actually played as a cricketer in Scotland way back, I think, in 2003. So I know that the struggle is real for an associate country. But you guys are honestly a great inspiration for all of us to show that we love the game truly.”

Words of encouragement

Dravid’s speech wasn’t just a reflection on the past; it was a message of encouragement for the future. He urged the Canadian team to keep inspiring young players and expressed his belief that their dedication contributes to the growth of cricket worldwide.

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Fitting Farewell for India coach

Rahul Dravid’s gesture serves as a fitting farewell on his final tour as India’s head coach. It’s a testament to his character and his appreciation for the spirit of the game, transcending national boundaries.

While Team India now flies out to Carribean Islands, Dravid’s act of sportsmanship ensures his legacy will extend far beyond the current tournament.

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