Mohammad Kaif recently said in an interview that MS Dhoni learnt the wicket keeping skills from the Veteran Rahul Dravid. Not only that, he went on to thank Dravid for his opportunity as the 7th batsman of the team.
Sourav finally managed to convince Dravid
A YouTube chat show saw Kaif, Dravid and Ajit Agarkar having a light-hearted conversation with Aparikshit Khurana. The trio talked about the golden days, their career, dressing room memories and so on. Rahul Dravid informed how Sourav Ganguly convinced him to keep wickets which turned out to be beneficial for the team. He confessed that he wasn’t a great keeper and had issues with feet movements. He wasn’t sure of doing it initially as he has done it last in his school days. I wasn’t ready for it because the last time I had wicket kept was when I was 15-16. Actually, I was a wicketkeeper till the age of 15-16 and I skipped it later on. But you know how Sourav is, he finally managed to convince me.”
The Natwest Days
They talked about the famous Natwest Trophy final in 2002 that changed the dimension of Indian cricket. That day saw Yuvraj Singh and Kaif doing the unthinkable. They chase down 326 on a July day at Lords in 2002. In those days 300 was a huge thing. The match did change the outlook of the team and went to the history of Indian cricket. Kaif thanked Dravid while talking about the innings, “Credit goes to Rahul Dravid because I got an opportunity to make it to the playing XI only when he put on the wicketkeeping gloves. Him performing duties behind the stumps meant a youngster like me could bat at No. 7.”
Kaif also revealed how he was attacked by the English captain Nasser Hussain. That winning shot was his fitting reply to them. Ganguly’ waving shirt post the match at Lord’s balcony is a memorable controversial event in cricket history. Interestingly Dravid revealed that even Harbhajan wanted to do this but he managed to stop him.