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Former England cricketer reveals how he sledged Rahul Dravid during county match and sacked him

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Dermot Reeve recalled how Rahul Dravid told him that the British had got under his skin.© AFP

During his illustrious playing career, Rahul Dravid was known for his patience and restraint at the crease. One of India’s greatest batsmen of all time, Dravid commanded the respect of his peers across the globe. The former India captain played some memorable innings earning the nickname ‘The Wall’. Known for his calm demeanor, Dravid was not the one who would get infuriated when his opponents made a splash. However, according to former England all-rounder Dermot Reeve, he fell for it on one occasion.

Reeve, who played three Tests and 29 ODIs for England, recently revealed that Dravid was dismissed during a county game in 2000 due to his sledging.

At that time coaching Somerset, Reeve entered the field for Kent as a replacement fielder with Dravid at the crease.

Eager to dismiss the India star, Reeve began verbally harassing Dravid.

“He was the wall of India. He told me, ‘You are the only person who has brought down that wall. You have given me so much stick, I am going one after the other and getting caught. You are the only person who ever under my skin’, Reeve told the Daily Mail.

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Asked what he said to Dravid that made India so incensed, Reeve replied: “How did this guy ever play for India? He must have been family on the selection committee. He doesn’t have a shot. He just stops it.” Is.

“I kept going. And he got out. That sort of thing really disliked me. But I wasn’t there to make friends. We were there to win matches.”

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