A different ball game
Our school was certainly not the hottest in Bangalore when it came to cricket infrastructure. Our passion for the game, however, emboldened us to walk up to the principal and request better facilities. The physical training inspector, who doubled up as a cricket coach, got us a new mat but when we asked for new balls, there was a frown. He said: “We have got you a new mat, so why do you need new balls?”
Gearing up: Rahul Dravid at a practice session. Sunil Saxena/Hindustan Times
As told by Rahul Dravid in Caught and Told: Humorous Cricketing Anecdotes by Sandeep Patil and Clayton Murzello, Roli Books, 2007.