Former Pakistan pacer Yasir Arafat recently recalled a heartwarming gesture from India legend Rahul Dravid. Arafat revealed Dravid had once left his taxi in England to meet the former Pakistan pacer outside the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. Dravid was there for commentary duties when Arafat spotted him and shouted the former India captain’s name while he was boarding a taxi.
Over the years, both India and Pakistan players have shared a great bond with each other off the pitch. While the on-field rivalry between India and Pakistan is well documented, players from both sides enjoy a great rapport between them when not sharing the field. Arafat too shared one such story of cricketers from the two countries coming up with heartwarming gestures for each other.
Arafat appraises the humble gesture of Dravid
Arafat was playing in England’s T20 Blast in 2014 when he spotted Dravid in London. Dravid was commentating in the second Test between India and England. He saw the former India skipper boarding a taxi when he shouted his name from behind. Dravid asked the taxi driver to leave and spent some time talking with the former Pakistan pacer.
“Rahul Dravid had come to Lord’s to do commentary for a match. After the game, he was leaving the stadium. He hailed a taxi and was going to sit in the car when I shouted ‘Rahul Bhai’ from a distance. He heard my voice and asked the driver to go; he left the cab to talk to me,” Arafat said on the Sports Yaari YouTube channel.
“I have not played much cricket for Pakistan. Still, Rahul spoke to me for 10-15 minutes. He asked me about my cricket and my family. I felt really good,” he added.
Rahul Dravid will go to Sri Lanka as the head coach of team India soon.