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BCCI steps up security for Twenty20

19_sp_dravid_4.jpgRahul Dravid is determined to enjoy the season ahead of him.Despite being left out of the Indian playing eleven for the Mumbai One-day match against Australia on Wednesday, Dravid appeared committed to staging a comeback.

“A lot of matches are coming up. I am looking forward to enjoying the season and try and play the best as I can,” remarked Dravid, who flew into Dubai yesterday morning to attend a press briefing as brand ambassador for Skyline Construction and Housing Private Limited.

Though his contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) prevents him from making any controversial statements, Dravid, ducking intelligently at some tricky questions, spoke freely about Indian cricket.

Right decision

When asked why he gave up Indian captaincy, which is the dream job of every cricketer, Dravid said: “I stepped down because at that stage I was not enjoying the job.”It is important for me to enjoy the job and do it to the best of my ability. I felt at that it was time to move on.”

Dravid spoke about how he felt on playing under a young captain like Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

“I’ve enjoyed playing under him. Like with any job, you grow up in captaincy with experience. Whatever Dhoni has done so far has been promising,” said Dravid, who led India to two historic series victories against the West Indies and England.

To a query whether Dhoni does approach him for advice, Dravid said: “We interact a lot during the course of the matches. Conversations do come up asking for my thoughts and I have always been willing to provide it.”

Dravid avoided a question about the Indian media’s scathing attack on seniors like himself, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly after the Twenty20 World Cup win. However he spoke about how he handles the pressures of being a senior.

“One gets used to the pressures during the course of one’s career. It is just a question of learning to adapt and adjust. I have the experience of playing for nearly 13 years for India and I have enjoyed it.

“You learn about your cricket and your personality as you go along and in the process you also learn to handle the pressures. In fact you grow along with your experience.”

Dravid was not part of the Twenty20 World Cup, team. Did he feel upset at not being part of a team that made history?

No bad feelings

“It was a glorious moment of Indian cricket and I enjoyed watching it. It was great to see India win and I did not feel bad that I missed the tournament. What made me most happy was the fact that India won the trophy. It was also nice to see the enthusiasm and celebrations of the people.”

Talking about the oncoming series against Pakistan, Dravid said: “It is a big series. The Indian players are looking forward to it as much as Pakistani players.”

Finally, to a question on what will it take to beat Australia? Dravid responded: “To beat Australia you need to play good cricket consistently.

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