The great Rahul Dravid dropped off a taxi to talk to me, said former Pakistani cricketer Yasser Arafat, recalling that he met the former Indian captain on a trip to England in 2014.
Dravid was with the Lord to ring the bell for the second test between India and England. Arafat, who became a T20 specialist in the last stages of his career and played for many counties in England, noticed the legendary batsman and called him.
“Rahul Dravid had come to God to comment on the match. He left the stadium after the match. He called a taxi and was about to get in the car when I called Rahul Bhai in the distance, Arafat recalled as he spoke on Sport Yaari’s YouTube channel.
“He heard my voice and asked the driver to leave; left the taxi to talk to me. I haven’t played much cricket for Pakistan. Still, Rahul talked to me for 10-15 minutes. He asked me about cricket and my family. I felt really good, “he added.
Arafat’s international career may not have gone as expected, but he was a regular cricketer in the county, playing for teams such as Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Somerset. By the way, Arafat replaced Dravid as a foreign player for Scotland in 2004.
The 39-year-old also opened his Test Cricket account with Dravid’s wicket, which he described as “the most valuable” in his career. He continued to represent Pakistan in 3 tests, 11 ODIs and 13 T20 Internationals.
“Taking Rahul Dravid’s wicket to open my Test Cricket account was a great achievement for me. I can say that Rahul Dravid’s wicket is the most valued in my career,” Arafat said in an interview.