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Rahul Dravid’s father dies, aged 79

Bangalore-based Cricketer Rahul Dravid’s father Sharad Dravid, 79, died at their home at his Indiranagar residence in Bangalore on Wednesday  at 4.15 pm.

Himself a cricketer, Sharad Dravid played for his university and his brother played against CK Nayudu. He took his son to all the cricket matches and shaped his career to become one of the best captains the country ever had.

Dravid’s father worked for Kissan, a jam-maker and eventually Dravid got the nickname Jammy by his classmates at St Joseph’s Boys’ High School.

Sharad was elated to see his son Dravid’s debut at Lord’s in 1996 saying, “Rahul might have played many great knocks but that was the most memorable moment. Though he missed a century by just five runs, his Lord’s debut was the best thing to have happened,” Sharad Dravid told an interviewer.

A poster-boy of Bangalore Traffic police, Rahul Dravid is quite familiar to the city of Bangalore but his non-performance in one or two matches also attracted stray incidents of stone-throwing at their residence.

The Karnataka State Cricket Association has condoled the demise of Sharad Dravid.

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