“That Innings…”: How Rahul Dravid’s “Torturous” Battle Played a “Big Part” in Winning Olympic Gold by Abhinav Bindra | Shooting News


File photo: Abhinav Bindra displays his 2008 Olympic gold medal.© TAUT

Abhinav Bindra has revealed that a knock from Rahul Dravid played a big part in his 2008 Olympic season as the 10-meter air rifle shooter claimed India’s first-ever individual gold in the history of the Games. Bindra also claimed that Dravid’s innings also played a big part in the history of Indian sport. During a test match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2008, Dravid hit 18 as he played 40 consecutive point balls to earn his next point.

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Shortly after Dravid scored his 19th run, the crowd at SCG gave him a standing ovation and the batter acknowledged this by raising his bat.

“I want to talk about a certain innings of yours that by the way played a big part in my career. For me it was your most important innings because I learned a lot from it… It was the game where you scored one run after 40 consecutive dot balls,” the gunman told Dravid during an interaction on the “In the Zone” podcast with Abhinav Bindra.

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“It was January 2008. It was the Olympic year. I was there (in Australia) for a fitness camp. And at that point in my career I struggled a little bit to get my first shot in competition… because I used to be really nervous my heart rate used to be really high and I was impatient sometimes and just go after it fast and it was mostly disastrous for me.

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“So I saw you on TV in this match. I just showed a tremendous amount of patience for 40 consecutive balls and that taught me so much. So I want to thank you. That innings played a big part… in Indian sports history because it helped in that Olympic season,” he added.

As Bindra Dravid applauded the knock, the latter said: “I’m glad someone took advantage of that… It was really a bit torturous for a lot of people watching, even me.”

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