Former India opener turned famous commentator Aakash Chopra has praised Rahul Dravid for being honest while informing Wriddhiman Saha about his place in the Test squad. Saha has been dropped from the squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka at home. While conveying this to Saha, Dravid also informed him that he is no longer in the team management and selectors’ plan and that he could take a call on his career plans as well.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra applauded Dravid for being honest. He said: “It was twisted and presented that Rahul Dravid told Wriddhiman Saha to retire and the latter said that he is not going to, it is his wish when he should retire. Firstly, that is not the case. The truth is that Rahul Dravid was absolutely honest and honesty is at the top.”
Chopra revealed: “To be very fair, the day I was dropped from the team, Rahul Dravid was the captain. He called both me and Parthiv separately and said that we are in the scheme of things, that we are not picked for the next match but this is not the end of the road. He did not have to do that, he was the stand-in captain, Dadi [Ganguly] wasn’t available but he still picked up the phone and called.”
Aakash Chopra again shared: “He did the same thing here as well. In my opinion, he did absolutely the correct thing whether it is right or wrong because if you see from Saha’s viewpoint, he has very strong points about his non-selection and future, which is absolutely fair.”
“But what Dravid did, that’s the way it should be. You should always do like that, when someone has played for India, you keep your hand on his shoulders and tell him the truth that the selectors and team management are looking in a different direction,” Aakash Chopra concluded.