Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting claims that he persuaded Rahul Dravid against retiring when he was written off after a string of low scores last year and the in-form Indian batsman has reciprocated the support by inspiring him during his lean patch.
Dravid, the lone Indian batsman to perform well in with three centuries and 461 runs in the team`s recent 0-4 Test whitewash at the hands of England, was woefully out of form last year and Ponting said he encouraged the veteran right-hander carry on despite the criticism.
“I remember after our last series in India there was a lot of talk and speculation about Dravid being finished,” Ponting said.
“I actually went and found him at the end of the series and said `don`t you even think about retiring` because I just saw some stuff in a few of his innings that suggested he was still a very, very good player.”
“I just said `don`t let them wear you down, don`t let them get you down`. I received a similar text message before and after the Ashes from him as well,” he added.