Kolkata: Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, under whose leadership Rahul Dravid made his Test cricket debut in 1996, on Friday said he was sad that the Karnataka player would no longer be seen in the 22 yards, but simultaneously proud that he has done so well in the game.
Azharuddin was the Indian captain when Dravid made his debut at Lords in June 1996, and scored 95 in his maiden knock.
"I have so many fond memories of him, as a batsman, a fielder, and above all, a nice person. He was a great player. It was great to have such a composed man in the dressing room," Azharuddin told IANS over phone.
"I am proud that he has done so well. His record should be appreciated. He was a brave batsman," he said.
"At the same time, I am very sad that he has retired. Such an outstanding player will no longer be seen on the field. Cricket will miss his sublimity and commitment to the game," Azharuddin said.