IND vs NZ: Great gesture by Rahul Dravid, donates Green Park’s ground staff Rs 35,000 for preparing sporting pitch

Rahul Dravid has always been different from the rest and India’s new head coach proved it once again by giving Green Park’s ground staff, led by Shiv Kumar, Rs 35,000 for preparing a sporting pitch for the first Test against New Zealand.

It was a tough day for India bowlers as they failed to take nine wickets on the final day of the Kanpur Test and the visitors were successful in drawing the game. The Indian-born Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra showed remarkable resilience under fading light and kept India deprived of a wicket in the final hour.

During his time, Dravid was known to play the game fair and square and things haven’t changed one bit even after so many years. The tip was a token of appreciation for not dishing out an under-prepared track where the divot would explode and the match would end inside three days.

It was a proper pitch where batters who have applied themselves got runs, such as Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, Tom Latham and Will Young, while pacers Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson tormented India’s top-order and the home team tweakers got 17 wickets.

Dravid’s appreciation means that the template going forward would be sporting wickets with a bit of everything rather than something diabolical.