Bangalore: Rahul Dravid has spoken forcefully, uninhibitedly and without reservation more often in the last 10-and-a-half months, as a retired cricketer, than he did in the preceding 16 years when he donned the India colours with such distinction.
Both when he was captain and when he wasn't, Dravid was extremely choosy with his words and opinions, draping himself in a cloak of political correctness lest he should step on toes. Post retirement, as if a load has been lifted off his shoulders, he has spoken his mind, both as a cricket commentator and as a cricket ambassador, revelling in his role of analyst without having to worry too much about sharing a dressing room with someone whom he has castigated in public domain.
In December, soon after India keeled over without a fight in the third Test against England to concede what in the end turned out to be a decisive 2-1 advantage, Dravid questioned the skills, talent and ability of the emerging pack. Last week, in Jaipur during the Literary Festival, he let slip one of the worst kept secrets in the country – that Indian cricketers seldom read books.