Kolkata: Rahul Dravid acknowledged that nothing short of getting to the root of the entire spot-fixing saga will return the faith of the Indian cricket fan, while making it clear that he will bid adieu to the game after the Champions League T20 later this year.
Dravid, who led Rajasthan Royals to the playoffs of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 for the first time since 2008 when Rajasthan won the title, was speaking to newsmen shortly after his side went down by four wickets to Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2 at Eden Gardens on Friday (May 24) night. "I don't know, the truth always sets you free, that's what I believe," said Dravid when asked what he thought could be done to win back the faith and the confidence of the cricket fan. "I really hope that in anything, we just get to the truth and find out the truth and get to the bottom of it, whatever it is and however painful it may be."
"It was a difficult phase, it was something that I had never experienced before, so it was unique in that sense," Dravid said of the midnight arrests of S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on spot-fixing charges nearly ten days back. "You plan for a lot of things - you plan for disappointments, you plan for failing, you know how to deal with that. But stuff like this comes up, you don't know ... it's quite challenging. I was lucky that we had good spirit in the team. The rest of the guys - there was great character in the team, good support staff. And while it was a challenge, I am happy to have got over it in some ways. I don't think things will ever be the same. I think it is going to take a bit of time to get over it for all of us. We had to get ready and play these games. But I think after this, when we go back and get back to our houses, the whole thing is going to take some time to get used to."