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Former Test batsman and current Tamil Nadu coach WV Raman recalls the days when, even as an Under-19 batsman, Rahul Dravid showed an aptitude for correct technique and a stomach for a fight. He writes in the Hindu:
The young skipper was crowded but his ability to smother the spin with solid defence indicated that he had the stomach for a fight. The taunts from the close-in fielders were ignored and he went on to bat out the overs without allowing the bullying to ruffle him. A word of appreciation from me at the end of the innings was acknowledged with a measured smile and softly uttered thanks.