The wall of the Indian cricket team, Rahul Dravid played for Scotland. It might come as shock to many. But he did. Dravid, who made his international debut for India in an ODI game against Sri Lanka in 1996, played for the Saltires, not in one but 11 matches, as a marquee overseas player, during their campaign in the English County’s National Cricket League’s Second Division in 2003.
After a decent World Cup in 2003, many Indian superstars were given a much-deserved break from international cricket. It was the same period when Scotland were promoted to the Second Division of the National Cricket League for a trial period of three years and the Scottish Cricket Union (SCU), the governing body of the sport in the country wanted an Indian superstar to boost the confidence of their lads.
Gwynne Jones, the Chief Executive of SCU, in search of the Indian Superstar came to John Wright and asked for the release of Sachin Tendulkar. Wright instead offered him a piece of advice. “The person who is really going to do things for you, on and off the pitch, is Rahul Dravid,” Wright told Jones.
Dravid was finally signed and given a 45,000-pound contract or three months with Scottish side. He was accompanied by his newly-married wife Vijeta on the tour.
Dravid played 11 of the 12 games that Scotland were a part of in the National League and notched up an impressive 600 runs at an average of 66.66. He finished as the top-run getter for Scotland in the tournament; however, his team managed just one win in twelve games.
“I enjoyed the friendships with players, officials, something I maintain till today. For both me and my wife it was a special three months to get love and warmth of the people of Scotland,” Dravid had said in 2007, when India went to Scotland to play a solitary match, as part of their preparation for the now historic England tour of 2007.