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Rahul Dravid reveals his sons tried to copy AB de Villiers

India Today logo India Today 24-11-2015

AB de Villiers is almost as famous and loved in India as Virat Kohli is these days. The South African ODI captain has a massive fan-following in a country which reveres batsmen and he has now struck a chord with Samit and Anvay, whose father Rahul Dravid redefined solid, steady batsmanship at the coveted No. 3 spot in Test cricket.

The two younger Dravids, undoubtedly bred on the need to put a price on their wickets and offer no gap between bat and pad, want to hit it like AB. The Proteas star, currently involved in a four-match series against India, has been in prolific form. He was out for 85 in his rain-marred 100th Test and dazzled with three hundreds in the OD series preceding the Tests.

"I see my sons playing, and they are always trying to play the shots AB does. Like all young players, they try and copy him but soon realize that it is not that easy to do," Dravid said told the Indian Express.

Both of his sons have been making waves in school cricket. Dravid had earlier mentioned in an interview to Wisden that he does not try to coach Samit too much. "I just want him to enjoy it and just play the game, have some fun with it," he said.

Recently, former South African pacer Fannie de Villiers said AB could soon be more popular than Sachin Tendulkar. No other foreign cricketer has been so loved and admired in India before. Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli considers AB to be the best batsman in the world and his bowlers consider half their job done when they see AB's back.

Dravid said the reason behind de Villiers' success is his ability to remain still till the last moment. "He is incredibly still at the crease and even if he moves he gets in really good positions. And obviously has great hand-eye co-ordination. He can probably pick up line and length quickly than lot of people right now."

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