While Rahul Dravid is mentoring the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 9, his eldest son Samit is proving that he is a chip off the old 'wall'. The 10-year-old scored a century in an Under-14 tournament in Bangalore.
Playing for Bangalore United Cricket Club (BUCC), the young Dravid hit 125, studded with hit 12 boundaries, against Frank Anthony Public School. His team-mate Pratyush G scored 143 not out, resulting in a huge 246-run win for BUCC, according to a report by News18. Incidentally, Rahul Dravid is the president of BUCC.
Samit, who will be 11 this October, was playing in the fifth edition of the 'Tiger Cup', an initiative to combine developing cricket talent with creating awareness for tiger conservation at the the Loyola ground, reports Indian Express. The tournament features a total of 16 school and club teams and is organised at the Under-12 and Under-14 levels. Overall, 117 matches are played across 35 days, says a Times of India report.
This is not the first time that young Samit's cricketing prowess has been in the news. In September 2015, he was named Best Batsman in the U-12 Gopalan Cricket Challenge. Playing for his school Mallya Aditi International, he hit three half-centuries — an unbeaten 77, 93, and 77 again in the final, incidentally, all three fifties came in match-winning causes, continues the Indian Express report.
Well acquainted with young talent, his father Rahul Dravid, who also coaches the and India A and Under-19 teams, had spoken about his son's cricketing style last year. "He's ok, he's got good hand-eye coordination. But no, he just smashes it and that is what I encourage him to do — just smash it. I don't really get into trying to coach him too much. I just want him to enjoy it and just play the game, have some fun with it. He plays different sports at the moment, which is good — he plays football and cricket, he swims. So that's nice. He is too young at the moment for anything else," the Times of India quoted him as saying.