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Dravid still misses his first India cap

Ton-up Dravid is still blue over stolen Test cap

After nearly 13,000 Test runs, Rahul Dravid still misses his first Test cap. Before addressing the media after his hundred on Day One of the second Test against West Indies here yesterday, Dravid explained to MiD DAY why he was seen in a new one towards the latter part of his innings.


Adelaide 2003: Rahul Dravid celebrates after hitting the winning runs
in the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on December
16, 2003. pic/Getty Images


"This is a new cap which I have been wearing since my debut cap was stolen in Kanpur four years ago," said Dravid.  Yesterday, Dravid notched up his fourth Test century at the Eden Gardens and later called it his easiest at the fabled venue. "Yes, it looks like the old cap, but this is not the one that I had been wearing till four years ago," he said.

Doubtless, he misses his first cap which he earned in 1996, the year he made his Test debut against England at Lord's and missed his hundred by a whisker (caught Jack Russell b Chris Lewis 95) while fellow debutant Sourav Ganguly famously got his.

The cricket fraternity is well aware of the importance Dravid attaches to the blue India cap. He takes special pride in wearing it as often as possible and it is learnt, he was keen on his teammates sporting it on Day One of a Test match when he was captain.
 
Incidentally, he wore the blue cap while guiding India to victory on the final day of the Adelaide Test match in the 2003-04 series against Australia -- one of India's most famous away triumphs.

'The Wall' stressed he is very emotional about that first cap. "I was really shocked to learn that someone had stolen it... I still miss my first cap and will miss it throughout my career," Dravid said. His 36th Test hundred was his fifth of the year in 10 Tests.

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