Panaji: Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid on Sunday said that cricket`s influence in his life was such that the game made him a better person.
"One and half years after my retirement I have realised that cricket has made me a better human. I learnt from successes and failures," Dravid said, speaking during a function here on Sunday.
Dravid narrated several anecdotes from his career, starting from his school days, making a special mention of school principal, Father Coelho.
He also said that his father was an ardent fan of the game.
"After Australia tour I felt it is time to make way for the next generation. Now I am back to the little boy listening to cricket commentary in my father`s studio," said Dravid, who dubbed himself as a boy from a middle-class family.
There were millions of ways to be successful, he said.
"You don`t have to be number one in the world, you have to be number one to yourself by achieving all the height which you always aimed," Dravid said, receiving a huge applause from the audience.