Incredible the way Tendulkar managed himself: Dravid

Updated: Nov 04, 2013, 21:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Staying away from controversies has been one of the hallmarks of Sachin Tendulkar`s 24-year-long glittering career and former skipper and long-time teammate Rahul Dravid today called it "incredible" the way the retiring legend managed himself "despite so much happening around him".

"It`s incredible the way Sachin has managed a lot that happened around him. With so much going on around him, with so much happening around him, he never said in his career that `I want to do other things, I should move on or it`s too hard`. His love of the game stood out above all, he`s been able to maintain that balance," said Dravid.

Speaking about their ability to stay clear of controversies, Dravid said they changed a lot of things in Indian cricket without making a hue and cry.

"Depends how you read it, a lot of people have said that staying of controversy is easy, if you don`t take a stand and a lot of things. We have taken a stand where we felt it needed to be. When we felt that it could make a difference. A lot of times, without needing to shout or scream, we changed a few things in the Indian cricket with the help of others...In lot of ways, we got the job done," Dravid told a news channel.

Asked about his abrupt declaration in the Multan Test of 2004 series which left Tendulkar stranded only six runs short of a double century, Dravid said, "We had sorted it out after having a conversation with each other. It`s something personal between us and we would like to keep it that way. We continued respecting each other after that and it`s still that way."