There are 4,000 tigers in the wild, but only one Dravid: Ross Taylor

The two former players played for the same franchise (Rajasthan Royals) in the Indian Premier League.

Abhishek SandikarAuthor

Updated - 14 August 2022 04:31 PM

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Former New Zealand player Ross Taylor has recently written an autobiography called 'Black And White.' Throughout the book, he shared some incredible dressing room stories with the likes of Rahul Dravid and Shane Warne. One such story in the book talks about when he and Dravid went to Ranthambore National Park to spot a tiger, but the normal people on the safari were more interested in seeing Dravid rather than spotting a rare tiger.

The excerpt from the book talks about how Dravid hadn’t spotted a tiger in the 21 safaris he had done before. But when the two former Rajasthan Royals players visited Ranthambore, they got an opportunity to see a tiger but the other people on the safari were excited to catch the glimpse of Dravid instead of the rare wild animal. 

The excerpt from the book said, “I asked Dravid, 'how many times have you seen a tiger?' He said, 'I've never seen a tiger. I've been on 21 of these expeditions and haven't seen a single one.' I thought, 'What? 21 safaris for zero sightings.' Seriously, if I'd known that, I wouldn't have gone. I would've said, "No thanks, I'll watch the Discovery channel.”

“Jake Oram had been out in the morning - no joy. There was some baseball game on TV that he wanted to watch so he didn't come with us on the mid-afternoon safari. It wasn't long before our driver got a radio call from a colleague to say they'd found T-17, a famous tagged tiger. Dravid was thrilled: 21 safaris without seeing as much as a tiger turd, but half an hour into number 22 he'd hit pay dirt,” Taylor wrote.

"We pulled up beside the other vehicles, open-top SUVs a bit bigger than Land Rovers. The tiger was on a rock, a good 100 metres away. We were stoked to see a tiger in the wild, but the people in the other vehicles immediately aimed their cameras at Rahul. They were as excited to see him as we were to see the tiger. Maybe more: across the globe there are almost 4000 tigers in the wild, but there's only one Rahul Dravid," he wrote further.

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