NEW DELHI: In another selfless act, former Indian captain and batting great Rahul Dravid has declined an honorary doctorate degree which was conferred on him by the Bangalore University. According to the report, the 44-year-old Dravid denied the degree and added that he will like to earn the doctorate by completing a research in the field of sports. Right-handed Dravid, a veteran of 164 Test matches and 344 ODIs widely known for his exemplary attitude on and off the field, spent his childhood in Bangalore and studied at the St Joseph’s Boys High School in the city. He later took admission in the St Joseph’s College of Commerce for his graduation and even enrolled himself for MBA at the St Joseph’s College of Business Administration. At this time, he was selected for the national team.
The Bangalore University had decided to honour the batting great at their 52nd annual convocation ceremony on Friday. Dravid, however, declined the offer. Dravid’s decline was shown by Bangalore University in a press release which also mentions that the cricketer has declined to accept the honorary degree with all humilty. The release further states that Dravid “would try to earn a Doctorate Degree by accomplishing some form of acedemic research in the field of sports rather than receiving an honorary degree.” This is not the first time Dravid has declined a honoray degree. He once refused a doctorate from the Gulbarga University. Dravid retired from international cricket in 2012 after representing India for 16 years in the sport. He made his debut back in 1996. He is currently the coach of the Indian U-19 team.