MUMBAI: Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has on Wednesday rejected a honorary doctorate by the University of Bangalore, Indian media reported.
The degree was supposed to be conferred to him on the annual convocation of the university to be held on Friday. The university has issued a press statement that Dravid “has in all humility declined to accept the honorary degree”.
Dravid has conveyed to the university that he would try to earn a doctorate degree by accomplishing “some form of academic research in the field of sport” rather than a honorary doctorate.
Dravid was born in Indore but grew up in Bengaluru where he graduated from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce. He was later selected to play in the domestic Rajni trophy and the Indian national cricket team
However, this is not the first time he has declined a honorary degree. He has previously refused a doctorate from the Gulbarga University.
Rahul Dravid made his international debut and retired in 2012. He is currently the coach of the Under-19 cricket team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket with over 10,000 runs in both Test and ODI cricket.
Rahul Dravid declines Bangalore University Hon. degree, says would like to earn doctrate by accomplishing some academic research in sport pic.twitter.com/pP3xqo7EYz
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 25, 2017