Ross Taylor: ‘There Are Almost 4000 Tigers in the Wild, but There’s Only One Rahul Dravid’

Ross Taylor On Rahul Dravid
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Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has released his autobiography named ‘Black and White’ where he shared his personal and professional experiences and he talks about one such incident where he shares his experience related to Rahul Dravid.

In his book, he shared one interesting incident stating “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.”

“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 meters 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.” (

Ross Taylor was an important middle-order batsman in the New Zealand teams where he played so many match winnings innings and also captained the New Zealand side in several matches.

He played a match-winning knock in the 2019 World Cup Semi-finals and many more. Taylor played four seasons with Rahul Dravid in the Indian Premier League from 2008 to 2011 for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals.

Taylor released his autobiography on August 11, in this book there are many interesting unknown facts and one such incident was with Rahul Dravid.

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