IPL 2017: Here is why Rahul Dravid was not part of Indian Premier League 10 opening ceremony

Aamir Salati
Earlier IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla had confirmed that BCCI would felicitate ‘fab five’ including Rahul Dravid

During the opening ceremony of Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 10, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) felicitated Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly for their invaluable contributions to the Indian cricket. What raised the eyebrows was the absence of Rahul Dravid. Fans were disappointed not to see Dravid during the opening ceremony.

However, according to crictracker.com Dravid, who is the mentor of Delhi Daredevils team, was invited for felicitation during the IPL opening ceremony. The report states that according to an official statement released by BCCI, Dravid was invited, but he could not make it to Hyderabad on time because his flight from Delhi got delayed due to a storm. Also Read- IPL 2017: BCCI felicitates IPL iconic players at the glitzy opening ceremony

Earlier IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla had confirmed that BCCI would felicitate ‘fab five’ including Dravid. “The decision was taken at the GC meeting today that five legends of Indian cricket — Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag will be felicitated during the opening ceremony in Hyderabad on April 5,” Shukla had told reporters a few days back. Also Read- IPL 2017: Yuvraj Singh scores his fastest IPL fifty against Royal Challengers Bangalore

With seven more ‘opening’ ceremonies left, we expect BCCI to felicitate Dravid before the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Delhi Daredevils match on Saturday, April 08 or Delhi Daredevils vs. Kings XI Punjab on April 15.

IPL 2017 kicked off with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore at their home venue. RCB while chasing mammoth 208 were bowled out for 172.