Not Dhoni or Virat, but Deepika's 'all-time favorite cricketer' is Rahul Dravid

Actress Deepika Padukone confesses being a huge fan of former Indian international cricketer Rahul Dravid.

"My all-time favourite cricketer is Rahul Dravid. A lot of my idols are not what they have done in the sport and the game, but how they have conducted themselves outside. For me, he is somebody I have admired and looked up to, and he is from Bangalore," she said.

Deepika also emphasised on the importance of sports in life.

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"How much we focus on our physical strength -- our mental strength and mental endurance -- is equally important if not more. At times you feel your body is not keeping up with the mind. I think sometimes it's the mind that takes over -- and nurturing that is very important."

"A young athlete will figure that along the way, but they should pay attention to that -- the grit, courage, determination and spirit is important," said Deepika, on Star Sports' pre-show Nerolac Cricket Live.

Deepika soon makes her debut as a producer in the self-starring "Chhapaak", directed and co-produced by "Raazi" maker Meghna Gulzar. The actress portrays real-life acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in the film.

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