I am grateful for the honour, says Indian cricket captain
BANGALORE: Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh and Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash presented "Press Club Man of the Year 2005 Award" to Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid at a colourful function on the club premises on Saturday.
Replying to the felicitation, Mr. Dravid said: "I am grateful to the Press Club of Bangalore for conferring this honour. Though there are many great personalities in the State, journalists voted for me. I humbly accept it."
Mr. Dravid, who is leading the Indian team in the upcoming series against Pakistan, said the tour would be a challenging one. "I am looking forward to the series."
Members of the Press Club selected Mr. Dravid for the award. He was selected from among 30 competitors on the basis of an opinion poll among the club members.
D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala, was voted second. Kannada actress Tara and Shanmugam Manjunath, Indian Oil Corporation executive who was murdered by the oil mafia in Uttar Pradesh, came third. Mr. Dharam Singh was fourth.
Mr. Dharam Singh and Mr. Prakash presented Mr. Dravid a shawl, a painting and sandalwood garland.
Lokayukta N. Venkatachala and Test cricketer Anil Kumble had been selected for the award last year.
Mr. Dharam Singh and Mr. Prakash also fecilitated K.N. Shanth Kumar, Editor of Deccan Herald and Prajavani and K. Satyanarayana, veteran journalist.
Mr. Dharam Singh lauded the cricketing skills of Mr. Dravid and wished him the best in the series against Pakistan.
Mr. Prakash released the 2006 diary brought out by the club.
Bangalore Mayor Mumtaz Begum was present.