Women cricket still has a long way to go: Dravid

"The barrier between metropolitan and small-town cricketers has broken now as young cricketers are playing more inter-city and inter-district matches. They are visiting other states for tournaments and getting better exposure," he added.

Dravid, who is captaining the Rajasthan Royals team in the IPL, said the hugely-popular Twenty20 league has brought many changes to the Indian cricket.

"The Indian Premier League brought many changes in Indian cricket along with tough challenges to adapt quickly to the shorter format of the game, changes in game plan and quick solutions. It changes the environment of the dressing room as we meet players from different countries. It has been changing relationships among cricketers for the last five years and we understand them better.

"For example, I was never close to Jacques Kallis. We just met during the series and said a hi-hello to each other. He also talks less and we both never get enough time to talk. Now, due the IPL, we got enough opportunities to talk and shared our views on cricket during our stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore. We are in touch with each other now," he said.

Talking about the ongoing Jaipur Literature Fest, Dravid, who scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with an average of 52.31, said, "I am very glad be here and liking this festival.

Very few people these days read books and have interest in reading. It's really very nice to see the crowd and their immense interests in books and authors. It's a memorable experience for me."

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