Bangalore: Rahul Dravid on Wednesday said former Australian captain Steve Waugh was his role model and he used to imitate his mannerism to get into the right frame of mind.
"I saw in Steve Waugh my roadmap to build my career," Dravid, who recently retired from international cricket, said at a function organised here by Karnataka State Cricket Association to felicitate him.
Though Waugh didn't not have an array of strokes like some other batsmen including Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, Dravid said the Australian was a role model who suited his style of game.
Waugh was a gritty player and did not throw away his wicket easily. "He is someone who valued his wicket," he said.
Dravid said he used to imitate Waugh's mannerism so as to get into the frame of mind that the Australian was famous for so that it could be easy for him to be in the same state when he walked out in the middle to take guard.
"Steve appeared to relish the big occasion, seemed to thrive in such situations, he added.
Dravid said he did not regret retiring from international cricket. "I have been doing it (playing for India) for over 16 years and five years before I arrived on international scene.
I am privileged to be part of cricket," he said.