Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has paid special tribute to his former IPL skipper, Rahul Dravid, saying that the Indian batting stalwart is the nicest man he has ever met in international cricket.

The Aussie stand-in skipper also lauded Dravid’s extraordinary batting skills, terming him a phenomenal man. Dravid is expected to hang his boots in a press conference at Bangalore on Friday.

In his 15-year-old career, the great batsman led India to number of victories. He also captained India in many big events, and the side showed did well under his command.

Dravid was the only successful batsman on India’s tour to England last summer. White the rest of the line-up failed to chip in, the classy right-hander scored 461 runs, the highest by any Indian on the tour.

On Dravid, Watson said, "I’ve been very lucky to have a really good association with Rahul. He’s probably the nicest guy – no, he is the nicest guy – that I’ve met in cricket. He’s a phenomenal man. He loves the game with so much passion, it’s in his blood
and in his heart. He is certainly going to be sorely missed by the Indian public and the cricket loving public as well."

"I suppose I’m lucky that he’s my captain for Rajasthan so I’ll continue to talk cricket as much as I possibly can because I do love talking to him. He’s got a lot of knowledge to be able to give," Watson was quoted as saying by the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

Dravid’s recent trip to Australia was not a great one, as he scored runs at an ordinary average of 29. Yet, Waston, who himself was not a part of the Test series, believes India’s poor batting was a result of Australia’s superb bowling.

"I was actually talking to Rahul during the IPL last year and he was contemplating whether he was actually going to come out to Australia.  But after having such an amazing England series he obviously felt it would be a great option to come out to Australia.
I suppose in the end it showed the dominance of our bowlers because Rahul was still in pretty good touch but our bowlers just bowled so well to him," said Watson.