Courtesy: The Hindu
Kumble said that Sujith, perhaps deserved more opportunities at the international level. "I think he is one of those unlucky players who did not get enough chances. And he also played his early matches against the likes of Allan Donald, McGrath and Gillespie. It was great playing alongside him for the Karnataka team since the early 90s. He was a crucial part of our three Ranji Trophy title-winning teams in the late 90s. I wish him the very best," Kumble said.
Dravid and Sujith's friendship has endured from their under-19 days. They even made their Ranji debuts together against Maharashtra at Pune in 1991. And the admiration was evident in Dravid's speech. "Retirement is a bitter-sweet moment. It means the end of a cricketing career but it also means a time to sit back and cherish those old memories.
"I remember Sujith and I spending time together on the field and then on trains during our under-19 days, long journeys, unreserved compartments, staying in dormitories in Cuttack, small hotels in Kolkata. He has been a friend and we will stay friends for a long time. I am sure he will contribute back to the game and I am sure he will be able to handle the challenge of a life beyond cricket with ease," Dravid said.
Ardent followers of Karnataka cricket would fondly remember the 2 ODI games that Sujith got to play for the country in 1996 - India fielded a total of 6 Karnataka players (Sujith, Dravid, Kumble, Prasad, Srinath and Joshi) in both of those games.