Rahul Dravid turns down Honourary Degree

Indian batting great Rahul Dravid has turned down a honourary doctorate degree offered to him by the Bangalore University, saying he would instead like to earn the degree through academic research in the field of sports.

Dravid grew up in Bangalore and completed his education in the city. The University had wanted to honour Dravid with the degree during its 52nd Annual Convocation Ceremony on January 27, before the former India captain declined, reports NDTV sports.

Bangalore University stated in a press release on Thursday that Dravid had 'in all humility declined to accept the Hon. Degree'.

"He has conveyed that he would try to earn a Doctorate Degree by accomplishing some form of academic research in the field of sport rather than receiving an Honourary Degree," it stated.

Rahul Dravid, who had retired from international cricket in 2012, has been mentoring young Indian players in recent times through his roles as coach of the India 'A' and U-19 teams.