A Biography Of Rahul Dravid
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One of the most over-used words in the cricketing dictionary is "great", because there are very few players in any country who qualify. It is in any case a subjective view and all of us are limited by the number of players we have seen over the year when judging earlier players, we have to take the word of people We trust, who have in fact seen them play. My view of Indian batsmen is that there have been a lot of very good ones, some able to play in all. Conditions, some best when playing on their own pitches.I believe there are three "great Indian batsmen and I put them in order of appearance on the Test scene - Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Tendulkar and Gavaskar have given me many days of great enjoyment and Dravid in recent times has played some wonderful innings. Attributes common to all three are courage and clear thinking and an ability to carry the attack to the opposition by keeping a step ahead of the bowle' Richie Benaud The first Indian to score five double centuries in test cricket each of those five scores higher than the previous one....
The first Indian to score four centuries in four consecutive test innings...The only contemporary Indian cricketer to take 100 catches in test cricket...The first batsman in Test history to score a Test century in every Test-playing nation. One of the highest batting averages in Test history...
apart, a positive for the team was Rahul's completion of 4,000 Test runs in only his 48th Test. The defeat in Sri Lanka notwithstanding, Sourav Ganguly was a happy man as the team boarded the plane for South Africa in October 2001, where India were to play a tri-series and three Tests. The return of Srinath, Kumble, Laxman (for the Tests) and Tendulkar meant that he was leading a full-strength Indian team for the first time since his appointment as Test captain. But a lower back injury to
short of becoming only the fourth batsman in Test history after Australian Jack Fingleton, South African Alan Melville and West Indian Everton Weekes to score a quartet of hundreds in consecutive innings, when he played Dillon on the leg-side for what looked like a boundary. He had advanced five steps when he clutched his left thigh with a horrific expression on his face. He somehow reached the other end, turned and stopped in what appeared to be uncontrollable agony. But so had the ball in the
who had begun his career with an overseas Test win. The winning boundary, Adelaide 2003-04 India lost the next Test at Melbourne, but came within four wickets of winning the final Test at Sydney. Rahul's fellow townsman and India's greatest-ever spinner bagged 12 wickets at Sydney, including 8-141 in the first innings, and stated humbly that it had taken him 14 years to learn how to bowl overseas. It certainly wasn't as bad as that. The batsmen reigned supreme. Sehwag plundered 195 in
ball would come onto the bat and he would get to play his natural game. He wasn't going through a good phase, and the idea was to bring some change in his number and allow him to bat freely. We knew that Australia would be under pressure if he initially scored in boundaries. When I joined him, we decided to try and get on top rather than defend. I thought that partnership changed the whole match' – SACHIN TENDULKAR The pair batted cautiously for five overs and then took close to forty runs from
basics that I got from Keki' – RAHUL DRAVID, The Hindu, 28 July 2001 Tarapore passed away in July 2001, a few months after his pupil scored that heroic 180 against Australia at Kolkata. John Wright is another individual who can justifiably be termed as one of Rahul's 'mentors'. The former Kiwi opener was the man who recommended Rahul to the Kent County Cricket Club as an overseas professional for the 2000 English season. That stint restored Rahul's confidence and self-belief after a difficult