[45][46] Dravid scored 95 runs before getting out to the bowling of Chris Lewis. [117] The ensuing test series against Zimbabwe was John Wright's first assignment as Indian coach. While he straightaway made a name for himself in Test cricket, he had to struggle quite a bit to make a mark in ODIs. [41][66] Dravid topped the runs table for the series with 321 runs from two matches at an average of 107.00 but could not prevent India from losing the series 0–1. It is why I leave with sadness but also with pride, You cannot give him any bad balls or anything to get off strike... just pressure him early in the right spot. In March 2006, India lost the Mumbai Test, giving England its first Test victory in India since 1985, enabling it to draw the series 1–1. Because once, Dravid was set, you needed the bowling equivalent of a dozen cannon firing all at once to blast him down, Indian Premier League and Champions League, University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, St Joseph's College of Business Administration, Standard Bank International One-Day Series 1996/97, Learn how and when to remove this template message, List of international cricket centuries by Rahul Dravid, "Is Rahul Dravid the greatest middle-order batsman of all time? His co-debutante Ganguly made his county debuted in the same match, albeit for the opposite team. [65][67], Later that month, India played a two Test home series against Pakistan. [37][42] Fine performances in the tour games including fifties against Gloucestershire and Leicestershire failed to earn him a place in the team for the First Test. I knew I had some more breathing space ... a few more Test matches at least ... gave me a lot of confidence scoring 95 here and 80 at Trent Bridge ... as a player and as a person. On Day 4, the 33-year-old completed the dismissal of Cameron Green during Shardul Thakur's over in the 3rd session to match a unique record set by the likes of Rahul Dravid and Krishnamachari Srikkanth. [179] Dravid failed in both innings in the third test at Birmingham, as India lost by an innings and 242 runs, one of the heaviest defeats in their history. Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag put on 410 runs for the opening wicket in the 1st Test in Lahore in 2006. Apart from his first series against England in 1996, Dravid has batted at the No.3 position for most of his career. Everything you need to know about Rahul Dravid awards and records. [163][164] India eventually lost the Final to Australia ending as runner-up in the tournament. [8][9] In December 2011, he became the first non-Australian cricketer to deliver the Bradman Oration in Canberra.[10]. I never had an ambition to do it because I never believed – it is just a reflection of my longevity in the game."[209]. He didn't do too well in the remaining 4 ODIs as Australia won the series 3–2. Virender Sehwag This day that year: When Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid fell shy of shattering a 50-year-old record by 3 runs. However, he could not break into the playing eleven. [214], He was criticised by Vijay Mallya for not picking the team with right balance after his then IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore finished seventh out of the eight teams that participated in the 2008 season.[215]. [28] He was selected to India's national cricket team while working towards an MBA at St Joseph's College of Business Administration. [50][156], India jointly shared the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka. Dravid, widely regarded as a Test specialist, had a fantastic career in both ODIs and Tests as he finished his career with over 10,000 runs each in both formats. Dravid soon perished getting run out for 180 while trying to force the pace. Dravid's nickname 'The Wall' was devised because of innings such as the 270 he made in more than 12 hours against Pakistan in 2004, the longest by an Indian batsman in Test history. Match referee Clive Lloyd adjudged the application of an energy sweet to the ball as a deliberate offence, although Dravid himself denied this was his intent. He scored 190 and 103 not out in the first and the second innings respectively, becoming only the third Indian batsman, after Vijay Hazare and Sunil Gavaskar, to score a century in both innings of a Test match. India, however, lost the last match to lose the series 3–4. [54] He was promoted to the no. [41] Dravid was fined half his match fee for applying cough lozenge on the ball during a match in the series against Zimbabwe – an act that was claimed to be an innocent mistake by coach John Wright.[171]. He once again scored a crucial fifty in the Sixth ODI as India once again leveled the series after trailing 2–3. England, West Indies, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India were the 10 Test playing nations during his career. He is the Director of Cricket Operations at National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru, India. Dravid completed his second hundred of the series in the process. [210] Lloyd emphasised that television footage caught Dravid putting a lozenge on the ball during the Zimbabwean innings on Tuesday night at the Gabba. However, he later scored consistently in ODIs as well, earning him the ICC Player of the Year award.[when?] Instead, two of them staged one the greatest fightback in the cricketing history. [121] Dravid failed in the first innings of the First Test but displayed strong resilience in Tendulkar's company in the second innings. [41][129] Dravid topped the averages for the 2000/01 Test season with 839 runs from six matches at an average of 104.87. Coincidentally, it was Dravid's 100th test match in which the Indians were all out for 100 runs in the second innings. [108][109], India toured Australia in December 1999 for a 3-match test series and a triangular ODI tournament. [28], Dravid made his Ranji Trophy debut in February 1991, while still attending college. [41][160], Dravid top scored for India in the two-match Test series in New Zealand as India slumped to a whitewash. [130], Dravid had a decent outing in Zimbabwe, scoring 137 runs from 134 balls in the First Tour game and aggregating 138 runs at an average of 69.00 from the drawn Test series. Rahul Dravid's term as India U-19 coach Dravid had served as the head coach of India U-19 in back-to-back editions of the World Cup in 2016 & 2018 respectively. [47] He also took his first catch in Test cricket in this match to dismiss Nasser Hussain off the bowling of Srinath. [45] He featured in a 331-run partnership with Tendulkar, which was the highest partnership in ODI cricket history, a record that stood for 15 years until it was broken in 2015. He shouldered Kent's batting single-handedly as the second best Kent batsman during the same period, Paul Nixon, scored just 567 runs at an average of 33.35 in 17 matches. He has more than 10,000 ODI runs to his name but it is Test matches that Dravid was the most effective. [108] In 1999, Dravid scored 1761 runs in 43 ODIs at an average of 46.34 and a strike rate of 75.16 including 6 hundreds and 8 fifties and featured in two 300+ partnerships. 6 position. [73] By the end of 1998, Dravid had scored 1709 runs in 65 ODIs at a humble average of 31.64 with a poor strike rate of 63.48. [121][125] Eventually, Laxman got out on the fifth morning bringing the 376-runs partnership to an end. In July 2018, Dravid became the fifth Indian cricketer to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame. [151] He also did well with the bat aggregating 245 runs at an average of 49.00 including three fifties. Dravid played crucial innings in all the three victories. The defeat in Mumbai was arguably the result of Dravid's decision to bowl first on a flat dry pitch, which later deteriorated and ended with an Indian collapse in the run chase. [190], In July 2014, he played for the MCC side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord's. Virender Sehwag: 1,738 runs in 22 Tests. He scored a patient 180 and along with VVS Laxman, was involved in a match-winning partnership of 376 runs. He also effected a brilliant run out of Russel Arnold during Sri Lankan innings fielding at short leg. Rahul Dravid as the captain: Achievements 1. [173] Dravid helped India tread through a tricky chase with an unbeaten fifty as India registered their first test victory in Australia since 1980/81 to go up 1–0 in the series. Rahul Dravid smacks the winning run as India create history in Adelaide Oval. [45][56] The hundred came in a losing cause. [38][52][74], Dravid's ODI renaissance began during the 1998/99 New Zealand tour. Dravid has scored 36 centuries in Test cricket, with an average of 52.31; this included five double centuries. 3) Mohinder Amarnath - 1065 runs [145], Dravid had a decent outing in West Indies in 2002. [64], The Zimbabwe tour was followed by a tour to New Zealand. He first stumped Graeme Hick off Sunil Joshi's bowling, who became Dravid's first victim as a wicket-keeper, and then caught Neil Fairbrother off Ajay Jadeja's bowling. Dependable, 1999 – CEAT International Cricketer of the World Cup, 2000 – Dravid was one of the five cricketers selected as, 2004 – ICC Test Player of The Year, ICC Cricketer of The Year, Children's Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA), UNICEF Supporter and AIDS Awareness Campaign, A collection of articles, testimonials and interviews related to Dravid was released by ESPNcricinfo following his retirement. [78] Dravid's maiden ODI hundred came in a losing cause in the 1997 Pepsi Independence Cup against Pakistan in Chennai. [176], Dravid did moderately well in the ensuing VB series with three fifties in the league stage, all of which came in winning cause. [41] He was the last man out for 233 runs as India conceded a marginal first innings lead of 33 runs to Australia. Dravid, standing in only his second test as team's captain, took a bold and controversial decision during First Test at Multan that divided the cricket fraternity. He has also spent 44152 minutes at the crease, which is … Dravid played a brisk knock of 41 runs from 49 balls, including 5 fours and a six, while chasing a target of 63 runs. Rahul Dravid is a retired Indian international cricketer.in both Test and One Day International (ODI) cricket in matches organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). [2] Under his coaching, under-19 team was runners up at 2016 u-19 Cricket World Cup and were winners at 2018 u-19 Cricket World Cup. [72], In a stark contrast to his Test career, Dravid had to struggle a lot to make a mark in the ODIs. [103][104] Dravid topped the international runs chart for 1999 cricket season across all formats scoring 782 runs from 19 matches. Dravid hit another fifty in a draw against Surrey. 6, he scored 40 runs in the first innings. Dravid scored 99 runs in the First ODI helping India post an imposing total of 349. India lost the First Test but won the Second Test in Delhi riding on Kumble's historic 10-wicket haul. I told him he will be playing. 14 runs from two games in the 1996 Pepsi Sharjah Cup; 20 runs from two innings in the Singer World Series; 65 runs from four innings in the 1997 'Friendship' Cup; 88 runs from four games in the 1998 Coca-Cola Triangular Series including a 22-ball five runs and a 21-ball one run innings, both coming against Bangladesh; 32 runs from four games in the 1998 'Friendship' Cup;[45][50] a slew of such poor performances often forced him to the sidelines of the India ODI squad. Dravid was adjudged man of the match for his effort. His ability to gauge where exactly his off-stump was and leave the balls pitched outside the off-stump alone, are attributes that enabled him to occupy the crease for such long durations. [24] His family later moved to Bangalore, Karnataka, where he was raised. He was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000. [97] Dravid scored 2, 61 & 29 in the three Super Six matches against Australia, Pakistan & New Zealand respectively. Rahul Dravid went on and made a brilliant 233 as India trailed by only 33 runs. December 16, 2003. While Dravid's record was not as strong, he did not lose a single series at home. [89] India failed to qualify for the semi-finals having lost to Australia and New Zealand but achieved a consolation victory against Pakistan in a tense game, what with the military conflict going on between the two countries in Kashmir at the same time. [85] In the next match against Pakistan, he bowled four overs and took the wicket of Saeed Anwar, out caught behind by wicket-keeper Nayan Mongia. Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid put on a record-breaking opening partnership against Pakistan on this day fifteen years ago, which got them a standing ovation from the Lahore crowd — until a slash of the bat from Sehwag had left the duo 3 runs short of breaking the world record for the highest opening stand. In their last county game of the season, Kent needed one bonus point to prevent themselves from being relegated to the Second Division. [92] India's designated keeper Mongia left the field at the end of 9th over during Kenyan innings, forcing Dravid to keep the wickets for the rest of the innings. [45] He didn't do too well in the series scoring just 175 runs at a modest average of 29.16. I had played five years of first-class cricket to break into the Indian team ... scored a lot of runs in domestic cricket ... was lucky to get the opportunity ... knew that probably it would be the only one. [50], Rahul Dravid, reflecting back on his Test debut 15 years later, during India tour of England, 2011. As of December 2016, Dravid is the fourth-highest run scorer in Test cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis. India Vs Australia Test 1 Adelaide (2003): With India struggling at 85/4, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman stepped up to share a 303-run partnership and guaranteed that India would be in a … Dravid contributed to Kent's county campaign not just with the bat but also with his fielding and bowling taking 14 catches and 4 wickets at an average of 32.00. [41][70] India went to Sri Lanka to play the Second Test of the championship. Dravid made sure they stay put in the First Division by fetching that one bonus point with an inning of 77 runs. Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid had been one of the greatest batsmen in the history of Test cricket to have played the game. The newly appointed vice-captain had to leave the county championship temporarily, missing two championship games and two one day games, to fulfill his national commitment. He has scored a total of 10524 runs in 219 Test innings at an average of 52.88 at this position, with 28 centuries and 50 fifties. [32] Playing alongside future India teammates Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath against Maharashtra in Pune, he scored 82 runs in the match, which ended in a draw. 3 position which had been Dravid's usual spot for quite sometime now, while Dravid, who had gotten out bowled to Warne for second time in a row in the first innings for just 25 runs, was relegated to no. [30] Former cricketer Keki Tarapore first noticed Dravid's talent while coaching at a summer camp in the Chinnaswamy Stadium. [citation needed] In the beginning, he was known as a defensive batsman who should be confined to Test cricket, and was dropped from the ODI squad due to a low strike rate. [34], Dravid, who had been knocking at the doors of Indian national cricket team for quite a while with his consistent performance in domestic cricket, received his first national call in October 1994, for the last two matches of the Wills World Series. Wright argued that Dravid had been trying to apply saliva to the ball when parts of a losenge he had been chewing stuck to the ball; Dravid then tried to wipe it off. Dravid concluded a successful stint with Kent aggregating 1221 runs from 16 first class matches(15 county games and 1 tour game against Zimbabwe) at an average of 55.50 including 2 hundreds and 8 fifties. In July 2000, Kent's away match against Hampshire at Portsmouth was billed as a showdown between two great cricketers- Warne and Dravid. [156] Christopher Martin-Jenkins noted during the Fourth Test:[153]. [192], Kent offer had come as a welcome change for Dravid. Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar are currently the highest scoring partnership in Test cricket history having scored 6920 runs combined when batting together for India[16]. [23], Dravid started playing cricket at the age of 12, and represented Karnataka at the under-15, the under-17 and the under-19 levels. 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