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Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid was part of India's 'Big Four' alongwith Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. Contemporaries and commentators have constantly rated him as the best Test batsman of his generation and one of the greatest of all time. Dravid was one of the most important elements of an Indian batting line up that did away with the tag of being easy beats away from home. His ability to anchor the innings for ridiculously long periods earned him the nickname 'The Wall.' He has more than 10,000 ODI runs to his name but it is Test matches that Dravid was the most effective. Never a wild slogger, Dravid was more of a tactical destroyer than a physical one. He would wear out even the fiercest of pace attacks with his dogged defence while giving freedom to the man at the other end and end up being cited as the main reason for their failure to beat India by the opposition captain. His highest Test total of 270 was accumulated over 12 hours at Rawalpindi and gave India their first series win at Pakistan. He had a dream Test debut but it was one that was overshadowed by the other debutant, Sourav Ganguly. Dravid did experience a slight slump but came out of it in his own calm way by playing one of the most famous supporting acts of all time with Laxman as India recorded a famous victory at Eden Gardens against Australia in 2001. Dravid became the captain and led India to series victories at England and West Indies. But this was followed by the disastrous 2007 World Cup after which he gave up the post and almost lost his place in the team. In his penultiamate Test series, he was the only bright spot for an otherwise down and out Indian team in England. he hung up his boots in the following series at Australia, thus bringing the curtains down on what might be the last classic Test career.


Rahul Dravid reveals why CSK, RCB share different fortunes in IPL

March 25, 2020 4:34 pm

While Rahul Dravid believes that the owners are key to Chennai Super Kings' three IPL-winning success, the Test great said that RCB's failure is down to their unbalanced team.

Rahul Dravid's son Samit slams double ton in U-14 tournament

February 20, 2020 6:02 pm

In December last year, Samit Dravid had scored 201 while playing for Vice-President's XI against Dharwad Zone in an Under-14 inter-zonal tournament.

Learn from India, Shoaib Akhtar fumes at PCB after Pakistan's dismal show in U-19 WC

February 07, 2020 4:42 pm

Shoaib Akhtar strongly feels that the performance of the U-19 team would have been a lot better if only the former cricketers were allowed to guide the youngsters.

From The Ranji Archive: When Dodda Ganesh helped Rahul Dravid's Karnataka reach 1998 Ranji final

February 04, 2020 8:17 am

The Ranji Trophy, which is in its 86th edition, has witnessed many an epic contest. In this series, The Indian Express sifts through the sands of time and brings back some of those unforgettable moments.

On his 47th birthday, Rahul Dravid gets Bollywood style birthday wish from Rajasthan Royals

January 11, 2020 2:00 pm

Rahul Dravid who turned 47 on Saturday, got a Bollywood style birthday wish from Rajasthan Royals on Twitter.

'Mixer Grinder on the pitch': Virender Sehwag wishes Rahul Dravid on his 47th birthday

January 11, 2020 5:42 pm

Rahul Dravid, 'the Wall' of Indian cricket, turned 47 on Saturday, January 11, and the occasion saw his former India teammates pour in birthday wishes for him.

BCCI to set up medical panel and hire social media expert for under-fire NCA

January 02, 2020 4:33 pm

The development comes after the criticism the NCA drew for the injury management of leading India players, including Wriddhiman Saha and more recently Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Rahul Dravid's son Samit scores double ton in U14 cricket

December 21, 2019 8:47 am

Samit Dravid, former India cricketer Rahul Dravid's son, scored a double century in an Under-14 state-level cricket match.

Mental health a challenge, important to maintain balance: Rahul Dravid

November 29, 2019 1:08 pm

Three Australian cricketers, including the seasoned Glenn Maxwell and young Will Pucosvski, recently took a break from the game, citing mental health issues.

IPL teams miss a trick by not using more domestic talent in coaching: Rahul Dravid

November 28, 2019 5:25 pm

Rahul Dravid, who has had stints as a coach in the IPL with Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils in the past, also said that Indian coaches need to be given adequate time to flourish.


Rahul Dravid's son enjoys practice with Steve Smith

May 20, 2015 12:35 am

Samit and Anvay made the most of their free time and how.

Girls about town - Kriti Sanon, Surveen Chawla

November 05, 2014 11:45 am

'Heropanti' actress Kriti Sanon was seen at a promotional event for a famous shaving cream and razor brand in Mumbai on November 4.

IPL 7 auctions: Ranbir Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Juhi Chawla

April 07, 2014 12:48 pm

Bollywood's latest heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor was also seen at the IPL 7 auctions along with team owners Preity Zinta, Juhi Chawla, Vijay Mallya.