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Sunday, January 19, 2020

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.


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.

When Rahul Dravid became the first Indian to score a century in pink ball cricket

November 24, 2019 9:37 am

Rahul Dravid had registered a two-ball duck in the first innings but came up with a century in the second innings. His 106 was the highest score of the match as the MCC won by 174 runs in the exhibition match in 2011.

Rahul Dravid believes pink ball alone can't rejuvenate Test cricket

November 20, 2019 12:42 am

Rahul Dravid advocated for better maintenance of basic things like toilets, seating, car parking, and also the need of a Test cricket calendar like Australia and England so that fans can plan their visits.

Prithvi Shaw speaks on ban period, Rahul Dravid's guidance, India future

November 17, 2019 7:15 pm

Prithvi Shaw announced his comeback from the doping ban imposed on him in style, by smashing a 39-ball 63 to help Mumbai thrash Assam by 83 runs in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on Sunday.

Rahul Dravid cleared of conflict of interest charges by BCCI ethics officer

November 15, 2019 4:54 am

Rahul Dravid is currently the NCA Director in Bengaluru besides being a vice-president in the India Cements group, which owns the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.


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.