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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 NEWS

Rahul Dravid to be part of BCCI's COVID task force

August 03, 2020 6:51 pm

For resumption of training at the NCA in Bengaluru, the COVID task force will include Rahul Dravid, a medical officer, a hygiene officer, and BCCI AGM, Cricket Operations.

Rahul Dravid's advice on how to play spin changed the world for Kevin Pietersen

August 02, 2020 1:12 pm

Pietersen said his Indian Premier League experiences, batting alongside world-class players such as Dravid and Virender Sehwag, helped him expand his repertoire of shots.

Pandemic will start hitting Indian cricket more in October: Rahul Dravid

August 01, 2020 8:20 am

Rahul Dravid said much of the Indian domestic season can be completed even if a vaccine is found by the end of this year, but that the real effect of the pandemic will be felt from October, when the seasons for junior and women cricketers begin.

Kapil Dev's advice helped me to explore options before opting for India A coach's job: Rahul Dravid

July 18, 2020 11:58 am

Dravid said he was also "a little fortunate" that at the back end of his career, he was already in a captain-cum-coach role of IPL side Rajasthan Royals.

Why did Rahul Dravid turn down the offer to be India head coach? Former CoA chief reveals

July 06, 2020 8:43 pm

Rahul Dravid led the Indian Under-19 team to World Cup glory in 2018.

'Outstanding catcher': Remembering Rahul Dravid's brilliance as a fielder

June 30, 2020 7:55 pm

Rahul Dravid holds the record for the most number of catches (210) taken by a non-wicketkeeper. In the 509 matches he played for India, he took a total of 406 catches.

Who stopped Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar from playing 2007 T20 World Cup? Former team manager reveals

June 30, 2020 3:57 pm

The 2007 T20 World Cup completely redefined Indian cricket.

Rahul Dravid taught me importance of switching off from cricket: Cheteshwar Pujara

June 27, 2020 12:21 pm

Often compared to Dravid, who was considered the 'wall' of Indian cricket, Pujara said he is thankful to Dravid for teaching him how to keep personal and professional lives separate.

Rahul Dravid beats Sachin Tendulkar in Wisden poll on greatest Indian Test batsman

June 26, 2020 1:52 pm

The poll initially had 16 Indian batting greats, with Sunil Gavaskar and Virat Kohli being the two others to have made it through to the last four.

Rahul Dravid never got enough credit for captaincy: Gautam Gambhir

June 22, 2020 6:19 pm

Gambhir, who was a part of both the 2007 and 2011 World Cup-winning Indian teams, said Dravid's impact on Indian cricket was more than Ganguly and Tendulkar.

RAHUL DRAVID PHOTOS

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.