The Wall was the most dependable batsman for India. He was the real Saviour of the Indian Batting line up
Once upon a time, India had a number 3 batsman who could bat for a whole day. He was none other than “The Wall” Rahul Sharad Dravid.
Rahul Dravid has been a terrific NO.3 batsman for India. He is a most successful batsman for India at the NO.3 position in test cricket.
Australia’s former skipper Steve Waugh said “if you can’t get Rahul Dravid in next 15 minutes then try do get remaining batsmen out“
After Dravid’s retirement, Cheteshwar Pujara has been found as his replacement. He has been doing a decent job but he is not as consistent as Rahul Dravid was.
Rahul Dravid has batted at NO.3 most of the time in his long test career. At NO.3 position Rahul Dravid has scored most of his runs. In this batting position Dravid has played 134 test matches and 219 innings. The Wall has scored 10,524 runs at an average of 52.88 with 28 centuries and 50 half-centuries to his name. His best score of 270 came against the arch-rivals Pakistan at Rawalpindi on April 2004.
As India’s current NO.3 batsman is inconsistent at this position, we bring you the top 4 knocks of Rahul Dravid at the NO.3 position in Test Cricket –
- 270 Vs Pakistan at Rawalpindi on April 2004 – Dravid’s best score at No.3 position. It was the 3rd test match of the series. Indian bowlers did a great job by dismissing the Pakistani batsmen for just 224 runs. Rahul Dravid and Parthiv Patel repaired the innings by sharing a stand of 129 runs. After Patel’s dismissal, Dravid again stretched a partnership of 131 runs each with VVS Laxman and Saurav Ganguly. Later he got in action again with Yuvraj Singh by sharing another stand of 98 runs. With Irfan Pathan built 47 runs partnership. The second last partnership of his was with Anil Kumble of 35 runs. And last partnership was of 21 runs with Laxshmipati Balaji. These partnerships ensured that India could pile up the score. India scored 600 in their 1st innings and the Pakistanis bundled out for just 245 runs in their 2nd innings. India won the match by an innings and 131 runs.
- 233 and 72 not out Vs Australia at Adelaide Oval in 2003 – Rahul Dravid has been successful in overseas tour too. This knock of 233 runs in the 1st innings saved India. In the 2nd test match of Border Gavaskar Trophy, the Aussies piled on the runs after winning the toss and batting first. Ricky Pointing scored 242 and helped his team to score 556 runs in the 1st innings. In reply India struggled to an extent. It was Dravid’s 233 and Laxman’s 148 runs allowed India to score 523 runs. In 2nd innings Ajit Agarkar’s 6 wickets allowed Australia to score only 196. India left to chase down the modest total of 230 runs and again it was The Wall who guided India through the victory by scoring unbeaten 72 runs in the second innings.
- 87 Vs South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 2001 – In the second test against the Proteas. Rahul Dravid’s 87 saved the team from the defeat. South Africa scored 362 in their 1st innings. Herschelle Gibbs 196 and Mark Boucher’s 68 allowed the hosts to score 362. India’s 1st innings folded at 201 because of Shaun Pollack and Co. In 2nd innings Jacque Kallis ‘s 89 allowed them to score 233 and helped them to set a target of 395 to win. India replied them with a good fight. After Sundar Das got out on 0, Rahul Dravid and Deep Das Gupta’s fighting knock ensured that India could save this game.
- 148 Vs England at Headingley in 2002 – India had terrific test match. This match saw tons from India’s NO.3,4 and 5. But Dravid’s 148 was the highlight of that innings. Sachin Tendulkar’s 193 and Saurav Ganguly’s 128 allowed India to win a test match on England’s soil in 16 years.