Saturday, November 28, 2009

Rahul Dravid practising with tennis ball:

Hard work pays off!
Rahul Dravid is seen practising the swing deliveries with bowling machine.Enjoy the video!

Rahul Dravid: test records

*Dravid holds the world record for being the first (and only) non-wicketkeeper to take 200 catches in Test cricket. 

*Dravid was the 2nd cricketer to cross 13,000 test runs mark.

*Has been involved in the most century partnerships in Test history - 85.

*Scored nearly 23% of the total runs put up by India (with a batting average of 102.84) in the 21 Test matches won under Ganguly's captaincy. This is the highest percentage contribution by any batsman in Test cricket history in matches won under a single captain where the captain has won more than 20 Tests.

*2nd longest streak of consecutive Tests since debut (93 + 1 in ICC XI) missed 95th test at Ahmedabad due to fever, behind Adam Gilchrist (96).

*Only player to score a century against every Test playing nation away from home.

*Involved in highest partnership made away from home for any wicket for India with vice captain Virender Sehwag of 410 runs vs Pakistan at Lahore in 2006 (also, the highest partnership between a captain and the vice captain). Only Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Mankad have scored more runs in a partnership for India, 413 vs New Zealand in Chennai (6-11 Jan 1956).

*Dravid is one among the only three batsmen to hit Test centuries in four consecutive innings. The other two are Jack Fingleton and Alan Melville. Dravid achieved this by hitting scores of 115, 148, 217 and 100* in three successive matches against England and one against the West Indies. Only Everton Weekes, with centuries in five consecutive innings, has achieved a longer sequence of consecutive Test hundreds.

*With scores of 50 or more in 7 consecutive Tests Dravid is behind only to Tendulkar (8) and Gambhir (11) among Indian batsmen. Gambhir and Viv Richards hold the world record with 11.

*He is currently 2nd among batsmen who have scored most away runs in Tests (6430 as of April 2009). Only Sachin Tendulkar (7165) has scored more away Test runs.

*He has played 150 innings of 94 tests at number 3. He has scored more than 8000 runs at this position. Both feats are world records.

*2nd Indian batsman to score twin hundreds in a Test twice, after Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar and Ponting are the only batsmen to score twin hundreds in a Test thrice.

*One of only three Indians to score 5 double hundreds.(each bigger than the previous 200* vs Zimbabwe, 217 vs England, 222 vs New Zealand, 233 vs Australia, 270 vs Pakistan). In fact, along with Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, he is one of only three Indians to score 190+ on seven occasions.

*Partnering with Tendulkar, has scored more runs than any other pair, excluding opening pairs. They are the 3rd best in terms of total number of partnership runs scored by a pair in test cricket.

*Dravid has faced highest number of deliveries in test cricket,
31258 to be precise.

*2nd highest number of fifties in test cricket after (63).

*Rahul Dravid is the third batsman in the world after compatriot Sachin Tendulkar and Australia's Ricky Ponting to reach the 12000-run milestone in test cricket.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rahul Dravid 144 (dropped) Herath (bowled) Laxman

Dropped catches do affect the fielding side, but have you ever seen it other way round? It did happen today and the victim was none other than Rahul Dravid. What happened was that VVS Laxman hit the ball straight towards the bowler who (cleverly?) dropped the catch and the ball was travelling so fast that it went on to hit the stumps. At the non-strikers end was Rahul Dravid, who had few milliseconds to react to save himself, but he couldn't. Probably that's the only way he could have got out today.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Higher than The Wall!

This article has been written by Kunal Pradhan, a columnist for The Indian Express.

At a Thai restaurant in Islamabad, after the first day’s play in the final Test in 2004, Rahul Dravid politely declined to stay for dessert, saying he needed to sleep because he had to bat the “whole day tomorrow”. Not early, not in the morning; the whole day.

Monday, November 16, 2009

177 in a day by Rahul Dravid : he was completely different!

I don't know where to start from- 11k mark or 177 in a day or terrible strike rate or staying till the end right from the 4th over.

Let's start with 32/4 (!). Not a score any team would like to live with, especially after electing to bat first on Indian wickets.Back in April 2008, team India was all out for 76 on the same wicket and today the history was almost being repeated.The swing bowling along with the in-cutters revealed the holes in batting technique of Gambhir, Shewag and Laxman. Sachin threw his wicket away cheaply to an incoming delivery, inviting the ball to go through his gap between bat and pad. It was just the 8th over in progress and team India was not even in position to play out a session.

But one man who can be relied on in such situations- The Wall- started turning the tables on SriLankans.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tribute to a Great by another Great:

Courtesy: Mumbai Mirror

Before getting a call-up for the Indian team, I had played a couple of matches against Sachin Tendulkar in the Duleep Trophy and in the Wills Trophy. When I entered the Indian dressing room, Sachin was already the vice-captain of the team, a known face and a great achiever.
We were of the same age but he had already been part of the team for seven years. He was star, one of the most recognisable faces in world cricket.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rahul Dravid's 78 hands Karnataka a 100+ lead:

In another Ranji Trophy match, Rahul Dravid was a lone scorer for Karnataka, scoring 78 off 122 balls. After wrapping Delhi's innings for 156. Karnataka kept on losing the wickets. The Wall stood tall and made sure that his team gets crucial 1st innings lead of 106 runs.

Scorecard (Stumps Day 2):
Delhi: 156/10 ( Vinay Kumar 8/32)
Karnataka: 260/10 (Rahul Dravid 78)
Delhi: 93/2

Follow the game here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Rahul Dravid scores 97 against Uttar Pradesh:

In the first match of Ranji Trophy super league, Rahul Dravid scored 97 against Uttar Pradesh squad.Manish Pandey played brilliantly to stay at the crease with 194 on his name.

Karnataka: 372/5 (90.0 overs)
  • Manish Pandey 194* (238 balls)
  • Rahul Dravid 97 (185 balls)

The RCB teammates added massive 273 runs together for the 4th wicket.Rahul Dravid was ran-out and missed his century.