The Indians reassembled in Bangalore on Monday and were due to practise in the afternoon. Before the session, however, there was a small function at the Chinnaswamy Stadium honouring Rahul Dravid for scoring more than 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar unveiled a ‘wall’ made out of 10,000 bricks bearing the words class, concentration and commitment. “I am also called the wall,” Dravid had said on a BBC radio show in March. “It doesn’t really bother me. Sometime later, people may write the wall is cracking or the wall is falling.” The wall also has an electronic run-counter which will tick over with every run Dravid scores. The Indians will hope that it ticks furiously in the next month.
Mathew Varghese is sub-editor (stats) at Cricinfo