Fielding April 6, 2009

India's finest slip fielder

Mohammad Azharuddin will rank as the greatest all-round Indian fielder, and he was quite brilliant in the slips, but as a specialist and for sheer longevity, Dravid stands alone
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Now I believe that everything happens for a reason. So despite waking up at 4am and getting to the airport well in time I have missed my flight to Chennai for a reason so silly that I can't bring myself to own it up in public. But what makes the misery bearable is that it ensured I didn't miss Rahul Dravid's record-breaking catch. I didn't want to miss it, though I always feared I would.

I remember telling him jokingly before the series that if he wanted his countrymen to watch him break the record he better make sure that it came after lunch, or better still in the final session. Of course I have been up to see the first session on most days and I saw him take the first catch of the series, in the seventh over of the first morning's play on March 18, but the next one has taken some time to come. But when I left home in the morning just after India declared, I had a feeling that I would miss it.

And despite sitting in front of the TV in the airport lounge I almost did; had I got up in time to catch my flight, I certainly would have. It was just in time that I shifted my attention from the laptop to watch Zaheer Khan induce the edge from Tim McIntosh and Dravid go down to his left at second slip to pick the ball few inches from the ground. It was a good catch, not spectacular, but not as easy as Dravid made it look. It was a result of what makes Dravid such a good slipper: good anticipation, swift movement, perfect timing, and soft hands.

Dravid has spent a lifetime in Sachin Tendulkar's shadow and the big batting records - centuries, number of runs scored - were never going to be his, but he is quite on his own in the slips. Mohammad Azharuddin will rank as the greatest all-round Indian fielder, and he was quite brilliant in the slips, but as a specialist and for sheer longevity, Dravid stands alone. Sunil Gavaskar was pretty good at first slip too, but I reckon Dravid has taken more difficult catches, and made them look easy.

There are many theories about what makes top-order batsmen such good slip fielders - Bob Simpson, Mark Waugh, Mark Taylor, and Mahela Jayawerdene are the names that spring to mind immediately - but perhaps the ability to concentrate for long periods is the most accurate. But like everything else in cricket, slip catching requires good technique and lots of practice. Mark Waugh, whose record Dravid has broken, took far more spectacular catches and he was superb in the outfield too, but what has marked Dravid out is his catching off spinners, an art in itself. It requires standing closer, reading the bowler and anticipating the batsman's response. In the recent years, Dravid has sometimes moved away from the slips against the quicker bowlers, but Anil Kumble would have none other.

I can't afford to miss the second flight of the morning, so I will wind up with my favourite Dravid catch. It came in Adelaide in 2003, in what must count as his finest Test. In the first innings he rescued India from 85 for 4 with a double-hundred, and stayed unbeaten in the second to see his team through to the unlikeliest of Test wins, but his catching was sensational too. Sachin Tendulkar took two wickets in the Australian second innings that began the collapse, and Dravid caught them both. The more spectacular one by far was the one that dismissed Damien Martyn, who drove hard, edged, and Dravid, who had very little time to react, flung himself to his right to bring off a spectacular one-handed catch.

This record is likely to stay with him for a while. At the average rate for catches, the men behind him, Ponting, Kallis and Jayawardene, will need about three years to catch up, and given how well he has played in this series, Dravid, if he chooses to, still has a season or two left in him.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ritvik Peddi on July 3, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is a man of immense determination , patience and controlled aggression, an epitomy of calm perseverance.

  • Ravi Rathore on August 27, 2009, 13:58 GMT

    congrats RAHUL !!!!!!! for this great achievement. i hope you will play till 2011 and lift the world cup for india..all the best "THE GREAT WALL OF INDIA"

  • Devikumar R on June 20, 2009, 6:22 GMT

    It has been a wonder & mystery as why Dravid is not in the ODI squad now and has been ignored from September 2007. The form & class and not the age should be the criteria for a player to get a chance. Just because one is 20 yrs old and lloks well built, you can't add him in the squad in place of a proven champion & legend. Kumble was consistently overlooked and disrespected through out his career and now it's Dravid just because he is old? Shameful!!! Jayasurya still plays. Hayden,Lara,W Akram, Warne all played till they were in prime form. Dravid's last 15 ODI scores-74,2,36,10*,46,92*,56,1,24,4,0,DNB,31,0,13,0,7. Do these scores deserve elimination from squad for 2 yrs.? Could u just get anybody like him now in India to anchor the innings & rotate the strike so easily? The young gen doesn't know what is rotating strikes at all.One of them tries to hit only 6s and other hits hard to long on & off only.It seems the list of legendary players in India will end with Sachin & Dravid era..

  • Arthic Leo on June 17, 2009, 4:09 GMT

    No one cant forget his great contribution to India. Especially his contribution worked at the lacking areas. After azharuddin left, dravid took the responsibility for slip postion and proved as one of the best fielder in slip ever. And after Gundappa viswanath, india dont have a strong batsman to stand and rotate strike in slog overs, Dravid filled that place exactly than any other player for more than a decade.

  • Harsha Hegde on April 27, 2009, 20:37 GMT

    Kudos to Rahul Dravid on his achievement. He has prooved his worth in all parts of the Indian cricket team.

  • nitin yashas on April 12, 2009, 16:47 GMT

    it is indeed a gr8 achievement as indians are traditionally not know to excel in the fielding dept although v hv hd ppl lyk gavaskr, azhar, sachin being vry sfe in the slip.hopefull y in the future, v will have a indian who has achieved the most number of run ots. and i feel that standing at slip wud defintely help in batting later as you get the birds eye view of the pitch cnditions and also gr8 batsmen hv bn gud slip fielders. kudos 2 the wall of batting nd fielding rahul dravid

  • B.R.Krishnan on April 11, 2009, 11:37 GMT

    I felt really very happy to see so many positive comments on Dravid's feat. He is definitely one of the few people whom I would recommend as a role model for my daughter. Actually he should be a chapter in the 'life skills' textbook for school children. His humility, hard work and determination are qualities that everyone should try to emulate. Hope he scores a double century in catching too.

  • Rajesh Sundaran on April 10, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    Its a honour to Indian Cricket......

  • sadu on April 7, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    Congrats Rahul and Thank you for allowing me to enjoy watching great Cricketer like you. You are a role model in all respect.I'm very happy to see your new record and form in NZ. India needs you for couple of more years. Your involvemnet in highest number of century partnerships says it all. WALL is back... only stronger!!

  • Tasha on April 7, 2009, 13:51 GMT

    I would be lying if if i said i was merely happy for dravid breaking the record- because, I am in fact THRILLED!! He is player with so much class and style as a batsman and also a slip fielder. Dravid has indeed been 'shadowed' by the Indian Greats of Cricket, which is a pity, but credit should be given where it is due-CONGRATULATIONS DRAVID!!Here's one for you!!! I hope you continue to be the marvelous player that you always are, and may you break further records!! Cheers 'Jammy' aka 'The Wall'!!

  • Ritvik Peddi on July 3, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is a man of immense determination , patience and controlled aggression, an epitomy of calm perseverance.

  • Ravi Rathore on August 27, 2009, 13:58 GMT

    congrats RAHUL !!!!!!! for this great achievement. i hope you will play till 2011 and lift the world cup for india..all the best "THE GREAT WALL OF INDIA"

  • Devikumar R on June 20, 2009, 6:22 GMT

    It has been a wonder & mystery as why Dravid is not in the ODI squad now and has been ignored from September 2007. The form & class and not the age should be the criteria for a player to get a chance. Just because one is 20 yrs old and lloks well built, you can't add him in the squad in place of a proven champion & legend. Kumble was consistently overlooked and disrespected through out his career and now it's Dravid just because he is old? Shameful!!! Jayasurya still plays. Hayden,Lara,W Akram, Warne all played till they were in prime form. Dravid's last 15 ODI scores-74,2,36,10*,46,92*,56,1,24,4,0,DNB,31,0,13,0,7. Do these scores deserve elimination from squad for 2 yrs.? Could u just get anybody like him now in India to anchor the innings & rotate the strike so easily? The young gen doesn't know what is rotating strikes at all.One of them tries to hit only 6s and other hits hard to long on & off only.It seems the list of legendary players in India will end with Sachin & Dravid era..

  • Arthic Leo on June 17, 2009, 4:09 GMT

    No one cant forget his great contribution to India. Especially his contribution worked at the lacking areas. After azharuddin left, dravid took the responsibility for slip postion and proved as one of the best fielder in slip ever. And after Gundappa viswanath, india dont have a strong batsman to stand and rotate strike in slog overs, Dravid filled that place exactly than any other player for more than a decade.

  • Harsha Hegde on April 27, 2009, 20:37 GMT

    Kudos to Rahul Dravid on his achievement. He has prooved his worth in all parts of the Indian cricket team.

  • nitin yashas on April 12, 2009, 16:47 GMT

    it is indeed a gr8 achievement as indians are traditionally not know to excel in the fielding dept although v hv hd ppl lyk gavaskr, azhar, sachin being vry sfe in the slip.hopefull y in the future, v will have a indian who has achieved the most number of run ots. and i feel that standing at slip wud defintely help in batting later as you get the birds eye view of the pitch cnditions and also gr8 batsmen hv bn gud slip fielders. kudos 2 the wall of batting nd fielding rahul dravid

  • B.R.Krishnan on April 11, 2009, 11:37 GMT

    I felt really very happy to see so many positive comments on Dravid's feat. He is definitely one of the few people whom I would recommend as a role model for my daughter. Actually he should be a chapter in the 'life skills' textbook for school children. His humility, hard work and determination are qualities that everyone should try to emulate. Hope he scores a double century in catching too.

  • Rajesh Sundaran on April 10, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    Its a honour to Indian Cricket......

  • sadu on April 7, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    Congrats Rahul and Thank you for allowing me to enjoy watching great Cricketer like you. You are a role model in all respect.I'm very happy to see your new record and form in NZ. India needs you for couple of more years. Your involvemnet in highest number of century partnerships says it all. WALL is back... only stronger!!

  • Tasha on April 7, 2009, 13:51 GMT

    I would be lying if if i said i was merely happy for dravid breaking the record- because, I am in fact THRILLED!! He is player with so much class and style as a batsman and also a slip fielder. Dravid has indeed been 'shadowed' by the Indian Greats of Cricket, which is a pity, but credit should be given where it is due-CONGRATULATIONS DRAVID!!Here's one for you!!! I hope you continue to be the marvelous player that you always are, and may you break further records!! Cheers 'Jammy' aka 'The Wall'!!

  • NEHA NATU(pune) on April 7, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    1st thing i wud like 2 say is HATS OFF 2 DRAVID 4 his gr8 achievement.he is my role model. he is just superb keep gng.. n achieve gr8 heights he is a blend of calm,focused bt down 2 earth kind of dude. KUDOS 2 DRAVID "THE WALL"....

  • fazal on April 7, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    rahul.... really proud of you.....

  • Joseph on April 7, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    Congratz Rahul...You are Amazing..We are looking for more records from you..You still have many more years of cricket left in you.Jai ho!!!

  • Aditya Mookerjee on April 7, 2009, 8:16 GMT

    Perhaps, Rahul Dravid always was considered as a slip fielder. The Indians, in the past, never really applied more than two slips, when playing on foreign grounds, perhaps. However, when playing in India, two slips and a gully were employed, perhaps. The test match mentioned in Adelaide, might have been one, where two slips were employed. This shows, that Rahul Dravid is considered a fielder, who should field in the slips, if a slip cordon is required. VVS Laxman, is perhaps, a more visible and spectacular slip fielder. One remembers the slip catches taken by VVS very vividly. Mr Bal, you have mentioned that the best batsman, make, perhaps very good fielders. Sachin Tendulkar comes to mind, in this regard. Perhaps, the high degree of confidence, and the good hand-eye coordination, makes the batsman, such a good fielder.

  • Surya Thapaliya on April 7, 2009, 5:46 GMT

    yes, no doubt about Dravid's ability as a slip catcher. but i would love to reckon him as a all-round fieldsman with great athleticism, contrary to what the critics would think otherwise. There is this ever lasting notion about the most contemporary cricketers that they have to live a life in the shadow of the genius of Sachin Tendulkar. However, the contribution of these players will go down in the indian cricket history as the foundation of new era of modern indian cricket, that got started when Sourav took over. MSD factor will take the legacy to new height.

  • Lilamber D Joshi on April 7, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    Rahul Dravid' ten thousand runs each in tests and ODI speak for itself in addition to this world record of catches which probably will remain intact for decades.He had been a perfect number three batsman for India and his captaincy was also good except for that declaration in Pak when Sachin was nearing his double hundred.All in all its an illustrious career.In my view he still has about two years of test cricket left in him.May be then he'll complete 200 catches besides other contributions for team India.Best of luck to Dravid.

  • Balajee Asokan on April 7, 2009, 5:30 GMT

    Kudos to the Wall on his extraordinary feat. He has not only been a good slip fielder but has played an important role in the success of spinners like Bhajji & Anil of whom he has pouched nearly 100 catches. Hats off to the man who has been an excellent ambassdor for the game.

  • Vin on April 7, 2009, 5:28 GMT

    @Conrad - surprise stuff by Mark Waugh. When Aussie lost their winning streak in Kolkata and then in Chennai lost the series. I don't remember clearly, but Mark Waugh got out to a very good catch by either Dravid or Laxman at slip. Post match, he said Dravid was much improved slip flieder and one of the important reasons for India's good showing. I guess, he meant to praise Dravid, for I have seen him improving as a slip fielder rather than being there from the beginning. On Sambit, I also find it perplexing that great test batsmen have been good slip fielders. One reason I feel could be their ability to read the bowler, read the pitch and anticipation of the batsmen, plus they all have good reflexes. In Dravid's case I feel, his keeping for ODI also helped him evolve as a better batsman and slip fielder. Hats off to a man, who has improvised every moment in international cricket and done any job given to him.

  • Harish kumar r p on April 7, 2009, 5:28 GMT

    well done great

    HI... ALL ARTICLE IS GOOD......HATS OF TO RAHUL DRAVID (THE MALL OF INDIA)

    WELL DONE MR.WALL....

    Mr wall of India.............

  • Ayaz on April 7, 2009, 4:58 GMT

    Dravid is a player of class ,and he has proved it from time to time.This feat of his is just one more instance that we should rejoice.Though he is one of the greatest slip fielders, I still feel he is the greatest batsman of this era.He has a good range of shots and is very much talented to play the T20 format.He proved that in the latter part of the IPL first season when he was criticised of his captaincy and batting.Coming into the NewZealand tour and scoring runs he has once again silenced his critics and has shown that he is made of class and determination

  • Kedar on April 7, 2009, 4:29 GMT

    "Rahul Dravid - India's finest slip fielder" Could it be because he was a wicket keeper earlier!

  • M.Jaikumar on April 7, 2009, 3:16 GMT

    My wall rocks......... There is a stage were every one told he has passed his age but he stood like a rock and showed why he is one of the great in cricket.... congrats for him for his world record catch....... he has showed in his batting as well, four fiftes... i just want him to make double century more.... MY WALL ROCKS FOREVER.... he is just a team man,he will do anything for india..... DRAVID GO STRONG...

  • TellasisPatel on April 7, 2009, 1:44 GMT

    I admire Rahul Dravid for his excellent batting and fielding skills, and even more so for his sportsmanship. After our disappointing defeat by the Bangaladesh team, Dravid was gracious enough to present two of their top batsman with bats for their splendid performance! It made me very proud of our team and its Captain Dravid!

  • Neel Valame on April 7, 2009, 1:23 GMT

    Rahul is the manifestation of pure sincirity, integrity, hardwork, patience, persiverence and grace all combined. It is difficult to imagine such a player in today's fast paced cricketing life where very few players are seen applying themselves to the extent Rahul has shown consistently over the last decade and half. He is an idol that will stand for long long time as solid as The Great wall of china. Rahul is hero in Kaliyug.

  • Selvan Mohan on April 7, 2009, 0:34 GMT

    We are now living in an era where cricket is trying to imitate North American baseball. Therfore, it will be hard to develop great calibre players like Rahul Dravid. Great contribution to the criketing world, Dravid Congratulations. I am also glad to see that Dravid has many fans, contrary to my belief

  • Dinesh Malhotra on April 6, 2009, 23:45 GMT

    Well Done Rahul......He has proved over a period of time that he's not only wall b4 the wickets but wall behind the batsman as well.....

  • Rasheed on April 6, 2009, 23:12 GMT

    To think that Dravid was once a specialit at silly point and short leg, the job usually given to the youngest member of the team....

  • Vtrumper on April 6, 2009, 22:41 GMT

    Congratulations, Mr. Dravid -- this is a record you should be mightily proud of. Not only do you have the most catches, your ratio of catches per innings is phenomenal and right up there with the best. Like you batting, this is an area where you have been consistently excellent. As for the chatter about spectacular catches -- an inept person can always make a catch look difficult. The true expert has a Zen-like focus and makes difficult catches look simple. the chatter is jsut that -- chatter. Thanks for your service to Indian cricket.

  • Peter D'Mello on April 6, 2009, 22:40 GMT

    Once in a way even a plane can slip by you. I mean you can fail to catch it. But its plain, that Dravid is a wonderful slip-fielder but what he has caught best is the imagination of the young as a role model. Congratulations Dravid! May we have may of your tribe!

  • KK on April 6, 2009, 22:30 GMT

    Nice article.. good read. And there are no grammatical mistakes.

    So Puneet - you are wasting your time at the University - you should demand your money back.. your writing style is absolutely horrendous.

    What tense? - You need to tell us how many you have been taught as of now... Because I am sure you have just started your lessons and hence are not aware of the Complex-compound sentence in present perfect tense.

    Sorry that is an advanced degree.

  • MiddleStump on April 6, 2009, 22:24 GMT

    Congratulations to Rahul Dravid. No doubt one of the finest slip fielders from India. But before we get carried away with the finest fielders of today, let there be no doubt that the Bradman of fielders is Eknath Solkar. Like Bradman's test average, Solkar's catch per test record will remain unbroken.

  • Chandra Sekhar on April 6, 2009, 22:16 GMT

    In this amazing report, Sambit bal stirs a chord in an ardent fan's heart. Inspite of being a busy editor, he puts himself in the shoes of a common yet passionate fan that wants to be a part of history, an event of glory. And he does it without any melo-drama and negativity. I say this because in an interview before Dravid levelled his record, Mark Waugh hoped that Dravid will fail miserably with his bat & lose his test-place before breaking his record! He later added that Dravid is not a natural fielder! It is one thing for frustrated Waugh to say such negative things, but entirely another for an Indian newspaper that claims to be the best to quote this for weeks on end, including today. It is this kind of grudging, left-handed compliment that leaves a bad taste, and it also shows this newspaper in a cheap, poor light. Sambit Bal does than reporting sans-politics...he enjoys with the fans the sense of history with passion & intensity...cricket for cricket's sake & not for money!

  • harishankar agnihotrri on April 6, 2009, 22:15 GMT

    Iam huge fan of Mr.Wall. he is like sun among the players.

  • Hamid Siddiqui on April 6, 2009, 22:00 GMT

    Rahul is one of best cricketers India has produced. He is an excellent fielder, and a batsman. His contributions are eclipsed because of Tandulkar's achievements which started earlier in time and the aura continued. Rahul's mental strength, physical fitness and many other things along with the wicket keeping role, leadership role etc. make him stand out. Hope he plays for a long time. Good luck Rahul and congratulations on an excellent and continued performance. We are all proud of you.

  • Ankeet Dedhia on April 6, 2009, 21:49 GMT

    No doubt he is the best.But did anyone wonder if it has any correlation ot being a wicket keeper. He has kept the wickets for a long time for bangalore and people tried to make him the WK-Batsman, the pre-Dhoni India needed so much. Was just wondering if being a wicketkeeper for so long increases your chances of being a better slip fielder.

  • Shahin on April 6, 2009, 21:44 GMT

    ok, i am so happy that Rahul Dravid has finally broken Mark Waugh's record, and i will tell you why im so happy because i could not stand mark waugh and all the other former players from Aus saying all those things about Dravid during Aus tour of india a couple of month ago, its hard to belive that it was not that long ago when dravid destroyed the aus bowling attack by himself in the 03/04 series in aus, thats what former players especially from aus do the just seat and jugde you and look at dravid in this NZ series he has gone past 60 4 times.

    i have been watching my hero, my idol a man who i wish was my older brother for a long time and sadly i have never seen him smile like the way he did after taking that catch. so i hope that smile never goes away and i also hope to see you break more records. so i think the next thing for you is to get that 11000 runs in test cricket.

    can you guys imagine a world of cricket with out Dravid??? i will probably stop watching cricket.

  • Chandra Sekhar on April 6, 2009, 21:24 GMT

    I have seldom seen the editor of a medium write words that ring so true to the heart of every cricket fan...this is because Sambit Bal, in spite of being a busy editor, chooses to get into the shoes of a common fan, with the same zeal, passion and love to see our cricketers reach great milestones; this without dramatizing the event, and without bringing a modicum of negativity. I added the last part of the sentence because I have seen that when it comes to Dravid, compliments by some media are lukewarm or even left-handed, with a tinge of negativity. An example is how a newspaper, claiming to be amongst the best (?), adds below the article the comment by Mark Waugh(who had a lot of axe to grind, & who wished Dravid fails with the bat so he is fired before breaking Waugh's record!): that Dravid is not a natural fielder! Kudos to Sambit Bal for keeping away from politics but emphasizing the achievement and the legent-fan emotional connection with passion & yet a subtle intensity.

  • Akshay Sanan on April 6, 2009, 21:21 GMT

    Congrats Dravid... U r my favourite n ill alwys b.. U deserve a lot more.. Keep it up... Cheers....

  • Dan the man on April 6, 2009, 20:48 GMT

    All........ hail THE GREAT WALL

  • KUNAL JANI on April 6, 2009, 20:45 GMT

    Yes I completely agree to SAMBIT.. DRAVID is the best slip fielder ever....His amazing performace comes from the high level of concentration he has when on the field and also due to the cool and composed attitude of his...HATS OFF to DRAVID... JAI HO INDIA JAI HO...

  • Saran on April 6, 2009, 20:36 GMT

    DRAVID HAS PROVED THAT HE IS "THE GREAT INDIAN WALL"!! CONGRATS AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU, RAHUL!!

  • Vijay on April 6, 2009, 20:31 GMT

    Congrats Dravid. One man who dedicated his life to cricket as Bats men, keeper, opening in pakisthan when no one dare to do so and even as captain..wt else we can expect from the WALL who saved matches in numerous occasions and he is the man with most suscessfull partnerships in One days too..if one comments he doesn't fit for one days after his record of 10000 Runs...we have to seriously judge the mental stability of the person who made those comments..nevertheless...DRAVID is DRAVID....

  • mani on April 6, 2009, 20:30 GMT

    One always gets experience after they need it; but if you tell us WHY YOU'D MISSED THE FLIGHT, we all would get experience before we really need it !! Great article...and tribute to Dravid.

  • Mahesh N on April 6, 2009, 20:26 GMT

    Thats great..Hats off to Rahul Dravid for the world record..but as rightly said some records are meant to b broken..and it was jst in the corner for Dravid thats it..!plzz dont even compare him to the Greatest ever "SACHIN TENDULKAR".. and if u see practically and logically Mark Waugh and Stephen Fleming were the greatest slip fielders as far as the modern era is concerned..PERIOD..He is a brilliant batsmen in test cricket but not comparable to Mr. Tendulkar

  • George Lifeson on April 6, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    Mark Waugh's comment - it's timing couldn't be worse. If one wants to point out chinks in Rahul's fielding armour, maybe Mark should have done that earlier, NOT the day before he eclipses you Mark.

  • Sudhi on April 6, 2009, 19:39 GMT

    Even if Dravid took a couple more innings than did Mark Waugh, we still have to see this - how many wickets fell during those innings? That should be an interesting comparison. Also, if they took 183 and 181 catches respectively, how many catches did either player *drop* during that time? Will be another interesting comparison between the two fielders.

  • venu on April 6, 2009, 19:15 GMT

    Since few of you are trashing tendulkar, I'm left with no other choice, "Tedulkar can play like Dravid if he needs to do so (Remember Tendulkar's 241, in which he cut down most of his favourite shots: Even share warne remembers this being an australian but not many indians), But can Dravid play like Tendulkar's game. Sehwag, Dravid are all one dimensional unlike Tendulkar. Otherwise, after tendulkar I've high regards for Dravid.

  • rajdev on April 6, 2009, 19:06 GMT

    Eknath Solkar is probably the best close-catcher ever to don India's colors. In 27 tests he took 53 catches, which works out to a catch per innings. That is a higher strike rate compared to all the others listed in this article. Rajan

  • Roland NaZ on April 6, 2009, 18:59 GMT

    Good to know that Dravid was a not a natural Catcher as stated by Mark Waugh, But if you can set a record at what your not good at , that speaks volume of the person... Good Going dravid..

  • mathew siby on April 6, 2009, 18:58 GMT

    at first i would like 2 congragulate dravid 4 breakin de world record for de most number of catches taken by a slipper..dravid has been always a great player 4 india nd he is well know 4 his rock solid defence i ws actually very unfortunate 2 hav been missed 2 see de spectaculaer moment wen dravid broke de world record hats of 2 dravid nd i wish him for his future

  • Ganesh on April 6, 2009, 18:53 GMT

    Sambit, You can't leave us hanging! Tell us why you missed the flight!

  • mohamad javed on April 6, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    hatsoff Dravid sir,actully who knows very well abt cricket for them dravid will be the best.he always under the shadow of master blaster,and with blistering sehwag.but dravid standstil with his superb rescue innings which he played wil tell abt THE WALL.he is one of the gratest of all time.i assure that its very hard for BCCI to replaces a player with Rahuls capability,ability,adaptability..he is best of all for me.he didnt deserve any credit which he has to get,he is a kind of player who is not looking of his own credits.but his concentration is always on game and playing for the nation.he is man full of pride and honour..we must salute him..jai hind

  • Raj on April 6, 2009, 18:20 GMT

    Well done Rahul.He s not only technically good in batting but also in fielding too.The editor had written his batting record is under sachin shadow ,but for your correction sachin records, hundred is only under Mr.Dependable shadow.Sachin s the player following Rahul.Most of the win for india s came after sachin & dravid presence.99% of win in abroad is only due to The Reliable Player.Most of the Saving match is also due to this Wall only.Sachin is a good player but not as technique as Rahul.Indian had never seen such a technically Legendary Cricket player in the history.Hats off Rahul

  • siddharth on April 6, 2009, 18:09 GMT

    my hearthfull thanks to rahul dravid "The wall"... I am a great fan of him.

  • Sourabh Sharma on April 6, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    good article... but i m curious to know why and how did you miss your flight ???

  • Rajesh NJ on April 6, 2009, 17:44 GMT

    Congratulations Rahul Dravid ! Truly one of India's all-time greats not just as a batsman but as a fielder too.....

    Wish him well for the future ! Well done Rahul !!

  • Maruthisa Katwe on April 6, 2009, 17:32 GMT

    I think we should acknowledge Rahul's pressence in the team despite what selectors and the board has in their mind. "Come on Wall be strong"

  • MadhuSudan Sharma on April 6, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    The fact that Dravid had not taken as many spectacular catches as he did might have prompted mark Waugh to make that "not a natural catcher" remark. Nevertheless, as the authod rightly pointed out, Dravid should be commended for having taken so many catches off spinners especially off spinners. Just as the way his batting is bereft of stroke play all the time, but not the class, his fielding may be devoid of those splendid dives but certainly not the charm of slip fielding.

    I think only Ricky Ponting has a realistic chance of getting past Dravid's record

  • Rajesh kumar on April 6, 2009, 16:59 GMT

    i missed this movement to see live..... but i am happy rahul did it.it's tough work at the first sleep.we can say that how rahul is physically and mentally strong enough.i wish to him for best future and fitness.

  • John on April 6, 2009, 16:57 GMT

    As it is said Dravid is a player who has not been given the due credit as he deserves. Congrats to him on making the record.

  • MadhuSudan Sharma on April 6, 2009, 16:51 GMT

    The fact that Dravid had not taken as many spectacular catches as he did might have prompted mark Waugh to make that "not a natural catcher" remark. Nevertheless, as the authod rightly pointed out, Dravid should be commended for having taken so many catches off spinners especially off spinners. Just as the way his batting is bereft of stroke play all the time, but not the class, his fielding may be devoid of those splendid dives but certainly not the charm of slip fielding.

    I think only Ricky Ponting has a realistic chance of getting past Dravid's record

  • Rajesh R on April 6, 2009, 16:40 GMT

    Kudos to the great servant (master) of indian cricket, truly a great team player. Wish many more catches come his way....

    On Mark Waugh - even he wasn't born with talent of taking catches in the slips (even he would have slogged at the practice sessions) not a wise comment from a good cricketer.

  • disbeliever on April 6, 2009, 16:40 GMT

    Well the stats Shishir lusts has made it even more ridiculous that Fleming is not mentioned by the writer. he has the best match to catch ratio in the top 10. far better than all the other playing in a team with a relatively poor attack. Fleming would have caught twice as many if he was an aussie.

  • Reaz on April 6, 2009, 16:38 GMT

    Mark Waugh's comment on Dravid as a slip fielder is another Aussie example of refusing to accept the fact that there are better cricketers in the world than those in baggy green caps. Ponting made a similar cooment when Lara made 400 breaking Hayden's record of 375. For all the elegance and style that Waugh Junior had, the comment on Dravid was really in poor taste.

  • Muthu Veeran on April 6, 2009, 16:20 GMT

    Congrats Dravid, at long last you have done it... you should have achieved this feat long back had only you have not dropped several ordinary chances of late. Anyhow, better late than never. The writer has missed out some illustrious names in slips like Ian Chappel,Sir Gary,Coli Codrey etc., Sir Gary could field anywhere and according to Sunnay even if had donned the Wicket Keeper Gloves he would have excelled there also!!!

  • Ashish on April 6, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    We should call this amazing guy 'The wall and the glove'! He sticks to the wicket and it also seems like the balls off the bat stick to his hands!

  • lsekhar on April 6, 2009, 15:46 GMT

    Congratulations , Dravid. I predict that in his career, Gautam Gambir will emulate the wall in the number of matches won or saved, and the number of catches taken. Watch out for this young man!

  • Vin on April 6, 2009, 15:16 GMT

    @Conrad - surprise stuff by Mark Waugh. When Aussie lost their winning streak in Kolkata and then in Chennai lost the series. I don't remember clearly, but Mark Waugh got out to a very good catch by either Dravid or Laxman at slip. Post match, he said Dravid was much improved slip flieder and one of the important reasons for India's good showing. I guess, he meant to praise Dravid, for I have seen him improving as a slip fielder rather than being there from the beginning. On Sambit, I also find it perplexing that great test batsmen have been good slip fielders. One reason I feel could be their ability to read the bowler, read the pitch and anticipation of the batsmen, plus they all have good reflexes. In Dravid's case I feel, his keeping for ODI also helped him evolve as a better batsman and slip fielder. Hats off to a man, who has improvised every moment in international cricket and done any job given to him.

  • Abhinav Chhabra on April 6, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    One more recordfor India now in fielding comes from the living legend "Dravid". One thing is for sure and we all can see the determination in those Eyes of Dravid to be the Best in the field and whatever he does.

  • Arun K. R. Rao on April 6, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS TO RAHUL DRAVID FOR BREAKING THE WORLD RECORD OF SLIP CATCHES. He is truly great and unfortunately, he is an unsung hero of Indian cricket. Very few batsmen of the past and present cna match his perfect technique, impeccable style, elegance, strokes that bring joy to an unbiased cricket lover. He too has scored over 10,000 runs and none of the greats or commentators praise him as they do about others (who do deserve every word of praise in their own right) Sachin Tendulkar is an exception to this observation. Go on, Rahul, play on buddy. Score more of your elegant runs and catch many more and be the first to break the 200 catches barrier! Lastly, the cricket scribes should stop using wrong words like batter (a la baseball style and hope they know the other meaning when used in a kitchen!)for a batsman, slipper (used on one's feet) for a slip fielder etc. Get your English right, for God's sake!

  • guru on April 6, 2009, 14:48 GMT

    well congrats am from guyana i stay up at 2 in the morning to see it happen it was nice a like the indian team more so sachin he is the greatest a dont like when people comment about him but rahul is very deligent cricketer a wish he him well and the record stay with him

  • M S RAO on April 6, 2009, 14:46 GMT

    Great achievement indeed. But Rahul has got many feathers in his cap and they have gone unnoticed. Or may be he is not publicuty crazy person. Let many more such feats come from Dravid the GREAT.

  • akp on April 6, 2009, 14:44 GMT

    why always needle sachin..just bcos more people would read it and start a debate...both sachin and dravid have served indian cricket very well in their own ways...one enthusiast has gone about saying dravid has played great innings, etc and made a mockery of sachin's contributions..well done dravid and continue to shine...cheers

  • Elvis on April 6, 2009, 14:43 GMT

    It would be interesting to note how many of these catches were taken with Dravid as a wicketkeeper.

  • Gobi on April 6, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    RAHUL DRAVID - A True TEST PLAYER.

  • hari on April 6, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    For the comment: "Mark Waugh had commented that Rahul Dravid is not a natural Catcher!"

    If so, it makes Dravid's achievement even more appreciable. As it shows how hard he had work for it.

  • Sunandana on April 6, 2009, 14:26 GMT

    I am very happy for this Dravid milestone. It is nice to note the unanimous accolade of so many Dravidians. I guess the happiest guy would be his son. Well done Dravid.

  • shankar on April 6, 2009, 14:25 GMT

    on a personal note i would like to remind only few things dravid served india in the maximum extent anyone could ever do he was india's best 1 down batsman even served in other places also he's an awesome slip fielder since ages (got the proof now) even was behind wickets fr some time

    now wat does he get for doin all this to india?? thrown out of indian ODI team SENIORS should prove their worth???? eh??? i think someone has somethin to cover for

  • maruti jha on April 6, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    well, what i can proudly say today is that not only dravid is " wall ", he is fortress as well ,with all the stores of garrison and ammunition . with big stores of beautiful sculptors all safe within his confinement. In the slips he is not only safe as a house but way beyond it , may be fortified FORTS , of yester years of old rajasthan. Its time for mad houses like ROYAL CHALLNEGERS to look and learn.

  • Srivatsan on April 6, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    True he may not be a natural catcher as Mark says. But he is the safest and artificially the best!! Aussies tend to squeling when they cannot do anything about their records are being broken! Remember when Mathew Hayden was vanquished by one called LARA!! Come on be sportive and encourage!!!

  • DILIP on April 6, 2009, 14:07 GMT

    Rahul is an Indian tiger with immense concentration as slip (world record catches)fielder and greatest no.03 batsman.JAY HO....RAHUL.

  • Harish on April 6, 2009, 14:05 GMT

    I feel very happy reading stories of glory of my favourite cricketer Rahul Dravid. I always admired his integrity, sincerity, selflessness and hardwork ethics. Wish him the very best in the future!

  • BIJOY on April 6, 2009, 14:05 GMT

    Hats off to a truely amazing sportsman. The Great Wall of India. Wish you the very best and keep catching them till ......I hope that day does not come for a long time.

  • j.p.gupta on April 6, 2009, 13:52 GMT

    Dravid is the best slip feilder so far...Best of luck for him for 200 catches..

  • vish n on April 6, 2009, 13:51 GMT

    forget rahul's record breaking catch im more interested in knowing why sambit missed his flight that he cant own up in public !! curiosity is killing me !! sambit please put me out of my misery !!

  • dev on April 6, 2009, 13:44 GMT

    Really nice article and great to see that Dravid is getting all the adulation. I am wondering if someone can come up with a list of top two or three international players in specialist fielding position. While growing up I had heard that Solkar was a great short-leg fielder. Will be great to hear about some of the other great fielders too.

  • Omkar on April 6, 2009, 13:43 GMT

    Rahul Bhai,

    You deserve the record - most catches by a non-wicketkeeper and you are a true ambassador of the game.

    Most recently you demostrated sportmanship of the highest quality when you were given out wrongfully caught at short leg by Jamie How off Daniel Vetori.

    Keeping on cathcing.

  • Ramachandran on April 6, 2009, 13:40 GMT

    Hats off to you Mr. Wall. What a cricketer you are and you will always be remembered for the way you have done for India both on and off the field. You are a great role model for youngsters to follow. Unfortunately you are yet to be bestowed with the title of KHEL RATHNA which you so richly deserve. Hope the Indian gov. does it quickly.

  • SBC on April 6, 2009, 13:39 GMT

    Dravid epitomises focus, dedication and sincerity. In the 14 years he has been around at the top level, he has rarely slipped the top. He is just right for a text book chapter in the Moral Sciences so that the young ones learn certain basic virtues of a human being. It would not be misappropriate if the chapter is called "The Great Wall Of India" visible always in the annals of Indian Sport Folklore! Kudos RSD.

  • Rajesh Acharya H on April 6, 2009, 13:33 GMT

    Its a heart warming feeling to see Dravid breaking records. He became the highest catcher as well as he involved in highest number of century partnerships. One of his great quality is when he plays he makes others to play around him. its true that he played in the era of great batsmens India has ever seen. but nothing takes away from players like Dravid and Laxman for their dedication, commitment, skill and above all their down to earth behavior.

  • Abhilash Dubey on April 6, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    It is being in shadow of cricketers like Sachin that the real worth of Rahul Dravid is, usually, not recognised by public in general. As far as, slip fielding goes, he is just the all-time best in India.

  • DILIP on April 6, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    Rahul is an Indian tiger with immense concentration as slip (world record catches)fielder and greatest no.03 batsman.JAY HO....RAHUL.

  • Abhilash Dubey on April 6, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    It is being in shadow of cricketers like Sachin that the real worth of Rahul Dravid is, usually, not recognised by public in general. As far as, slip fielding goes, he is just the all-time best in India.

  • Sankara Raman on April 6, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    Nice article Sambit. Wonder how you left out Richie Richardson and Dean Jones amongst great batsmen who were good slip fielders. Also, I guess for every slip catch Dravid has taken there might have been 1 - 2 catches which fell just short. Is it because the Indian wicketkeepers have always stood further behind than where they should have!? I have not seen so many near slip catches in any other cricketing team's slip efforts so consistently as has been the case with India. Wonder, why none of the analysts and experts have failed to point this out.

  • PK Madhavan on April 6, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    If catches win matches, RD has contributed his mite with his concentration and of course technique as you so rightly described. He is way ahead of others at this point. His batting has been good. To hear Arun Lal and Charu S go on and on about him, so negatively was ridiculous to say the least. Almost all the big partnerships of the series had his name alongside. May be a stats on that, partnerships would give another story of his contribution.

  • pratik- just another indian in auckland on April 6, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    rahul! great going with both the bat and in the field its nice to see you hit form, like the dravid of old.... I've looked up to you ever since i was a kid not only for your batting prowess...but for your humility and unassuming nature.. go strong for ever rahul.

  • S.Arulraj on April 6, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    Congratulations !! Rahul Dravid. I always admire Rahul's Game.

  • Ravi on April 6, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    The Wall refers to the 'The Great Wall of the Slip Cordon' which no batsman can escape !!!

  • ram on April 6, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    Congrats dravid for u r acheivement ...no doubt u r one of the best in the business...

  • Anil kumar on April 6, 2009, 13:12 GMT

    congrats Rahul GREAT WALL OF INDIA! wish u all the best to go past 200 catches...

  • Shan on April 6, 2009, 13:11 GMT

    It's a credit to Dravid's tenacity that he has hung on for so long to get his record, considering that he takes one catch for each one he drops. If he had taken all the catches offered to him he'd have doubled his tally by now!

  • JASBIR on April 6, 2009, 13:10 GMT

    1st of all my heartiest congrats to RAHUL.......he really due so much from indian audiance as well as indian cricket board and specially from media........and m so happy to see so many comments on his achievement n your well written column. I wish him all the luck.......

  • Nivas Kumar .G on April 6, 2009, 13:08 GMT

    Finally! finally! the moment came.Dravid took Catch no : 182.I still remember the catch he took of Harbajan to dismiss Mark Waguh from Leg silp.

    I think he struggled a bit between 170 to 180 .He dropped some sitters too and also his Batting form was also gone down. But now catching barrier crossed and also he was in fine touch throughout the series.Now ,I am sure he will catch up with centuries with greats in near future....

  • Nikhil on April 6, 2009, 12:56 GMT

    I believe that Rahul has been underrated, and is definitely one of the better Test batsmen and slip fielders. I am curious no one has mentioned Eknath Solkar, who is probably the best forward short leg fielder ever, and one of the best close-in fielders in general?

  • Praveen Rai on April 6, 2009, 12:50 GMT

    Congratlations Dravid! What a cricketer you are. You are such a great Indian and such a wonderful role model for all the youngsters out there. I am going to miss you when it is time for you bid adieu. But I know one thing, cricket or not, you will continue to be a person to look up to for the wonderful human being you are. Good Luck!

  • Harsha on April 6, 2009, 12:48 GMT

    It is True that he has not got his due. Even though he has won and saved many a test for India, especially abroad, he has not got his due. People he trusted have betrayed him during his stint as captain, he has never shied away from responsibility and duty to his country. He is one batsman for all seasons and all conditions. he has delivered the goods most of the times in trying conditions. Other batsmen score on flat pitches and improve their average, but Dravid has played in difficult situations unselfishly. He must be having reasons to give up captaincy when he did. He is a Great batsmen who played for the country, not for records. History will record him as a great batsman, even though we Indians do not give him his due.

  • Raghu Chadalavada on April 6, 2009, 12:47 GMT

    congrats dravid. SMG was also as good as dravid but Botham was the best standing closer than anybody and diving left or right he was incredible and was architect of english wins with his excellent fielding skills.

  • Pratik on April 6, 2009, 12:38 GMT

    its great that Dravid has achieved this feat. All the best of wishes to him. Though i sincerely dont believe that if someone has a lot of catches is a good feilder, i am not saying that Dravid is not. But it depends on how many chances you get and how many you grab. For example a australian has more chances of taking slip catches than lets say an indian as most the wickets taken by Australians are by fast bowlers caught behind the wicket whereas for india its mostly by spinners taking wickets at bat pad and silly point.

  • Ashish on April 6, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    For me his best catch was of Daryll Cullinan(don't remember where and in which year), when cullinan edged and the ball balooned just over his head(cullinan's), Dravid just dashed into him to take the catch. Shows his concentration and dedication.

  • Tejas on April 6, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    Another "theory" is that it is good for top-order or opening batsmen to be slip fielders (a.k.a less running), so they remain fresh when they are asked to bat.

  • Niraj on April 6, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    Hail the wall...... atlast Rahul has a record for his name..... well done rahul......

    nice article Sambit...... good to read it.....

  • Gururaj on April 6, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    It is unfair to say Rahul was always under the shadow of Sachin. I sincerely feel this is a media perspective. Look at Rahul's innings abroad during the famous indian wins. I dont think anybody is more consistent in the present lot as Rahul whenever India has won a test match/series abroad and not to underestimate his contributions in the home series wins. I also believe he still can play and prove in ODIs too. It is not easy to score 10000 runs in both forms of the game after all.

  • Vijay on April 6, 2009, 12:18 GMT

    Congrats to the Wall of the indian cricket team and the most stylish player of the game !!

  • Oaes Nanda on April 6, 2009, 12:10 GMT

    Really he is one of great cricketer of India and globe as well.The innings which was in Kolkata with Laxman against Aussies was marvelous and there itself we can know the temprament and patience.

  • Anit Patel on April 6, 2009, 12:06 GMT

    Dravid is beyond a doubt one of the greatest Indian test cricketers of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar. In fact he would be in great test cricketer bracket globally. Its no less feat to score over 10,000 runs with an average approaching mid-fifties.

  • Carthic on April 6, 2009, 11:47 GMT

    Congrats Mr.WALL..The unsung hero of Indian Cricket.We long for more RD acts either with the Bat or Field...We will miss you atleast for the next Quater....All The Best.

  • JAY TIWARI on April 6, 2009, 11:39 GMT

    Congratulation Rahul to be most catchtaker in test cricket. you have proved you r wall everywhere, infront of wicket or behind the wicket.

  • gopal on April 6, 2009, 11:38 GMT

    Congratulations Dravid. DRAVID is one of the best slip fielders ,Indian cricket has produced. I love to see your game. Play for another couple of years!

  • pradeep sagwal on April 6, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    Dravid could have done this achievement earlier but he was out of form in recent period Congratulation Dravid!!

  • c.venkatesh on April 6, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    nice piece on dravid.india had the distinction of producing the highest run getters and a highest wicket taker. but fielding was never been our strength. thanks to dravid we now have the most number fo catches record too. as it was rightly pointed out by sambit bal, for someoe who has resigned to the fate of eternally living in the shadow of tendulkar, at least now dravid has a record of his own. c.venkatesh

  • imran on April 6, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    it's a great achievement for a man who has been the rock solid for Indian cricket team... hats off to him

  • Viraj Pradhan on April 6, 2009, 11:12 GMT

    Few months ago the man with such immense caliber was not finding his form back, strokes were not going well and his fortunes were down..He has proved himself by some classic batting and brilliant feliding in slips. Not easy to catch a delivery which comes at you at 130+ case. Hats off to you dravid and we feel very proud for you.

  • rshn on April 6, 2009, 10:56 GMT

    I agree with Gautam: Rahul Drvaids best catch was in Australia and the batsman was moin khan, what a stunner that was!

    What a team man Dravid is, the one word that comes is that he is a "Selfless" cricketer, an absolute role model. Perhaps he is the last of his kind of batsman to score 10,000 runs in test cricket.

  • Syed Asim on April 6, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    It'll be more memorable that Rahul Dravid broke the catches record in a Test Series win over NZ in NZ, which itself is after 44 years I think.

    CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS RaHuL !

  • Sidhanta Patnaik on April 6, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    Rahul "WALL" Dravid has a wall made in his name at Chinnaswamy Stadium with 10,000 bricks after he completed 10,000 test runs now I guess someone will come up with Rahul "NET" Dravid and build a net with quite a few joints.

  • R. Singh on April 6, 2009, 10:44 GMT

    Rahul has the record - one of the best catchers of all time.Waugh,Fleming,Taylor, Jayawardane,Kallis,Chappels,Simpson and the rest who have achieved over 100 catches are just great - extraordinary feats. It just reminds me of the late Eknath Solkar who seems to be the only test cricketer with over a catch an innings.(27 tests, 50 innings at an average of 1.060) - just brilliant.The man had unbelievable anticipation - to be seen to be believed - sorely missed,premature death.

  • k s rathore on April 6, 2009, 10:41 GMT

    very good articles and i feel very happy to see lot of fans of Rahul other than me but it is true that despite being one of the greatest player and far away from selfish word, a calm and cool player who always put his best efforts to give the best his unforgettable innings of 180, 217 & 233 are greatest innings played by any indian player but whatever happened with him in last 2 year is not good like not being in ODI and failure of IPL though he makes his best, there is one more reason that people or fans are having less knowledge of classic game never likes Dravid and he is having lesser amount of fans but they are loyal not like those who likes sachin than sehwag and now dhoni (where is technique?)but i like rahul very much & i m a hardcore loyal fan of him and will be forever he is my childhood hero. congrts to Rahul

  • Nischal on April 6, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    Congrats RAHUL!!!..u will always be my best player. You never bog down of criticism and you came back hard and there is this world record also now..cool man..would like to see you cross 200 catches and make sure no one catches your catch record.

  • michael on April 6, 2009, 10:34 GMT

    Congrats Dravid!! best of luck. i fell bad when i saw Harbajan scolding Rahul.stupid harbajan must know to respect seniors...........

  • C.P.VAIDYANATHAN on April 6, 2009, 10:24 GMT

    Congratulations Rahul Dravid for surpassing Mark Waugh's record.Your orthedox and humility put you among the Greats. I wish you to reach the mark of 200 and more catches.Once again sincere congratulations

  • Sidharth on April 6, 2009, 10:21 GMT

    Dravid is a fantatstic slip fielder and deserves all the kudos. But my favouriter slip fielder is another Indian , VVS Laxman.

  • Agnel Pereira on April 6, 2009, 10:14 GMT

    As an ardent fan of Dravid from Bangalore days(since 1995, time before his international debut), I was fearing if Dravid will finally get to this record or not. He had reached around 170 catches quite fast, but then dropped a few catches, some of them were sitters in his standard. I was waiting for this to happen quite agonisingly. He didnt take a single catch in the last test match, I think his catches per match average has declined in the last 10 test matches (can we say its because Kumble is not there now?) but I am pleased that he took two catches this innings. He also has a record for most 100 partnerships (he added one more in this test) so, together with Sachin, has dominated the world cricket whether by their batting records, fielding, partnerships etc. And so what if both these greats havent been great success stories as captains?

  • Peter SIjoy on April 6, 2009, 10:12 GMT

    i always said u r the best and congrats for his recent success. how to play test please contact dravid, thats the only advise i can say to youngsters.

  • Jasper on April 6, 2009, 10:08 GMT

    Dravid's is a fine achievement and I do not see any reason as to why there have been a few who have discounted his great performances over the years. Yes, everyone goes through a slump in form in whatever sport. Why not appreciate the gentleman for being such a wonderful contributor to the game? Dravid made the world know the essence of patience which is the hallmark of a great batsman. And if you are convinced that Dravid ain't a good slip fielder, why not stand at slip and try taking a few catches off someone's bowling. You will then understand that it is no easy joke.

  • glibra on April 6, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    India's privilege to have this living legend along with Sachin. These cricketer will be remembered for all that is good about cricket for a very long time.

  • Arun.V on April 6, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    Very good write up , This record for Draid makes it more remarkable as the number of catches induced in the slip cardon and the type of bowling attack which india had over the span of Dravid's career makes it more remarkable. If Dravid was playing for Australia he would have had the pooportunity of taking more catches with the kind of bowling attack they had.

  • Jasper on April 6, 2009, 9:58 GMT

    Congrats Dravid! You are a great asset to the team and you are a perfect role model for today's youngsters. We hope that you will continue to enthrall us all with your allround skills for some time to come. Wishing you a ever lovely life both on and off the field !!! Salutations !!!

  • Vikram.S.T on April 6, 2009, 9:55 GMT

    The catch to dismiss Damien Martyn of Sachin Tendulkar is one of the favourite catches of Rahul Dravid. Even then, there is another catch which was equally important.

    The catch he took to dismiss Mark.E. Waugh of the bowling of Harbhajan singh in the 2nd innings 3rd India-Australia test match at Chennai is definitely a top-drawer- stuff.

    The Australian middle-order was getting ready to give a big 2nd innings target with a partnership between Mark.E. Waugh and his brother, but the Mark couldn't hit it past Rahul Dravid who was fielding at the leg-slip position. Remember, that's not an easy position to field as you are almost blinded by the batsman.

    Kudos, to the WALL. Take a bow Mr.Rahul Dravid.

  • Sanju on April 6, 2009, 9:51 GMT

    Well done Rahul best of luck. Well I do not agree that Dravid has been in the shadow of Sachin. Sachin is a great batsman. In test matches the first name that comes to ur mind is none other than The Wall. No one in the Indian history of Test Cricket can match upto what he has achieved. He has always been there when the team required him be it to win matches or to draw them. Think of any historic Indian test victory and i am sure that Dravid would have contributed in a big way in that match. In the historic wins at Adelaide & Perth against Australia, the 1st series win in the West Indies, the 1st series win in Pakistan & off course the wins against England in England. Needless to say that no one match up to him when it comes to Test Matches, the real game of cricket. As Dravid said "On the off side there is god & then Ganguly..I would say this for Dravid "In Test Matches there is God & then Dravid"...Keep Rocking Dravid.....

  • Avi Singh on April 6, 2009, 9:44 GMT

    As with his technically superb batting, Rahul Dravid's slip catching has been an underrated facet of Indian succes since 1996. Congratulations Rahul, it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. You have proved that you don't have to be a mean snarling Nel or Sreesanth to succeed at the highest level. Thank you very much also for giving me your autograph and photo at the Crowne Plaza in Auckland. Much appreciated, and all the best for the future. May you carry on for as long as YOU desire, and not on what the fickle public thinks.

  • Sudharsan on April 6, 2009, 9:39 GMT

    Congrats Dravid!! hope u reach the magical mark of 200 catches.. I disagree with the editor that he being overshadowed by sachin.. he s equally rated with sachin as far as test cricket is concerned.

  • N. Sundararajan on April 6, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    Rahul Dravid has been an extraordinary gentleman cricketer----a true Ambassasor for India, in sport. In the last two years, he has had the maximum number of bad umpiring decisions against him, and people were asking for his retirment, but he never compained. See where we would have been without him in this Series in New Zealand! He made great sacrifices by keeping wickets for India in several one-dayers, to accommodate another batsman and he took the heavy workload without complaining ! He never got his due share of praise amongst the greaterst batsman ever--but he never expressed bitterness ! And given the captaincy, the BCCI and the administration made his life miserable and he quit rather than play politics ! He never said a word aginast Mark Waugh who was openly jealous and said uncaritable things !

    LET US APPLAUD AND ADMIRE HIM AND LEARN FROM HIM IN OUR LIVES! SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS RAHUL, and to you too, Vijeta, who have supported your husband!

  • Keith Lawson on April 6, 2009, 9:33 GMT

    As an Englishman, can I add to this tribute to the great Rahul Dravid the fact that in our so called team we have no one who measures up within light years of his ability, powers of concentration, talent, skill, esprit de corps and just sheer class.It's a real sadness that we're probably not going to see him play again in England. His orthodoxy and humility set him firmly among the true greats that the game has ever witnessed... Good luck, - how exciting it would be if you DID play in England ! Perhaps for one of our County sides ?

  • chittaranjan on April 6, 2009, 9:31 GMT

    congrats Rahul keep going on. but am comletely agree with M Waugh & It was possible ,due to the presence of great bowlers like A kumble, Harbhajan singh ,so the credit must go to the trio.

  • Sathishkumar on April 6, 2009, 9:29 GMT

    congrats dravid! wish u all the best to go past 200 catches.

  • avinash on April 6, 2009, 9:28 GMT

    He is a grest player.Whatever he do he gives 101%. The record shows his love to the game.He is the player who is playing for countary not for own records.And Indis wants this type of attitude in player's and they have to play long inng's.

  • Abhinandan Ananda on April 6, 2009, 9:25 GMT

    Congrats Rahul - The Wall ...The word wall suits you so well...While batting the wall sends the ball to all sides of the park, while fielding its a very sticky one !!!...I love you Rahul...all the best for the IPL...Indian Cricket is so boring without you...

  • Chandan on April 6, 2009, 9:25 GMT

    For me, Rahul Dravid embodies the qualities that make cricket the game it is, marrying ability to hardwork with humility and grace. A couple of wonderful records and I hope that there will be more before he's done, I actually can't think of a better candidate for someone who has always played the game in the spirit of the game. A real ambassador and role model. Deserves far more credit than he has usually been given.

  • Abhinandan Ananda on April 6, 2009, 9:24 GMT

    Congrats Rahul - The Wall ...The word wall suits you so well...While batting the wall sends the ball to all sides of the park, while fielding its a very sticky one !!!...I love you Rahul...all the best for the IPL...Indian Cricket is so boring without you...

  • santhosh on April 6, 2009, 9:22 GMT

    congrates dravid for his record

  • Manasa on April 6, 2009, 9:21 GMT

    DRAVID IS GREAT! Great cricketer and Person!. Dravid has taken many difficult catches and made catching look simple. Only recently i.e., after giving up captaincy and losing batting form, he has dropped few catches. Dravid should not be blamed for that since catching is also a part of one's form. One has to remember that slip catching is not easy especially in test cricket where you have to be alert hours and hours, sessions and sessions and days and days. Dravid is great considering his fitness. As far as I remember he missed only one test match in his career so far that too because of stomach upset not due to injuries. Congratulations Dravid. Play for another couple of years!

  • srinivas.k on April 6, 2009, 9:18 GMT

    congrats to our own wall

  • Kamruzzaman Palash on April 6, 2009, 9:17 GMT

    Good article Sambit, thnx. Well done Rahul, very well done. With my all respect to those players who are behind of you in this category I believe that Rahul is the best from all of them. Not only that sometimes he was stand behind the wicket as a wicketkeeper. Is anybody there who has the this type variation? Mr.Dependeble- the wall, World best slip filder, Occassional wicketkeeper, Gentle & good mannered man- anybody, else RAHUL DRAVID??

  • marasa on April 6, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    Rahul..hearty congrats..

  • shyam on April 6, 2009, 9:13 GMT

    Guys , Rahul is got 10,000 odd runs. second indian behind sachin , best average outside India , responsible for India winning abroad over the past 10 years. Destiny has not allowed him to hold any batting records , so catching becomes his baby. Lets pray and hope nobody "catches up" atleast for the next 25 Years.

  • Sanj Sampat on April 6, 2009, 9:11 GMT

    Congratulations Rahul. What a wonderful achievement and just goes to show how importnat you are to the success of Team India.

    You are the best number 3 to come out of india and long may you play on!

    Sanj

  • BIBEK THE COOL on April 6, 2009, 9:10 GMT

    D-determination, R-resistance, A-adaptibility, v-variate, d-daring makes dravid the finnest crickettter of all time..................

  • RD on April 6, 2009, 9:09 GMT

    Congratulations Rahul Dravid. The innings he played in Napier alongside Gambhir was another example of concentration and selflessness. His catching has always been reliable. He has been the most reliable player in all aspects of the game for India. Just adigression, Wht's Shewag's mission in Cricket? Is he meant to swing his bat at wahtever is hurled at him. It's been proven that when he stays at the wicket with some sensible batting he tends to score big runs. How come he is given a free run? I fail to understand Puneeth's comment about Samith Bál's English. Poor man must be in awe of the western world. He will come to terms soon I'm sure!!!

  • ASWANTH on April 6, 2009, 9:09 GMT

    U r very gud dravid and i want u 2 continue the same way u played all ur life and u r my idol surpassing SRT

  • Stephen Holloway on April 6, 2009, 9:05 GMT

    Congratulations to Dravid on his record breaking catch, a truly amazing player. Is he the greatest ever slipsman? That is for debate, many things come into the debate, the difficulty of the catches, how many were dropped, how many of those were "sitters". Our own Stephen Fleming who i must say the ed failed to answer in his list of great slipsman is right up at the top. He like the rest of the top guys was agile, anticipated well, and took some absolte stunners, but was also prone to a momentary lapse from time to time. For me personally the greatest has to be mark waugh. For a guy having to stand at slip and having to read what ball a guy like warne was going to throw down in my opinion puts him at the top. Im not taking anything away from Dravid his accomplishment is still truly amazing

  • Sahana on April 6, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    It is very true than Dravid has lived in the shadow of Sachin. But the WALL still looks taller than Sachin in few areas, Catcing is offcourse one amongst them. Sachin tend to get bogged down at times, but Dravid will stand patiently with great patience. Undoubtedly Dravid is a special Gentleman cricket India has ever produced, a softspoken, never been into any controversies, always played his best and given his best.

  • srini on April 6, 2009, 9:02 GMT

    can you rewind to about a year when your greatest Indian slip fielder was dropping absolute sitters and was sent to fine leg??

  • Abhishek on April 6, 2009, 9:01 GMT

    More than the record it was v pleasing to see him smile,its been ages since we saw him smile,and wat a perfect match to make a history, a win here wud b an icing on the cake, Hats off to the "GREATEST WALL OF INDIAN CRICKET".

  • Prasad on April 6, 2009, 8:57 GMT

    In the euphoria of Dravid's world record and the Azar being the best over all Indian fielder we have perhaps overlooked one player whose test catching record is unbeatable like Bradman's batting average. I would like to draw attention of Sambit Bal and CRICINFO to the record of Ekki - India's Eknath Solkar - who took 53 catches in 27 test matches and one catch as a subsitute fielder making it an average of 2 catches per match - and yet he does not even figure in the list of most catches taken - probably since he played very few tests. I think he certainly merits a mention!!!!!

  • srini on April 6, 2009, 8:57 GMT

    This is final proof that statistics don't reflect quality. Mark Waugh was possibly the best fielder in the last 25 years after Richardson, Harper a.. Not Johnty Rhodes since he stood only in gully/point and Mark Taylor in the slips.. Mark waugh was amazing everywhere. He took some amazing catches and made it look simple with his soft hands. Think of 5 BRILLIANT catches Dravid has taken- you possibly can't. He took straight ones and dropped plenty more.. No way in the world Dravid is better than Waugh. Waugh played under Taylor and with Warne and didn't stand all the time in the slips. Dravid has spent his life time at slip. If Waugh had stood instead of Taylor when warne was bowling, he would have had another He is not even the best slipper in India.. Azhar and Kapil (when did stand), Venkat, .. Not sure how old this author. But am sure he hasn't seen the best or just fanatical Indian supporter who say Indians are the best in everything.

  • Rohan on April 6, 2009, 8:53 GMT

    Mark Waugh a typical Aussies mentality cricketer a nut case of his own. Seems quite jealous that an Indian has broken the record. And that tooo none other than "Jammy". Rightly said he dint get his due during his career, but by far atleast a record on his name takes him to the all time great list in the world. Indeed a gem of a slip fielder with tremendous agility and awesome response time he had while taking catches, inded he stands tall in this dept in Indian cricket. I wish him good luck and hope he crosses 200 before he retires.

  • ibrahim rafey on April 6, 2009, 8:52 GMT

    dravid is a very good player . he plays cricket with full sprit ... he should be in the odi team .......he is the greatest .. i am paki but he is my role model

  • S A Raja on April 6, 2009, 8:51 GMT

    Keep Going Dravid Bhai, you are one of the modest and humble person that includes Sachin, VVS and otherwise a very arrogant Indian Cricket team. Goods Show Mate and we hope to see u take the 200th Catch in the very near future.

    Wonder what these young buggers are going to do when all three of you stop playing Cricket.

  • Siba Mohanty on April 6, 2009, 8:49 GMT

    Dear Mr Bal,

    All these days, I have made it a point to wake up at 3.30 am to watch RD play and take those two catches to go past Mark. God! it happened today. He deserves all the accolades although sometimes, they seem to go others way. Indian cricket's greates unsung hero will always be its best man. Better than the best. Rahul Dravis is not just India's greatest cricketer, he is the best ambassador of sports too. Time we honoured him.

  • Mohd.Iqbal on April 6, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    sir ur right he is the worlds best slip fielder,he is great,im not saying as an indian,but just think that mark waugh no need to concentrate for long time in the match bcoz their bowling attack is good,if u compared with our bowling,the see our bowling ,really u have to concentrate hard to get a catch,so arguably the wall is the best slip fielder in the world of cricket,some times i feel the patience level of dravid is far greater than ladies,thats why is great,thanks sir

  • Abhinav Agrawal on April 6, 2009, 8:46 GMT

    Hi Everyone,

    I have always been a great fan of Rahul Dravid especially for the value of runs he has scored or for the number of time he has got TEam India out of the hole. The one catch I particularly remeber of his was taken in Australia in 1999 ODI series vs Pakistan( the same tour before which Lele shot fromm his hips about Indian players loosing 3-0 and their being tourists in the literal sense). The batsman was Moin Khan who hooked a Srinath bouncer in front of the square leg umpire. The ball seemed destined to hit the umpire, but suddenly it was in Dravid's right hand. It was the most spectacular catch i have ever seen by an indian fielder. Though india lost the match after having it well under control, the catch itself made my day. I am sure, even Dravid will rate it very highly if u ask him.

  • Nagaraj on April 6, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    Rahul Dravid, truly deserves to achieve all the great fete's. He is one great cricketer and a gentleman. Dravid is indeed a synonym of a sportsman spirit. Sincere best wishes to Dravid!

  • Anonymous on April 6, 2009, 8:37 GMT

    RAHUL DRAVID RULES KEEP IT UP DUDE THANK YOU SO MUCH

  • mathew livington on April 6, 2009, 8:34 GMT

    this was so awesome tbh. lol but i really like 2 watch RAHUL DRAVID in slips and he is so awesome so lets support him and RAHUL DRAVID GETS REALLY DIFFICULT CATCHES SO YEA HE HAS THE PL8TE RAHUL U RULE LIKE A MASTER!!!

  • Arun on April 6, 2009, 8:33 GMT

    Dravid has not just one or seasons left in him. If he gets his confidence back - which i think should have in this series, he has many more series left in him. He is one of the most fittest cricketer we have, He has not put on a pound of weight from the time he has started playing cricket, shows lot of character and commitment.

  • maniac on April 6, 2009, 8:32 GMT

    Aw, come off it guys..... only last test he was missing sitters and the same website had scathing remarks... we guys vote the same way.... conviniently forget the past and vote for our neta based on the last speech he made... one record and all praise... one sitter dropped and sharpen u'r blades.... boring

  • Mithun Hebbar on April 6, 2009, 8:30 GMT

    Congratulations Rahul!! Hope you play on till you reach #200!!(another 18-20 Tests?) It has been a pleasure following your cricket over all these years and hope you carry on for at least another couple and score 30 test centuries!

  • venkteahsa s talkadu on April 6, 2009, 8:29 GMT

    nice article goodluck Rahul

  • TMG on April 6, 2009, 8:28 GMT

    While I think Mark Waugh is the better all round fielder, I do not think that takes anything away from Rahul Dravid and his world record at catching. Rahul is a man who went beyond his natural abilities through sheer determination and strength of character. A true role model!!

  • Jayaprakash on April 6, 2009, 8:28 GMT

    congratz dravid, great man great achievements, hatsoff to tha wall of cricet Rahul Dravid

  • V. Srinath on April 6, 2009, 8:27 GMT

    Good article. Congradulations to Dravid for his efforts. The catch he took of Moin Khan in Kolkatta - i do not know the bowler, was the best in my opinion. All the best to Dravid.

  • G Krishna Kumar on April 6, 2009, 8:24 GMT

    Its Great Article. After a long time read a good article about Dravid. Even though he is one of the three best Indian batsman & one of the five greatest Indian cricketers, most of officials, Media, Players & spectators never considered it in that way, just because of his defense batting, without understanding how important his batting technique in any form of Cricket. He is true match winner for India for last 13+ years along with Sachin & Kumble.

  • ashiqur rahman on April 6, 2009, 8:23 GMT

    i really agree with the article.dravid is serving india team for many years...i like his personality....

  • Prasad on April 6, 2009, 8:19 GMT

    Hi Sambit - very well said - Rahul Dravid is indeed a very fine world class slip fielder and some of the past record holders ( read Mark Waugh) are just cheesed!! What makes interesting reading is Adelaide 2003 - of 2 lucky batsmen getting out to the combined guile of 2 of the game's greatest batsmen - c Dravid b Tendulkar!!!! But I feel the entire media should stop comparing the 2 jewels of Indian cricket - after all they are different in the ways they play and no one can doubt their dedication to the team and total commitment to a smart and able captain many years juinor!!! The comparision reminds of the playing days of Sunny and Vishy - who again were 2 totally different batsmen!!! Instead let us admire the greatness of these gems and their contribution to the game !!!

  • Mubeen,Mangalore on April 6, 2009, 8:18 GMT

    Congratulations Dravid,the 'WALL' of Indian cricket.Dravid deserves this record for his hard work put by years and we all Indians & his fans hope to see his name in top of the catching records in times to come.His dedication & devotion to the game has bought him this fame.Hats off to you so called the 'DEPENDABLE'...Good luck & Best wishes.!!

  • darshan on April 6, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    yeah man!!!! dravid is the best n truly deserves all the appreciation he receives.

  • Prasad on April 6, 2009, 8:15 GMT

    Hi Sambit - very well said - Rahul Dravid is indeed a very fine world class slip fielder and some of the past record holders ( read Mark Waugh) are just cheesed!! What makes interesting reading is Adelaide 2003 - of 2 lucky batsmen getting out to the combined guile of 2 of the game's greatest batsmen - c Dravid b Tendulkar!!!! But I feel the entire media should stop comparing the 2 jewels of Indian cricket - after all they are different in the ways they play and no one can doubt their dedication to the team and total commitment to a smart and able captain many years juinor!!! The comparision reminds of the playing days of Sunny and Vishy - who again were 2 totally different batsmen!!! Instead let us admire the greatness of these gems and their contribution to the game !!!

  • Umesh on April 6, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    Salute.... to Dravid. His nick name should be "Silent Giant". Never the one to give reply to every comment against him, he has shown exemplary maturity over the years. Congratulations to his beloved parents for giving such a son to Indian Cricket. We Indians should be proud that Dravid happenned in our time. Let us celebrate Dravid while he is still playing, for selfless/gentleman players like him come once in many generations. He is the absolute role model for any cricketer in the traditional mould. I hope and pray some day everyone recognises his true contribution to the world cricket as these days it is fashion to recognise style for substance.

    Rahul Dravid... please continue as long as you can and never be pressurised by the stupid media(which unfortunately includes few former cricketers who criticise you at every opportunity) reports about your 'abilities'.

    Extend your lead of Catches to "unbreakable". I wish you great success before you decide to hang up your boot. God B U

  • Sandesh Rai on April 6, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    He deserves this let him revel in it good on you player hope you crack the 200 mark

  • Parthipan on April 6, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    A wonderful article on a humble,unassuming, committed,hardworking,elegant, disciplined - hey the adjectives is coming in full flow when you speak about this genial cricketer. Thanks God we got him in INDIA. He always took the back seat ungrudgingly, to Sachin, Greg, Saurav.... LOOK who would ever dodge the keeping gloves for the sake of the team ( he was a parttime keeper, but the media and cricket crazy public would not allow a missed stumpimg or a catch )when he was a certainty in the TEAM ( he was the Vice captain ) Infact a very wise captain as well. Whenever he made runs I always felt it was my brother doing it. I just can't demonstrate the feeling that I have towards him. Reg - the fine catches he took, there are many. If I have to choose one, I will choose the catch of Inzamam in the 3rd slip, in a ONE day match in Singapore( i think ) of the bowling of Prasad, flinging to his right and taking the catch virtually mms off ground. Nice one Hats off to the Genial Cricketer

  • Ranjith on April 6, 2009, 8:07 GMT

    Congrats Rahul. Another Record.. I had been waiting for this record.. Finally Day has came.. You Rock.. Salutes to most selfless cricketer of all times.

  • Tara on April 6, 2009, 8:04 GMT

    Rahul is one of India's finest cricketers. He is someone one can confidently bet on in batting and fielding.He was the strength and the core of Saurav's winning team. And he still continues to be the strength of the Indian team. Congrats to Dravid who has never really got his due.

  • Arunkumar on April 6, 2009, 8:04 GMT

    Congrats dravid he always been overshadowed by tendulkar, showed his patience and attitde over cricket when he was out of form last year in india aganist Eng and Aus, the people in india who was against him shouted to retire, but his courage mad him to stay in and still going........ thankuoy draivd keep it up cross double century and become to reach it first,first indian

  • Arun on April 6, 2009, 8:02 GMT

    Congrats to the Wall of India. It's a treat to watch dravid taking the catches and by FAR the best slip fielder, India has every produced. Kudos to him!!

  • Harsha on April 6, 2009, 8:00 GMT

    Rahul is one of rare test cricketers India product well ahead of Tendulkar. The way he is batting , he has very good cricket for 3-4 years.

  • P.C.Barman, Toledo,Ohio,USA on April 6, 2009, 7:58 GMT

    Best wishes and congratulations.

  • Ashfaque Shaikh on April 6, 2009, 7:55 GMT

    I remember in one match when Ganguly was captain and he was fielding in the lone slip position in Bhajji's bowling. Two consecutive and identical catches were down by Ganguly and he got mad with himself and then he took himself away from the slip and placed Dravid there. It shows how much respect and faith he had on Dravid as a slip fielder. So, I completely agree with the title of Dravid being the finest indian slip fielder.

  • Thiru on April 6, 2009, 7:53 GMT

    Congrats Dravid (Mr. Wall).......you deserved to it.

  • Mathew Jacob E on April 6, 2009, 7:52 GMT

    Congrats Rahul Dravid for breaking the record. Noone is giving any credit to Dravid for his selfless dedication to the game. We should allow him to take 200 test catches. He is already having more than 200 ODI catches. We should allow him to play few ODI and give him a decent farewell from ODI. I feel he can play Test for atleast two more years.

  • Prashanth Nayak on April 6, 2009, 7:49 GMT

    a wall that can swallow batsmen!!!!! or maybe there is a snake in the wall

  • Vishal Ranjan on April 6, 2009, 7:48 GMT

    Good article. I like Dravid a lot, even when the whole world counted him out of the ODIs, I was there to support him. Keeping going man!!!!

  • Anish Mathur on April 6, 2009, 7:47 GMT

    Congrats Dravid, its your perseverance which inspires me and all hardworking people of India.

  • arvinth on April 6, 2009, 7:45 GMT

    dravid too has missed many easy catches.

  • Sushant Swain on April 6, 2009, 7:39 GMT

    It's Great...Congrats RAHUL...!!! You are one of the most respected cricketer in history of World Cricket...There is no doubt...I salute you...

  • utkarsh Sharma on April 6, 2009, 7:37 GMT

    I think i am one of the greatest fan of rahul dravid, as far as admiration is concerned. and the fact that aches my soul most is; that despite being the 'Knight in the shining Armour' for india,ppl have consistently criticized him for his so-called-slow-batting and lack of aggresion.But these ppl 4get what they themselves lack is good/average sense of cricket.they 4get (might b tht they dont know), that in each form of cricket,there is a role decided for every player 4 the splendour of team, and each player has to stick to that role;in order to advance the team.no1 in indian team has stuck to that role in a better way as dravid has.moreover,cricket is not all about hitting the leather with willow everytime(for that plz see baseball!!!),to see the man's contribution,see some of the records: most runs in a test series(both home n abroad),most double 100's,1 of the fastest fifty's,most runs in world cup'99..... so all the hypocrites, if u cant admire SHEER GREATNESS,atleast dont abuse it

  • kumar on April 6, 2009, 7:36 GMT

    Congats!!! Rahul dravid on breaking the record of most no. of catches. Dravid, I want you to play for atleast a year from now.

  • sp on April 6, 2009, 7:34 GMT

    Trinity of Indian cricket after Bedi-Prasanna-Chandra. Thats how I'd remember Sachin-Dravid-Laxman. Some may be surprised that i've left out Sourav. Intentionally perhaps, but without any malice. For all Sourav's greatness as captain, he was too involved to achieve immortality as a test batsman. With Sachin & Dravid we have no doubt. There are the best that any team can ever hope to have. In case of Laxman he is the unheralded uncrowned hero who showed us the pristinity and sagacity of Indian batsmanship on a cauldronic day at Eden in 2001. The day he showed the world that India would surely scale all peaks left in world cricket. We have scaled some of them thanks to these 3 fine cricketers. While we talk of all those catches Dravid took, i cant but reminiscence of the same day at Edens when he made his 100 and shook his bat at the press box in a meaningful way.. an officer and a gentlemen. Salutations for all those patient, professional minutes at the crease and in the slips !

  • viswanath on April 6, 2009, 7:33 GMT

    Wow... for the record and for the kind of awe this Dravid evokes. So many comments and almost all of them positive! Apart from his own stats which are formidable by any standards, RD has contributed substantially to other cricketers' records. Just the belief that the guy at the other end (RD)will remain at the crease, is such a major support for any batsman. He tires bowlers, reduces the opposing bowlers fresheness, giving the other batsman tired balls. 220 odd balls in the last drawn test, took the breath of the bowlers that other batsmen to capitalise (without taking anything away from Gautam Gambhir's innings). I dare say that VVS could compile a century because RD handed him deflated bowlers.

  • Siva on April 6, 2009, 7:33 GMT

    Very Good article Sambit. Also, congrats to Rahul Dravid. And again why did u miss ur flight.

  • Ambar Naik on April 6, 2009, 7:27 GMT

    I have never been an ardent Rahul Dravid fan. Leave alone ardent I have never been his fan. But one thing that will keep Dravid in my memory for a lifetime is his cool headedness. If I was the selector Dravid would always be one of my natural picks given his uncanny attitude of flexing when situations demand. He has always someone I look towards with respect.... be in professionally or personally.

  • Sanjay Rajapur on April 6, 2009, 7:26 GMT

    More than the catch... I was happy to see Rahul smile. I guess we have not seen Rahul smile for a long long time now on field.

    I makes a me proud that India has the Highest Run getter, Higest Catcher and 3rd Higest wicket getter in Test Cricket.

    Kudos India....!!!

  • Ruediger Urbanke on April 6, 2009, 7:24 GMT

    Truly amazing Dravid has been over the years. I thought Tendulkar (though not regular, partly because of injuries) also has been a great slip catcher. I remember quite a few difficult catches pouched by him, especially overseas.

  • Ramesh G. Menon on April 6, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    If there is one quality that has stood out for Dravid all these years, it would be his selfless contribution to the Teams cause. I feel, we as Indians have not really appreciated nor given Rahul Dravid his dues and this record would go a long way to keep him in the fore front for years to come. Given a choice, I would have no hesitation to pick him as a role model for my Son, for his sheer tenacity and fighting spirit against all odds. Hats off to Rahul for making my day........

  • sushant singh on April 6, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    MARK WAUGH is way above dravid. the author forget that he had taken catches of spinners like warne ,macgill ,tim may. since the author is indian he is prejudiced like many other indian who think only indian players are best. okay dravid has taken some good catch but off the late he has dropped some easy one also .MARK WAUGH was marvellous fielder till his last test . even JACQUES KALLIS seems more reliable than dravid in slips. but MARK WAUGH is greatest ever.

  • MADHU on April 6, 2009, 7:22 GMT

    congrats DRAVID.... dravid is a gentleman of the game..He has a great temperment and he is one of the intelligent cricketers in INDIAN team this is the reason tat has fetched him this record.. surely i believe THE WALL will BREAK many RECORD WALLS.. always INDIAN TEAM NEEDS DRAVID even though his form is poor he can contribute success to the team in any form

  • suresh swain, sambad, orissa on April 6, 2009, 7:18 GMT

    You are as great as Rahul. You missed Flight but Rahul crosses World record.

  • Aman Dhingra on April 6, 2009, 7:18 GMT

    *Reply to Kintu* Dravid has not announced his retirement yet, and he shouldnt. he has been a valuable player for india for many years, and as a senior player, is fantastic. he is part of the fab 5 legacy (tendulkar, laxman, ganguly, kumble & dravid) and therefor just his presence is probably a lift to the team. rahul dravid forever!!!

  • josh on April 6, 2009, 7:17 GMT

    Dravid is a class act. Its been my pleasure growing up watching a statesmanesque cricketer.

  • Nitesh Gadmale on April 6, 2009, 7:14 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS DRAVID on your achivement.i hope u will take more & more catches & no one will be able to break ur record.& pls.make one 100 run partnership with Tendulkar then that will be also record for Most 100 run partnership between two payers.i.e.17th.

  • karthik on April 6, 2009, 7:14 GMT

    The WORLD GREATEST PLAYER

  • Jegan on April 6, 2009, 7:13 GMT

    Really Dravid is a great wall, he protect his wicket and get runs when he is batting, in the another hand he saves run and get the catches behind the Stumps..

  • vineet sharma on April 6, 2009, 7:11 GMT

    heartiest congrts dravid............ he is,was,will remain the one of the most selfless crickter.......even today he has shown ,by keeping quite,calmness,when he took catch.. all these things made him such a great!!!!!!!!!!! god bless him!!!!!!!!!!..........

  • VInit Khandelwal on April 6, 2009, 7:10 GMT

    Dravid is no doubt the finest feilder in slips. Over the years his batting has been overshadowed by tendulkar, but as of fact he is still our preffered man in crisis and same has been proved many times in past. This one area (as a slip feilder) atlest remains where he has clear edge over all other players of his era and past. Congratulations to him. I wish he should play for atleast a year or two more.

  • VIKAS on April 6, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    lol...congrats dravid go past 200

  • Niranjan Shetty on April 6, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    Nice to read such an article. But why you guys not mentioned Steipan Fleming who had more catch per match ratio than others!!!

  • Raj on April 6, 2009, 7:08 GMT

    Hi sambit.its very coincidental that I remember that catch of Damien Martyn and Steve Waugh, that came just before lunch of Sachin's bowling and before reading this article I ever thought it was the best catch (Damien Martyn's wicket). Lately though Dravid has dropped so many catches, I feel that he has been the best slip fielder for India. I was always a reader of these articles on Cricinfo... after seeing the coincidence of the catch which I thought was the best, I thought to jot down some words as well. Congratulations Dravid...!!

  • Kiran Mohan on April 6, 2009, 7:08 GMT

    Dravid, Many Congratulations for another amazing feet. Wish you all the best. May you have an eventful year with the Bat too

  • Ram Hegde on April 6, 2009, 7:08 GMT

    Hi All, The article was very good, I enjoyed reading all the comments since I am the diehard fan of " The Wall" Rahul Dravid. In my opnion he is the best slip fielder in the world.

    Hats of Dravid.

    Ram Hegde

  • R A J on April 6, 2009, 7:06 GMT

    congrats the great wall he is a massive slipper fielder

  • Friend on April 6, 2009, 7:06 GMT

    A record like maximum aggregate for catches is very difficult to analyze as there is no data for the number of times the fielder stood in the infield, where most of the catches are taken in test cricket.

    There are essentially two things I would like to point out. Firstly, Dravid has fielded a lot less in the outfield than others like Tendulkar have. Secondly, his slip catching which was steady at best has deteriorated much like the downward spiral in his batting (not counting his very recent return to form).

  • Mahesh Balakrishnan on April 6, 2009, 7:06 GMT

    Good article Sambit,and congrats to Dravid! Maybe India's unrecognised finest allrounder and team man! Good/record partnerships in tests and ODIs,wicket keeper in ODIs,fielder in tests,best finisher in ODIs,Greatest Number 3 Bat for India/Maybe world.Unrecognised achivements for Leading India to away wins as a captain in WI and England and winning tests in South Africa,stepping in for Ganguly in the historic 2004 series in Pakistan,continuous ODI Chases and most importantly a humble person and a great cricketer.

  • K Varadharajan on April 6, 2009, 7:03 GMT

    Congrats Thala.. You deserve it more than anyone..Great job done..

  • Rohan on April 6, 2009, 7:02 GMT

    Congratulations to Rahul..Keep it up & complete 200 catches!!!!!!

  • Rakesh on April 6, 2009, 7:02 GMT

    A Very Good article on Slip fielding.It makes The Wall's position much stronger in the Team.Hats off!!

  • pradeepvetukatil on April 6, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    Congratulations dravid......practice makes man better

  • Anil Richhariya on April 6, 2009, 7:00 GMT

    I wasn't lucky enough to catch moment like since I was sleeping but it's a pleasant news to start a day with. I would put Jammie's concentration factor as as key to achive this feet. When he bats he almost meditates. Fabulas Dravid. Keep going.

  • Sreecharan on April 6, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    All of your article was great but not the claim about his finest catch, though there will be arguments about which is his finest, I having seen most of his catches and probably also the one you mentioned cannot imagine a better catch taken by than the one he took against pakistan in 1999, I think that was the classic chennai match, in which pakistan in their second innings had been going along quite smoothly -- afridi and salim malik-- until one catch undid it all to get rid of salim malik, let me tell you its an unbelievable catch and if mark waugh watches it he wouldn't believe it too

  • Sultan Akhtar Patel on April 6, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    I challenge your assessment, Sambit! In my recent memory, Rahul floored many catches as well, while fielding close-in. It has been a fashion of the Writers of all hues, these days to harping on the individuals! Why...Why?!! Do these writers want to be identified with the so-called greats?! What is the actual motive?!

  • Pranav on April 6, 2009, 6:58 GMT

    Dravid, the best there is...and the best there will ever be. The Great Wall of India. Congrats on the World Record. Go grab 200 catches, least by the time you take off your cap !!!

  • Ramani on April 6, 2009, 6:57 GMT

    Nice article.. good thoughts. The nickname "Wall" suits Dravid both ways - as No.3 Bat and a great slip fielder.. Wish him many more than 2 test seasons..as he stands up overcoming the obstacles he has been facing of late.

    Ramani

  • Nitin Vyas on April 6, 2009, 6:57 GMT

    Sakkat!!! Catch Maaga...u r Genius

  • prashant on April 6, 2009, 6:57 GMT

    unlike so many other players in the indian team, dravid's stature has not been so much out in the open. That shows the kind of a man he is. He is someone who really loves the game and plays it with all his heart. Aggression only does not earn you a status of a dedicated cricketer, but people like Dravid also exist who set examples by their character

  • Anand Chigullapally on April 6, 2009, 6:54 GMT

    Congratulations to the Great Wall of India (Dravid).Milestones are accasions to celebrate, I belivev this one will be memorable for Dravid in his carrier.

  • Kool Kat on April 6, 2009, 6:54 GMT

    Congrats to a true gentleman...whadddaplayaaaa... whadamaaaan... Keep it going, Dravid. You have atleast 2-3 years left.

  • nikhil on April 6, 2009, 6:51 GMT

    nice article!! its quite adorable that Dravid will have some seasons although chance to be overshadowed by Shachin!! who cares!! long live indian cricket! and best wishes for both Dravid & Sachin

  • vinu on April 6, 2009, 6:50 GMT

    It is very much disappointing; he is nearing to his retirement. Breaking the walls!!! Same feeling when Kapil Dev neared to his retirement. That deep hole is still there. India used Dravid a lot as batsmen, as fielder, as wicket keeper and what was not? without giving him enough considerations. It is pity to remember India refused 'Khel Ratna' award more than two times (even though world honored him more than two times)

  • Krishna Kumar on April 6, 2009, 6:50 GMT

    Sambit well said, but i would not agree to the fact dravid is better than mark waugh. No doubt dravid has been the best slip fielder india has produced. What is more important is the kind of person he is. records will happen to great players, but how well has is carried himself, answering all the critics with his bat. Performed when india wanted in this serise too. I would request one and all please give this great player the due he deserves. A player every child should immulate.

  • Paresh Nagara on April 6, 2009, 6:50 GMT

    Here is another salute to an outstanding cricketer ! Well Done Jammy !

  • Asim Shamim on April 6, 2009, 6:49 GMT

    Heartiest congratulations to Dravid . He really is a great competitor, a role model,a patient, determined character who has shown his class even in the most difficult of situations and will be remembered in the cricketing world for ages. Everybody knows about batting skills but he has become one who has taken highest number of catches almost unnoticed. "WALL OF INDIA" whether it comes to batting or fielding. "HIGH WINDS BLOW ON HIGH HILLS"

  • Irfan Khasim on April 6, 2009, 6:47 GMT

    congratulations Dravid.............. really dravid is wall of indian cricket team so many time he won the match for india compare to sachin tendulkar i think we are not suppose to say that dravid is a shadow of tendulkar

  • R Sridharan on April 6, 2009, 6:46 GMT

    Nice to read every item of this edit. Congratulations Rahul. Your are really superb. Keep it up. I would love to see you taking 200th catch very shortly. Once again kudos to Rahul Dravid.

  • Rajesh on April 6, 2009, 6:45 GMT

    Take a bow to Rahul! He deserves every bit of success - in batting and in fielding. Unlike Sachin who is gifted, he has worked so hard for whatever he is today and even when he is not gifted, he is still there, as the best, not even a bit lesser than even the most gifted ones! And what a role model he is...what a great ambassador. Kudos to him! I think he is most respected by all intellectual people, dare I say, sometimes, even more than Sachin.

  • SAGAR on April 6, 2009, 6:44 GMT

    Nice 1 to read...... Just want to add that RAHUL is basically good fielder in Forward Short Leg position as well. I think in slips Gavaskar was best fielder (I have not seen him much though) but my father told me he hardly dropped any catches......which I dont think is the case for RAHUL.

  • anil narayanan on April 6, 2009, 6:44 GMT

    congrats rahul on ur world record.your slip catching has been wonderful.1 more world record for india,we rule the world.

  • Pradeep on April 6, 2009, 6:43 GMT

    if he plays 25 tests for india, then his total may be 215 or more

  • Pavan on April 6, 2009, 6:42 GMT

    Congratulation Dravid, You are a wonderful cricketer, I remeber in a game in Canada against pakistan, Dravid was in 2nd or the 3rd slip and there was this bowler mohanty, he bolwed short of length and onto the leg stump the ball swung a bit and took the back off the bat and dravid has taken a blinder. Hail Dravid, you are Super.

  • Harish on April 6, 2009, 6:42 GMT

    The way he took that brilliant record breaking catch belies his age and the belief that he is not going to play for India more than a couple of seasons. He has taken difficult catches off both pacers and seamers and to take Anil Kumble's will not be as easy and simply as Dravid has made out it to be. And for the batting form he has shown in this series, he need to be in this team for a minimum of couple more years, till the Rainas, Rohits or Badris really get ready to take the No.3 position. But I dont think this great cricket will be replaced in any future.

  • Balakrishnan on April 6, 2009, 6:42 GMT

    Rahul has not got the deserving rewards in Indian Cricket In India Popularity is not for the cream of any area, profession sports politics etc.. etc..

  • Nagaraj on April 6, 2009, 6:42 GMT

    Congratulations!!! to Dravid, Wall is still stronger, Fantastic Achievement and also one more Excellent series for him. He is just not role model but also fine example for determination, hardwork, positive attitude and perseverance Keep it up Rahul Good Article Sambit Have a good day

  • ramesh naidu on April 6, 2009, 6:40 GMT

    Hats off to Dravid forthis splendid achievement. We are proud of you.Another of the man's achievements that everyone will play down. It is tough being Rahul Dravid, but that's the character of the man and what a role model!!

  • satyajit on April 6, 2009, 6:39 GMT

    i know that dravid is a good batsman,but not so good fielder.bcz he missed ball much then any other fielder.He can't run out any batsman by direct throwing.

  • Vinil on April 6, 2009, 6:39 GMT

    The best player... some one whose play itself is a training guide for others. Congrats Dravid

  • vissu295 on April 6, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    Congrats to dravid! He deserves a lot more than this for his contribution to Indian cricket. Hopefully he reaches to 200 by the time he retires.

  • Manjunath on April 6, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    After the record breaking catch, the Reaction says it all, such a composed and polished charater. I am sure he deserves much more appreciation. The value of his actual contribution visavi the numbers (catchs, runs, attitude) am sure is not even half of what he gets. Most of us would definetly have confindence over Dravid than Tendulkar (With due respects to tendulkar) when it comes to match saving situtations. Keep up the unbeliveble work Dravid and I am sure everybody in their hearts somewhere will know that you will remain as one of the excellent & greatest cricketer the world has produced.

    And Sambit hope you miss more flights, because there are more records to be broken by the Indians. Infact then you can blog lots more.

  • Shailen on April 6, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    Someone should tell Mark Waugh that Dravid the "unnatural" cricketer may have taken 4 tests more than him to break the record but in just 2 innings more. So the catching average is the same. Not too bad considering Mark Waugh the great 'natural' cricketer (whatever that means!!!)has a batting record which is a pale shadow of Dravid's record.

  • Ram Nath Handa on April 6, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is unsung hero of Indian Cricket. Besides having maximum number of catches in test matches, he also now holds maximum number of century partnership.

  • Nilesh Kamath on April 6, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is the most selfless cricketer India has ever produced.He was shuffled in batting order a lot in his early days.Also he never grumbled when asked to keep wickets in ODIs to accomodate a extra batsman.He richly deserves the record and now that he has averaged more than 62.00 in NZ, critics will leave him alone and no longer question his ability.I hope Dravid plays on for another 2 years

  • P.Satish on April 6, 2009, 6:35 GMT

    Simonton, brilliant!!

  • Gokul G on April 6, 2009, 6:35 GMT

    Truly Dravid Is A Great Classic Player. So, Its Just Watch His Techniques While Batting & Fielding and Learn Something. Wish Him 2 Play ForAtleast 2 More Years.

  • darius on April 6, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    Rahul u are a great catcher in the slips and now u are also getting some runs u are a great role model good work . Keep it up.

  • abhishek on April 6, 2009, 6:33 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is very good and soft handy slip fielder of india.Go ahead Rahul

  • Tanmay on April 6, 2009, 6:33 GMT

    It has truly been a great career in the slips for Dravid. For a man who has been the dark horse of the Indian batting line-up, it is great that he is being recognised for his enviable record as a fielder. In comparing him with Mark Waugh, however, it is perhaps inaccurate to laud him for fielding to spin bowling; if memory serves me right, didn't Mark Waugh take a bulk of his catches off Warne's legspin?

  • vimal g on April 6, 2009, 6:32 GMT

    rahul is a man who does his job as supposed to,even when he fails to make an impact in a match,he is one player you can safely say that there has been no lack of determination.now and very rightly along with being india's greatest no;3 batsman he has officially become the best slip fielder in the world making him indias best close in fielder along with solkar who weaved his magic at short leg or silly point.congrats dravid you deserve it and all the talk about not getting enough appreciation is invalid as such a thing can only be measured by what opponents think of you and i am pretty certain that every cricketer he has played against will tell you that he can be a real pain in the......

  • Shishir on April 6, 2009, 6:32 GMT

    Player Innings Catches R Dravid 247 183 ME Waugh 245 181 SP Fleming 199 171 BC Lara 241 164 MA Taylor 197 157 AR Border 277 156 RT Ponting 257 148 JH Kallis 249 147 DPMD Jayawardene186 142 ML Hayden 205 128

    One thing a cricketeer can arrive at from the sublime listof Greats, is all off them have excellent records in Batting too.

    Catching at slips or at Gully requires a lot of concentration as we were told: Concentrate on the ball.. Nothing else!!!

    I hope the younger generation can take a lesson from these records..How important it is to concentrate on the the feild..

  • darius on April 6, 2009, 6:31 GMT

    Rahul u are a great catcher in the slips and now u are also getting some runs u are a great role model good work . Keep it up.

  • davd on April 6, 2009, 6:29 GMT

    So true Sambit.I ve followed Dravid from his Ranji days and have been a fan eversince.. but i still think he's a better silly point fielder. guess he cant field there anymore (as he's a senior).. Feel sorry for him as he's always been overshadowed by the more flamboyant Ganguly and Sachin.. If only he could beat his chest like Bajji/Sreesanth everytime he scored a 50/100.. we would all be hailing as the best batsmen India ever produced..

  • Sri-USA on April 6, 2009, 6:29 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is a class act with bat, gloves, catching, on the field and off it. His batting class and technique have no equals in world cricket. He can stand tall along with Sachin not under his shadow for his achievements. I don't the way the Indian board treated this great man with integrity recently. I want to watch him play for atleast the nest couple of years. Good luck Rahul and thanks for the beautiful batting this series.

  • Aman Dhingra on April 6, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    let the record speak for itself. rahul dravid is quite simply, the best slip field in indian and cricket history. stay around rahul, we need a good, safe pair of hands if india is to achieve their aim of no.1 in all forms of cricket!!!! let the legacy of rahul dravid continue forever and a day!!!

  • Shankar on April 6, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    Congrats to Dravid for the wonderful catch and the record :)

    Good that you missed the flight. At least you could fill up 2-3 paragraphs of your article with unnecessary content. Also you have successfully passed on the agony to your readers by detailing your activities.

  • Venkatesh on April 6, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    Many Many Congratulations... The Wall of Indian Cricket...

  • Mindi on April 6, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    AWESOME

  • Santhosh on April 6, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    Congrats and all the best to Dravid

  • SENTHRU on April 6, 2009, 6:24 GMT

    The Wall not only for his batting butalso for his catching,congrats to the Gretest Indian Wall Rahul Dravid.

  • arun singh on April 6, 2009, 6:24 GMT

    Congratulations Dravid.......... I think he deserves more what he have achieved..

  • Manoj Kumar on April 6, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    Nice to read such an article . Dravid is great, selfless, quite. I lkes his attitude

  • Simonton on April 6, 2009, 6:22 GMT

    Puneet, the sentence you quoted is in the "Present perfect" tense ("have missed" tells you that). It is the perfect example of a "Complex-compound sentence". But given your sentence construction and the number of errors that you have made, I don't expect you to recognize any of these terms. Sorry for the digression, folks, but this was hard to resist.

  • Skand Bhargava on April 6, 2009, 6:22 GMT

    It's not for nothing that Dravid is called "The Wall". For nothing gets past him, whether batting or fielding.

  • lalat khandai on April 6, 2009, 6:21 GMT

    I completely agree with U sambit , Drivid who is really sharp on field and he had proved his metal many times on the field . The other catch of Jacy Ryder is also worth praising which you have missed out in U R comments . Well Dravid at a stage of finishing his Glorious career , So hope he produce more and more of such fantastic catches and entertain us .

  • Dilip on April 6, 2009, 6:20 GMT

    I think the photo is wrong. It shows Dravid wearing gloves. It is his photo as a weeket keeper.

  • Rajeev Raghavan on April 6, 2009, 6:20 GMT

    Hats off to u mate, V kannadigas r proud of u!!!Wish u could get more recognition, for the yeoman services u have done.

  • Ravi Kumar Putcha on April 6, 2009, 6:18 GMT

    As a full time Dravid fan I am glad to see him own the record for the most catches in test cricket. Here's hoping he can crack the 200 mark and beyond.

  • Sivakumar on April 6, 2009, 6:17 GMT

    Hats off to Dravid forthis splendid achievement. With Ponting & Jayawardne good 40 catches behind him, this record would be in the books for some time to come.

  • Mohan on April 6, 2009, 6:16 GMT

    Dravid's record speaks volumes of his reliability as a slipper. As a bowler, you always want fielders to back you up and Dravid fits that requirement to a T. Having glanced through the most Test catches records, despite having played more Tests than Mark Waugh (134 not out, compared to 128), and just a couple of more innings as a fielder, Dravid has a better catch/innings stat. And this is over a 13-year period, when India did not have the likes of terrific match-winning bowlers like Warne and McGrath. Nothing against Srinath, Kumble, Zaheer and others, but, it just shows how remarkable his achievement is. I remember one catch he took in Durban '96. Gary Kirsten was the batsman and Venkatesh Prasad, the bowler (both who are now a part of Team India backroom staff). Dravid was fielding at short-leg. Prasad bowled beautifully in that match and got Kirsten to nick one. The ball bobbled up close to him and Dravid had no choice but to knock GK down and grab the ball. It was amazing stuff!

  • Savaad Abdul Khadar on April 6, 2009, 6:14 GMT

    Absolutely right, he is excellent in that position since he started his carrier.

  • Ansu on April 6, 2009, 6:12 GMT

    So true Sambit.I ve followed Dravid from his Ranji days and have been a fan eversince.. but i still think he's a better silly point fielder. guess he cant field there anymore (as he's a senior).. Feel sorry for him as he's always been overshadowed by the more flamboyant Ganguly and Sachin.. If only he could beat his chest like Bajji/Sreesanth everytime he scored a 50/100.. we would all be hailing as the best batsmen India ever produced..

  • Hari on April 6, 2009, 6:12 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is my idol on the field . His technique is excellent . How can anyone forget those two catches in Adelaide . Hats off to you man . We are proud of you

  • Satish on April 6, 2009, 6:09 GMT

    People, people, people,

    Do not insult Dravid by trashing Tendulkar. The very fact that some of us here need to go after Tendulkar to prove Dravid's greatness is just an insult to Dravid.

    Tendulkar is Immortal in his own right and Dravid is Legendary in his own.

  • Tanha Safar on April 6, 2009, 6:09 GMT

    i was wating 4 dat 182nd catch, finally its finished, i am really happy dat rahul brake stupid aussi record, Nice blog with lot of comments enjoying reading every single comment, Good Mr.Sambit Thanks ..

  • Bala on April 6, 2009, 6:08 GMT

    good one Sambit....Dravid is still a Great Wall of India not only in batting but in Slip catching as well, as slip catches won't slip again.....

  • Prashant on April 6, 2009, 6:05 GMT

    hi Sambit, i think Dravid was an excellent forward short-leg fielder as well.. in his early days.. with him & Mongia and Azhar round the bat, Kumble's chances of getting his victims caught was very high.. i think we sorely miss him as a fielder/catcher at that position.. now that we have Laxman & Veeru as good slip fielders..

    But any which way.. it is an awesome achievement to see an Indian at the top of a fielding record.. it is even more awesome that Dravid is that man.. Kudos to The Wall..

  • Siva on April 6, 2009, 6:03 GMT

    Dravid, he is a great cricketer and the name which he has "The Wall"... No one can replace him. Really fantastic to watch him on the field, takes good catches in the slip cordon, rarely misses few. Still couple more years left for him to carry on his skills with team India.

  • Satish on April 6, 2009, 6:02 GMT

    India's finest slip fielder is quite an unfair comment. He is one of the finest ever in Test cricket.

    He had recently mentioned his favourite catches to CI and I think the one in Chennai in that epic series where he took Mark Waugh at Leg-gully was unbelievable. Ganguly had earlier let a similar chance pass so Dravid went there and that was an absolute stunner.

  • srivathsan on April 6, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    very good article sambit. I wish You miss more flights so that Dravid improves his record there by helping india win Matches.

  • Anand on April 6, 2009, 6:00 GMT

    Kudos to The Wall on the milestone..may he catch many more to take India to victories...a well drafted blog too...

  • Piyush on April 6, 2009, 5:58 GMT

    Many Many Congratulations... The Wall of Indian Test Cricket...

  • Siddharth Pandit on April 6, 2009, 5:57 GMT

    Dravid, in my opinion, has done pretty well all over these years. I don't rate him high enough but the criticism for Mark Waugh took me off. I believe dravid has certainly dropped and misjudged more catches than Waugh but then did Waugh stand at first slip to kumble. I feel c Dravid b Kumble has been the story of dravid's life and when these catches travel at 50-60 kms/hr you tend to miss those. Kumble owes a lot to dravid for his success and probably India too.

  • KSM SUNDARAM on April 6, 2009, 5:57 GMT

    JAMMY is undoubtedly one of the greatest slip fielders of all times. I agree with Sambhit that his catch of Damien Martyn off SRT's bowling in the 2003-04 Adelaide test was undoubtedly one of the greatest catches.I have also seen Mark 'Tubby' Taylor taking a couple of catches in this fashion.

    However I disagree with Sambhit about Dravid being a better slip fielder than SMG. The "Little Master" was undoubtedly India's greatest slip fielder. His lack of height and smaller hands (hence smaller fingers) did not stop him from pouching 108 catches for India (mostly in slips). Also the greatness of a catcher lies in conversion rate of opportunities and not just catches held. I can hardly remember Gavaskar dropping any catch (even at 39). Whereas Jammy has had some embarassing misses.

  • Rohit on April 6, 2009, 5:56 GMT

    at last he did it.he broke the world record of maximun catches.i thougt it could happen in the second test match.when he missed the JS ryder catch ,which came in a flash to his head.it is not a ezy one to take.the reaction time is 0.34 secs. he missed it .

  • ROHIT on April 6, 2009, 5:55 GMT

    Yes.,

    Rahul dravid is best slip fielder of world..

  • Vijay on April 6, 2009, 5:55 GMT

    I couldn't agree with you more. Dravid has not received all the accolades that he deserves for his achievements with the bat. Concerning catches , he is on his own and certainly will be top of the list for a long time to come ...

  • Salil on April 6, 2009, 5:55 GMT

    Sambit,

    That was quite a nice little tribute to Dravid. I am not sure a lot of people really understand the significance of his contribution, since the number or runs he has scored is not proportional to their value.

    Liked the statement - 'Dravid has spent a lifetime in Sachin Tendulkar's shadow and the big batting records were never going to be his.'

    Thanks for missing your flight, rather writing this piece :-)

    Cheers, Salil

  • N Murugan on April 6, 2009, 5:55 GMT

    A well deserved pat on the back for a great cricketer. My favourite unsung hero, a man one can look up to. Well deserved and I do hope he goes on for a few more seasons. Men like Dravid are rare, and cricket will be the loser when he bids farewell.

  • Keerthivasan on April 6, 2009, 5:50 GMT

    As said by the author Rahul is one of the best slip fielder India ever had or say India will ever have. But he has never been in the limelight for any of his records. be it the most number of hundred partnership or century against all test playing nations in their home ground. i hope he gets the much deserved appreciation befor his farewell.

  • rahul on April 6, 2009, 5:50 GMT

    congratulations dravid... i missed you catch in the morning because of power faliure. but am very happy abhi.

  • Santhosh on April 6, 2009, 5:48 GMT

    Bingo! The first catch that comes to my mind when thinking of Dravid as a slip fielder is the one off Tendulkar in Adelaide as you mentioned. He is a real great slip fielder.

  • Shantaram on April 6, 2009, 5:47 GMT

    Another of the man's achievements that everyone will play down. It is tough being Rahul Dravid, but that's the character of the man - what a cricketer and what a role model!!

  • Pankaj on April 6, 2009, 5:47 GMT

    Very well Said and I blindly support to your comment! Rahul has rarely disappointed us at slips. Am thanking him for making my day worth. Getting at 3.30/04.00 am, I am habitual now. Feels great for the Records that I could see by Sachin, Gambhir, Viru, Dhoni, Zhareer and yes I am proudly going to tell my kids 'Hey...I have seen those Matches', it feels really great. Thanks to Indian Team for making people like me Alive.

  • Venkata Veldanda on April 6, 2009, 5:47 GMT

    Its really great to see Dravid making this World Record of holding highest no.of catches. What would be interesting is to see the ratio of Catches he held to that off the chances he got in comparison to Mark Waugh!. Can Somebody Post on this.....

  • selvakumar on April 6, 2009, 5:46 GMT

    yes he is an excellent slip fielder he has a long run to go for tat especially in test cricket

  • Muralidharan on April 6, 2009, 5:46 GMT

    It is a fantastic achievement. By the way do we have nformation of catches have been dropped by Waugh/Dravid?

  • piyush bakshi on April 6, 2009, 5:44 GMT

    dravid has the record. but for the number of catches he drops, he would've had 250 catches by now. a little like kapil limping to his 432nd wicket... little more than an average catcher.

  • safdar khan on April 6, 2009, 5:44 GMT

    rahul dravid is one of the finest n stylish cricketer in indian cricket team after mohd azharuddin.

  • Gokul on April 6, 2009, 5:44 GMT

    Congratulations Rahul! With many a batting stalwarts in India, this is a unique record which no one else can match.

  • Tanmay on April 6, 2009, 5:43 GMT

    It has truly been a great career in the slips for Dravid. For a man who has been the dark horse of the Indian batting line-up, it is great that he is being recognised for his enviable record as a fielder. In comparing him with Mark Waugh, however, it is perhaps inaccurate to laud him for fielding to spin bowling; if memory serves me right, didn't Mark Waugh take a bulk of his catches off Warne's legspin?

  • Badal Mahottam on April 6, 2009, 5:43 GMT

    Rahul is really fantastic in sleep fielding.

  • Ananth on April 6, 2009, 5:42 GMT

    This is a remarkable feat acheived by Rahul. A wonderful post on how tough it is to reach No.182 for a slip fielder in test matches. Kudos to Rahul and to this wonderful post Sambit.

  • CricFan on April 6, 2009, 5:42 GMT

    Samit, Its a very nice article but one thing you forgot to mention is the number of catches. That would have been a good one to include.

  • mombasa on April 6, 2009, 5:42 GMT

    may be it all happened too far back for people to remember, but dravid has taken some sensational catches at forward short leg in the early part of his career. the home series against south africa in 96-97 stands out in this regard.

  • Kiran on April 6, 2009, 5:42 GMT

    Yes absolutely, that Martyn blinder he took in Adelaide will always be etched in my memory, thou I felt the one he took in the very next Sachin over to dismiss Steve Waugh was equally good. Still remember Sachin jumping for joy as if he won the World Cup...lol

  • Kintu on April 6, 2009, 5:41 GMT

    Weldone Dravid. You made the record in your LAST TEST. We all wish you very best in your retired life.

  • Brendan Layton on April 6, 2009, 5:41 GMT

    What makes Dravid superb is the fact he rarely drops catches, much like Mark Taylor. Mark Waugh took some of the most staggeringly difficult catches I've ever seen (And in his Mark Waugh way made them look relatively simple) but he was never as safe and relaible as the Dravid/Taylor/Jayawardene breed.

    Well done Rahul. Couldn't happen to a nicer person really.

  • Mahendra Dighe on April 6, 2009, 5:40 GMT

    I think in ODI cricket, he has taken many spectacular catches. I remember one of them which he took in SA against SA. Here he was standing at short leg, he took catch when the batsman hit a full blooded pull shot. This was one of amazing catch I have ever seen.

  • puneet on April 6, 2009, 5:40 GMT

    Oh god, every sentence has a grammatical mistake. Your writing style is really bad. I was shocked to see that you are the editor. I had exact same writing style like you but now studying in western university and interacting with native speakers i can't believe how bad our writing skills are. "So despite waking up at 4am and getting to the airport well in time I have missed my flight to Chennai for a reason so silly that I can't bring myself to own it up in public. " what tense it is?...there is a problem in every sentence and i mean it....every sentence....

  • Grant on April 6, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    Dravid maybe pretty good, but you left out a kiwi who I reckon is the greatest slipper ever. Jeremy Coney made them look easy, regardless how fast or slow they were coming at him. None better

  • Deepak Tripathy on April 6, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    Dravid is not only the wall of Indian batting line up but also the wall in slip. I have seen him closely and found that hes performance increases while standing among tendulkar and laxman. Recall the body language of dravid when Md. Kaif was fielding in slip.

  • satish on April 6, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    Dravid is a great player & teamman.

  • Sri Harsha K on April 6, 2009, 5:38 GMT

    While i agree that Dravid is a very good slip fielder, i think Laxman is equally good in slips. He hasn't had that many oppurtunites as a slip fielder as Dravid while the spinners are at play.

  • Praveen Khanna on April 6, 2009, 5:38 GMT

    Yeah undoubtedly Rahul Dravid is one of the finest slip fielders ever to have played the game. What makes him so great is that he has fielded in the slips for some of the best spinners, especially for bowlers like Anil kumble who can make things going tough .

    Hats off to Rahul Dravid .

  • raghuveer on April 6, 2009, 5:38 GMT

    I wholeheartely congratulate Dravid for having surpassed Mark Waugh's record. It's an other milestone for Dravid and one should not forget the world record that Dravid surpassed as far as century partnership is concerned. It's said that Dravid and Laxman were in the shadows of Sachin, however their superb batting display and playing at crucial junctures to save the match cannot be disputed. These 3 were the best of the cricketers of our era a sporting legend and icons for the youngsters to emulate. The whole world will agree with me in saluting them for their utmost sportsmanship. The Nation is proud of these legends. Dravid in particular has always put the team before anything else, he has played down the order, kept the wickets and played to the situation of the game. He is ever eager to learn and has always been a true leader in promoting youngsters. He is ever ready to play under anybody and that shows his immaculate nature and the diehardship to perform. My salutations

  • RAVI PRASAD on April 6, 2009, 5:38 GMT

    Nice to see Sambit Bal writing about unsung hero of Indian cricket, that too on his fielding. If I am not wrong Dravid also holds record for highest catch in combination-caught Dravid bowled Kumble.

  • P.R.Kishore Kumar on April 6, 2009, 5:37 GMT

    What a great slip fielder in India. I seen lot of great catches at slip by him.

  • kishu on April 6, 2009, 5:36 GMT

    dravid is one of the best slip fielders in the world.hope so he keeps going with new record

  • Ramdas on April 6, 2009, 5:36 GMT

    Congrats Rahul... u rock !!!

  • Mayur Baruah on April 6, 2009, 5:36 GMT

    yap..I totally agree with you Sambit...D way the catching has been for Dravid, he could be a real master...the cluster behind the Wall...!!

  • Bal Panicker on April 6, 2009, 5:36 GMT

    Dravid is perhaps the most dependable batsmen and slip fielder od India players , all time. He makes slip catching looks easy . No show, no flomboyance no drama, he does his job quietly and efficiently. How many test matches he has won , saved for Indi aby his resolute , determined batting and outstanding catching, but the media and public at large do not give him the respect and the credit he so richly deserves! Keep gong well for another three seasons , you are the best close in fieldsman India has ever seen .

  • Ram on April 6, 2009, 5:35 GMT

    Definitely..he is a master peice, but most of the time he was cornered. I would say "Best Test Player of all the Time(s)".

    Signed, The Wall "fan"

  • Anonymous on April 6, 2009, 5:34 GMT

    That was really a good writing about the wall of indian cricket ., I always loved to watch dravid at slips. ..

  • safdar khan on April 6, 2009, 5:34 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is one of the finest n stylish cricketer in indian cricket team after Mohammed Azharuddin,

  • safdar khan on April 6, 2009, 5:34 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is one of the finest n stylish cricketer in indian cricket team after Mohammed Azharuddin,

  • hanif on April 6, 2009, 5:34 GMT

    I think that it is unfair on your and everyone else's part to say that Dravid has always remained under the shadows of Tendulkar. True, that he has broken the catching recording in slips but he has been the utmost pillar of Indian batting line-up as well. He has helped India win and save more matches than Tendulkar. In addition, Tendulkar has almost failed to live up to his reputation at far greater times than Dravid throughout his career. Dravid's innings of 180 and 233, and 270 set up memorable victories for India at home and abroad. I do not think that Tendulkar has been able to do it in such an emphatic manner for India the way he gets the top billing. Let's not forget his great innings of 217 nunder heavy clouds at Oval when the ball was swinging, moving and rising at pace in England and India needed someone to stand up against all odds to draw the match. Last but not the least, Dravid has made Tendulkar look good for past 12 years. Please give Dravid his own life. Thanks.

  • Adarsh on April 6, 2009, 5:33 GMT

    Its a shame that Dravid has still not got the due respect that he deserves. All these years, when wickets were crumbling at one end, this guy with his tiny head in the helmet would sweat it out in the middle and stand like a rock. He has rescued India from troubles umpteen number of times.His contribution to Indian Cricket is immense.And to add another feather in his cap is the record which he owns today for the highest number of catches. He is truly 'The Wall' both with the bat and with the ball.

  • Srini on April 6, 2009, 5:33 GMT

    Good article. Congrats Rahul.

  • binod singh on April 6, 2009, 5:33 GMT

    yes........ U r correct. Its really worth to watch the record made live rather replays..:)

  • venkat on April 6, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    Hi, this is venkat, Rahul Dravid has all the ingredients of a good slipper and a Good batsmen more over Slip catching requires good technique

  • ghostchilly on April 6, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    Well done Dravid...I'm sure we'll see u catch a few more for atleast another year.

  • Leon S on April 6, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    Although he's been in the shadow of Sachin, there's absolutely no doubt that Rahul Sharad Dravid, has been almost as good as the little master in all forms of the game for more than a decade now. He's slip fielding's been just a tiny part of his on-field prowess, one can never undermine his batting and the accolades he's brought to his dearest mom - INDIA!

  • abid raja on April 6, 2009, 5:31 GMT

    Yeah Dravid is real player.great wall from india he played well in both oni an test.he made new record in catchin position.congrat to him.

  • Mohamad Dawood on April 6, 2009, 5:31 GMT

    For a good gentle sportsman that he is, even the God helps him achieve some rare feats and I pray in earnest to give him more cricketing days to play for India.

  • Jayaraman I on April 6, 2009, 5:31 GMT

    I fully agree with the editor and enjoyed reading his blog but what amused me of Steve Waugh's comments about Dravid's slip catching.

  • snehal patel on April 6, 2009, 5:30 GMT

    Congo ! Mr. WALL!. We knew that you were to come to this milestone in your career. Good work Mate. Keep up the good work with Batting and Fielding. we are always thankful to you for your class of batting. :)

  • samba on April 6, 2009, 5:30 GMT

    its sure that no body will break the walls record of most no.of catches,samit sir ur right he is the worlds best slip fielder,he is great,im not saying as an indian,but just think that mark waugh no need to concentrate for long time in the match bcoz their bowling attack is good,if u compared with our bowling,the see our bowling ,really u have to concentrate hard to get a catch,so arguably the wall is the best slip fielder in the world of cricket,some times i feel the patience level of dravid is far greater than ladies,thats why is great,thanks sir

  • asha patel on April 6, 2009, 5:29 GMT

    Congrats Rahul! All the best for the rest of the year, and lets see some more amazing catches, adding to your tally. :)

  • prateek gumbar on April 6, 2009, 5:29 GMT

    I totally agree that dravid is one of the best slip catchers in the world.It is not surprising because of the sheer amount of dedication and concentration he gives while fielding or while batting.He is gonna be one of the biggest legends of indian cricket.

  • Arun Pai on April 6, 2009, 5:29 GMT

    Good one! And hope he stays on for a few more years at least!

  • Snehal Patel on April 6, 2009, 5:28 GMT

    Congo ! Mr. WALL!. We knew that you were to come to this milestone in your career. Good work Mate. Keep ut the good work with Batting and Fielding. we are always thankful to you for your class of batting. :)

  • Madhu on April 6, 2009, 5:28 GMT

    A nice article by Sambit. Well done Rahul! This record is fruit of Rahul's longevity, concentration, skill, stamina and fitness. Go on "The Great Wall of Indian Cricket" and provide us the joy of watching your cricket.

  • Mujib Mashal, Afghanistan on April 6, 2009, 5:27 GMT

    Words can not describe Rahul Dravid's integrity, character, humbleness!Whether as a batsmen, keeper, fielder, or captain he has served India humbly, with great dedication and discipline. There's no one I respect more in the world of sports than Rahul S Dravid

  • CHINTU on April 6, 2009, 5:27 GMT

    congratulation wall. the wall you always the best. you are the best in both modes of game . if you wont to wicket keeping then today you will be the more catcher in both form of game. CONTINUE TO PLAY . CHINTU

  • Arzoo on April 6, 2009, 5:27 GMT

    I remember in one match when Ganguly was captain and he was fielding in the lone slip position in Bhajji's bowling. Two consecutive and identical catches were down by Ganguly and he got mad with himself and then he took himself away from the slip and placed Dravid there. It shows how much respect and faith he had on Dravid as a slip fielder. So, I completely agree with the title of Dravid being the finest indian slip fielder.

  • Ravi on April 6, 2009, 5:27 GMT

    Congrats Rahul, glorius achievement, this record speaks volumes about Rahul's concentration levels not only with the bat but also in the field, hats off to his mental strength, Kudos Dravid.....

  • bhupendra Kumar dwivedi on April 6, 2009, 5:25 GMT

    rahul dravid is very good slip catcher thats record will never break any player

  • surendra on April 6, 2009, 5:24 GMT

    this is great tribute to an indian cricketer who are known for their lethargic fielding.Thanks DRAVID for changing thinking about indian fielding.keep inproving this record

  • Rishab on April 6, 2009, 5:24 GMT

    LOL ... awesome

  • dhindsa on April 6, 2009, 5:21 GMT

    well done rahul.gud luck for future

  • Dinu'belarus on April 6, 2009, 5:20 GMT

    Gud one Sambit...! Hope you did'nt miss your second flight..! DRAVID is exceptionally one of the best slip fielders ,Indian cricket has produced..! Hail Dravid..! Hail India..!

  • Praise Alex on April 6, 2009, 5:19 GMT

    He is a man of immense determination, patience, controlled aggression, an epitomy of calm perseverance.

  • jags on April 6, 2009, 5:18 GMT

    Graet article samit...... its wonderfull to read

  • Gautam on April 6, 2009, 5:17 GMT

    well written article......Dravid for sure has been amazing in the slips......I think his best catch though has to be the one he took in Australia in the tri-series in 2000 where he flung himself to the right and caught the ball AFTER it had passed him....it was agt Pakistan and the bowler was Srinath.

  • BIlal on April 6, 2009, 5:16 GMT

    There is No Doubt That he is a classic Player in the world also he is a finest Feilder at slip in All time in Cricket History he has a safe pair of hands not only in slips also any other places he is flexible active and technicaly strong mently strong I wish him all th ebest for his future

  • biswa on April 6, 2009, 5:16 GMT

    Very good article. By the way, why did you miss your flight?

  • amit kumar on April 6, 2009, 5:13 GMT

    congrats dravid! wish u all the best to go past 200 catches.

  • Gom on April 6, 2009, 5:08 GMT

    As Sambit put it, Dravid has still not got his due for what he has contributed to Indian Cricket, much less so for inspiring younger generation to be a great ambassedor for India.He is a great role model and all his fans wish him to go on and on and it is hard to beleive that even Sambit reckons Rahul has only two seasons left. Let us salute the selfless, unassuming, measured and grounded champion for this feat.

  • Conrad on April 6, 2009, 5:08 GMT

    Mark Waugh had commented that Rahul Dravid is not a natural Catcher! Wonder if it was a case of grapes are sour.

  • Conrad on April 6, 2009, 5:07 GMT

    Mark Waugh had commented that Rahul Dravid is not a natural Catcher! Wonder if it was a case of grapes are sour.

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  • Conrad on April 6, 2009, 5:07 GMT

    Mark Waugh had commented that Rahul Dravid is not a natural Catcher! Wonder if it was a case of grapes are sour.

  • Conrad on April 6, 2009, 5:08 GMT

    Mark Waugh had commented that Rahul Dravid is not a natural Catcher! Wonder if it was a case of grapes are sour.

  • Gom on April 6, 2009, 5:08 GMT

    As Sambit put it, Dravid has still not got his due for what he has contributed to Indian Cricket, much less so for inspiring younger generation to be a great ambassedor for India.He is a great role model and all his fans wish him to go on and on and it is hard to beleive that even Sambit reckons Rahul has only two seasons left. Let us salute the selfless, unassuming, measured and grounded champion for this feat.

  • amit kumar on April 6, 2009, 5:13 GMT

    congrats dravid! wish u all the best to go past 200 catches.

  • biswa on April 6, 2009, 5:16 GMT

    Very good article. By the way, why did you miss your flight?

  • BIlal on April 6, 2009, 5:16 GMT

    There is No Doubt That he is a classic Player in the world also he is a finest Feilder at slip in All time in Cricket History he has a safe pair of hands not only in slips also any other places he is flexible active and technicaly strong mently strong I wish him all th ebest for his future

  • Gautam on April 6, 2009, 5:17 GMT

    well written article......Dravid for sure has been amazing in the slips......I think his best catch though has to be the one he took in Australia in the tri-series in 2000 where he flung himself to the right and caught the ball AFTER it had passed him....it was agt Pakistan and the bowler was Srinath.

  • jags on April 6, 2009, 5:18 GMT

    Graet article samit...... its wonderfull to read

  • Praise Alex on April 6, 2009, 5:19 GMT

    He is a man of immense determination, patience, controlled aggression, an epitomy of calm perseverance.

  • Dinu'belarus on April 6, 2009, 5:20 GMT

    Gud one Sambit...! Hope you did'nt miss your second flight..! DRAVID is exceptionally one of the best slip fielders ,Indian cricket has produced..! Hail Dravid..! Hail India..!