England v India, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 3rd day July 23, 2011

Dravid shows his greatness

Fifteen years ago he fell five runs short, but in 2011, with his team in big trouble, Rahul Dravid got his name on the Lord's honours board
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Outside the St John's Wood tube station this morning, touts were generously offering the day's ticket for 500 pounds, at roughly ten times the printed price, which was still 400 pounds less than what Michael Holding had heard they were selling at. Black marketeers always do brisk business around the Lord's Test, and tickets for all of India's Tests have been sold out, but the reason for today's mark-up was obvious: Sachin Tendulkar, chasing his hundredth hundred, was due to bat.

The crowds had to settle for only a cameo from the great man, but those who appreciate the true worth of Test cricket were treated to a batting masterclass from a man who has batted more than anyone else in Test cricket. Fifteen years after his debut at this ground, Rahul Dravid finally managed to erase the regret of falling short of a hundred by five runs, and became the first current Indian top-order batsman to have his name engraved on the "most talked-about honour board in world cricket."

Dravid, the most pragmatic and grounded of men, and a colossus of a cricketer in his own right, has never been fussed about conducting his career under Tendulkar's shadow. Rather than hankering after celebrity status, an inevitability for an Indian cricketer of reasonable pedigree, he has accepted it as a professional hazard.

As a new generation of brasher, flashier Indian cricketers has arrived to ride the Twenty20 wave, Dravid's stock has dipped among the marketeers, but he has had maturity and sense of humour to joke about his lack of endorsement contracts. He couldn't, however, have been as unconcerned about the relatively fallow run with the bat in recent years that has steadily dragged his average down to the more humdrum side of the fifties from a career high of nearly 58.

The runs hadn't dried up altogether but they had been coming laboriously even by his own standards, and even though he had scored the match-winning hundred on a tough pitch in Kingston last month, all his recent hundreds had come against lesser bowling attacks.

And his last tour to England had been his worst on these shores. Burdened by the cares of captaincy, he spent many fruitless stretches at the crease unable to move the scorecard, with a 96-ball 12 at The Oval capping his tour of misery as a batsman even though he had the pleasure of leading India to a first series win in England in 21 years. Speaking at the end of the day he admitted to periods of self-doubt and the awareness that he hadn't met his own exacting standards.

But with the match still in balance, and against what is arguably the best bowling attack in English conditions, he delivered an innings worthy of Dravid at his very best. It was an innings of skill and authority, of classy drives and stout defence, of dead certain footwork and sure judgment, and of unwavering application.

Apart from one chance he offered to the slips, he never looked in trouble despite the ball jagging around all day, both in the air and off the pitch. With advancing age, he has grown a bit more animated in celebrating his hundreds, and today, by running his 100th run with his bat aloft, and punching the air with vigour after it was completed, he showed how much this hundred meant to him. Later he would rank it among his most special innings in the last four or five years.

"To miss out in my first Test here was something that stayed with me a little bit," he said, "It's not that if I hadn't got this hundred it would be the end of the world. There are lots of grounds where I haven't got a hundred. But it was there in the back of my mind and I probably had one more go at it. For it to come in this situation feels really good. There are some great names on that honours board. It's just nice to be on it."

The most refreshing part of the innings was the way it began. His first scoring shot was cover-driven off a full swinging ball from James Anderson. It wasn't a half volley, and Dravid, already forward, waited for the ball to pass his front pad to drive the ball with the open face of the bat to the left of the cover fielder. Abhinav Mukund, who looks a better player with each Test, outscored him with nifty clips off his hips, and then Tendulkar glided on with a couple of sensational back-foot drives, but Dravid was soon matching him in finding the boundary, and, with three of them in one over against Anderson, he even overtook him.

Much that is written about Dravid's classical orthodoxy is slightly ill-founded. He has the temperament of a classical Test batsman, but his technique is his own. He is wristy and dexterous, guides the ball willingly and securely with an angled bat, plays the forward defence in the most ornamental manner, and the cover drive with the hands well in front of his pads. He is prone to move into prolonged periods of self-denial, but here, with bowlers willing to pitch the ball up, he played his most fluent and flowing innings in recent years.

To the very end, he remained focused on getting India past the follow-on target. "It helped me that 274 was the number on my mind," he said. Praveen Kumar came and swung a few, but there was never panic or haste even after he had departed. Dravid's last 20 runs contained three serene and crisp boundaries, and the on-drive off Chris Tremlett that took him in to the nineties bore the stamp that is Dravid's very own.

He was asked if the last couple of hundreds have added a season of two to his career. "That's the one thing I've learned from Sachin. He doesn't talk about the future, he just focusses on the present. He's been a great motivation for me. I just want to focus on what we need to do next in this game."

Dravid will allow himself to savour the day, but he would not allow it to distract from the main challenge. There is a Test to be saved. The good news for India is that their trench-war specialist has hit peak form early. When Dravid scores a hundred, India rarely lose. In fact, it has happened only once in 153 Tests.

"Hopefully, that's a happy omen."

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Dravid is the highest run getter in the 4th innings of the match in Test cricket history. He is also the only cricketer to have faced maximum number of balls in Test cricket. He has the highest contribution to the team total for a winning cause under a single captain, i.e. 23%

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: i have tried three times to thank you, none got published. Thanks for supporting the best Test player India has ever produced unarguably!

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    @a1234s: We Dravid fans will never hype a century or count it when it is for a lost cause. Can you do the same as far as Sachin is concerned. No, you cannot because the yardsticks are always different for two players, partiality to one and sternness to the other.

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    @zxaar:It is not 40 wins, but 20 wins out of 51 to RD's 14 out of 33. convoluted facts once again.

  • sameer997 on July 26, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    would have been absoluetly glad had india savec the match never the less dravid in peak form will surely benifit team india in this vital series.

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Congratulations to Dravid fans! Dravid becomes the highest run getter in the fourth innings of a match in Test history. He also holds the record for facing the highest number of deliveries in Tests!

  • D.Sharma on July 26, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    @zxaar: You are using the wrong numbers. The equivalent numbers you should have come up with is 11/51. Percentage wise, Dravid is better. Same with winning 100s, minnows or no minnows.

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Thanks bro! Keep up the good work to showcase to the world that Dravid is indeed the best Test player India has ever produced

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Thanks bro! Keep up the good work to showcase to the world that Dravid is indeed the best Test player India has ever produced

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    @ a1234s: We Dravid fans do not whine about that fact. We do accept that it was for a losing cause and is not as instrumental as the 31 other centuries nor do we provide excuses to say that none of the other team members rose up to the ocassion to save the match. Dravid fans will always say, "by hitting the century, if he saves or wins India the match, that century weighs in gold" and he has done that 31 times out of 33 - a whopping 94% to Tendulkar's 40 out of 51 - only 78%. More so, none of these 33 would have come when the result of the match was a foregone conclusion as SRT did against SA, England (when they toured India) & SA when we were chasing more than 400 for victory (when SA toured India).

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Dravid is the highest run getter in the 4th innings of the match in Test cricket history. He is also the only cricketer to have faced maximum number of balls in Test cricket. He has the highest contribution to the team total for a winning cause under a single captain, i.e. 23%

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: i have tried three times to thank you, none got published. Thanks for supporting the best Test player India has ever produced unarguably!

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    @a1234s: We Dravid fans will never hype a century or count it when it is for a lost cause. Can you do the same as far as Sachin is concerned. No, you cannot because the yardsticks are always different for two players, partiality to one and sternness to the other.

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    @zxaar:It is not 40 wins, but 20 wins out of 51 to RD's 14 out of 33. convoluted facts once again.

  • sameer997 on July 26, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    would have been absoluetly glad had india savec the match never the less dravid in peak form will surely benifit team india in this vital series.

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Congratulations to Dravid fans! Dravid becomes the highest run getter in the fourth innings of a match in Test history. He also holds the record for facing the highest number of deliveries in Tests!

  • D.Sharma on July 26, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    @zxaar: You are using the wrong numbers. The equivalent numbers you should have come up with is 11/51. Percentage wise, Dravid is better. Same with winning 100s, minnows or no minnows.

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Thanks bro! Keep up the good work to showcase to the world that Dravid is indeed the best Test player India has ever produced

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Thanks bro! Keep up the good work to showcase to the world that Dravid is indeed the best Test player India has ever produced

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    @ a1234s: We Dravid fans do not whine about that fact. We do accept that it was for a losing cause and is not as instrumental as the 31 other centuries nor do we provide excuses to say that none of the other team members rose up to the ocassion to save the match. Dravid fans will always say, "by hitting the century, if he saves or wins India the match, that century weighs in gold" and he has done that 31 times out of 33 - a whopping 94% to Tendulkar's 40 out of 51 - only 78%. More so, none of these 33 would have come when the result of the match was a foregone conclusion as SRT did against SA, England (when they toured India) & SA when we were chasing more than 400 for victory (when SA toured India).

  • ravichakra on July 26, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    @ zxaar : It is not 40 wins out of 51. It is 11 lost out of 51, 40 are either draws or wins. Wins are 20 to Dravid's 14. So as a ratio of wins out of total 100s, who is better? Dravid is the highest contributor to the team total under a single captain for a winning cause (23%) - how about that record. He is the highest run getter in the 4th innings by any batsman in Tests - how about that record, he is the fielder (who is not a wicket keeper) with the highest number of catches.

    As usual, do not convolute facts and present them like media persons. Vijay Tagore the DNA correspondent says Dravid comes of an none too impressive series of WI into the English tour. "None too impressive?" A lone hundred by an Indian for a winning cause under difficult circumstances where the next best was only the other old pro VVS and the corr. has the cheek to say "None too impressive" He is all accolades for SRT even when he fails by contributing 46 runs in the match.

  • Aashish_goyal on July 26, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Comparing Dravid to Sachin is an insult to the legend Sachin..its the same thing as you compare Taibu to Gilchrist..I dont know whats wrong with people like ravichakra...The hundred he is talking about is the only good innings he had after years i agree...But what happened in the next 2 tests..India draw the second one thanks to 55 runs is 171 balls from super slow Dravid..If he was out at 0 ,90% India would have won...The last test ,India needed 180 runs in more than 60 overs but again Dravid came in India 's win..toooo sloooow Dravid handed WI the draw...and now in this first test when India needed Dravid and the game matched his style..to stay at the wicket ..He was out in the first few overs scoring NOTHING...so when INDIA need him he never perform..he is the most OVERRATED and Most SELFISH player ever...Has anybody noticed his reactins when he is given out..He really think he is the WALL!!!...Sachin is a legend and his records say it all..I hope his records will stay forever.

  • zxaar on July 26, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    @ravichakra so your cricketing sense of HUMOR says that sachin chicken out of WI tour bacause he is afraid to face nobody-know-their-name WI bowlers but went to SA and now England. Care to explain if scoring was so easy why dravid averaged 20odd in SA series?? Or its just that he is not good compared to 100dulkar

  • buddhikapm on July 26, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Yes he played well

    But extremely feel sorry about overall Indian performance..Thanks to IPL they have a handicap team now...

    Englamd well deserve for the number 1 position

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 26, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Peoples ;), you have to come out of this century count attachment. No use in scoring centuries and not shielding your tail at the same time. I myself WAS a huge Sachin fan. Not anymore since the selfish batting Sachin undertook in SA. When Dravid does the same thing of going off the strike with a new kid at number 11 off the very first ball and scampers back by calling for a tough single on the 5th ball and then shoulders arms for the 6th ball, Dravid will also face the same dislike from me as Sachin is facing. Until then, please don't compare these two. Dravid is a class act. Sachin can try to improve.

  • zxaar on July 26, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    dravid is playing for his personal records. He wanted 100 that he got. In second innings when it really mattered played a loose and un-necessary shot and got out. If he was playing for team he would have scored 100 in second innings and NOT in first innings. I say again, whenever dravid scores 100 we lose. It is time to get rid of such players.

  • zxaar on July 25, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    @D.Sharma how about winning 40 out of 51 sounds to you.

  • on July 25, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    Congratulations Dravid !!! Whenever you played and whereever you played , its your aptitude & strength that you put in have paved . Cheers !!!

  • D.Sharma on July 25, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    @zxaar: losing 2 out of 33 is pretty good, hey?

  • Raja_naveed_khan on July 25, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    We are waiting for a article on brilliant 16 runs from doni

  • zxaar on July 25, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas, yes sachin is human but has done much better than dravid as far as cricket is concerned. By the way wasn't it dravid who averaged 20odd in recent SA series when number 1 position was on line. And boy who was the batsman who completed 50 100s in SA the same time. :-D

  • ravichakra on July 25, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    What the author does not mention is that he scored a 55 at a faster rate than SRT in the first innings of the Oval Test in 2007. In fact SRT's innings was more labourious in both innings.

  • ravichakra on July 25, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    @sachin86: Your lack of cricketing sense shows when you say that Dravid plays when the going is good and SRT when nobody else performs. It is exactly opposite. Let us not go too far beyond in the past. Let us look at this Test and the one in WI where RD got a 100 and the next best score was 28 by a top line batsman in Amit Mishra. In this Test, the next best score was 49 by another topline batsman Abinav Mukund. While SRT chickened out of the WI tour so that the low scoring grounds don't affect his overseas avg, in this Test, the less I speak about his performance or the lack of it, the better it is for you guys.

  • ravichakra on July 25, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    @Sarvajit: How many matches have we won in Aus or SA? How many has Sachin contributed to those wins? Someone pointed that he has 16 centuries to Dravid's 3. What was not mentioned was, how many were for a winning cause. Mere accumulation of personal milestones does not make a player a great one. How many significant innings has he played is what matters? Can someone give me statistics on followons/rescue acts done by SRT v/s RD? Some said RD cannot face Lee, McGrath, Shane Warne and yet he not only saved India from an innings defeat, but also won us the match in the company of VVS by scoring 180. SRT could muster only 10 in both innings out of team score of 827. At Adelaide, RD scored 233 and 72 no to SRT's 1 & 37. At Perth, RD scored 93 to SRT's 71. These are matches we won. Maybe two different sets of bowlers were bowling to each one of them in the same match. Get your facts right before you use statistics to compare.

  • a1234s on July 25, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    @Aakash @dravid_gravitas what use was the century though? We lost the test match.

    That's precisely the kind of inane logic that Sachin bashers usually use when Sachin scores a century and India loses a match.

  • tapu_dravid on July 25, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    @--a1234s and zxaar this is the 2nd instance wen india has lost evn after wall scoring a ton..!! pls refer to stats before u comment..!!

  • tapu_dravid on July 25, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    @--a1234s and zxaar this is the 2nd instance wen india has lost evn after wall scoring a ton..!! pls refer to stats before u comment..!!

  • tapu_dravid on July 25, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    @dravid_gravitas-- if dravid only plays everytime, wat are the remaining 10 players for...?? make cricket a one man game then...!!

  • on July 25, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    No matter how great is Tendulkar and how many centuries he will score in future, one thing will hauntr him for the rest of life that he doesn't score a hundred at Lord's (The home of cricket).

  • zxaar on July 25, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    whenever dravid scores a ton we lose.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 25, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    @a1234s, you mean Sachin is a better Choker than Dravid? I give that to you ;). Seriously, I'm new to cricinfo boards. I used to read the articles and move on. One of my friends suggested I should read the posts also. I read and I was astonished and shell shocked at the mud that is being slinged at Dravid and this 'lord' 'god' thingy is quite irritating and tasteless. Well, I thought let me give the logic of Dravid Bashers aka Sachin Fanatics back to them. If my logic sounds illogical, well, it's not mine? One can't sling so much mud on somebody's Idol and expect that their 'god' will be untouched. Sachin is just a human and way too fallible that his fanatics should get so cocky about him and denigrate Dravid so much.

  • pradeep_tjp on July 25, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    @Ravi Darira: You speak lot about Dravid being lucky in first innings,What about today Sachin was lucky twice and still managed 12 runs. I am not trying to degrade Sachin if you want i can tell you he was dropped on 19 and given not out on 84 on his way to 203 in Srilanka. Was out lbw but not given twice and he reached 146 against SA and many more in the year 2010. The most famous being 85 with 5 chances vs Pakistan in WC semifinal 2011.

  • on July 25, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    @A1234s: Sachin didn't score a century in either of the innings. Dravid's first inning century was key to India avoiding follow-on... please make logical arguments.

  • Blitz13 on July 25, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Great Innings by Wall.. Selfless Knock... The greatest Indian Test batsman after Sunny G.

  • on July 25, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Another selfish Dravid 100 . ...did not try to attack when bowling with tail..........................talent is the ability to play good balls for boundaries through defensive fields whereas Dravid doesn't have shots repertoire that is why he is not counted as talented batsman. He didn't try to win last test against WI bcz he knows he cannot score fast at all bcz of his limitation

  • a1234s on July 25, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    @dravid_gravitas.

    Dravid scored a century but India lost the match. What is the use of stonewalling when you cant play in the 2nd innings? Dravid is only concerned about records, otherwise he would have scored a century in the 2nd innings when India really needed it. Am I right? This argument fits perfectly with your illogical comments.

    As I said before: Dravid is very good, Sachin is better.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 25, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    @Saravjit, thanks for resting your case. It was quite enlightening. BTW, what did 'lord' do at Lord's in 2011?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 25, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    @sachin86, breaking news. Team management doesn't care for strike-rates. It seems they have certain roles for each player. Wasim Akram rightly said media talks rubbish because media has no idea. So, now, enlighten us why should Dravid retire and why not Sachin as long as both of them are contributing to their respective roles? I guess Sachin is the one who should retire because he is not fulfilling his role as the tempo-setter as much as Dravid is fulfilling his role in stone walling. But I don't want Sachin to retire. Because I want him to play some worthwhile innings and then retire, even if it takes another decade for him to do that. I love him so much you know! ;). And BTW, Sachin with his atrocious strike-rate of 15+ not only couldn't save the match, unlike Dravid did in England in 2007, but was also a sore on the eyes. Gotta feel for you ;)

  • Saravjit on July 25, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Someone wrote :. 90% of India's greatest victories in the last ten years have come because of him, specially in countries like Australia, Pakistan, England and West Indies.!!!! Ha Ha

    Thats not the Case , Has won just 1 Test in Aust that too with VVS. England 1 test in 2002, windies yes 2 tests thats it VVS has won 2 tests in Aust , 2 in windies , 2 in South Africa , 1 in Sri Lanka all abroad. India has won just 2 Tests in SA and both times VVS was the Star in Joburg and this time also. Dravid has flopped on all the Tours to Aust in 99 and 2008 , did well only in 2003 Flopped on the SA Tours of 2007 , 2011, Flopped on the Eng Tour of 2007 , sri lanka tour of 2010 where VVS Scored a grt 4th Innings Match Winning Ton. i rest my case

  • CricEshwar on July 25, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    I don't understand why there is an opinion that Dravid never got the fame or respect he deserved. I think he has. No offense to Dravid, but he plays the same way he knows despite the condition or situation and he does that consistently good. One may not find variations or different gears associated to Dravid's batting. It is just disgusting to see some that as soon as Dravid scores some runs, they will start comparing and criticizing Tendulkar. Both have done tremendously well in their own ways.

  • on July 25, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    The wall rocks. waiting for more from the wall

  • tough_cool on July 25, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Somehow the comments here ahve once again veered towards sachin vs dravid debate. Whether Sachin is bigger batsmen than dravid or vice-versa is not going to be solved anytime soon, either with statistics or with the grit of the players themselves, but one thing we know now is that there are lot of people for whom dravid is better batsmen than tendulkar. Although there are of course many more people for whom sachin is better batsmen than dravid, but that does not come as surprising to anyone.

  • on July 25, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Now as INDIA is chasing a huge target, its safe if Laxman and Dravid can carry the Indian ship till post lunch session and as Gavaskar said yesterday, Indians have to go session by session to draw or if in comfort zone go to chase. As the pitch is still falt, Indians should not panic, now Gambhir, Raina, Dhoni and Sachin should come to rescue. Huge part lies with Raina and Dhoni as they are fit enough to carry India, rather depend on not fit Sachin and Gambhir. The hurting part is Laxman has failed to get good scores in his last 3 first matches in a series. Hope he doesnt suffer from this Phobia any more. The main problem also comes after today's play as who will be playing next test. Whether Sehwag will be playing, Gambhir, Sachin and Zak. Although Gambhir and Sachin are good, but still a consideration as unwell. Zak must play as he is the lethal weapon India possess, bhaji not finding any ryhtm.

  • siddhesh on July 25, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    great man thinks a like...finaly dravid got sachin's approach in his game and that is to think about the present and not the future....hope today we will save the match....

  • Aashish_goyal on July 25, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Dravid's real test is today ..the final day of 1st test at Lords..lets see if he can save it..Usually he is good for drawing a test from winning position as happened in WI in the last test....

  • sachindas1975 on July 25, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    THERE R SOME FACTS GIVEN BELOW & ITS UPTO U ALL TO DECIDE WHO IS A BETTER BATSMAN. TENDULKAR HAS 16 CENTURIES IN 43 TESTS IN 3 OF THE BEST TEST PLAYING COUNTRIES OF THE LAST 20 YRS I.E AUS,S.AFRICA & SRI WHERE AS DRAVID HAS 3 CENTURIES IN 35 TESTS IN THESE 3 COUNTRIES.THIS CLEARLY SHOWS DRAVID HAS PROBLEM FACING McGRATH,LEE,WARNE,DONALD,POLLOCK,NTINI,MURALITHARAN & VAAS IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD. SOME DEFINING FACTS TENDULKAR DRAVID CENTURIES 51 33 BATTING AVERAGE 57.00 52.00 AWAY CENTURIES 29 19 2ND INNINGS 100'S 13 6 4TH INNINGS 100'S 3 1 IN AUS/S.AFRICA/SRI 16 CENTURIES IN 43 TESTS. 3 CENTURIES IN 35 TESTS TENDULKAR SCORES OVER DRAVID IN ALL FIELDS.TENDULKAR'S ODI RECORD IS MILES AHEAD OF DRAVID INFACT ITS THE BEST IN THE WORLD.

  • bbpp on July 25, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    When a captain is declaring and the opposing team has a Dravid or a Kallis he would be wondering if he has enough time to bowl them out as Strauss must be wondering now with Dravid looking set. If there is a Lara, Ponting or Sehwag then he will wonder if he has set enough runs to play with. Sachin is one of the greatest batsmen to ever play the game and has scored more runs and centuries than any other and will make more.....but I doubt if captains think as much about him impacting the game as these other gentlemen. He is to come tomorrow and may get runs but no one is really focused on that. One gets the feeling that this overnight partnership and mainly Dravid are the keys to this game.

  • khiladisher on July 25, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    INDIA IS REALLY LUCKY TO HAVE GREAT BATSMEN LIKE SACHIN,RAHUL AND LAXMAN PLAYING IN THE SAME TIME RAHUL IS THE GREATEST INDIAN BATSMAN IN SEAMING AND SWINGING CONDITIONS- SCORING ALMOST 1850 RUNS AT AN AVERAGE OF 60 IN ABOUT 30 + INNINGS-SACHIN HAS AN AVERAGE OF 56 IN ENGLAND AND NEW ZEALAND-VVS HAS AN AVERAGE OF 44 IN THOSE CONDITIONS IN BOUNCIER CONDITIONS OF AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA SACHIN HAS SCORED ABOUT 2600 RUNS IN AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA ALSO SCORING 11 HUNDREDS THERE-WHILE RAHUL HAS SCORED ABOUT 1600 RUNS AS ALSO VVS WHO HAS 1600 TOO. THESE ARE TRUE LEGENDS AND ROLE MODELS ALL OVER THE WORLD

  • a1234s on July 25, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    sachin saved two test matches against South Africa in South Africa recently. Isnt that proof enough? Dravid didnt play a single good innings on South Africa. That doesn't make Dravid a bad player. Dravid is very good. Sachin is better.

  • on July 24, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    PLS SELECT TO ONE DAY TEAM & GIVE TO ONE CHANCE

    NO-1 BATESMEN IN OUTSIDE PITCH

  • on July 24, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    GREAT BATSMEN IN INDIA TEAM...

    SUPER DRAVID..........................

  • on July 24, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    for all those people who compare sachin with dravid, sachin made his debut in 1989 and dravid in 1996..7 years of gap but juz 2000 runs diff!!! 1) sachin is god.. he got special talent everybody wont have like this,he s natural athlete. he's born as batsman...but he buckles under pressure...he was backed by gavaskar intially,he got his century in his 12th test and around 85th ODI 2)dravid is normal guy..he's not born to be batsman.. he is not a natural athlete.. but he was better fielder than his all teammates..his amount of hardwork he puts in, he deserve to get success...he is man of his character with talent.... 3)please both are gifted legends for india, neva comare each other... I think Dravid would be proud of himself,if he gets to kno that people are comparing him with sachin!!!!l because ur comparing him with 7years more expeirenced pro...any junior would be proud of it....... guys juz compare yuvraj& sehwag with dravid... dravid is juz 3years senior them..

  • on July 24, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Amazing Dravid! Has to show some this greatness to bail India in the first test!

  • Vilander on July 24, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    i think dravid is still india's best bat in seaming conditions.

  • rocket123 on July 24, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    I am extremely pleased that Dravid got a classy hundred at Lord's under difficult conditions. As always, Dravid showed his unmatchable value to the Indian crciket team. I hope he scores a double hundred in 2nd innings and win the match for India. For long, I have been saying that Dravid is a legend of cricket and not only of Indian cricket. W/O him, Indian cricket would have been meandering through dark forests. In every part of the world, Dravid has played great knocks. And, there is no need to compare one legend with another (Tendulkar who is arguably the best batsman after Bradman and Viv Richards). Both have carried the burden of Indian cricket and in all of the game with grace throughout these years.

  • on July 24, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    a hundred when all were felling like cards but Dravid was rock solid "Wall thats All"

  • Rahulbose on July 24, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Dravid looks in great form. Another hundred in the second innings on the cards now.

  • on July 24, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    @ravichakra exactly I wonder the same how many sachin has saved as against dravid and VVS, infact sachin has most century for a losing cause, once I posted this after england match in world cup ... sachinist went berserk and demanded for my blood. I believe dravid and VVS should get the honor the same wat sachin is getting if not more "why sachin does not save us when we need him except sharjah (against Australia)" riposte and attacks are welcome to me now.

  • on July 24, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Finally!!! RAHUL DRAVID can be found in honours board at Lord's... He writes history at Lord's... Not only his bat at Lord's, now his name been in the board..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 24, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    @ravichakra, simply awesome way of putting the pieces of puzzle together. Love you Bro :)

  • sachin86 on July 24, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    hopefully dravid will retire after this series or next to give place to talented pujara.some one who can score with good strike rate.

  • sachin86 on July 24, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    dravid only scores when everything is good and everyone is scoring.that's the reason why there is only one century for him under losing cause.but when chips are down sachin is the one who stands tall.the reason he and lara have most centuries under losing cause.and now he couldn't even shield the tailenders and was looking for his century,got it and exposed the tailenders.

  • Yash86 on July 24, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    @ravichakra: Very Well said about The Wall....

  • swarzi on July 24, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    I think that the biggest let down in the day's play was the realtive lukewarm reception the Great Rahul Dravid got from the Lords' crowd when he walked out to bat - even though they knew that this should also be his last match at the historic venue This is measured against the overwhelming ovation that Tendulkar got later. There is a creditable school of thought which says that Dravid is the better batsman - surely the most valuable that India has ever had - having won so many more matches for his country than any other player. This deplorable bias meted out to Dravid again manifests the obvious favouritism and gross special respect that is being shown to a single player over the rest. And what was even more unfortunate is that Dravid, after proving once again his matchless worth as a batsman in difficult times (what Tendulkar badly lacks) still did not get the same vocal and palms-together crescendo for his first ever ton at Lords, as Tendulkar got for walking out! What a bias world!

  • on July 24, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    One thing I want to bring into notice to the people reading this. Post stumps Day 3 interview of Dravid with Harsha, Dada & Mr. Gavaskar he praised the "English" spectators. He said that he loves to play in England since they understand cricket better, cheer for good shots of opposition as well, come in full houses even in the test matches, acknowledge the hard work done by anyone not just their team. See this reflects something of this unsung hero Dravid, how we Indians have never given him the applauds he deserves. I remember the article written by Harsha saying how we Indians have let down ourselves & cricket by not recognizing & congratulating RD when he crossed 12000 mark during SA series. Like Sachin, RD is also a legend & it'll be good for cricket if we recognize both & do not compare. Both have left nothing to prove. As Dada said last night "Champions don't have an expiry dat". RD & Sachin both are champions.

    Abhishek Goswami, Delhi

  • HLANGL on July 24, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Dravid may be possibly the technically tightest batsman the world has seen during the past 3 decades. He, along with VVS Laxman who may be the most underrated batsman in the entire Indian Cricketing history, were always the men for the crisis. Living under the shadow of Tendulkar, these two were pretty much the two unsung heroes whenever the team was in crisis & more often than not they delivered what the situation demanded without catching the limelight. Both were every bit as important as Tendulkar in making the current Indian side a very decent competitive side at the world stage under every circumstances.

  • on July 24, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    @People who think Dravid's scoring rate is an issue: I don't disagree he play slow but I disagree that its an issue. If you don't get it, replace him with a player who scores fast and play test matches at Perth, Durban, Barbados and the Oval. India would be hard pressed to avoid innings defeats.

  • Spin_rules on July 24, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Great achievement by one of the greatest test cricketers of modern era.

    @ Sachin fans: Sachin is the greatest ever, after Bradman (My opinion, you can differ and I respect that). But do not slight Dravid, his accomplishments and his value to the Indian team. He is the most under appreciated batsman in India because you think praising any indian cricketer not named SRT is an insult to Sachin... That is nuts!. @ English fans: This is an article about Dravid. So as good as England is playing, the comments will about Dravid (Not England), so find England praise elsewhere. @ for people talking about scoring rate and judging Dravid/Laxman/Kallis: Stick to IPL. You belong there as you don't comprehend test cricket; odds are you have never played any serious cricket.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 24, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    @Squarecut2Heaven . Are you watching the test right now? India the greatest cricketing nation playing England the nation that invented and shaped the game in the centenary test; however the game is so boring; no excitement; why? Did you see how Praveen Kumar enlivened the game yesterday? It infected Rahul too as he began punching the ball with more purpose.

  • on July 24, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    @People who think Dravid's scoring rate is an issue: I don't disagree he play slow but I disagree that its an issue. If you don't get it, replace him with a player who scores fast and play test matches at Perth, Durban, Barbados and the Oval. India would be hard pressed to avoid innings defeats.

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelft: You are watching the wrong version of the game - period.

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    @ avinash200j: Don't misstate facts. How come you dreamed of 3 catches going down? It is one catch which was more difficult than the one Swann or Strauss put down. One was goofed up by Dhoni coming in between. How did you make the third one up - (KP's)? At least he attempts these difficult chances, unlike some others who drop and then feign injury and don't play for the rest of the series. Nasser Hussain mentioned in commentary that England have put down so many catches at Lords because of the background it makes difficult to spot the ball. Remember, Flintoff using that to good effect against the Aussies in the Ashes series. Who would you replace Dravid with in the slips? No one is worth his salt, the only one who can is Sehwag but he is not playing - that too not at first slip.

  • sameer111111 on July 24, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft: Kallis, laxman, dravid killing test cricket!!!!!! Wow. Go and watch KKR vs MI. Thats where you belong. @rustyryan : No one is questioning Sachin's greatness. He is and remains one of the greatest. But its his attitude that is disappointing. For someone who's so gifted, he goes on chasing personal records. About the Channai innings, while it remains one of his greater innings, it was possible only due to the Sehwag onslaught in the beginning.

  • Squarecut2Heaven on July 24, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft, even while agreeing that this board is for expressing own opinions I can't believe that you thought of Laxman, Dravid and Kallis as killers of test cricket. For me they are among the select class of players who are making test cricket a joy to watch and savour

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    @ sameer111111: Well said. I have never come across a more rigid cricketer than SRT to say he can bat only at no.1 in ODI and no.4 in Tests even when the team needs demand flexibility. One more point, how many times have you seen RD being shielded by a night watchman as against a SRT? Can someone pull out stats on RD's hundreds each one of them scored and how the team was placed at that time and compare it with SRT's? How many follow ons has SRT saved?

  • rahulcricket007 on July 24, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    ishant sharma and harbhajan singh bowls superbly in the first session reducing england from 54-1 to 62-5 and now the score is 170-6. i can't beleive that the same indian bowlin is getting troubled by a talendar stuart broad .he is quickly moving towards his 3rd test fifty at lords .

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    @avinash200j: Well your opinion is slightly twisted. It is Dravid who is scrutinised after every failure not SRT. SRT was the leading run scorer in 2010 yet it took Laxman more than 3 times to save or guide India to victory, Dravid a couple of times to win us games. Fact of the matter is SRT is overated to such an extent that the players, media cannot see beyond him (how else will it sell). For all the hype going on for months about how he is practicing and preparing came to nought. I still remember news channels deriding RD for his failure in the tour game the first day and shut up after SRT failed on the 2nd day. SRT was the highest run scorer in SA, but can you just look further down the see the results of the matches he put up a performance in. He scored a 100 when the result was a foregone conclusion exposing the tail, Dravid did the exact opposite yesterday. Yet, fans, media, experts, ex-cricketers will bay for Dravid's blood at the first signs of failure.

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    @ Ravi Darira : Was it the second last day of the Test? What was the hurry to get those extra runs? And mind you he is no SRT to chase his 100 against the team cause. He is a team man personified. He first waited for the follow on to be averted unmindful of the fact that he was running out of partners. And mind you, the result of the game is going to be different because of this 100 and not the one that comes in the 2nd innings. India would be on road to save this game, barring for a few idiotic moves by the so called great captain.

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Another interesting stat, Dravid has scored 14 centuries out of 33 where India has won the test, SRT has 20 out of 51

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    @ D.Nagarajan : India has lost 11 matches where SRT has scored centuries. Recent one being against SA where the result was more than inevitable despite his 100.

  • on July 24, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I am more a Dravid fan than Tendulkar and I would settle for him being labelled as a side-kick.. though the best side-kick ever. I thought out tendency of comparing two players are so overdone and unnecessary.. If everone starts liking Tendulkars play and statrs emulating him, we will have severe dearth of role-models... there is always space of others to be accomodated.. both tendulkar and dravid can be accomodated as all time great, without being compared to each other... Lucky to have seen both and few others in the prime of my life time..

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    @ Dinakar Kondru: Add the Ahmedabad Test against SL in Nov-99. His 177 when the team was tottering at 32 for 4 to save the first match of the series in the first innings was a replica of this innings. SRT came in the 2nd innings and scored a 100 after the Wall had already done the saving act and the match was meandering to a draw.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 24, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    It is amazing how no one is worried about Dravid's rate of scoring. He, Laxman, Kallis....all kill test cricket. I think people like Dravid because he is modest. I don't care he is modest or arrogant; if there is anuthing I trust arrogance; he must be exciting to watch; if not even if he win matches for India still he is not good.

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    @Dhrubajyoti Das : Surprising you call yourself a cricket statistics conneiseur. He is also the highest run getter for India in Tests decade after decade since 1996. He has the most number of significant innings by an Indian in Test cricket. @Emancipator007, alex400 : Where are you all? On another comment that Sanjay Manjrekar made about Dravid being too defensive, you guys said that Dravid was responsible for India not chasing victory in WI. Here are some statistics to mull about. Dravid has a 50 off just 22 balls in ODIs, SRT has it in 27 balls. Dravid has a 75 not out in 36 balls in IPL, other than Sehwag and Gayle nobody has been able to match that incl. SRT. In the Sydney Test in 2004, SRT scored 241 not out in the first innings and RD only 38, but he scored in 82 balls and SRT took 86 balls. In the second innings, RD scored 91 n.o. off 114 balls against SRT's 60 off 89 balls esp. when the team was looking to score quickly to declare, Aus lost 6 wkts and time ran out.

  • anObserver on July 24, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    "Wall", living true to his stature, "greatness" is reflecting not only in his "shots" but also his "attitude", a learning for other players to take from him. In game of cricket, it is very difficult to quote a person as "Hero" or "Villain", especially, considering what a single good ball or bad shot can do to batsman, similarly to bowler, heard "Nehra" in an interview telling that each player selected for Indian team has ability to "change" the game, very true, "Nehra" was failure in world cup against SA, but he bounced back at crucial time. "Wall" was put into difficult situation due to public outcry for leading a defeated team in WC 2007 ending his one day career, "strange", he was the same player before that time and after it too, only "pressure" and "thoughtless" decision of selection committee, personal suggestion, we need him in "one day" today also. Those collapses that India suffers can be stopped by the presence of one man, down the order, and I think it is the right time.

  • rustyryan on July 24, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    I found ppl draggin Sachin here for no reason. Sachin saved India in England when he was 19 itself. Dravid is a great player, A legend. So as Sachin. In fact greatness of Sachin is incomparable. So lets enjoy Dravid's innings and leave it there. If ppl want to c Sachin's commitment, I request them to watch the test in chennai where he helped India to chase down 387 and also check how much Dravid scored in that match. Not everyone scores century in each and every match he plays but as we are expecting it from Sachin shows, the standard he has set for himself. Both are legends and lets be proud of having them together for playing India.

  • TRAM on July 24, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Dravid is a great player. He still manages to bat ok (ok, not great, because he was dropped early in the innings). He is still physically fit, but his reflexes have come down a lot and he dropped 2 catches which proved very costly for India, nulifying his batting contribution. It would be good for him and India if he retires with this tour. He would also get the satisfaction of retiring on high note.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 24, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    @Alexk400 Can we just restrict this discussion to Dravid. He had his chances (so did the likes of KP and Trott) What if sachin was given a life?

  • avinash200j on July 24, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    HOLD ON DRAVID FANS..............dravid had missed 3 catches in the first innings.Have you seen it's effect.If dravid had caught those india would have been in a great position.

    He has got a century only after being dropped by swann.What was great about his role in this match till now?India would have been in BETTER position if he was out of the match.Leaving 3 catches in 1 innings he's definitely the best "slip" catcher.

    You know the thing i hate the most in cricket is to watch the "too boring and sleepy" batting of the wall.

  • karthikr315 on July 24, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Wow... What a hundered. Good Dravid has got a 100. Am sure now he can continue without calls for axing him. Test cricket needs class like Rahul is showing. Raina, Yuvis etc have a lot to learn. To be frank they are not test material and dont think they ever be....

  • itzvinay on July 24, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    @sameer111111...could not agree more...even now a man touching 39 was ready to jump and dive behind the wickets for the team...and the other one did not turn up to bowl even when he is more able than Dhoni...reason...might only be not straining the body lest it might risk the chances of getting that milestone hundred...I would like to be an atheist ...I do not believe in God...I believe in mortals like Dravid achieving greatness..

  • JChandi on July 24, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    This is the player who play for his country,not the so called selfish 'GOD', ask him to retire and give youngster a chance.

  • puneet_usa on July 24, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Sachin has always overshadowed Dravid throughout their careers but i have to say that looking at the last line of this article where Sambit Bal quotes "When Dravid scores a hundred, India rarely lose. In fact, it has happened only once in 153 Tests"- The Wall deserves a standing ovation to his mental strength and will to succeed when things get tough for him-These numbers suggests that Dravid actually is more effective than Sachin in longer version of the game- He is one of the rarest batsman this cricketing world will ever see- I still remember those tours where Dravid was actually rated a better players when it comes to different playing conditions as oppose to Sachin and the man has proved that time and again.

  • sameer111111 on July 24, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Undoubtedly, the greatest Indian test batsman ever. 90% of India's greatest victories in the last ten years have come because of him, specially in countries like Australia, Pakistan, England and West Indies. Totally unselfish. Agreed to keep wickets or open the innings in order to help the team out and remain unconcerned about his own personal records, unlike so called "GOD", who despite fighting tooth and nail to open in one dayers in order to increase his century count, never volunteered to do so in tests when India was searching for openers, as he knew that he would never last more than a few balls and his record would suffer.

  • NikhilNair on July 24, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    During WC when sachin scored a century against Eng, I believe it was Manjrekar who was the commentator who said "if sehwag doesn't get you, sachin will"... With the glimpse of Dravid in the early 2000s in the past couple series, in tests, the slogan should be - "if sachin doesn't get you, dravid or laxman will!"

  • Raja_naveed_khan on July 24, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    This article is good but they should be writing on the way team is playing in this match. hardly avoided the follow on, so called number 1 test side

  • on July 24, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    what an innings! Sad I missed it, and angry that Harbhajan and Ishant didnt hang in there longe. Zaheer I can understand, the hamstring wouldnt have allowed him to get more forward. But has India's tail forgotten to wag?

    But but but, I digress! Rahul Sharad Dravid, take a bow! Your batting in difficult conditions is a metaphor for living life itself.

  • on July 24, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    WALL.... :) Luv yaa DRAVID...

  • anexpat on July 24, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    To someone called KiwiRocker: The artcle is about the greatness of an Indain Great and not about Bradman or Jack K allis. Your sentimemts are being displayd by all those who despice India. So, please keep on your responsibility for those who put India down

  • kiranthez on July 24, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    I like Dravid . When Dravid scores a hundred, India rarely lose. In fact, it has happened only once in 153 Tests. This phrase was beautiful....

  • rahulcricket007 on July 24, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    this is what i was expecting from english and sri lankan friends. for the sri lankan friends who are commenting here should better take care of their own series against australia. for those english fans who are predicting that eng will win this series by 3-0 . i have just to remind that india is playing this test without its strike bowler zaheer and its destructive opener sehwag and we don't expect to win the indian in the first test . as they are slow starters.

  • on July 24, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Large sections of Indian fans, I thought had lost the ability to understand what is Test cricket when in recent times they have been calling for Dravid to be axed from the team. Dravid had answered them in Kingston and now at the Lord's as if proof was needed of his class or commitment.

    If it is away and if it is a difficult passage, it has almost always been Rahul Dravid that had bailed us out. Yet his value for the team has often been forgotten by an ungrateful nation.

    Saurav Ganguly said yesterday "Champions dont have expiry dates". We shd hope Dravid is still around plays in the inaugural World Cup Championship in 2/3 years time.

  • Aravind_always on July 24, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    What an occasion to score a hundred...2000th test match in the history of the game, 100th match between Ind & Eng..that too at Lords and in presence of 30,000 people.. and he went past Ponting in all time run scorers list..what a day for RSD..

  • anexpat on July 24, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    What a wonderful write to honour a truly great batsman! And what about those who were writing an obituary of this greatman? On his debut he missed a century by five runs. He was a youngter then. wht about uor other youngsters? They fail time and again despite given many many chaces. We keep saying " Oh they have a great potetials. They have making of a greatbtsman in them" Oh really? Is it so? I don't have to name these so called India's future greats. One of the scored a duck in this matct and the other one in the practice match. How long ine has to wait for their potential to come true! It is because of these Yougsters ( some of them already middle aged) that Ganguly was sacrificed.

  • on July 24, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    ya, a dream come true 4 Dravid which he had seen 15 year ago on his Debut,,,a great combination of his all round performance,,now 2nd most run scorer in test cricket,,,always shows greatness with his bat and performance...

  • on July 24, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    ya, a dream come true 4 Dravid which he had seen 15 year ago on his Debut,,,a great combination of his all round performance,,now 2nd most run scorer in test cricket,,,always shows greatness with his bat and performance...:"THE WALL" get stronger and more stronger as time passes,,,and pray for his 100 inn 2nd inning also.

  • on July 24, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    RAHUL DRAVID IS WALL OF THE

    INDIAN BATTING LINE. SURELY INDIA WILL SAVE THIS MATCH. THEY WILL HAVE TO BOWL VERY WELL TO RESTRICT ENGLAND ON THE FOURTH DAY

  • on July 24, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Without doubt he is truly a wall. Hats off to this great cricketer who has been always stood tall when it comes to tough situations.... As far as i am concern, he is arguablly the best batsmen i ever come across with.... I would even rate him above Sachin Tendulkar becoz of his technique...

    Brgds, Rakesh

  • on July 24, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    To all Dravid fans 1st person : Sachin is God.. 2nd person : If Sachin is God,then Ganguly is God on the off side.. 3rd person : Then Laxman is God of 4th inning.. 4th person : Then who is Dravid?? First 3 people together : When the doors of the temple are closed, even Gods are behind "The Wall"

  • KiwiRocker- on July 24, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    I am bit surprised that Sambit Bal did not write about Tendulya's amazing 30 runs..wow! England is all over India and so called No.1 ranked team is being taken to the cleaners but all I keep reading is these articles praising Indian player's worthless contributions...If runs and averages mattered then J Kallis is head and shoulders above anyone..He has the second best average behind Sir Don Bradman..Actually He has also more runs than Don Bradman...Based on that J kallis the best cricketer ever...How do Indian writers manage to find these topics...

  • Ananthsviews on July 24, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Dravid - the WALL - has done it again and embellished his No.3 spot. It is sad that despite all his achievements, we have unkind commentators who want him replaced by a half talented Yuvaraj Singh who is the king of dead pitches. The TV commentators including Ravi Shastri - with some of whom do not even have 50% of Dravid's records- foolishly compare his scoring rate with that of Shewag and think that Yuvaraj will be a better choice as he can score quickly. Yesterday, Dhoni, the great Grass-cutter-batsman from Ranchi, could manage a strike-rate of only 26+ . Surely, Dravid will have to make way for a younger player. However, it is better that the Junior player be a talented one. Not a Tiger of Dead picthes, but someone who can face fast and swining balls on a lively wicket.Till then, let us enjoy the strokes of the great master!!!!

  • on July 24, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Dravid knows that for all of the feel-good factor of his century which helped India avoid the follow-on, he could very well get out cheaply in the 2nd innings. He has said that there is a match to be saved and in fact while talking to Harsha Bhogle, Gavaskar and Ganguly, he mentioned that there were 7 more innings in the series and this was just the beginning of this series. As a professional sportsman he is focused on this test and series and wants India to do well AND for him to make a significant contribution to the team's success. England have the runs on the board and it needs just 10 good balls to get a side out. So lets wait and watch how the match unfolds. I would not write off India though. England could get out within 150-175 and India could pull off a victory. But Zaks absence puts a spanner in the Pipe-dream Nah?

  • vissu295 on July 24, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    @Marcio, Sour grapes? He has become the second highest run getter in tests and we have every reason to celebrate it, whether people from other countries like it or not. After all, cricket is an art and it's not just about winning or losing. Sambit Bal has every reason to write about the special century that we witnessed yesterday.

  • Percy_Fender on July 24, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    For the many who are chuffed up with England's upper hand in this test match, I would like them to remember that it was England that invented the game of cricket and yet had never won anything worth mentioning for a long long time. And sadly, they were the but of much ridicule too. Today if they look to be dominating, there is nothing unexpected if one realises that things do happen in cycles. It is finally their turn and so be it. The others have won and gone. Then again it must be remembered that in 2007 the first Test was just like this, Then it was drawn. England respects history. I hope all their supporters do so as well.

  • on July 24, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    One thing I want to bring into notice to the people reading this. Post stumps Day 3 interview of Dravid with Harsha, Dada & Mr. Gavaskar he praised the "English" spectators. He said that he loves to play in England since they understand cricket better, cheer for good shots of opposition as well, come in full houses even in the test matches, acknowledge the hard work done by anyone not just their team. See this reflects something of this unsung hero Dravid, how we Indians have never given him the applauds he deserves. I remember the article written by Harsha saying how we Indians have let down ourselves & cricket by not recognizing & congratulating RD when he crossed 12000 mark during SA series. Like Sachin, RD is also a legend & it'll be good for cricket if we recognize both & do not compare. Both have left nothing to prove. As Dada said last night "Champions don't have an expiry dat". RD & Sachin both are champions.

    Abhishek Goswami, Delhi

  • suresh.sure06 on July 24, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Hold on guys,just 3 days over and all started talking England is gonna thrash india.sorry its not gonna happen,because..1.India is always a slow starters in away series,none of the indian excepted them to win,a draw in 1st test enough to win the series for us. 2.Dont forget how You england opened their Ashes 1st test.They played a exceptional 2nd innings to save the match and went on to win the series.3.If England fails to wins this test.IF you are not able to defeat an indian side in a tour opener and which is handicapped with a bowler that too a world class bowler and which does not have shewag factor.,i'm afraid they will not win single test in this series.

  • 5wombats on July 24, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Hey @Marcio; You're absolutely right. Poms have got a lot of faults god knows - but we don't carry on and on and on (yawn) about "legends". We've got better things to do. There's a good chance this ton is going to be in a losing cause in any event.

  • Vindaliew on July 24, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Surely it should be 33 Tests, and not 151 at the end, as you can only count those in which he had scored a hundred?

  • AnilVadrevu on July 24, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Rahul Dravid has been the pillar of Indian batting for 15 years. Should say that one of the fluent innings he has played in the recent time. We rarely see a batsmen of such class and techincally sound in the present era. People wrote him off that he was not suited to one day format but he emerged and scored 10000 plus runs shows how mentally strong he is. If India is wining matches on foriegn soil consistently , the first man to get the credit should and must be him. He will be remembered as the finest bastmen the circket has produced.

  • Marcio on July 24, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    I guess its a sign of the times that all the game talk/spin is about India and how great their players are, even when they are getting thrashed. There is an English team playing here, in case anybody noticed, and they are murdering India. I'm am not English, but I get rather tired of all this self-centric Indian navel gazing. The world does not revolve around India. Unless England get too defensive, they are heading for a massive win in this game.

  • mrmonty on July 24, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    @D.Sharma, yours was the best comment I have ever read on these boards. Dravid indeed is the coaching manual (from the 90s).

  • TestCricketFanatic on July 24, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    It was complete delight to watch the innings from RSD what a knock...the test was hyped for Sachin's 100th hundred but as usual the wall proved that why he is the best No. 3 of all time

  • BULTY on July 24, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    This was perhaps one of the best innings I've seen Dravid play for a long time. Except for the one chance he gave, he was confidence personified and full of concentration. Two quote I would like to take from the author by his permission. First "He was asked if the last couple of hundreds have added a season of two to his career and Dravid responded by saying that he was focused merely on the present. "That's the one thing I've learned from Sachin." That's his greatness and humility. The second one "There is a Test to be saved. The good news for India is that their trench-war specialist has hit peak form early. When Dravid scores a hundred, India rarely lose. In fact, it has happened only once in 151 Tests." That's proof enough of his being a team man in Test cricket as far as India is concerned. England need 400 runs at least to force a win in this match. With pitch behaving odd, this is going to be difficult for them and Dravid would have saved the Test match yet again.

  • SouthPaw on July 24, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Yet another masterclass from RSD when it was required, although his attempts at going square on the off side against Swann's vicious off breaks gave me a lot of stress. Disappointing that SRT couldn't stay on to make a hundred, wish he had been given a life! But then, the 4th innings is very much there and I am confident that India will bat well to win this match.

  • on July 24, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    "When Dravid scores a hundred, India rarely lose. In fact, it has happened only once in 151 Test" ... when did dravid score 151 hundreds ??? i guess what u r trying to say is s that only one of Dravid's 33 centuries has come in a defeat.

  • HUNK9228 on July 24, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    I am sure IND is on back foot...Eng is having fair chances to win this match...As a Indian fan I want IND to Win/draw the match ,hope Laxman will play Savior innings again. These all foreign tours are real test for our luckiest skipper Dhoni :)). At least for next test drop Raina and get Yuvi who got better record against England.

  • sivasagar49 on July 24, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    now Dravid is the second highest scorer in test cricket....wow

  • avinash200j on July 24, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    @Indncrktfan-It's not fair to compare this innings of dravid with SRT.I can't understand why every time SRT fails he'lll be under the hammer.There are many instances where sachin contributed and dravid didn't.The most recent being the Test series against south africa where sachin was the leading run scorer for india and dravid averaged in the 20's.I'm not a dravid hater i love all Indian players.But,please do not go on complaining about sachin in every match where he fails.Not only sachin but gambhir,laxman,raina,dhoni also failed in this innings wonder why you aren't complaining about them.

    Remember dravid was dropped in the match in the initial stage of his innings.But,still it was a great innings which saved us for the time being.SRT is the best in the world and this is even confirmed by the cricketing experts and the ex-players.Atleast give him the respect he deserves.

  • on July 24, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    "I had 33 Test tons and lots of runs under my belt but I have played for more then 15 years. Any cricketer who played that long would have got as many centuries and the runs I have," said Rahul Dravid yesterday. Only Great Individuals are Truly Humble. It is lesser mortals like us who debate on social networking sites whether Dravid is greater or Tendulkar is greater. Very much like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar steps in to the ground with passion to do well in their chosen profession, to excel in their choice of sport and do well for their team. Records just happen. And we, the fools cast doubts on whether they are chasing records.

  • on July 24, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    it has been 15 yrs to see a classy batsmen like RAHUL.he has already overtaken ricky ponting.probly a far better batsman than ponting never the less the most grounded man of the indian team.we are realy luckty to have the greatest of all time sachin,and one of the greatest of modern time RAHUL THE WALL.

  • on July 24, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    simply superb I m truly speechless, don't have any word to say. HATS OFF for the man of such virtue, there cannot be any suitable adjective to explain Dravid's excellence. Everybody salutes the wall. DRAVID- The Invincible

  • D.Nagarajan on July 24, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Dravid had the iron will to grind out the hundred , no one else showed that determination. It was a man's hundred. It was a chicken hearted display by the rest of the batting and maybe to a lesser extent by Dhoni. There was an interesting stat yesterday only 1 of Dravid's 33 test tons have been in an India loss, anyone knows whats the ratio with Sachin's test tons? Also where is Cheteshwar Pujara. I feel Pujara/Kohli and Rohit Sharma would have learnt a lot on this tour watching Dravid Bat---- where are we heading in the future after Dravid at No3???? Dhoni doesnt seem to think of the future?

  • Jubin_Edathua on July 24, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Class-Character-Focus and application of all these on the field. That is Rahul Dravid. There is not many contemporary players who blends all these successfuly, but still sadly missing the accolades from common public. I wonder where those who showered criticism on him for his 'slow' scoring and predicted he will be an utter failure in England. Long Live Dravid !!!

  • anranga1 on July 24, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    We will loose but gr8 knock from Dravid.It will be his series.

  • BlackJackLee on July 24, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    A priceless innings from Rahul Dravid, the moment he hit three boundaries off James Anderson in the 39th over I knew that he would go on to make a big score. A very well-written article from Sambit Bal but he should not have mentioned about the "Endorsements", because players are recognized by their performances on the field, not by the number of "Brands" they endorse. We should treat them like Professional Sportsmen, not Circus Clowns.

  • on July 24, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    When is he going to be knighted?

  • on July 24, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    nice article. always have been a sap for the slightly dramatic and so loved that statement "The good news for India is that their trench-war specialist has hit peak form early." good stuff!

  • kitten on July 24, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    "When Dravid scores a hundred, India rarely lose. In fact, it has happened only once in 151 Tests." I am a bit confused...did Dravid score 151 hundreds?. Can some one please enlighten me n this?

  • on July 24, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    This is not a new situation India will bounce back and save the test. As long as Mr.wall is there we have chance of a draw. Hope Sachin scores his century in the second innings

  • on July 24, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Congratulations Dravid...such an elegant player!

  • fredie on July 24, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    one of the most underrated cricketer of modern era along with kallis.In india we always talk about tendulkars,sehwags,yuvrajs,VVS and what incredible things they can do but never talk about Dravid.I personally he has contributed more to indian cricket than any one else. When india needed to play extra batsman he was made Wicket keeper in 2003 world cup, when pitch is doing something Dravid has to open, whenever india has to save a test dravid is needed along with vvs . its a high time that indians should take his contribution into account and treated the same way as tendulkar or Dhoni or sehwag

  • adamgilly on July 24, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    i am awestruck!!! an artist at his best...

  • on July 24, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    A Dravid century in the first innings of a test series is a good omen. A classy innings from a class batsman who plays for country first. Even in the interview after the day's play he said the only thing he had in mind was 274, the number of runs needed to avoid the follow on! Even Gavaskar said that when Dravid plays it is as if he is holding the Indian tricolour, not the bat.

    Sachin looked a bit off colour but did play a few classy shots. Am sure Sachin and India will bounce back and draw this test. I do hope that Dravid will score another ton in the second innings to make those who trash talk him button up. Hey guys, we have two of the greatest all time batsmen in our team, and we still have Lakshman and Sehwag, who are greats. So enjoy the party while it lasts! Do not put down any of our own greats. They have come up the hard way and deserve to play as long as they want to.

  • deegowd on July 24, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    @Rahul Priyadarshi: Off that, 1 test was for ICC World Xi, so doesn't count towards this statistic (of India not losing the match) and the other is in progress. Hence 151.

  • AyrtonS on July 24, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Well said Dinakar Kondrul, Dravid is a real cricketer who has proven himself repeadly over the past years. He shows the difference between the men and and the boys playing cricket.

    Test cricket is what separates the men from the boys and Dravid has proven that he belongs time and time again. He is a fighter of the higest calibre.

    Congratulations,

  • Ckt_Lover on July 24, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Dravid has done it again. He has undoubtedly been THE crisis man for India. Congratulations and thank you again Dravid. But I dont think, we Indian fans have given enough to him. We've tended to take him for granted. Tendulkar has been our Prince charming, and Dravid the Knight - the real fighter but the glamour hidden inside the armour. He's been the work horse. What all he has not done for Indian cricket - wicket keeping, 20-20's, he's excelled everywhere. And we have taken him for granted. We need to bow before this man atleast now, and say heartfuls of thank you's. Or we'll get the chance only to lament and reminisce after he's retired and gone. For he's one true patriot of Indian cricket! He's the Man, but we have treated him like the Machine.

  • on July 24, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    .........................."CLASS" YOUR NAME IS "DRAVID"......................

  • aravabalaji on July 24, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Rahul Dravid, the unassuming legend, will do any role for the sake of team, be it opening the innings, keeping wickets, etc. Never mind that he do not get the recognition that SRT always gets. The way he CONSTRUCTS an innings in adversity speaks volumes of this GOD! While we speak of his achievements in terms of runs scored, the fact that he has pouched more than 200 catches, goes unnoticed. He makes those difficult catches look simple and he never makes an issue of it. Guys like Bhajji, Yuvi & Sreesanth would do well to take a leaf out of this man and just perform sans gimmicks.

  • on July 24, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    There were people waiting for Dav's failure so they could say 'I told you so'.

  • on July 24, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Its really one more feather in his cap that to in an situation where on at other end wickets kept on falling,but Rahul Wall Dravid kept the runs to flow thus eclipsing the follow on on India.

  • memoriesofthepast on July 24, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    India never lost the test in which GR Vishwanath or SC Ganguly scored a hundred, particularly Vishwanath the centurion in Port of Spain test of 1976 where India chased 404 in 4th innings and in 1981 Melbourne test where India defended a target of only 143. This hundred at Lord's, another one in WI and two more in last years series vs NZ is for those who want to see 38 year old Dravid retire. His best was that 180 at Eden Gardens in 2001 where India won the test after being given a follow-on by Waugh's men. India have continued to keep up their poor form in 1st test of a series and this time they have the excuse of unfit ZK and VS. MSD's men have to wisely decide whether IPL is important or test series in England if they want a long injury free career. India still has not realized value of practice games before 1st test starts and it was foolish to start Lord's test so early after 3rd test vs WI. India have found no young substitute for RSD, SRT ,VVSL or for retired SCG and AK.

  • RD270 on July 24, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    As a true Dravid fan, I have been disappointed with RD's performances since the arrival of one G.S Chappell. I think his batting started going into decline since the arrival of Chappell. His "forward press" became so dominant that he forgot the back foot which used to be rooted to the same spot making him play balls off the front foot there forcing him to play balls without getting behind them and having to feel for them. I feel G.S.Chappell not only let RD down as a coach but did him a great disservice.

    It looks like D. Fletcher is rectifying this. RD's back foot seems to be moving in line of the stumps again rather than being rooted to the leg stump. I hope RD continues in this vein and goes out on top.

    Well done RD, congrats on getting on the Lords Honours Board, you truly deserve it.

  • Venki_indian on July 24, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    out of his 32 hundreds, india won/drawn 31 of those matches; only once we lost that to against Zimbabwe in 1998; So this match will be a draw..hurray.. :)

  • bhanumanish on July 24, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    the short he played ,when he was on 94 ,was the most satisfying shot from him..he punched it on for four on the off side cover drive..the way he punched while he rose in air showed his confidence..great century men....hats off to u...

  • on July 24, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Dravid has an exchange treaty with England about dropping catches in the slips, so obviously he was going to get a century lol. And it was obvious that he was just batting for his century, or he would have gone for some quick runs when he was batting with the tail.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 24, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    All those experts who make outrageous expert comments that Rahul Dravid is not talented please go get yourselves a mirror. He negotiated each and every inswinger of Anderson, outswingers from Broad, awkward bounce of Tremlett and the guile and zip of Swann. Swann in particular was dealt with near perfection. First off all you have to be extremely watchful, ball after ball, to figure out what was being dished out. Once you have figured out what was dished out, you have to have those topclass skills to execute a solution. If possessing watchfulness and topclass skills to execute is not talent, then what is? How can Manjrekar even say that Dravid is not as talented as Sehwag and VVS? Those are slurs. Period!

  • gitapat on July 24, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    I have been following Test Cricket for 53 years and have been privileged to see several great players.Tendulkar is without doubt the best batsman the world has produced and comparisons with Don Bradman is only for those who come from non-Indian countries who can never accept an Indian is the best ever.And perhaps Dravid is the ultimate technician, even a shade better than the great Gavaskar.It would be great if Tendulkar and Dravid play Test Cricket for 2 more years until the Kohlis and the Pujaras mature.

  • maverick_ind on July 24, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    super knock from RSD. the celebrations at the 100 show what it means to him to still play for the country!!!! go dravid!!!!

  • Alexk400 on July 24, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    England must declare 30 min before tea and england must score 250 runs by then to win this game.

  • on July 24, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    What a splendid article ! Kudos to the author for analysing the great man Dravie in-depth. His concentration is amazing and as pointed out by the author, Drvid does not want the limelight but silently performs his act dutifully year after year. This particular innings is epic in the sense that practically he carried the innings on his shoulder except for some minor contributions from Mukund and Tendulkar. This man is the role-model for thousands of youngsters wanting to do better in their careers. Here is wishign Drvid and team India the very best ! Thanks Mr. Sambit Bal for your wonderful article !

  • indianpunter on July 24, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    superb effort from Dravid. having said that, there is still a test to be saved.

  • Alexk400 on July 24, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Dravid scored every run with sweat and hard work and concentration. He is india's greatest Test batsman. Some people are worshipping false idol who chokes when it matters. :)

  • Rahulbose on July 24, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    Dravid has a habit of scoring big runs throughout a series when he starts well. So good signs for remaining tests. As for this one India will have to bat out a draw much like their last series in Eng.

  • on July 24, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Rahul Dravid, who is probably the most dignified, silent and unassuming cricketer of this time. You know he is most confident while on crease with this hallmark shake of the shoulders. I think it also doubles up as his concentration button. There you go..now everyone knows his secret.

  • on July 24, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Really wished Dravid to score century in lords, and he has done it. one of the classy innings from Dravid, hope he will save the match.

  • Ahsan_Shere on July 24, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    "When Dravid scores a hundred, India rarely lose. In fact, it has happened only once in 151 Tests" Hope Dravid gets another & Tendulkar not getting a hundred in the next innings too so that India can draw the game

  • HarishVS on July 24, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    I salute this gem of a cricketer. As long as that ever assured wall like defence, elegant, classical and a treat to watch strokeplay was going on all round the ground, India were never short of being assured of averting the follow on. This was Dravid close to his best driving India towards safety atleast for the day in one of the more difficult pitches to bat and against better bowling attacks in recent times. But we need a second century from Dravid to save this Test Match as Tendulkar somehow misses his great deeds at Lords and Laxman is a Lost-man for a first test match of a series. Wishing him all the best for that to happen!

  • scarletbluegunner on July 24, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    @Rahul Priyadarshi: Mate, he scored 2 hundreds in a test twice. Hamilton and Eden gardens.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 24, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    @saivich, India will not lose this game. India was unlucky for some reasons but India will still fight.

  • fahad.noor on July 24, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    i wish he could score another 100 to save or win this test for his team.

  • on July 24, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Who was Sachin Tendulkar ??

  • zapod on July 24, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    not to nitpick, but India has lost only once in 33 tests in which Dravid has scored a century.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 24, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    @D.Sharma, lolll...that's awesome. Absolutely. You bettered Mr. Kondru. Yes Dravid himself is the coaching manual. This century is one of the finest I have seen. With age and may be dwindling physical powers, there is some kind of peace, maturity, command and ease that Dravid is bringing to his game. Hope he plays at least for a couple of years more with Pujara by his side in the middle-order. Hope Pujara recovers soon so that he can spend as much time as possible with Dravid in these final stages of Dravid's career.

  • on July 24, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    the maestro who offers us something to smile about in worst of the situations, thats Rahul Dravidthe maestro who offers us something to smile about in worst of the situations, thats Rahul Dravid

  • on July 24, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    @ Dinakar/@Biophysicist/@Dhrubajyoti - thanks for your insightful comments for an insightful man - some feelings that get triggered when you think of Rahul, it has to be RESPECT and DIGNITY. No modern cricketer has walked the field and stood scrutiny in times of strife and joy alike , like this man has. He will forever remain a great student of this wonderful game.I sincerely hope that he is allowed to choose his time to hang-up his cricket spikes and not victimised by the cruel sponsors - media nexus having their own vested interests .

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 24, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    @Dinakar Kondru, well said. Can't agree more. The way he unfurled delightful strokes is a sight for Gods. The way he defended with a dead bat was a treat to watch. Cricinfo ball by ball commentary got hold of his dead bat defences in a very subtle and funny way when Dravid faced Trott. Lolll....Absolutely top notch batting by Mr. Wall. The brutality of Peitersen's innings is conspicuous by its absence in Dravid's innings. There is a certain finesse about this century that I can't describe. Nirvana.

  • on July 24, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    By my reckoning, Dravid scored the 100th century by a visiting player at Lords. This in addition to playing in the 100th test march between England and India and the 2000th test match...

  • Ameega on July 24, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    One of the most stylish players I am watching for last 15 years. RD was my favorite international player for a long time! I luv watch'im batting, even against my team, SL.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 24, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    Sambit, no disrespect but the heading of your article isn't exactly on the mark. Dravid showed his greatness long back. May be some people saw it now. Like, how Cricinfo hasn't seen his greatness yet. Otherwise, why would he be left out of Legends of Cricket? Talk of showing greatness now? I'm sorry. I respectfully disagree with that thought. What he did today is just sufficient to get him onto the Honours Board at Lord's. That is, per se, not THE mark of greatness of a batsman because, many players have their names there, multiple times. Lord's isn't the toughest of batting tracks either. Rather, he did more than enough to show that he is probably the Greatest Indian Batsman when he said during one of the friendly get-togethers in a Pakistan University that he would get a hundred in the next (final) test and then go get not just a hundred but a 270 that batted Pakistan out of the series and not just the match. Isn't walking or, better still, bettering the talk a mark of Greatness

  • AnotherCricketFan on July 24, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    This is Dravid's page! So commenting on the observation of 1 loss in 153/151 Tests may sound traitorous and mean-spirited.

    Indian bowlers were horrible but for Zaheer and Praveen. English bowlers including the hyped-Swann came through against a batting line up everyone should shudder to bowl against. England on all fronts performed better and with focus and purpose. While watching the 2nd days play it was obvious that the Indians were expecting and hoping Strauss would declare. Their bowling had NO BITE. Harbhajan was a waste, Ishant was hopeless and even Praveen (when KP got going) was ordinary. If India comes out of this with a draw then it is a loss for England. They can hold their head high (despite ICC rankings). But in this ground they proved why their claims as #1 team has more merit.

  • slip_catcher on July 24, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    Well Played Rahul Dravid!!!

    He is unarguably the best Indian Test batsman of this generation. I am so regretful that the esteemed commentators, the writers and the captains of Indian cricket team cannot state this fact publicly. We keep saying MVP abroad, one of the best, most technically correct, great concentration, but conveniently skip the fact that he is the best. May be, if we do, other competing players like Sachin, Sehwag and Laxman would raise their standards even more !!

  • SLsupport on July 24, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    I think more indians were commenting on Eng vs Sl series.They must have got sick of their team.

  • sarun on July 24, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Once again Dravid proves why he is such a crucial element in India's overseas tours. Remember they called him back to the ODI side when they were touring South Africa! Grave injustice has been done to this legend by the Indian media and fans who keep talking about Sachin all the time. Even now, most of the talking is about how Sachin missed his ton. Anyway, I've been a forever fan of Dravid ever since he came out to bat first at Lords. The TV footage showed his debut innings and nothing, I mean nothing has really changed since then as far as his batsmanship is concerned, but look where India have come in terms of Test cricket thanks to this legend.

  • saivich on July 24, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    Congratulations to Dravid. However, I get a feeling that this will be the second time that India lose in spite of Rahul Dravid's century. I certainly hope that doesn't happen, but India clearly have their back against the wall having conceded a huge first innings lead.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 24, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    This century is straight from 'Dravid's Intensive Coaching Book For Aspiring Batsmen'. Couldn't come at a better place as well. Breathtaking clean stroke play, generously mixed with Dravid's unique ingredients - intensity, concentration, determination and a sense of context. Hope Pujara is watching. That honest lad should be coached personally by Dravid as and when Dravid calls it a day. But I hope they both can play together for a couple of years or a couple of series at least.

  • on July 24, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    pls recorrect the last stats....153 tests,not only 151 .

  • Biophysicist on July 24, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    I think it is one of the most crucial innings made by Dravid in recent years. It may also be noted that during this innings Dravid has passed Ponting to become the second highest run getter in tests. It looks like he has finally found the second wind like Tendulkar had a couple of years ago. GO DRAVID GO!!

  • on July 24, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    YO SIR RAHUL DRAVID.............................

  • D.Sharma on July 24, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    @Dinakar Kondru: Dravid does not follow the cricket manual. He is the cricket manual!

  • insightfulcricketer on July 24, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    Great masterclass from Dravid to steer India from turbulent waters once again.Not out of the woods yet but something special. I have been searching for an analogy of this current Test World Champion team.They are not like Mike Tyson with a killer punch which the Aussies were but they are more of Muhammad Ali or Rocky Balboa style.They will take the punches and will look to be down and out on the ropes before they win. That is the style of this team. I am not giving up on them. They will swing back!!!

  • on July 24, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    I say one word: RESPECT. Each and every one of his 12417 runs was earned with grit and hard work. People like Dravid are as easy to find as Astatine. If there was a cricket manual and if players were given a death sentence for not following the manual as is, then Dravid would be the only player that would be still alive. India is just plain lucky to have unearthed this rarity in 1996. I'm lucky to have witnessed some of his great knocks during the past 15 years: Johannesburg, Georgetown, Kolkata, Adelide, Headingley and this one at Lord's rank right along those knocks. Thanks for those knocks Mr. Dravid.

  • on July 24, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    "When Dravid scores a hundred, India rarely lose. In fact, it has happened only once in 151 Tests."

    A cricket stats connoisseur myself, I never knew of this interesting tidbit.

  • on July 24, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    As much once-in-a-lifetime genius as Tendulkar is, Dravid has long been and continues to be India's MVP in Tset Cricket, especially abroad. Hats off to the workhorse! Sad will be the day when Dravid retires and lesser will be the Indian team.

  • Sukkrivaa on July 24, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    India will not lose this match. They will probably draw it.

  • Natasha24 on July 24, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Dravid is a real class act. He has the talent and patience to construct many an innings.A great test batsman. Hope India can somehow save this test, otherwise Dravid's efforts would have been in vain.

  • shilsen on July 24, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    As someone who's always been a fan of Dravid, today was a really enjoyable day for me (the fine work by the English team being a significant bonus as well). While I've long considered him the most valuable player for the Indian team in tests, his diminishing returns often had me concerned that he would be dropped. Now, with his solid work in the Caribbean and in this innings, I'm hoping that it'll be a while before he departs. Much as I enjoy seeing players like Laxman, Sachin and Sehwag in full flow, for me personally there's no finer sight in Indian batting than watching Dravid at work.

  • SagirParkar on July 24, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    beautiful batting by Dravid.. he used the depth of the crease and his hands very well in negotiating the swing on offer... plenty to learn for the youngsters, if any are willing that is... wonderful innings to watch.. wish Sachin had lasted a bit longer too.. the lead for England looks daunting and it will be important for India to restrict England's scoring rate tomorrow... however, me being the ever-optimist i don't see india losing this test match.. and that, to me, is a good start to the series !

  • knowledge_eater on July 24, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    What an inning! and what a timing! I want him to continue like this through out the tour. Please, don't go back to bunker .. continue like this for whole tour. Had SRT and VVS stayed with, I am sure he would have ended up with higher score. Sigh! Watch out England, India usually does better in later stages. Congrats to RSD for passing Ponting's run tally and Waugh's 32nd 100. This was very special 100. Is he back? Is he?

  • StatisticsRocks on July 24, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    What an innings from The wall. This should silence all the SRT fans who have been on on and on and on. When team needs big innings u can always count of RD. great technique whlie playin Swan and great temperament. RD ur ea legend.

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 24, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Rahul Dravid should be the captain of the Test team. Dhoni is only good for limited over games.

  • on July 24, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    When Dravid scores a hundred, India rarely lose. In fact, it has happened only once in 151 Tests.

    "Hopefully, that's a happy omen."

  • binojpeter on July 24, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    I am an Indian fan but still have to say that we will have to play at least 120 overs in the second innings to save this test which seems unlikely considering the England bowling line-up. Seems we might lose at least by 150 runs unless a miracle occurs.

  • Gujubhai on July 24, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    A true great of Indian Cricket indeed Test Cricket as a whole. Rahul I salute you. A consummate professional and a worthy name on the Board! If there are any endorsements you should be getting a few! You are probably a great reminder of a Jaguar Car no less.

  • on July 24, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Dravid is and will always be a class act ............ keep on going sir Dravid

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  • on July 24, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Dravid is and will always be a class act ............ keep on going sir Dravid

  • Gujubhai on July 24, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    A true great of Indian Cricket indeed Test Cricket as a whole. Rahul I salute you. A consummate professional and a worthy name on the Board! If there are any endorsements you should be getting a few! You are probably a great reminder of a Jaguar Car no less.

  • binojpeter on July 24, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    I am an Indian fan but still have to say that we will have to play at least 120 overs in the second innings to save this test which seems unlikely considering the England bowling line-up. Seems we might lose at least by 150 runs unless a miracle occurs.

  • on July 24, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    When Dravid scores a hundred, India rarely lose. In fact, it has happened only once in 151 Tests.

    "Hopefully, that's a happy omen."

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 24, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Rahul Dravid should be the captain of the Test team. Dhoni is only good for limited over games.

  • StatisticsRocks on July 24, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    What an innings from The wall. This should silence all the SRT fans who have been on on and on and on. When team needs big innings u can always count of RD. great technique whlie playin Swan and great temperament. RD ur ea legend.

  • knowledge_eater on July 24, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    What an inning! and what a timing! I want him to continue like this through out the tour. Please, don't go back to bunker .. continue like this for whole tour. Had SRT and VVS stayed with, I am sure he would have ended up with higher score. Sigh! Watch out England, India usually does better in later stages. Congrats to RSD for passing Ponting's run tally and Waugh's 32nd 100. This was very special 100. Is he back? Is he?

  • SagirParkar on July 24, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    beautiful batting by Dravid.. he used the depth of the crease and his hands very well in negotiating the swing on offer... plenty to learn for the youngsters, if any are willing that is... wonderful innings to watch.. wish Sachin had lasted a bit longer too.. the lead for England looks daunting and it will be important for India to restrict England's scoring rate tomorrow... however, me being the ever-optimist i don't see india losing this test match.. and that, to me, is a good start to the series !

  • shilsen on July 24, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    As someone who's always been a fan of Dravid, today was a really enjoyable day for me (the fine work by the English team being a significant bonus as well). While I've long considered him the most valuable player for the Indian team in tests, his diminishing returns often had me concerned that he would be dropped. Now, with his solid work in the Caribbean and in this innings, I'm hoping that it'll be a while before he departs. Much as I enjoy seeing players like Laxman, Sachin and Sehwag in full flow, for me personally there's no finer sight in Indian batting than watching Dravid at work.

  • Natasha24 on July 24, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Dravid is a real class act. He has the talent and patience to construct many an innings.A great test batsman. Hope India can somehow save this test, otherwise Dravid's efforts would have been in vain.