England v India, 4th npower Test, The Oval, 4th day August 21, 2011

England v Dravid

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Shot of the day
Amit Mishra walked in with a bat signed by Virender Sehwag during India's first innings. Now, Sehwag himself had made only eight runs, faced eight deliveries and bagged a king pair in his first three innings of the series. Either way it wouldn't have mattered to the England bowlers considering the way they have dominated the Indian batting through the series. But Mishra not only batted with gay abandon, usually a Sehwag trait, but also combined confidence with fluency to surprise the opposition. In his primary role as a legspinner he'd had a shocking time - 38-3-170-0 - but he left the Englishmen gaping when he charged Graeme Swann on the last ball before lunch, to hit the only six of the Indian innings high over long on.

Catch of the day
At the MCG in December 1998, Mark Ramprakash at square leg flung himself full-stretch to his right to intercept a pull from Justin Langer, and set England on their way to a highly improbable victory. The circumstances were somewhat different this time around, but Ian Bell's reactions were every bit as honed, as a valiant 43 from Mishra was brought to a spectacular ending. A short ball from Tim Bresnan got big on the pull, but Bell at short square leg had to watch the shot all the way off the bat, judge the miscued pace, and time his dive to perfection as the ball slapped his left palm, and nestled into his fingers as he fell to earth. A determined 87-run stand had been broken, and England's victory bid had taken a major leap forward.

Ball of the day
The shadows were lengthening and a small sense of satisfaction was spreading through the Indian camp. Despite another tough examination, they were inching towards the close with eight wickets still in hand and two of their big three in harness at the crease. But then, as so often this series, up popped James Anderson. At Trent Bridge he had produced a screamer to uproot VVS Laxman's off stump, and though this replica delivery wasn't quite in the same category, it proved far too good once again as it zipped off the deck and crashed into the top of off as a dazed Laxman stared forlornly down the track.

Onslaught of the day
Rahul Dravid is not by nature the most demonstrative of batsmen, but whenever Swann has been in his sights in this series, he has come out with a touch of the KPs. Dravid's handling of England's spinner has been nothing short of masterful, and today, with 14 runs needed for his hundred, he knew what he wanted to do. From the second ball of Swann's 20th over, he cleared his front leg and took on a brace of midwickets with a contemptuous slog-sweep. Two balls later, he rocked back on his heels and dabbed a delicious late cut through third man. Swann's fifth ball was flicked through the gap at midwicket for another four, and he completed his surge with a dab-and-dive single to move to 99. Tim Bresnan made him wait a further four balls for the moment, but when it came, he was celebrating almost before his followthrough was complete.

Milestone of the day
At half past three on Sunday, sections of the crowd rose for a standing ovation. Rahul Dravid had not reached the 150 mark. No England bowler had taken a wicket. Not even Sachin Tendulkar had made an appearance. Instead, when Dravid powerfully cut Tim Bresnan for a single, it was the first time India had managed to reach 300 runs in seven attempts this series. However, that was as good as their performance would get. The final two Indian wickets - RP Singh and Sreesanth - fell in the same over in quick succession in a span of three balls.

Tempo-setter of the day
First ball of the innings, following on. Sehwag facing James Anderson. You know something is going to happen - something untoward, something exciting. And lo and behold, Sehwag goes for a powerful backfoot punch, only for a thin bottom edge to slither past the off stump and away to the rope for four. A boundary first-up is usually a sign of good times to come for Sehwag, but rarely do such strokes draws monstrous gasps from the crowd.

Placard of the day
"England v Dravid, The Wall". Self-explanatory, isn't it?

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo; Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • suprabadh on August 24, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Dravid usually plays an innings which speaks volumes of his character. So many times he proved that he could with stand the hostile and pacy bowling of the opposition with great will power and concentration. He plays cricket with dedication for the country. He has the spirit and momentum. Age is not a bar for any performance. Of course he is going to retire. Youngsters should learn a lot from him.

  • Criketanand on August 23, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    yes it was great dravid only in this series but no need to say only he is dependable, for he went missing in SA when tendulkar and laxman were pulling India out from difficult situations. every one of those guys have had there time when they saved or tried to valiantly save India. unfortunately they didnt do it together this time

  • shiibu82 on August 22, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Sachin may be God, but God that never comes out of Pooja room is useless.........

  • StonehousePet on August 22, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    sachin, please continue making centuries, while dravid continues playing for the team.

  • aracer on August 22, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Wrong milestone. 300 might be ironically significant for this series, but 30000 is something which might not ever be matched (on current evidence ST is unlikely to get there).

  • nzcricket174 on August 22, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    "Rahul Dravid is not by nature the most demonstrative of batsmen, but whenever Swann has been in his sights in this series, he has come out with a touch of the KPs" so you are saying KP is as great as Dravid? No way is that possible.

  • on August 22, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    The Only God of Indian Cricket is Rahul Dravid...Dont say Sachin is god of cricket please..............The Best ever i seen when India is struggling..Dravid Rocks..Sachin ok he do well in bating pitches with some different attitutes and he never help India in Struggling Condition,Seamed pitches and challenging pitches and conditions .But Under the Different circumstances and Different conditions,In any pitches Dravid is the best..........

  • SouthPaw on August 22, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    NRI - no use having a "long memory". You are only good as your recent performance.

  • Salmanghani on August 22, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    God please please please ask SRT to retire now

  • Wismay on August 22, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    @NRI the way he was treated after resigning captaincy was the reason for his struggling and lack of confidence in that period. But this series is totally a different case. Other batsmen are failing even to score half centuries! Only Dhoni has two half centuries till now. And unless Sachin, Raina, Dhoni do something in the last innings it will be recorded in HISTORY as England Vs Dravid! No matter how many past failures of Dravid you try to highlight. That is insignificant right now and for this series. When everyone failed he stood tall. That will be the point whenever this series is talked about in future. Tell about the same in those Australia and South Africa tours. Which player did that?

  • suprabadh on August 24, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Dravid usually plays an innings which speaks volumes of his character. So many times he proved that he could with stand the hostile and pacy bowling of the opposition with great will power and concentration. He plays cricket with dedication for the country. He has the spirit and momentum. Age is not a bar for any performance. Of course he is going to retire. Youngsters should learn a lot from him.

  • Criketanand on August 23, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    yes it was great dravid only in this series but no need to say only he is dependable, for he went missing in SA when tendulkar and laxman were pulling India out from difficult situations. every one of those guys have had there time when they saved or tried to valiantly save India. unfortunately they didnt do it together this time

  • shiibu82 on August 22, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Sachin may be God, but God that never comes out of Pooja room is useless.........

  • StonehousePet on August 22, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    sachin, please continue making centuries, while dravid continues playing for the team.

  • aracer on August 22, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Wrong milestone. 300 might be ironically significant for this series, but 30000 is something which might not ever be matched (on current evidence ST is unlikely to get there).

  • nzcricket174 on August 22, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    "Rahul Dravid is not by nature the most demonstrative of batsmen, but whenever Swann has been in his sights in this series, he has come out with a touch of the KPs" so you are saying KP is as great as Dravid? No way is that possible.

  • on August 22, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    The Only God of Indian Cricket is Rahul Dravid...Dont say Sachin is god of cricket please..............The Best ever i seen when India is struggling..Dravid Rocks..Sachin ok he do well in bating pitches with some different attitutes and he never help India in Struggling Condition,Seamed pitches and challenging pitches and conditions .But Under the Different circumstances and Different conditions,In any pitches Dravid is the best..........

  • SouthPaw on August 22, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    NRI - no use having a "long memory". You are only good as your recent performance.

  • Salmanghani on August 22, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    God please please please ask SRT to retire now

  • Wismay on August 22, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    @NRI the way he was treated after resigning captaincy was the reason for his struggling and lack of confidence in that period. But this series is totally a different case. Other batsmen are failing even to score half centuries! Only Dhoni has two half centuries till now. And unless Sachin, Raina, Dhoni do something in the last innings it will be recorded in HISTORY as England Vs Dravid! No matter how many past failures of Dravid you try to highlight. That is insignificant right now and for this series. When everyone failed he stood tall. That will be the point whenever this series is talked about in future. Tell about the same in those Australia and South Africa tours. Which player did that?

  • peashcricket on August 22, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    The wall is getting stronger now a days.....it is very hard to any bowlers to break the wall.

  • sidsway14 on August 22, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    hats off to rahul dravid.. 1. for his amazing performance all through out his career.. the pivot on which indian cricket was revolving around.. for breaking gavaskar's record.. a selfish and greedy guy like gavaskar should never have any credentials in this game in my opinion.. 2. for admitting he edged the ball.. its an amazing gesture.. an amazing advert for the game.. any day rahul dravid is a much accomplished and integral player to indian test cricket than sachin tendulkar..

    ultimately.. England played better cricket.. the deserve a white wash.. if it weren't for the rain... it would have been over by now..

    but for the day... despite being an English fan.. dravid stole the show according to me..

  • Wismay on August 22, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    It was insane to send Dravid to open the second innings. He needed rest and he would have batted through out on the last day. Risking your in form player like that shows lack of planning and lack of willingness of others to stand up and open the innings at least for ONE innings. If Sachin says "I will open the innings, let me do it" is there anyone who objects? Team India should have rested Dravid.

  • on August 22, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    No doubts, this series has not been any more than England Vs Dravid. C'mon ppl, open yr eyes n give this man the respect he deserves. He's the man, by far the best Batsman of India.... willing to take any challenge for his team.

  • thebarmyarmy on August 22, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Still a great batsmen but lets face it he'll be retired shortly

  • N.Sundararajan on August 22, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Sundararajan from Chennai

    What is the role of the Match Referee ? Dravid does not seek a DRS in the previous Test, but the Match Referee KNEW that he was not out ! In this Test, Dravid is NOT OUT but the Third Umpire gives him out after seeing the replays--and the Match Referee does not interfere ! This is a ridiculous situation ! And he is paid a large amount and a medal for doing nothing or not doing what he should do ! Let ICC(urgedc by BCCI) review the role of the Match Referee to include correcting obvious wrong decisions---at least the wrong decisions of the Third Umpire !

  • here2rock on August 22, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    How was Dravid given out when there was no edge in the second innings?

  • on August 22, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    INDIA CRICKET WALL IS RAHUL DRAVID (STRONG PILLAR) HATS OFF DRAVID

  • on August 22, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    @insightfulcricketer: it's called being fit and motivated.

  • on August 22, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    Rahul Dravid got his 35th Test Century yesterday, scoring 146 runs against England, while all our other batsmen failed. And after a small break, Dravid is back on the field to do it all over again!

    There is a new Wonder of the World - The Great WALL of India - Rahul Dravid!

  • on August 22, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    @ shilsen - well said! its higly important that the management analysis the situation! but what i still dont understand is, one player-RahulDravid has face most deliveries from either side in this series! his average is 77! 3rd highest run scorer! 3 centuries! and all these he seems to be batting in diff zone! the oly time he got out was due to unplayable deliveries or bad luck! but my worry is if one player could do all this, why the rest 9 had othing to contribute????????????????? are they too lazy as they won the wprldcup ??

  • on August 22, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    If there is one batsman in the world that's each of the test playing countries needs to have in their batting line up - that would be Dravid. What a player, what an idol for the younger generation.

  • Chris_P on August 22, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    @ Nampally. The idea of DRS is for cricketeters to use as a challenge if they believe the umpire got it wrong. Dravid did NOT seek toi use it nor was he encouraged to by SRT who also must have thought he hit it. How is this unmpire's fault? What sort of lame excuses are you offering? You believe the English bowling lineup is ordinary after they have dismissed India not once, but SEVEN times for scores of 300 or less? And just exactly what does that mean about the Indian bowling lineup with socres of 500, 700 and near 600 posted against them and taking just 21 wickets? Great comment about appealing every time the ball hits the pad, we know just which country has had a long hostory of doing that, don't we? Well done to Dravid, he alone can walk with his head held high. @NRI. If you knew anything about cricket, you would realize that EVERY batsman goes through a poor series now and then. Dravid's stats speak for themselves.

  • insightfulcricketer on August 21, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    The question that bothers me is whether some of the English players - juiced? Atleast the bowlers like Anderson and Broad they used to get tired before at fag end of the day and now they are fresh. Endurance is something you build over years if done the hard way or you can create shortcuts. Even somebody as run of the mill like Bell appears to have benefitted from something extra. I hope ICC is listening that is if they want to listen ..

  • Patchmaster on August 21, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    @ Nampally, I would concentrate on finding a decent batting and bowling coach, rather than excuses. Really mate, is that the only thing you can comment on ?

  • NRI- on August 21, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Evreyone's memory is short. The last time India went to Australia, Dravid was awful and struggling. Same in SA. Same when AUS visited India, bar the last test, Dravid could not even score on the placid pitches. Ian Chappell said Pujara shoudl replace him at no 3. VVS WANTS to bat higher up in the order, he himself has said that. The batting order is Dhoni's decision. How do we know that SRT is refusing to open or play at no 3? Dhoni should have asked SRT to open, allowing the in-form Dravid and VVS to have their preferred no 3 and no 4. Sehwag wants to go no 4 or 5 too and he is more suitable for that. India should henceforward ask SRT to open and settle this problem once and for all. He does open in one-days anyway.

  • Nutcutlet on August 21, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    To bat as Dravid has done throughout this series shows more than his superb technique, it shows the outstanding character of the man. He, and he alone amongst the much-vaunted batsmen of India, has enhanced his reputation whilst others' have plummeted. When watching a side - any side at any level - clearly coming a distant second as this Indian side has done, I look for the player who plays at his very best in defeat. These are players who truly deserve to be called great because their performances shine out amid the debris of their team mates' tiny contributions. The test summer of '11 would have been awful without the temendous contributions of Dravid, both in style and substance - and for that we are truly grateful.

  • chishtyirfan on August 21, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Hats off Mr. Dravid. what a player you are. I rate you most elegant and valuable player India ever has. If some one deserve Bharat Ratna that's you. once again Hats off

  • shilsen on August 21, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I've got to say that if India loses the match (as looks almost certain, unless there's rain tomorrow), I'd rather they do so without Sachin scoring his 100th century. If he does score a 100, there'll likely be a lot of coverage and focus given to it, which'll be another excuse to avoid thinking deeply about all the problems with the Indian team which this tour has amply displayed.

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 21, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Yes india was a so called No.1 because they hardly played any series outside india as they progressed towards No.1. This was their first major test outside india and they have been brutally treated by England with all their expertise in batting for which they claim is the best batting line up. See the performance of Bangladesh team last year and Srilankan team this year. My friend please except the reality and wake up. England is the actual No.1 as they have proved it in Australia which was the most stable team in the world. Last but not least, what we want to see on the fifth day in Oval is.....WHITEWASH!!!!..... WHITEWASH!!!!..... WHITEWASH!!!!..... WHITEWASH!!!!. Go team England....You can do it!!!

  • landl47 on August 21, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    I had to laugh at 'Milestone of the Day.' England's last three scores have been 544, 710-7 and 591-6. India are celebrating reaching 300! Priceless.

  • danmcb on August 21, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Bell's catch was amazing. If you watch closely on the TV replay he actually lost and regained his grip on the ball as he was falling from the dive! That's some catching skills ... MOTM for that and the double I think.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 21, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Dravid has proven yet again that he is probably Ind's most stable test batsman. His selflessness is so very admirable. Made to open twice without complaint or excuse.

  • on August 21, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    sujjest Team India - appoints Dravids as their BATTING COACH once he retires ????? he is the only shine of dull indian outfit in this whole english tour.

  • on August 21, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    In my view Dravid is the only batsman a team can depend on the times like which india is facing now, while the other senior batsmen are suffering he stands there and scores three hundreds in for matches .A great test cricketer who shows lack of professionalism and commitment when his team need him.I dont think people should call him "the great wall" they should call him " Saviour of Indian cricket team". Hats off to a great test batsmen .

  • on August 21, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    Question after the series is over: "Well MS, are there any positives you can take out of this series?" Answer: "Wall, of course.""

  • Zippydidodah on August 21, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    @Taru Kapoor, Dravid said that he had hit the ball when he was out in the second innings. He says 9 minutes into the podcast at http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/fivelive/tms/tms_20110821-1931a.mp3

    It was a pretty good day for the DRS - the howler was overturned when Dravid was given out for a bat-pad catch, and then on the really close decision when he was out, the 3rd umpire still got the right result.

    It would have been a real shame to see such a great innings cut short prematurely by an incorrect decision from an umpire.

  • Mohanakrishnan on August 21, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Wait until sachin gets his century ... Indian fans and media will forget everything happened in this series so far ....

  • m_ilind on August 21, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    All the drama about Sachin's impending 100th ton has finally dissipated, it's Dravid who has taken the honors for India! I would be a lot happier if India draw this test tomorrow, than see Sachin's century in a losing cause!

  • Nampally on August 21, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    Poor batting by other top 5 Indian batsmen made England look like" Goliath". Even the lower order batsmen like Kumar in the last test match and Mishra & RP in this test showed how ordinary the English bowling is demonized by poor batting by the top of the world renowned Indian batting - Sehwag, Gambhir, Laxman & Tendulkar.Only Dravid showed how to play a long innings whether opening an innings or @#3. I would rate Dravid above Tendulkar in the all time Indian great batsmen.Dravid was victimized by the Umpires with wrong decisions in the last Test match in this Test second innings.It was a terrible decisions to give him caught even after the Hawk eye clearly showed there was no bat pad - just the pad. What is the point in having DRS when the batsman is given out despite what replay shows. Umpire seemed determined to give Dravid Out - England exploited this by appealing every time ball hit the pad.Playcard reading should have read "Dravid Vs. Goliath + Umpires" - an uneven battle.

  • adhib on August 21, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    AHAHAA! At this rate the Indians are playing like a team such as Bangaladesh. No, worse more like Afghanistan. This team doesn't even look like they could beat a colts team, that's how bad they're playing. Its SHAMEFUL, aha! LET THE WHITEWASH BEGIN! AHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 21, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    England v Dravid, The Wall. That says it all. What a way to end the article.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 21, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    @Me_A_Gemini, India was not a "so called no.1". It was a no.1, reached there with the same points system as England and stayed there for nearly 2 years. You are not doing yourself any favours by being so amusingly cocky.

  • Quazar on August 21, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    @Gemini... well, England have suffered TEST WHITEWASHES (let's forget the ODI whitewashes for now) at the hands of Australia (2006/07) and India (1993)... so I guess they too should get the chance to end up on the right side for once. :)

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 21, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    @kancnaic: You dont know what is going to happen in india mate....keep your comments safe for a latter time......it's surely not the time to talk about future tour for a team which was a so called No.1 and acting like the worst test playing team we have ever seen.

  • on August 21, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Ganguly is a great leader. Dhoni is a better manager. Ganguly builts a team that lasts for many glorious years. Given a good team, Dhoni can manage the players better. Dhoni was lucky to lay hands on the talents Dada unearthed and succeded in managing them better. Now he is running out of them. And his captaincy record in steep downhill. He can only apply band-aid fixes. Not capable of a bold surgery like Dada did. Dhoni will do well in IPL as talents can just be bought.

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 21, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    WHITEWASH!!!!..............WHITEWASH!!!!.................WHITEWASH!!!!............WHITEWASH!!!!..............WHITEWASH!!!!.................WHITEWASH!!!!............WHITEWASH!!!!..............WHITEWASH!!!!.................WHITEWASH!!!!............WHITEWASH!!!!..............WHITEWASH!!!!.................WHITEWASH!!!!............WHITEWASH!!!!..............WHITEWASH!!!!.................WHITEWASH!!!!

  • demon_bowler on August 21, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    I'm gonna miss Rahul if this is his last test in this country -- what a batsman. A real test batsman.

  • on August 21, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    the wall is pride of India.the wall is pride of India.

  • on August 21, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    Its time that Indian must get over with the praise for Sachin Tendulkar. Treat himas you have been treating Rahul Dravid. A rahul dravid would keep for you, open for you, bat out the day, take cathes at slip and do evrything he can, But would never remind anyone about his deeds. If Sachin is humble and down towards earth. then i think is atleast two satirs above sachin in this regard. COmpare the temprament of Dravid and the silly dismissal of tendulkar in frst ining. lot of us would get our answers soon.

  • CrikBug on August 21, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    where are the fans who were commenting about Eng vs SL series few months back, and was hoping the (then)No.1 team will win this current series... At least SL lost only 1 match...without glamour boys....

  • kancnaic on August 21, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    The people who are laughing at the Indian team are only making hey while the sun is shining.I don't know where these people will hide after the England tour of India.The English bowlers are not in the calibre of Wasim Akram or Glenn Mcraath.They have the bowling averages near to 30.The Indian batsmen have to blame themselves for having played in the IPL after the World cup which diverted their mindset from test cricket.

  • on August 21, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    England v Dravid - truly entire series came down to this line.... none else from team India showed enough stomach to fight the English team....Dravid was unlucky to be given out in 3rd match and 4th match.....Sachin was lucky to be batting there though he was stump-out! Cricket is strange at times.....Hope India bounces back in next series....

  • on August 21, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Super title this !

    If India saves this test match then remember one name 'Rahul Dravid'.

  • on August 21, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Rahul always stands tall when ever team needed the most.. thanks DRAVID for your service to Cricket World

  • Yevghenny on August 21, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    As an England fan, I wish they said to Dravid "OK, that's your first innings wicket. Now carry on as you were"

  • on August 21, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    "King pair in three innings"..wow........... Just like saying - "both of you three get out"!!

  • RD270 on August 21, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Enjoy it while it lasts, the Dravid master class, the second wind of the greatest test batsman India has produced since Sunil Manohar Gavaskar.

    Indian test cricket wont be the same again, once he departs. We are probably seeing the demise of test match cricket already in India!

  • kancnaic on August 21, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    England are playing better in the series.That"s all. But I don't think they are superior to the Indians.The indians are not doing well in this series only.PLEASE CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE OVERSEAS RECORDS OF BOTH COUNTRIES IN THE LAST 5 YEARS BEFORE THIS SERIES?

  • xjunda on August 21, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    And again Laxman batting at 3. Now It's getting really frustrating!!!

  • Legster on August 21, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Not sure I agree with Andrew's choice for ball of the day. I think the one that got Sehwag through the gate was a finer piece of bowling.

  • Iddo555 on August 21, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Great display by Dravid, he is the one Indian player who can hold his head high. Super player and a very nice man from what I can tell

  • on August 21, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    No mention of the Dravid wicket at all in Plays of the day! Rubbish!

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  • on August 21, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    No mention of the Dravid wicket at all in Plays of the day! Rubbish!

  • Iddo555 on August 21, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Great display by Dravid, he is the one Indian player who can hold his head high. Super player and a very nice man from what I can tell

  • Legster on August 21, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Not sure I agree with Andrew's choice for ball of the day. I think the one that got Sehwag through the gate was a finer piece of bowling.

  • xjunda on August 21, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    And again Laxman batting at 3. Now It's getting really frustrating!!!

  • kancnaic on August 21, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    England are playing better in the series.That"s all. But I don't think they are superior to the Indians.The indians are not doing well in this series only.PLEASE CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE OVERSEAS RECORDS OF BOTH COUNTRIES IN THE LAST 5 YEARS BEFORE THIS SERIES?

  • RD270 on August 21, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Enjoy it while it lasts, the Dravid master class, the second wind of the greatest test batsman India has produced since Sunil Manohar Gavaskar.

    Indian test cricket wont be the same again, once he departs. We are probably seeing the demise of test match cricket already in India!

  • on August 21, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    "King pair in three innings"..wow........... Just like saying - "both of you three get out"!!

  • Yevghenny on August 21, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    As an England fan, I wish they said to Dravid "OK, that's your first innings wicket. Now carry on as you were"

  • on August 21, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Rahul always stands tall when ever team needed the most.. thanks DRAVID for your service to Cricket World

  • on August 21, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Super title this !

    If India saves this test match then remember one name 'Rahul Dravid'.