India v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Nagpur, 3rd day November 22, 2010

Dravid not worried by critics' calls for youth

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Rahul Dravid has said he is not worried by the clarion calls for youth that follow each of his failures. All he can do, he said, is to keep scoring runs.

"You do accept that when you are at a certain age and don't do well, people are going to ask questions," Dravid said. "When you are 23 or 24, certain questions are asked of you and when you are 37 or 38, the questions are different. It's part of being a sportsman and you can't complain about it. The only thing to do is to keep scoring runs. As long as the team is backing you, that's all you can ask for."

Dravid will turn 38 in January. His passport has proof of his footprints across the ten countries where he has gathered his 11,943 Test runs (just 10 short of Brian Lara), but his critics choose to fuss over one detail in that document: his age. In the seven games he played this year, prior to the series against New Zealand, he averaged 34.60. He said there was pressure on him, but it was born out of frustration of not contributing to the team's cause rather than from what his critics thought of him. "You accept the pressure and know you have to do well," Dravid said. "I don't think about failure or what people are saying. That's just a part and parcel of being an international cricketer and I have never had any complaints about it."

The way Dravid prepares for a game hasn't changed much over the years; he has just "refined" the process. "There are four or five boxes I need to tick every time [before a game]," he said. "Physical fitness, technical skills, mental preparation, and how I am feeling emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes you get the results, sometimes you don't. That's life, that's sport."

In the last year, Dravid has been dismissed by left-arm seamers six times. Chanaka Welegedara got him out thrice, Doug Bollinger twice, and Mitchell Johnson once. Dravid said he has worked hard at the National Cricket Academy and with Gary Kirsten, India's coach, to iron out the flaw. "It was a bit disappointing and I knew that it was an area I had to work on," he said. "I have put in some time at the NCA and also with Gary to tighten up my lines a little bit. I worked on trying to hit as straight as possible rather than opening my bat-face. I felt that I was opening it up towards the covers too much. It has worked a little bit. This was the only game we saw a left-arm quick [Andy McKay] in this series."

"Our plan was to bowl quite straight to him, and he played those deliveries well," McKay said at the end of the third day in Nagpur. "He waited for us to err off those straight lines, and capitalised on the opportunities. His wagon wheel shows he scored a lot of his runs through cover and midwicket. That's when we missed our lines."

Dravid batted for 573 minutes and faced 396 deliveries for his 191 before holing out off a tired shot. "At any stage in my career, batting for long hours has taken a lot out of me," he said. "But, I guess, I have to bat for a long time to score runs. It would be nice to be re-born as Veeru [Virender Sehwag] one day."

A steady approach has been the hallmark of Dravid's batting over the years and he said he enjoyed building long innings. "That's the way I play," he said. "I like to look at the game not immediately but two or three days ahead, see if I can build a platform, score some big runs, and watch the impact it has as the game progresses."

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  • on November 28, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Age is never going to be a factor unless you play well for your country. People hardly questions Raina or Gambhir when they r in poor form. Sir Dravid has proved time and again that form is temporary and class in permanent. There is no harm for the even if players like Sir Dravid and Sachin plays for next 4-5 yrs for INDIA in test cricket and contribute more to our INDIAN CRICKET. So ppl pls stop calling for thier heads. They r matured enough to decide when to call it off for the day.

  • on November 26, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Am amused by all the comments about strike rate. Ok, Dravid's strike rate was 48+ but he scored 191 in the last test vs NZ and batted them out of the game. Today saw Mike Hussey who is supposed to have scored fast and his SR was around 55. This was fascinating Test Cricket, not ODI or T20 pyjama cricket. Haddin is a very attacking bat but chose to play a waiting game. Both batsmen knew that their getting out would mean a collapse. RD is in a similar position with an unpredictable middle order. Tendlya plays like a school kid at times and Laxman kicks in only when others fail. Less said about Raina and Dhoni the better. So RD has to play carefully and hit shots with "risk eliminated perfection" as Senantix says in his blog. RD is extremely fit and has missed very few matches due to injury. We need him in SA and am sure he will not fail India.

  • Vilander on November 26, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Dravid is back, its SA next.

  • ganeshnmk on November 24, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    I remember an interview in which rahul was asked,"what do you feel when the media adresses u has THE WALL,rahul had replied I dont believe in all these,some day the same media will write THE WALL IS CRUMBLING". Rahul is a gentlemen cricketer of this era.No Doubt.He has agreed that he cannot play like sehwag,very much before only.One thing I can tell watching dravid all these years is that he plays for the team & country ,he is not selfish player. Every great sportsman have a bad patch sometimes,thats game.He will retire when he feels that, he is not doing well for the team.thats the truth.And one thing is sure No other player can fit in dravids shoe.(I am not underestimating Youth,I am a huge fan of Pujara and Vijay). Congrats Rahul for the superb innings,Best of luck for South Africa to TEAM INDIA.

  • on November 24, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    @PontingForPM Compare these away records.... Mat Runs HS Bat Av 100 80 6664 270 55.53 17 - Dravid 64 5020 206 48.73 16 - Ponting and look at the home records.... 67 5279 222 50.75 14 - Dravid 79 6790 257 60.08 21 - Ponting Tells you how many runs Ponting piles on in home conditions.. Also try and look at Ponting's Avg against India in India. Whereas Dravid has been instrumental in India winning matches away from home. Also note that Ricky till recently had the cover of Superb openers to begin with till recently and in Dravid's case the opposite was true till Sehwag and Gambhir have formed a steady partnership. As for being overrated...... I think Ponting is most overrated as most of his runs were scored in a strong Aussie team and mostly at home.

  • on November 23, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    one thing, we should not get carried away with this success either; but a few positives from this innings: *he isnt shy playing his waiting game; he never seemed frustrated when he stated slower comparison to his partners *this pitch was sort of sporting, and he had a good batting practise despite against a weak bowling attack *he is working on his game even now(the vulnerability against left arm pacers is a concern to him) , may be Zaheer Khan could help him out with practise

  • Pradeeps_Speed on November 23, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    @PontingForPM - You say Dravid is not a great player because he did not do well against Aus? If that's the case, do you agree that Warne is an ordinary bowler because he hardly took wickets against India? Can you guys produce one gentleman cricker like Dravid? I know why you are saying this - Because now Ponting can't catch up on Sachin. You are worried Dravid will catch up Ponting. Hahaha... Ponting for PM? Yeah, PM of the ISI (Insane Sledgers Island).

  • on November 23, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    If all the cricketers think in the same way of these greats like Dravid, Tendulkar, Waugh, Santh, Lloyd no youngster will ever get a chance to come back to the national side. It's not a surprise that anybody can improve their performance in any profession with long engagement and experience. Given the fact that India couldn't find a proper all-rounder Kapil can still find a place in the side with minor performs though he is above 50. BCCI on the other hand reluctant to give proper chances for the youngster, despite India is blessed with numerous batting talents. If somebody say he has a keenness to play cricket at the age of 38, then only god can look after younger player in that country from this greedy people.

  • Pradeeps_Speed on November 23, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    @nskaile - Totally agree with you.... Indian media is pathetic. The news yesterday was full of what Sachin did not achieve than what Dravid achieved.

  • Balamuarli on November 23, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    For people who says dravid has to retire , look at the stats from 2000- 2009 period when india started to win more frequently at home and aboard .

    look at the cintributions of dravid & tendulkar and decide

    Player Runs HS Ave 100 50 R Dravid 8558 270 54.85 22 42 Sachin 7129 248* 53.2 21 31

  • on November 28, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Age is never going to be a factor unless you play well for your country. People hardly questions Raina or Gambhir when they r in poor form. Sir Dravid has proved time and again that form is temporary and class in permanent. There is no harm for the even if players like Sir Dravid and Sachin plays for next 4-5 yrs for INDIA in test cricket and contribute more to our INDIAN CRICKET. So ppl pls stop calling for thier heads. They r matured enough to decide when to call it off for the day.

  • on November 26, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Am amused by all the comments about strike rate. Ok, Dravid's strike rate was 48+ but he scored 191 in the last test vs NZ and batted them out of the game. Today saw Mike Hussey who is supposed to have scored fast and his SR was around 55. This was fascinating Test Cricket, not ODI or T20 pyjama cricket. Haddin is a very attacking bat but chose to play a waiting game. Both batsmen knew that their getting out would mean a collapse. RD is in a similar position with an unpredictable middle order. Tendlya plays like a school kid at times and Laxman kicks in only when others fail. Less said about Raina and Dhoni the better. So RD has to play carefully and hit shots with "risk eliminated perfection" as Senantix says in his blog. RD is extremely fit and has missed very few matches due to injury. We need him in SA and am sure he will not fail India.

  • Vilander on November 26, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Dravid is back, its SA next.

  • ganeshnmk on November 24, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    I remember an interview in which rahul was asked,"what do you feel when the media adresses u has THE WALL,rahul had replied I dont believe in all these,some day the same media will write THE WALL IS CRUMBLING". Rahul is a gentlemen cricketer of this era.No Doubt.He has agreed that he cannot play like sehwag,very much before only.One thing I can tell watching dravid all these years is that he plays for the team & country ,he is not selfish player. Every great sportsman have a bad patch sometimes,thats game.He will retire when he feels that, he is not doing well for the team.thats the truth.And one thing is sure No other player can fit in dravids shoe.(I am not underestimating Youth,I am a huge fan of Pujara and Vijay). Congrats Rahul for the superb innings,Best of luck for South Africa to TEAM INDIA.

  • on November 24, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    @PontingForPM Compare these away records.... Mat Runs HS Bat Av 100 80 6664 270 55.53 17 - Dravid 64 5020 206 48.73 16 - Ponting and look at the home records.... 67 5279 222 50.75 14 - Dravid 79 6790 257 60.08 21 - Ponting Tells you how many runs Ponting piles on in home conditions.. Also try and look at Ponting's Avg against India in India. Whereas Dravid has been instrumental in India winning matches away from home. Also note that Ricky till recently had the cover of Superb openers to begin with till recently and in Dravid's case the opposite was true till Sehwag and Gambhir have formed a steady partnership. As for being overrated...... I think Ponting is most overrated as most of his runs were scored in a strong Aussie team and mostly at home.

  • on November 23, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    one thing, we should not get carried away with this success either; but a few positives from this innings: *he isnt shy playing his waiting game; he never seemed frustrated when he stated slower comparison to his partners *this pitch was sort of sporting, and he had a good batting practise despite against a weak bowling attack *he is working on his game even now(the vulnerability against left arm pacers is a concern to him) , may be Zaheer Khan could help him out with practise

  • Pradeeps_Speed on November 23, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    @PontingForPM - You say Dravid is not a great player because he did not do well against Aus? If that's the case, do you agree that Warne is an ordinary bowler because he hardly took wickets against India? Can you guys produce one gentleman cricker like Dravid? I know why you are saying this - Because now Ponting can't catch up on Sachin. You are worried Dravid will catch up Ponting. Hahaha... Ponting for PM? Yeah, PM of the ISI (Insane Sledgers Island).

  • on November 23, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    If all the cricketers think in the same way of these greats like Dravid, Tendulkar, Waugh, Santh, Lloyd no youngster will ever get a chance to come back to the national side. It's not a surprise that anybody can improve their performance in any profession with long engagement and experience. Given the fact that India couldn't find a proper all-rounder Kapil can still find a place in the side with minor performs though he is above 50. BCCI on the other hand reluctant to give proper chances for the youngster, despite India is blessed with numerous batting talents. If somebody say he has a keenness to play cricket at the age of 38, then only god can look after younger player in that country from this greedy people.

  • Pradeeps_Speed on November 23, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    @nskaile - Totally agree with you.... Indian media is pathetic. The news yesterday was full of what Sachin did not achieve than what Dravid achieved.

  • Balamuarli on November 23, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    For people who says dravid has to retire , look at the stats from 2000- 2009 period when india started to win more frequently at home and aboard .

    look at the cintributions of dravid & tendulkar and decide

    Player Runs HS Ave 100 50 R Dravid 8558 270 54.85 22 42 Sachin 7129 248* 53.2 21 31

  • on November 23, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    @pradeeps_speed:brilliant comments!!!

  • on November 23, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    good job, but as an RD fan I wont get peace of mind unless he gets a score of 50+ within first two tests in South Africa, Cheteswar Pujara and Murali Vijay are capable contenders; and unless he provides one good innings within first two tests he might not complete his 150 in South Africa :) I would love him to go past 12000 and Laxman past 8000

  • Pradeeps_Speed on November 23, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    @indianpunter - Get ready to take back your words. Let's see how many players would fair better than Dravid in SA and England.

  • tough_cool on November 23, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    For all those people talking about strike rate of Dravid and the same contributing to teams drawn test matches, the fact is that you guys dont understand test cricket too well, You need to understand that a test match is played over 5 days and without any restrictions on number of balls faced. So actually there always is more time to play that we care to imagine, and dravid seems to know this fact well and better that all of us. Just coz some men led by Steve Waugh started playing cricket too fast or some Sehwag knows only to play the game too fast does not and must not really take away the credentials from Dravid, personally excepting one test match I am yet to witness even one single innings from Dravid which changed the course of a test match from winning to a draw, it simply never happened. Dravid's never played slowly to the detriment of teams cause. And though I agree it might have happened on one occasion but ain't it too immature to brand a player based on just one innings

  • Pradeeps_Speed on November 23, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    @Graeme_Swanns_Cat, old man looks like you are getting excited by the batting of Sehwag. For someone of your age the only excitement you get is by watching someone like Sehwag play, so i don't blame you for your comments. But this is TEST CRICKET. Patience is the key word here. To all Dravid critics: Dravid has a role to play in the team and he is doing it wonderfully well. Look at Raina and realize what happens when you don't have patience and play Test cricket. Dravid is among the only 5 cricketers to score more than 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs. He is really great and is only next to the little master. If you guys think he is slow, it's time you change over to F1 or MotoGP. if you think he is not hitting hard, watch American Baseball. If you don't get thrilled by his batting, tie up your legs and start doing some bungee jumping.

  • Anup82 on November 23, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Dravid is a gem, no doubt about it. He has played like this all his career. The youth have flamboyance. However tests are supposed to "test" the batsmen's patience. Dravids batting gives us a wonderful example of this fact. In away tests surely we need a player like him to hold the innings together. What if all play llike Sehwag and all have a bad day??. Hence even if he is called slow, we do need batsmen like him. Also rotating the three Seniors, viz Sach dravid and VVS in the playing eleven with two of them playing at a time, will make one slot empty for a young player, to cement his place and this will delay the retirement of seniors...

  • anver777 on November 23, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    One and only Indian Great Wall Dravid proves again that age is no barrier in this gentleman's game..... Indian team need his services in test matches for few more years !!! Well played & keep going............

  • RakahDus on November 23, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    "It would be nice to be re-born as Veeru [Virender Sehwag] one day".

  • on November 23, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Guys dont get faded away. Dravid plays at No.3, he always lays the foundation for others to bat. He is a selfless cricket. Even if Dravid scores 40 runs it would have withered the new ball. No Doubt Sachin and Sehwag are the best. But Dravid is a batsmen who gives foundation for others. Dravid ur the wall

  • Pathiyal on November 23, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    though my favourite player is sehwag, i dont accept it if someone says he is better than rahul dravid. they have different batting positions and different sort of responsibilties. test cricket is not just about slogging. those who have watched the test matches in the past 10 years are very well aware that dravid's and kumble's roles were most significant. in my opinion he has done a lot better than any other indian batsman as far as tests are concerned. lets not indulge in hero worship and give rahul dravid his due share of respect.

  • kiranmn on November 23, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Picked this from one of the blogs.Its a fantastic comment.

    Dravid is appreciated by a distinct category of fans, that group of devotees who marvel at technical perfection, to whom concentration and application that goes behind a superbly negotiated late in-swinging delivery with the score reading 4 for one hold more value and merit than a hastily slogged six. There tends to be a marked social correlation between the admirers of the straight batted defensive stroke and the ones who would be rather seen dead than in the streets burning effigies. This is the same group who would actually appreciates the now famed urban sobriquet - The Wall.

  • seeraiah on November 23, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    It seems Dravid slapped tightly for all those who are criticising him without knowing how test cricket will be played and also for Ian chappel & Harsha bhogle who commentented on his first century in this series without understanding and reason behind the way he played. For all those who criticise Rahul, One of the true great of modern game of cricket and also one of the all time great, knows when to score by defend slowly and knows score runs quickly by his shots its all about the situation of the game and adopting to the situation...... Rahul You are Gentlmen who admits your recent flaws how you worked on and overcome from that. Although you some marvellous shots which show the perfection. Its always great, pleasure and thrilled to see your innings....... Please Keep on Rock as the Wall of the game

  • aks007007 on November 23, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    "Scoring runs nowadays against Australia (ranked 5th) is akin to scoring runs against Bangaldesh and Zimbabwe. No Big deal!" It is still better than scoring against the teams ranked 8 and 9 which is what Dravid has become a specialist at. Also, Dravid failed vs Aus in 1999, 2004 and 2008 when they weren't number 5. He has become a minnow basher of the highest quality over the past few years. To those Dravid fans bashing Sehwag, atleast he isn't a strokeless wonder who is overhyped for scoring runs vs minnows. Get your tissues ready since you will cry buckets when Sehwag goes past Dravid's records.

  • kiranmn on November 23, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    What a class player.From my childhood days I have been a big fan of RD. In fact had many fights with my classmates,colleagues on RD being one of the best cricketers to come up. For guys like us which prefer test cricket other than ODIs and Twenty20, he is the best. We have to watch the way he picks up short delivery's and cuts in England,Australia and South Africa. He is so good in judging the ball. Hats off jammy.You are the best.

  • DEV_ME on November 23, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    I am apalled by the nonsense written in some of the comments. Dravid has always been the backbone of the batting around which muscles of Sachin, Ganguly, Laxman have been built. Pick up any record score of the greats and you will find that Dravid had been the support at the other end. Yesterday, Dravid oozed class when he saw of the 1st hour, while, Sachin, Laxman and Raina went back to the pavilion. Dravid bats according to the situation. Even today, he is the only batsmen in the Indian team capable of playing short balls and can pull, hook and cut elegantly. Even Sachin is unable to do that. The first person to be kicked out of this team is Raina, and then to be kept out are the likes of R.Sharma, Yuvraj and Co. They are just not capable of playing to the situation. Folks, please make an effort to understand what is cricket before letting loose your comments. Cricket is not T20, its a different ball game all together.

  • gretfan on November 23, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    @Gulshan_Grover ...... wat did u say?? averaging in mid 20 on fast tracks??? go and have some research dude.... RD's avg in aus-48.60, in eng-65.35, in pak-78.57, in WI-70.00, in SA-33.60, in NZ-63.73.... (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/28114.html?class=1;template=results;type=batting) now tell m which of dis figures r in mid 20s?? Go on RD.. We r always wid u........!!!

  • on November 23, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    @everyone who replied to me

    whenever sehwag has scored away , it has been a flat pitch (there maybe some some exception) i didn't see the 195 inning but it must have been a flat pitch and aus would have won there is a reason why dravid earned the name 'the wall'

  • Zreeku on November 23, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    All I know about test cricket is Patience, the ability to wear out bowlers until they start to bowl to your plans... There was times when Dravid would score 18 from 100 balls and then 100 from 100 balls in the same innings... There lies his ability to mentally pull down the bowlers... Sehwag does this with his offensive strokes and Dravid does this with his defensive strokes. By far they are the different sides of the same coin. And both are equally needed in a team where batting is still the main strength. And as far as my point of view may be there are 100 youngsters being waiting to replace them, none will actually fill in their shoes. Just think, you can replace Dravid with a batsman but you can replace him with a person who can break down a bowler psychologically. You can replace Laxman with a batsman but not with a person who has the ability to play with the tail enders(Not even Sachin can do that with such elegance). So please let him decide when it's time....

  • indianpunter on November 23, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    I have been on this site calling for RD to retire for sometime now. I have to admit that yesterday he looked comfortable ( though nowhere near his best). But, i am still not convinced that he should go to SA. I am sticking my neck out here and saying that he will fail in SA ( where he has always done poorly, but for one 148). The trouble is that he will still go to England in July 2011, bcoz everyone would say that he had a good series just prior to the disaster that awaits us in SA. Dravid, this is the best time to go, just when people think that you still might have smting to offer. thats my 2 cents.@snowsnake- everyone in the team need not score quickly, which is why you have defined roles.

  • nataraajds on November 23, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Dravid made his bat tol answer his critics. Don't ever ask the three legends (dravid,sachin & vvs ) to go,they know when to call it ,,insted be patient to learn and establish under their shadow. this is my advice to all young cricketors. When Sehwag,Gambhir, dravid,sachin,laxman,dhoni are doing well i don't thick we don't have to bother too much on batting, # 6 spot must go to an alrounder and at the moment we have none so stick to Raina.

  • 11Noobs on November 23, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    @Gulshan_Grover... There's just no pleasing some people. All those people who are calling him "slow", he's been playing like this for his whole career. It's only because of the one in a million cricketer Sehwag, who is making look Dravid "slower". India were winning matches before Sehwag came people...

  • mahi678 on November 23, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    its very good to see rahul batted well.....

    The three biggies of indian test cricket sachin, laxman and dravid are doing good services to the team. But what happens after they retire? We shouldn't see like another aussie downfall. better give more chances to youngsters rather than waiting for them to retire!

  • AtticusFinch on November 23, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    @Graeme_Swann's_Cat: Scoring runs nowadays against Australia (ranked 5th) is akin to scoring runs against Bangaldesh and Zimbabwe. No Big deal! @CricketPunditUSA: "Dravid..has to sort out his techincal skills asap". LOL, this is too funny. You are talking about Dravid, the guy with almost 23000 runs in International Cricket and more than 30 Centuries in Test cricket. @Thomas_Cherian, @aks007007: Stick to watching Gilli Danda on the streets. Come back after 10 years and we will tell you if you have understood the game of Cricket

  • 11Noobs on November 23, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    @SnowSnake..."He is good to save tests, but he can rarely be used for winning tests" You obviously have NO idea what Dravid has done in his career.

  • on November 23, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    FOLKS, IF ANYONE TALKING NON-SENSE ABOUT DRAVID'S GAME, PLEASE STOP WATCHING TEST MATCH, AS YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IS TEST CRICKET ALL ABOUT. THIS IS A PERFECT TEST INININGS.

  • 11Noobs on November 23, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Chill Dravid fans....... people like Graham Swanns Cat are here to create reactions... don'r respond to him/her. Of course he knows he's one of the best batsmen.

  • on November 23, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    "But, I guess, I have to bat for a long time to score runs. It would be nice to be re-born as Veeru [Virender Sehwag] one day." What a say from the man who averages around 53 in his entire test career and a significant 56 outside India.He s not just wall.....,he s a HUMBLE-WALL whose height(contribution) can be only measured in context but the actual worth is much more than what ever we calculate.A slip is always bound to happen when ever you walk so long but the certainty is a man like Dravid will never fall neither his fans and above all this Nation.Keep Going Mr.Clean.I would be happy to see him in the Indian world cup squad.....He is there for us

  • ashish514 on November 23, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    @Jarman Brar- The man you are calling a flat wicket bully thirved alone on the grass courts of new zealand, when others were unable to negotiate the wicket swing and pace, and that too in his own positive way. Not comparing him with anyone, everyone has their own style of playing and it is a good combination having Sehwag with the big 3. Sehwag can play freely as he knows they are there in case he fails, and these 3 can play at their own pace as Sehwag propels the run rate higher.

  • IPL_is_Thrash on November 23, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    Superb statements by Rahul Sharath Dravid. Absolutely thrilling to see his focus is completely on *Keep Scoring Runs* I hope he will select himself into the Team on his Performance basis. ALL the BEST Jammy!!!

  • on November 23, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    u guys who just say about cricts over rahul's performance need to know mor bout him well....first wanna ak a quest...name a player who just stand for 2 days....he has greater stamina ....yes offcourse there may be some ups and downs in a career who plays like him...may some mental stress or physical stress but u cant let down a legendary player.....JUST SEE THE PAST HISTORY BEFORE THROWING CRICTS...this usual against all indian player...

  • Narbavi on November 23, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Those who blast this great phenomenal player please just sign out of cricinfo....this man sacrificed his spot in one day cricket for those youngsters and now despite his achievements you want him to leave test cricket...no way let his legacy live forever!

  • PontingForPM on November 23, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    What a bunch of clowns. Dravid NEVER dominated Australia. His average versus us is a pathetic 41 and that includes a series with the worst Aussie attack in 20 previous years (2003/04 in Australia) where we had the likes of Bichel and Brad Williams and neither McGrath nor Warne. He failed badly in 1999/00 with McGrath and Warne and again in 2004 in India when we had our main attack back. He also failed in 2007/08 in Aus, 2008 in India and in India this year.

    Laxman continues to perform today while Dravid has become a liablity scoring runs versus teams ranked 8 and 9. I always thought that Dravid was a good solid player but the hype and misinformation of these boards is ridiculous. Don't make him out to be better than what he is. The most hyped batsman on Cricinfo!

  • rahulbharath on November 23, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    u all ppl who are speaking abt mr.dependable,the great wall of india, the back bone of india, should shut up ur mouth.y cant u see test like a test.rahul is the stalwart of india n one can replace him in the future.congrtatulations rd keep going on.

  • Dubby49 on November 23, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Comparing anyone's strike rate with Sehwag's is a non starter. He scores at 90+ when ALL other batsmen struggle to reach 60. It has already been pointed out that Sachin's scoring rate has been slower than Dravid's. Every player has his role to play. Rahul's is to hold up one end while the more flamboyant strikers paly around him. Everyone raves about VVS' special innings at Kolkata. Would this have been possible without Rahul at the other end making what 170 or 180 odd?

    It's easy to say that Sachin only scores against top teams while Dravid makes his mark against weaker bowling attacks. You can only play against the opposition you have. It's worth noting that most critics of the famed Indian batting line up say they accumulate runs only on flat Indian shirtfronts. You cant say that of Rahul. He has a better average in away matches than in India and is the only player in the WORLD to have scored a century in every test playing country.

    Let's celebrate the greatness of Sachin AND Rahul

  • Gulshan_Grover on November 23, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    It is funny that Mr. Brar calling Sehwag a flat track bully :) The only player who is NOT a flat track bully in this Indian line-up is perhaps Sehwag and to some extent Laxman. Dravid is averaging in 70s against Bangladesh and New Zealand while averaging in low 20s against others. If that is not being flat track bully against relatively weaker teams then I don't know what the term means :) Sehwag is perhaps only batsman who has scored in trying conditions such as in SA, Sri-Lanka on a turner (when Rahul Dravid was getting bowled by Mendis in every innings), on wet and seaming pitches of NZ when he sored 60% of team runs on those tricky pitches, on Bouncy MCG (195 in a day), almost 3 triple centuries against SA, Pakistan and SL. Apart from one tour of Australia when everyone in Indian team scored bagful of runs Rahul Dravid has been a stroke less wonder abroad and quite a few times has lost the initiative.

  • on November 23, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    for Pontingfor PM and Swanny's cat....Dravid had had his dominance over Australia earlier,I hope they have to overcome his fear first...that is the reason why they are behind Dravid's head(Adelaide and Kolkata were a glimpse)...Dravid the captain deprived australia of winning a test by not allowing them to score 110 odd runs in the fourth Innings,and England can not boast of capturing Dravid,in the same tour of 2007 did you forgot the 63 balls 92* innings...what strike rate does it produce??and for your kind attention not any single player from your country can do a 'Sehwag' they why the hell you expect a Legend in his own shell to copy these?? Man I know it is never easy for major teams to see Dravid coming Back in his own class,beware the next time your teams see dravid,advise them to have a million tricks to escape him,It was never easy to climb over the wall,and never will it be. The Man is more Lethal now.

  • on November 23, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    dear friend Gulshan Grover. I hope you should watch T20 then,has you started watching Test cricket only after Sehwag came to the front??? there maybe many little or comparatively bigger stones...but there is only wall...and it takes time to build a solid one,We are happy to see the Wall again standing tall...Sehwag is good,but please take ur insane comparison to urself only,We love Dravid as he is.

  • on November 23, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    ALL THE GUYS WHO IS JUST BLAMIN DRAVID PLZ SHUT UP YOUR MOUTH. HE IS SUCH A LEGEND AND HIS BATTING IS A MASTER PIECE AND ART IN IT'S OWN WAY.THOSE GUYS WHO DOES'NT UNDERSTAND HIS WORTH,JUST QUIT EVEN BEING A SPECTATOR AS U R NOT EVEN WORTH FOR IT. @ GRAEMW SWANNS_CAT ,FIRST U REMEMBER HIS INNINGS AGAINST YOUR ENGLAND IN OVAL IN 2002 ,IN 2008 IN MOHALI I THINK U R NOT EVEN CONSIDERING UR TEAM TO BE WORTH TO PRESNT KIWI'S SIDE, JUST THINK A WHILE BEFORE U SPEAK !!!!! @PONTING FOR PM YES HE MAY BE OUT OF FORM FOR A WHILE NOW, BUT NOW HE IS BACK, AND U R GOIN TO SEE THAT IN NEAR FUTURE! THANK YOU CRICINFO

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 23, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    I THINK WE ALL NEED TO SHUT UP AND LEAVE IT TO DRAVID WHEN TO HANG HIS BOOTS LOOK HE HAS BEEN THE MOST UNSELFISH PLAYER IN INDIAN TEAMS KEPT WICKETS FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS BEFORE DHONI HAS OPENED THE INNINGS IN TEST MATCHES THE BEST SLIP CATCHER IN WORLD( RECORS HOLDER) HE IS PROBABLY AS FIT AS DONI OR RAINA UNLIKE OTHERS IN TEAM HAS CAPTAINED THE TEAM BEST NO3 ALONG WITH PONTING NOT BEHIND PONTING SO AFTER SO MUCH ACOMPLISHMENTS AT LEAST WE SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE HIM BY LEAVING ON HIM WHEN TO RETIRE

  • OutdoorMiner on November 23, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    He held the innings together. He came in after a good parntership, but there was still plenty to do. Anyone who doesn't think it was a valuable innings, i question your knowledge of test cricket. And the talk about a low strike rate, pfft, go and watch 20/20.

  • on November 23, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    @Gulshan_Grover we will see in south africa who scores more.

    sehwag is a flat pitch bully.......he may have 1 inning with luck but dravid will be top scorer from india

  • on November 23, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    I agree with u MR.MAHENDRA SHETTY . Dravid is the Great Wall of INDIA. Without him India could not win and draw many matches in the past .his personal record and partnerships he built says it everything . he dnt have to prove anything . form is temporary but d class is permanent . and he s a world class player. those criticize him he replyed with his bat with 191.

  • on November 23, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    Dravid KSCA has a post open for vice president...you need to go join them...it is time others are also given a shot at fame and fortune

  • aks007007 on November 23, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Draw-id plays for RCB and has become a king of RCB (really crap bowling).

    The guy was well respected a few years back but most people are sick of him these days. Chatting to my work mates at the start of the year about predictions, most felt that Dravid would fail vs SA at home and away and Aus at home but would become king vs NZ. He didn't play vs SA (luckily for him) and failed vs Aus AGAIN (like in 08, 04 and 07/08). This has become a trend over the past few years.

    Every year has atleast 1-2 series vs rubbish teams and Dravid makes sure he checks in for Bed and Breakfast because he will be away on holiday when it really counts. I agree with a post about Indian selectors even though I'm an Indian cricket fan myself. Dravid should have been kicked out atleast 2 years back.

    PS: Sehwag will become an even bigger hero (already my favourite player) if he runs Dravid out like what Botham did to Boycott.

  • ubab123 on November 23, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    Mr. Wall you don't have to change your style to score runs very faster. That is ur forte and you have to stick by it. Scoring runs at all parts of the world is not easy and your forte has made u achieve it.

  • SnowSnake on November 23, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    Here is something to look at. For a few people who have scored 30+ centuries. Ponting average >50 Strike Rate >59%; Hayden average >50 Strike rate >59%; Lara average >50 strike rate >59%. Now, Dravid average >50 Strike rate <43%. No wonder he is called "The Wall." He is good to save tests, but he can rarely be used for winning tests. Dravid has a role to play, but he is a risk averse player. He reduces India's chances of winning as well as losing. In short, he is an average player. I would not put him in category of Ponting, Sayden or Lara, who were better players than Dravid.

  • Powell_jason on November 23, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    It's a great shame to see some of indian supporters doesn'tt know how to respect this great player. he never complaint, just got on with his job. hmmm only if he was born in another cricket playing country!!!

  • Real_Statsguru on November 22, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    cont...with current test line up, you can fail vs big teams and still maintain avgs since we have the likes of bang, nz, wi and sl (away from home and now without murali). it is like scoring in ranji trophy which a player with exp can do at the age of 50 also. selectors cant take brave steps because of fans like you see on these boards. if you dont perform vs top teams, drop the player. atleast young guys will get exp. scoring vs these teams in home matches after playing for 15 yrs is NOT an achievement. i support my team and ppl who do well. i loved dravid 4-5 years back but he has become a liablity now. main series fr india this yr were vs sa, aus, sl away (due to 2008) and sa away. next yr would be sa away cont, wc, eng and aus. pls only judge player on how they do in these series. if they fail through the year in these imp series, drop them (even if sachin, vvs or sehwag). runs scored next yr vs wi cannot make up for failure in sa, eng, wc etc. that is what is happ now sadly.

  • Humdingers on November 22, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    He will be considered as one of the greatest to play the game. But he's time is up (2 painful 100s against the no.8 team and in your own backyard and on flat pitches does not vindicate anything). Time to look to the future. Pujara must play - for the future benefit of the team. If this team is serious about holding on to that no.1 spot, it needs to make the tough calls and not wait till it's too late.

  • Real_Statsguru on November 22, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    i agree with the comments made that dravid scores only vs weak teams these days. sad but true. i loved the assurance he brought 02-06 but i hate his batting these days since he never performs vs top teams anymore. last 4 years vs aus/sa and eng, his avg is 28 which is pathetic. you take last 3 years or 2 years also and it is still very poor. he also failed along with rest of middle order in sl in 2008 but others made up this time, dravid failed again. for those talking about him being the main player in sa, look at recent stats. he failed on the last tours away of sa (20 avg), eng (25) and aus (33) and sl (19). he only did well in nz. no more easy runs for a while since we have sa and then eng. only wi might be easy and then aus. laxman should bat at 3 in sa since he is in good form and also attacks vs the quick men. drop dravid down to 6 where if he flops, it wont affect the team as much. what happ if dravid fails in sa and eng again and then scores vs weak wi like he had done recenly

  • on November 22, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Rahul, you are the inspiration for lot of people out there either in cricket or anything else, a true sportsmen.

    Please try not to speak too early people, no doubt Pujara/raina, yadi-yadi-yada, what ever, they have talent for sure but they need some time to be the best like these old guys are. The Indian selectors have been very smart by rotating everyone , giving them international exposer, its building the confidence u need at this level, and its working very well, so please let them do there job and enjoy the indian cricket period now, who is there to enjoy tommorow, learn to enjoy today first

  • nskaile on November 22, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    EVERYONE STAND UP CUZ DRAVID IS IN DA HOUSE. THIS MAN WON MORE GAMES FOR INDIA THEN SACHIN BUT STILL NOONE IN MEDIA TALKS AOUT IT EVER. Yday on all news ch. they were just talkin about how SACHIN missed his 50th 50. Noone botherd to mention Dravid's 190+. PPL like Harsha Bhogle and Rahul Bhatacharya wrote him off. Told him he should leave cuz hes no good anymore. They couldnt wait fo this series to get over or SAf series and IM JUST LOVING IT. CUZ THIS IS A SLAP ON FACE OF ALL THOSE PPL WHO WERE SAYING THINGS LIKE HE CANT SCORE, HES OLD ad some ppl now asking him to score quick runs like SEHWAG but these same ppl fail to mention that in this series Dravids run rate has been higher then SACHIN. India will have many more Sachin's who will brake lot records(b/w nothing against SACHIN but its his fans who degrade eve other player out there), india will get many Dhoni's, rainas etc but india will never find another DRAVID and ppl will get to knw that after this LEGEND retires :)

  • PontingForPM on November 22, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    Cheppelli got it spot on with his recent piece. That young chap who played in the 2nd test in India looked quite good. It would have been the perfect series to give him a go and I dare say that he would have got as many versus this attack at a much better clip and with a lot of assurance.

    Aus's biggest rivals are Eng, SA and India while India's would be Aus, SA and Eng. These are the best teams in the world now. You have to judge a player based on what they've done versus these teams over the past few years rather than overall stats. If a senior Aussie player failed over the course of 3-4 YEARS vs these teams and then scored vs Bang and NZ, he would be sent on his way. That is the way it should be. Run the stats of the batsmen vs these teams for the past 3-4 years and see who should be in/out. Dravid has failed miserably. I'm sure someone can post the stats for it. If the senior Aussie players fail in the Ashes, they will be sent on their way. Make no mistake about that!

  • Gulshan_Grover on November 22, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    His fans are really going overboard here. I mean, what is really special with this inning? Sehwag plays one like this one almost everyday-and he scores three times as fast. It was against a tiring attack on slow track and was played agonizingly slowly-plus it has not won the match yet. I mean what is the big fuss is about?

  • JoseBautista on November 22, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    no reason why RD should not be in the WC2011.

    he is a legend...that is all I could say about this guy.

  • PontingForPM on November 22, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Dravid was a pretty good player like 5 years back but his batting has become so poor lately. When he plays Australia, I'm sure that he won't make big runs. I don't think that he has made a hundred vs us in about 6 years and we play a lot these days. Indian selectors don't have a vision for the future. Any good young player could have scored runs vs the Kiwis in these conditions. It would have been the perfect time to give Dravid a tap of the shoulder and tell him his time was up. His batting on India's last tour here was shocking. Cricinfo had stats up about the struggles of Dravid and Ponting a while back. The difference is that Ponting has done as well/badly vs all the teams while Dravid has become a bit of a bully of poor attacks. Some one had posted his stats in a comment a couple of weeks back and it didn't surprise me at alll. In recent years, he has gone missing vs Aus, SA, Eng while making hay against the likes of NZ and Bangladesh (2 lowest ranked teams).

  • Graeme_Swanns_Cat on November 22, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    I could have scored runs vs this attack if I put my mind to it, even at the age of 61! The comments here are OTT, as is often the case with fans from India/Pakistan/SL.

    Fail against Australia, SA and other higher ranked teams and then pad your stats witrh runs against the number 8 team in test cricket with a club bowling attack! Watching Dravid bat in England in 2007 was such a torture and I think he did the same 5 -10 runs in 100 odd balls a few times more in Australia as well. Has the guy scored a hundred vs a decent team recently? His last few years have been like Ian Bell of a few years back (not comparing thr two, before the Indian fans start burning things).

    I'm looking forward to watching the Indians next summer and tickets are already selling out pretty quickly. Sehwag wasn't here in 2007 and I'm looking forward to watching him play along with some of the others!

  • naveenkoneru on November 22, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Form is temporary,class is permanent and he's masterclass.

  • on November 22, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    It is good sign for india. the wall of india got confidence n back with rhytham.

  • bookie7600 on November 22, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    Replace Raina with Pujara or else he will continue to sail along with the Greats fighting all the way to win us games..

  • Dr.K.H.Iyer on November 22, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    For Ian Chappel who wanted Pujara as an immediate replacement and not as an under-study, this should be an eye-opener! Now we understand why Australian Cricket is in shambles! They think people are machines that are DESIGNED to perform! Human Beings go through ups and downs and will FIGHT BACK! This is something which Border, Taylor and Waugh knew but not the Chappels and other Oz selectors! get rid of them aussies, we really need some good cricket out there!

  • CricketpunditUSA on November 22, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Did you see Raina bat yesterday? Horrible. Like a deer caught in the red light anticipating short balls all the time. Talented fellow but need to sort out this technical flaw asap. One comment stood out here. There is still a vaccancy for Ganguly's spot... Make no mistake, Pujara will take the spot in SA if Raina continues to duck for full length balls!!

  • on November 22, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    THE GREAT WALL OF INDIAN CRICKET IS BACK

  • kabe_ag7 on November 22, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    "But, I guess, I have to bat for a long time to score runs. It would be nice to be re-born as Veeru [Virender Sehwag] one day." He speaks this after scoring a century. The quality is called self-effacement and it's a rare one.

  • cenitin on November 22, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    I read some recent interviews of Indan Players and I found one common feeling in all of them Backing of there team members. Team member confidence is very important for them. Its a fact that in India no Cricketer escapes from bashing by critics and fans no matter what he does. I remember many Dravid's fans who are very happy here were involved in Sachin bashing.I remember one man questioning the VVS Laxman that he only plays good cricket when something is at stake. Dravid's also criticized by many fans. When you are playing for India you can't satisfied everbody so its a good thing for player that he doesn't bother about critics. Team member are the best judge and they know the value of any player greater than any body irrespective of under 50 Avg or bad 4 th inning record or age etc. Kirsten and Dhoni provided such a environment for all players. This is the main reason whole Indian team performing well for last 2 years. Every player is important for team and team's success.

  • on November 22, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Sorry to play devil's advocate here.I still believe Dravid is far from a good nick.It was a typical Dravid innings.But something about Dravid has changed.He still doesn't give me the vibes of THE WALL of 02-06.I will reserve my comment until the end of South Africa and England series.Hope he proves me wrong and India win both these assignments.

  • SnowSnake on November 22, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    Sorry, Dravid. You still have to go. Even a 200 at a strike rate of less than 50% does not cut it. Teams with a strike rate of less than 3 rpo barely win tests. Your 191 looks good because India's average strike rate is 3.25 rpo. By comparison, Shewag would have scored a 400 for the number of balls you have faced. NZ and Dravid have found a loop hole where they score high runs by maintaining a strike rate of less than 50%. As a rule of thumb, anything less that 50% strike rate, you have NOT contributing towards a win for your team. The two players that made a difference in this test are Shewag and Dhoni. Dravid, Tendulkar and Gambhir made moderate contributions. Tests do have time limits and to win strike rates do matter. To get to a draw LOW strike rate and HIGH scores would do. In effect, Dravid has made sure that India will not lose. Shewag and Dhoni made sure that India may win. Combined result is that India is in winnable position.

  • on November 22, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    'Rahul Dravid.' The name says it all! :-) What a player!

  • true_cricket_fan on November 22, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    @IhateSachin: Bro, you don't have to glorify Dravid by demeaning Sachin. Both are among the greatest players in the world. And by your logic, Sachin would have had over 100 test centuries by now.

  • on November 22, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Its good for India that Dravid got out at 191. Or else he would've batted till stumps to reach 200 landmark. Nonetheless a great innings. The Wall is back and stronger than ever.

  • aswinkumarcse on November 22, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Dravid really have got old, not in his age, but with his maturity in the temperament and solidity in setting up a big platform with his innings. People have to learn from the wall how to bounce back from all the criticism against them. Hats off my favorite cricketer. Keep it up!!

  • on November 22, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    the wall has stood vindicated..it is nothing but his mental might and an immensely solid fortitude that sets him apart. He truly personifies inspiration.. I especially liked his words which said the pressure on me was more due to my inability to contribute towards the team cause.. A team man indeed.. In any other era he would have easily been the greatest batsman..

  • on November 22, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Once again he shuts the critics. Where are the people who balantly spoke of how dravid was not up to the mark? Where are the people who were shoutin pujara to take over dravid(onli after one innings; not saying pujara is bad r anythin)?? You gotta admit he is one of the best batsmen we have got and there can be no one who can take his place no pujara, no one.period!

  • Gujaratan on November 22, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    It's pity that Dravid never gets attention from media, even last night, the cricinfo read, Sachin's 50 guide India. Well, why sachin sachin sachin all the time? Dravid has done so much for Indian Cricket, not just his batting, but his captaincy and his Gloves behind the wicket, but that is OUR Indian media, new paper, TV or even Cricinfo WEB, they all are same, running after Sachin, Sachin, Sachin.

  • IhateSachin on November 22, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Dravid has 85 century partnerships. More than anyone else even the so called God of Cricket. This proves how good a team player he is. He makes others around him to play. Even today MSD was able toplay his shorts early in his innings just because the WALL was at the other end to make the bowlers tired. Dravid has 21 scores btw 86 and 99 if those were converted his total centuries would have been 52. @Ravichakra. Well said. All those TV channels were still flashing that Sachin has to wait for his 50th ton and then they mention Rahul.

  • dravidgood on November 22, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Congratulations Jammy, strangely, I am not much disappointed at his not getting the 9 runs, may well be thanks to an urgency from the dressing room. He scored a big hundred and set the game up, which is what matters. And the clarion call for youth, do a favor, please fix the spot created by Ganguly (less accomplished in my opinion) and then phase out the other three. For starters, Raina can be given a rest instead of Dravid. I mean let us now keep quiet for the next year. Even in this article they fail to realise that this is his 5th century in the last 13 months. Do you know how many innings Mark Taylor went without a HALF-CENTURY before the ashes'97 opener. Get a life guys.

  • gopinh on November 22, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    WALL is BACK :-) I wonder when the media and so called cricket pandits give this man the respect he deserves. Sachin not getting his 50th test hundred became headline news but RD's 100 was not a news!!!! When I was watching the TV, Sunil Gavaskar and Arun Lal were talking about Sachin rather than RD when he was in his ninties!! But if it was Sachin in his ninties, every word would be dedicated for praising Sachin. Give others also due respect as they have served India too as Sachin as done if not less. RD, Kumble, VVS and Srinath fall under this category who have never got the respect which they deserve from the media or cricket pundits.

  • on November 22, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Stupid people who don't have knowledge of cricket criticize Dravid.He is the modern greats along with Sachin.But Our Media is focus on one Individual only.Today he played magnificently were is media?...Sanjay Manjrekar mentioned in his critics its one of the weakest attack,i'm asking one question to him why Sachin Didn't scored his 50 th Century in whole series?I'm not criticizing Tendulkar,the way people were mentioning poor attack.Dravid you are a real HERO.

  • Nampally on November 22, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    I feel sorry for Dravid that he did not complete his double century. However he was the sheet anchor of the Indian innings. He stood there like a Rock of Gibraltor and held up one end. He nearly passed the NZ total single handedly.If India win, for which they are well set barring rain, they owe this victory to Rahul.It was a very valuable innings as far as the Indian total was involved and played at the right time.It should boost his and Indian batting confidence tremendously for the DA tour. As far as the age factor is concerned, some mature with age like Dravid, Tendulkar and VVS. As long as they are physically fit with sharp reflexes, age is secondary.Dravid proved this by staying at the crease for 573 minutes while Dhoni ( his junior by 9 years) cracked up with cramps half way thru' his innings. Dravid also is the highest catch taker in the World Test cricket.He has overtaken the great Don Bradman in the number of Test centuiries too. India is lucky to have 4 greats in same Era.

  • sonjjay on November 22, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    @popcorn you are making some very sensible comments nowadays. Looking forward to more comments from you now.

  • rocket123 on November 22, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Awesome Dravid finally gets a big score that puts India on top. I feel there are suggestions that the bowling attack is not of significance but had it been Sachin, Ponting or Virender then it had been all praise. Keep going Dravid and your loyal supporters are right behind you to witness your success on SA soil. We have faith that you will score big runs if you keep doing what you have been doing all these years for India. The only disappointment yesterday was that you missed on another double hundred. "The Wall" stood firmly where all others collapsed. And please lets not keep harping about the strike rate. It is good to have batsmen like Virender but their game could only be of strength when you have solid batsmen like Dravid to hold the innings together and avert uncalled for collapses. Well, again Dravid has nothing to prove because he is already on of the best No. 3 batsman in the cricket history. Lets hope he can get a few more centuries (big ones) true to his calibre.

  • on November 22, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Keep going Rahul! We all back you. You are a fighter.

  • ravichakra on November 22, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Where are all the news channels and newspapers? What a pity not even a mention of the superb innings by "The Wall"

  • on November 22, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Dravid has been one of the most successful batsman for India over the years. He is the best in its class. Still he has lots to offer us. Keep going Dravid.

  • on November 22, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    The critics are like scavengers ... and when someone is off form, they hover around like vultures, to feast on the carcass ... and hence, the bigger the stature, the better the feast. Leave people like Rahul Dravid alone, just for the sake of his contributions to Indian cricket. His career is worth more than a thousand column writers in all the media. http://senantixtwentytwoyards.blogspot.com/2010/10/i-like-whatever-has-been-posted-on-this.html talks about the greatness and pays an excellent tribute to the man.

  • Gocool87 on November 22, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    The same old dravid is back. Keep going.

  • popcorn on November 22, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Graham Gooch,Allan Border - age does not matter.

  • on November 22, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Thats WALL for you :-) hard fought 191 :-) this could be yet another series winning knock from Dravid :-) ....... so no more Pujaras for a while :P ............ two 100s in 4 innings is something to look out for :-)

  • mint_thakur on November 22, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    I think we need Dravid especially in South Africa, as he has been a great players over the years. he is one of the all times great from India. More importantly, questions need to be raised about suitability of Raina and even Dhoni's batting style for Test cricket. I think Pujara need to replace Raina, Dhoni cannot be replaced as India would need Dhoni as a captain, where he is doing a good job. However, I see Dhoni preferring Raina over Pujara as an injustice to talent of Pujara and similalrly for Amit Mishra. If Dhoni has to remain as a good captain, he must remain neutral and promote talent, independent of friendshio. Pujara is anytime a better batsman than Raina, who is all at sea in a test match (think about SA).

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    this innings is a tight slap on the face of Dravid's critics like Ian Chappel,who i think has scored less than half the runs Dravid has scored and still has the license to criticise him.Take a bow---THE WALL

  • sanzo5 on November 22, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    well played dravid... cant imagine a team without u and sachin...

  • SatyajitM on November 22, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Good to see Dravid back to form again. Augurs well for India's journey for important overseas tours in coming one year. Dravid is looking increasingly assured and the most imp thing he has got back with this innings is his confidence. Also Gambhir back to rythm pretty much completes Indian batting line ups form. Raina is a small worry but we have somebody like Pujara to replace him in a short notice if he fails. This test could well be over in four days. In an interesting way this also contradicts a notion some fans and experts are creating now a days that Sehwag big innings paves way for Indian win. India won 2-0 agnst Aus without much contribution from Sehwag. In this series Sehwag played better in first two tests. He played well for his 74 here but three other batsmen scored more than him and Dravid is the real star. Fact is that a match has it's own momentum and a single player can only do so much.

  • Rahulvijay on November 22, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    This man is true legend. All through his career he has been fantastic, its critics more than the praise for him throughout his career. The way he has dealt with it speaks for him. I still wonder over the time at which he quit his captaincy in 2007. Had he been selfish he cud have easily carried on as captain and no one wud have questioned him in any aspect. But by trying to be selfless, the true gentleman has pushed himself to a tight position. But he knows ways to come out. But unfortunately only to be criticized again. But this genius can truely come on top of it. Time for SA. Time for true hero. Time for the WALL to score and let critics adore.

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Dravid has been a guy whom i have always admired..and for all those so called critics who want him out of the team,bring us a replacement for saurav ganguly first.

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Truly Legendary ...A Great Great player:) The finest Number 3 India has had..The finest test cricketer India has had :)

  • girikula on November 22, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Dravid you have a huge respect for what you have done to Indian cricket. Let common people praise the selfish run makers. But true cricket lovers know your value and contribution to Indian cricket.

    It was you who supported Sewag when whole country was crying to get him axed. Now people praise him!

    So, dont worry... go on .... play some more fantastic knocks like this one... you know when you have to hang your boots... so just keep playing and ignore mouthful critics.

    We felt very sad when you got out today.,. would have been gr8 had you got those 9 runs!

    Wish you good luck!

    -Girish, Girinagar, Bangalore

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    i am a big fan of Rahul dravid .. he is my favorite player. I was getting worried by his lack of runs in recent past. But its good to see him back in form.

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Mr.Rahul Dravid you totally ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hope you keep scoring more. Still waiting for your 200th catch!!! :-)

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Well yeah, Dravid is getting old. But I wouldn't be comfortable watching a Murali Vijay or Cheteshwar Pujara face up to the South Africans in their home conditions. I think Dravid has earned the right to decide when he wants to hang up his boots.

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    "Physical fitness, technical skills, mental preparation, and how I am feeling emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes you get the results, sometimes you don't. That's life, that's sport."

  • follow-through on November 22, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Rahul, no hundred from seventy five balls from viru will ever take my eyes off a thirty four from one hundred and seventy five balls from you. Your batting is beauty and hardiness un-compared and it is hard to imagine joy in test cricket without it.

  • gauravdce on November 22, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    The nice guy who finished first

  • Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on November 22, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    a much expected innings from dravid; would have been further better if he could hit a double century. i believe this time all anti-dravid peoples with simply shut their mouth, change their mind about dravid & will start supporting him.

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Rock solid dravid proves it again.....A sheer master class frm him...

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Yes it was a good innings. Dravid's performance has dropped since 2006-2007. He should be looking to retire after some good series or the world cup if he plays and i dont see any chances of him playing world cup 2011.

  • ravithecricbuff on November 22, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Gentle Man...What a Gentle Man..No Dravid you do not need to be re-born as Veeru..He is different and so are you..I would prefer another Dravid any day. U are amongst the best cricket has seen. And You deserve better than those asking for youth are giving you..Keep going just keep going...!!

  • kushalhirani on November 22, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    RD .... was at his best... just want him to take the 200th catch soon ... and want him to play Wc 2011

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  • kushalhirani on November 22, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    RD .... was at his best... just want him to take the 200th catch soon ... and want him to play Wc 2011

  • ravithecricbuff on November 22, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Gentle Man...What a Gentle Man..No Dravid you do not need to be re-born as Veeru..He is different and so are you..I would prefer another Dravid any day. U are amongst the best cricket has seen. And You deserve better than those asking for youth are giving you..Keep going just keep going...!!

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Yes it was a good innings. Dravid's performance has dropped since 2006-2007. He should be looking to retire after some good series or the world cup if he plays and i dont see any chances of him playing world cup 2011.

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Rock solid dravid proves it again.....A sheer master class frm him...

  • Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on November 22, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    a much expected innings from dravid; would have been further better if he could hit a double century. i believe this time all anti-dravid peoples with simply shut their mouth, change their mind about dravid & will start supporting him.

  • gauravdce on November 22, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    The nice guy who finished first

  • follow-through on November 22, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Rahul, no hundred from seventy five balls from viru will ever take my eyes off a thirty four from one hundred and seventy five balls from you. Your batting is beauty and hardiness un-compared and it is hard to imagine joy in test cricket without it.

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    "Physical fitness, technical skills, mental preparation, and how I am feeling emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes you get the results, sometimes you don't. That's life, that's sport."

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Well yeah, Dravid is getting old. But I wouldn't be comfortable watching a Murali Vijay or Cheteshwar Pujara face up to the South Africans in their home conditions. I think Dravid has earned the right to decide when he wants to hang up his boots.

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Mr.Rahul Dravid you totally ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hope you keep scoring more. Still waiting for your 200th catch!!! :-)