India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 1st day November 14, 2011

My easiest Eden hundred - Dravid

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After the first, a mental Rubicon to cross as much as anything else, there's little doubt which of Rahul Dravid's 36 centuries was hardest to make. Number 26 at Mohali in December 2008 gave his career a lease of life. It allowed him an opportunity at this Indian summer. Had he not scored in that game, chances are that the axe would have fallen and he would have followed Sourav Ganguly into retirement.

A year later, by which time he had made two fluent centuries in a home series against Sri Lanka, he admitted that he'd have had few complaints if a young pretender had taken his place. Instead, the Indian summer keeps getting more and more golden. This hundred at Eden Gardens was his sixth in the last 12 months. Three of them came in England earlier this year, when the quality of his batsmanship was in stark contrast to the fortunes of a disintegrating team.

Dravid has seen enough of the game's vicissitudes to know that failure is never far away. "It feels like I'm in good form, in a good space with my game and mentally as well," he said after making 119 on an opening day dominated by the bat. "I'm just trying to make it count. I've been through some tough times in the past and cricket's a funny game."

This ground has a special place in his heart. The 180 and epic 376-run stand with VVS Laxman against Australia in 2001 also came after a lean trot that had seen many question his place in the XI. This innings was nothing as dramatic - "entirely different situation and circumstances," he said - and the disappointment on his face as he walked off just before stumps spoke of a man who knew he could have gone on to get far more against a limited attack on a benign pitch.

"The other three centuries [at Eden Gardens] - the 180 made with Laxman and the hundreds in both innings against Pakistan [March 2005] are very dear to me, because they were match-deciders," he said. "I'd say this was relatively the easiest."

There have been no visible changes to a technique that has always been watertight without being inflexible. He admitted, however, that a new coach has meant different suggestions. "I've worked with Duncan [Fletcher] a little bit," he said. "He reads the game well and a couple of the things he's told me have helped."

What's helped even more is the restoration of India's most prolific opening partnership. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have added 89, 51 and 66 in this series so far, and for Dravid, who was forced to open at times in England, the extra time in the dressing room has allowed him to go back to the old routines.

He's also noticeably more relaxed in the middle these days and the eagerness to set the tone was evident in the manner in which he matched Laxman stroke for stroke as they added 140. Along the way, there were two superb shots over the rope. "I'm preparing for the IPL," he joked, while accepting that playing Twenty20 cricket had helped to an extent.

"For six weeks with your IPL team, you're hitting shots all the time," he said. "But I don't think it's just that. Whenever I've been in good form in my career, everything seems to flow. I pick up the length better and get fully forward or back. It's also about not missing out on the fours."

The sense of satisfaction was tinged with disappointment at the manner in which West Indies prised out two wickets at the end of the day's play. "The first 10 to 15 overs with the new ball are important," he said. "It would have been nice to have two set batsmen at the crease for that."

With Laxman, Mr Eden, still at the crease, there's little cause for alarm in the Indian camp. Having failed to score as a unit for most of the year, this marked a return to what the fans are used to. And it was no surprise to see Dravid at the heart of it all.

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  • A.Ak on November 15, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Dravid is the back bone of Indian cricket, the wall. He is the most reliable cricketer ever for India. When openers fails, Dravid takes the responsibility, that eases pain for other following batsman. In many partnerships, he battles when conditions are difficult. He wasn't natural talent like Sachin, but worked harder, raised the ladder and achieved the greatness. Dravid a great role model. How lucky are we to see two leading run scorers playing together(28k in total for the team). They are fit to go for few more years. Even with half form, they are more than good enough than many players. Doesn't matter who gets the ton, it still worth to watch.

  • on November 15, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    I DON"T KNOW HOW SACHIN"S NAME COMES WITH MOST OF THE ARTICLE, EVEN WHEN HIS NAME IS NOT MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE..... FOR THE ANTI-SACHIN FANS. This is what the great Wall of India quoted about Sachin.

    "Playing in the same team as Sachin is a huge honour. His balance of mind, shrewd judgement, modesty and, above all, his technical brilliance make him my all-time hero... You can't get a more complete cricketer than Sachin. He has everything that a cricketer needs to have.

    As a batsman, he has the technique, the hunger and the desire for runs. He always contributes with the bat as well as on the field. He also is a good fielder and bowls when needs. You really can't ask for a better cricketer than Sachin... He is a terrific person and has handled pressure brilliantly. He has handled his success very well and doesn't have any airs about him. He is a great guy and very good team man. In his heart of hearts, he is a very simple and down to earth person."

  • on November 15, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Sarandeep have you ever held a cricket bat in your whole life?

  • Every_run_is_important on November 15, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    @Jube: Any run scored by a batsman goes to the team. All Sachin's runs have been added in India's scorecard. Dravid has played in Sachin's shadow all through his carrier and hence he could score all these runs. Have you heard the chants of 'Dravid' in the stadium, highly unlikely. No expectations from him because of which he could score freely. Sachin's presence has lot more to do in the Team than his batting alone...

  • chapathishot on November 15, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Averages cannot be correct reflection of the performance.Yes Dravid is a hard working less talented batsman than Sachin and even the greatest fans will agree with the comment.The difference between Sachin and Dravid is because of their approaches Sachin tries to score of every delivery except deliveries which are to be defended and Dravid tries to defend every delivery other than those to be scored off.The approach helps Dravid to hold fort in difficult conditions and Sachin to score more in any condition.The talk that Sachin is not good in difficult conditions is not correct his performance in SA against Steyn is a good example.It was Sachins unexpected bad performance in England coupled with bad bowling culminated in poor performance of the team.

  • Every_run_is_important on November 15, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    @sarandeep45876: Unfortunately Dravid could not score runs when someone in his team scored easy runs...

  • rohanblue on November 15, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Rahul u r nt only a great player bt also an awesome human being, i've been your fan since 1996, i fought with my friends fr u against dada's huge sixes and tendulkar's centuries, i supported your slow batting , i supported your bad keeping, u were my child hood hero, now u r my man hood hero, u r my god , i want 2 be like u ,at the age of 20 i will cry like a little kid when u retire frm cricket, bt one thing fr sure there will be many many players in indian team, bt there cn never be another RAHUL DRAVID..

  • sarandeep45876 on November 15, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Dont worry Rahul. There is someone in your team who has made his career getting these easy centuries. So don't mind just enjoy it. And congrats :)

  • Dashgar on November 15, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Yeah Dravid is having a great year but the time will come very soon when India turn to new blood. That means no more Dravid, Tendulkar or Laxman. And if injuries continue then Sehwag will not last long either while Zaheer Khan is also close to finished. As much as India wish their ageing superstars would be young forever they are within a year or two of retirement max.

  • Jube on November 15, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Good knock, super career, Rahul. Its time some others pursuing individual milestones learnt from you even if they're close to retirement.... The number of valuable innings (in a winning or defeat avoiding cause) you have played are possibly far greater than any other Indian batsman... You have always been a great team man

  • A.Ak on November 15, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Dravid is the back bone of Indian cricket, the wall. He is the most reliable cricketer ever for India. When openers fails, Dravid takes the responsibility, that eases pain for other following batsman. In many partnerships, he battles when conditions are difficult. He wasn't natural talent like Sachin, but worked harder, raised the ladder and achieved the greatness. Dravid a great role model. How lucky are we to see two leading run scorers playing together(28k in total for the team). They are fit to go for few more years. Even with half form, they are more than good enough than many players. Doesn't matter who gets the ton, it still worth to watch.

  • on November 15, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    I DON"T KNOW HOW SACHIN"S NAME COMES WITH MOST OF THE ARTICLE, EVEN WHEN HIS NAME IS NOT MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE..... FOR THE ANTI-SACHIN FANS. This is what the great Wall of India quoted about Sachin.

    "Playing in the same team as Sachin is a huge honour. His balance of mind, shrewd judgement, modesty and, above all, his technical brilliance make him my all-time hero... You can't get a more complete cricketer than Sachin. He has everything that a cricketer needs to have.

    As a batsman, he has the technique, the hunger and the desire for runs. He always contributes with the bat as well as on the field. He also is a good fielder and bowls when needs. You really can't ask for a better cricketer than Sachin... He is a terrific person and has handled pressure brilliantly. He has handled his success very well and doesn't have any airs about him. He is a great guy and very good team man. In his heart of hearts, he is a very simple and down to earth person."

  • on November 15, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Sarandeep have you ever held a cricket bat in your whole life?

  • Every_run_is_important on November 15, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    @Jube: Any run scored by a batsman goes to the team. All Sachin's runs have been added in India's scorecard. Dravid has played in Sachin's shadow all through his carrier and hence he could score all these runs. Have you heard the chants of 'Dravid' in the stadium, highly unlikely. No expectations from him because of which he could score freely. Sachin's presence has lot more to do in the Team than his batting alone...

  • chapathishot on November 15, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Averages cannot be correct reflection of the performance.Yes Dravid is a hard working less talented batsman than Sachin and even the greatest fans will agree with the comment.The difference between Sachin and Dravid is because of their approaches Sachin tries to score of every delivery except deliveries which are to be defended and Dravid tries to defend every delivery other than those to be scored off.The approach helps Dravid to hold fort in difficult conditions and Sachin to score more in any condition.The talk that Sachin is not good in difficult conditions is not correct his performance in SA against Steyn is a good example.It was Sachins unexpected bad performance in England coupled with bad bowling culminated in poor performance of the team.

  • Every_run_is_important on November 15, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    @sarandeep45876: Unfortunately Dravid could not score runs when someone in his team scored easy runs...

  • rohanblue on November 15, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Rahul u r nt only a great player bt also an awesome human being, i've been your fan since 1996, i fought with my friends fr u against dada's huge sixes and tendulkar's centuries, i supported your slow batting , i supported your bad keeping, u were my child hood hero, now u r my man hood hero, u r my god , i want 2 be like u ,at the age of 20 i will cry like a little kid when u retire frm cricket, bt one thing fr sure there will be many many players in indian team, bt there cn never be another RAHUL DRAVID..

  • sarandeep45876 on November 15, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Dont worry Rahul. There is someone in your team who has made his career getting these easy centuries. So don't mind just enjoy it. And congrats :)

  • Dashgar on November 15, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Yeah Dravid is having a great year but the time will come very soon when India turn to new blood. That means no more Dravid, Tendulkar or Laxman. And if injuries continue then Sehwag will not last long either while Zaheer Khan is also close to finished. As much as India wish their ageing superstars would be young forever they are within a year or two of retirement max.

  • Jube on November 15, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Good knock, super career, Rahul. Its time some others pursuing individual milestones learnt from you even if they're close to retirement.... The number of valuable innings (in a winning or defeat avoiding cause) you have played are possibly far greater than any other Indian batsman... You have always been a great team man

  • criczealot on November 15, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Dravid can, laxman can also....but Sachin better luck for nxt nxt nxt nxt......time.....ur not worth it ur 2 selfish ...........

  • on November 15, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas. Mate I have been following ur posts here and I almost accept with everything except this Anti-Sachin theory.. Sachin has scored runs @ an average of 46 this year(3 fifties and 1 hundred in 7 matches) and u calls for his place..?? Going by ur standards, Dravid was merely scoring in 2008(average 30 in 15 matches) when there was huge cry over seniors' place in the side(Ganguly and Kumble were made to retire).. If he was dropped by then, u wont b talking abt his century today.. SO, please try to acknowledge the gr8ness whn it is present.. Dravid is a gr8 batsman and I am a big fan of him.. Bt, dont try to belittle Sachin unnecessarily..

  • on November 15, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas. I simply cant get ur logic.. A poor shot r a gr8 ball can only get Dravid OUT.. lol.. :))) Could u tell me the other ways by which he cant be OUT..

  • veerakannadiga on November 15, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Words fail me when I try to describe this fantastic human being.I have been following cricket from more than 25 years, but I am sorry to say that modern day cricket has lost its charm.Now I watch cricket only because of Rahul Dravid, and the day he decides to retire from this game, I will stop watching cricket forever.

  • atthipatti on November 15, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Agreed!! Dravid is a great great batsman. But I'm a bigger bigger fan of SRT. One thing Dravid also wouldn't want is, for a fanboy like you to heap praises on him at the cost of demeaning someone else's greatness. C'mon man, Dravid deserves more than that. And when you said "Remember, it was Sachin's expected and VVS' unexpected failures in the middle-order in England that cost us the series dearly", I get doubts on your cricketing knowledge too, where do you get them from?? Do you even know VVS' record in England?? And you expected a lot from him in England, didn't you?? And like someone here says SRT doesn't need certificates from people like you, me, friends, romans & countrymen to prove his greatness, for he's a little more than that to have stayed in this beautiful game for 22 years & affects the thought process of each individual related to this sport. Period!!!

  • on November 15, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas. Just for a record, Dravid's average is 30 in 2008 wid just 2 centuries in 15 matches.. Had he been dropped then, U would not be talking abt Dravid's century in this match.. Rem, that was the time whn the heads of heavy weights were called for.. Ganguly, Kumble were in hot seat by then.. So was Dravid.. So, he should be lucky to play now.. Having said that, I am a big fan of Dravid and I certainly wants him to play till he decides to hang his boots.. Btw, I am getting very sick of ur arguments abt Sachin.. R u growing jealous abt Sachin that he is achieving a lot that our fav hero Dravid is not able to.. I hv been following many of ur posts.. And I certainly agree with almost every1 of thm except this Anti-Sachin theory..

  • on November 15, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Dravid has always been the 'shy Guy' of indian cricket team. Seldom one sees him in media, ourbursts and sentiments are far fetched dreams for fans to see in him. The cornerstone of Indian cricet has always been underrated -because of the big boyz club he belonged to for almost 15 years. Dravid with the likes of Sachin-Saurav-Laxman-Kumble formed the world class team that came closer to Australia/West Indies/SA and Pakistan.

    I personally been a great admirer of the guy. Setting benchmarks with in himself is what the great man has always believed in.

    I wish post retirement he comes back to the team as batting coach.

  • on November 15, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - Completely agree with you - Dravid is a great batsmen, the best no. 3 India ever had. But why take a dig at Sachin? Dravid failed continuously for very long and it was his greatness that had all of us keep faith in him and selectors to keep pursuing with him. Sachin scored 2 centuries in 3 tests in SA against Steyn and company in as testing conditions as in England. 2 poor series for sachin (oh btw, he still had 4 fifties in them which wud be considered ok even by Dravid standards) and we are questioning his place in the team? There is really no point demeaning Sachin to highlight Dravid's greatness and vice versa. A player acknowledged by Wasim, Allan Donald, McGrath,Warne,Gavaskar and above all Bradman et al does not really need a certificate by all of us to prove or highlight his greatness.period.

  • anver777 on November 15, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Dravid still going great guns in test matches..in latter stage of his career he continues his good for Ind...keep going !!!!!!

  • fearless69 on November 15, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    @spence1324, Check the stats of your batsmens on concrete road if it's too easy to bat on concrete roads.. You forget SPIN/TURN on this concrete roads which makes it even hard.. Batting is not easy at all if you have quality spinners n which you are lacking my dear friend.. Greats can score anywhere in the world and it's the class of dravid..

  • katwash on November 15, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    What a great batsman Dravid is, goes about his craft with little fanfare, and without the accolades of other great players. I hope to see him bat next month in Melbourne against the Aussies. Indian fans should be very proud of this modest sportsman, and yes, I am a Aus fan, with huge respect and appreciation for his batting talent over many years.

  • only_sehwag on November 15, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty

    man...you make cricket fun..

    On a serious note, this was a great day for indian fans..the real team players got runs(the selfish one can keep waiting for his worthless record) and team is well-placed...would have been better had sehwag got a few more

  • iphone1 on November 15, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas. How poorly do you read the situation. Sachin single-handedly helped us to draw in South Africa. Unfortunately Dravid had a poor series there. No offence to Dravid as I'm a big fan, but wouldn't even agree an iota about your comments regarding Sachin. It is true that the greatest face more criticism.

  • on November 15, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    And the so-called God, still struggles against one of the poorest bowling attacks...why does Sachin still deserve even half the attention he gets is beyond my mind

  • playitstraight on November 15, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty- Really good joke there buddy! You should share it with Ian Bell, he would probably laugh his pants off. Share it with Dravid as well, he would give you 100 % for full marks as a joke and 5 marks more for effort! Anyways, you got to feel for Dravid. In the midst of the atmosphere created for Sachin's 100th 100, this man plays coolly like in the Eng tour, and he scores centuries, runs in the bucket load, and now he scores a century here. But half of the Indian fans are still not pleased and want Sachin's 100! Unbelievable. He has really been the WALL for India, and if anything, he deserves a lot of praise for his efforts. Keep it up Dravid, The Great Wall of India!!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 15, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    One could easily sense that Dravid had to be dismissed for a very poor shot or an extremely good ball during the course of this inning. That's how impeccably he was middling the ball. He was beaten may be only on one occasion in the entire inning. Take a bow to The Great Wall. As usual, Dravid puts India in the driver's seat when the media is going ridiculously crazy about Sachin's 100th century. I'm really perplexed at this obsession with a personal milestone, however unique that may be. That man Sachin is failing repeatedly and instead of questioning his place in the team, people/media are talking about 100th century and all. Wow, beggars belief! Remember, it was Sachin's expected and VVS' unexpected failures in the middle-order in England that cost us the series dearly, Dravid's personal milestones didn't make any difference to the outcome. When will we Indians realise that team and country are above any and everything?

  • on November 14, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    It's now pretty clear that the wrong-headed Indian selectors intend to persist with the safe option of playing Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Yuvraj (unbelievably) & (almost certainly, when he's fit again) Zaheer up to & including next winter's series against England, despite the fact that only Dravid merits a place in the side based on performance AND fitness criteria. I'm sure I'm not alone among Englishmen in being delighted if they do, as they're successfully blocking - for upwards of a year at least - the bedding-in & development of young guns like Rahane, Pujara, Kohli & Aaron. Thank you, Indian selectors, for the presents that just keep on giving :~)...

  • pamaran on November 14, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty : ROFL.... are you new to watching cricket? Bell has not faced Akram, waqar, mcgrath, warne, murali, ambrose, walsh... all he faced was praveen kumar, erratic johnson, out of form harbhajan, unknown srilankan medium pacers.. i know it is not his fault. but he has miles to go.. i seriously doubt he will last for another 5 years..

  • JG2704 on November 14, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    lol @ohmatty for winding so many up. Seriously there was some Indian fan who said recently about bringing Kohli in for Dravid? I would have thought that Dravid would be the most irreplacable guy in the Indian team. He was the one player who fully did himself justice on the England tour. As someone else put - a class act on and off the field

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 14, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    @ohmatty, while the comparisons between Ian Bell and Rahul Dravid are inevitable, I think you are wrong in saying Dravid is India's Ian Bell. I'm a huge fan of Ian Bell and I would say he has the potential to be England's Dravid. For now England's Dravid is Trott. I mean no disrespect at all to Ian Bell. He is a class-act with impeccable technique and awesome temperament. All the three are wonderful players and one of them, Rahul Dravid, is a Legend already. Bell and Trott have some hard miles to do before they can be put in the same bracket as Dravid or Kallis.

  • zzzombie on November 14, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty - very true... just like Bradman is the Australian Trott, Sachin is the Indian KP, Imran is the Pakistani Freddie, Gilly is the Australian Prior, Steyn is the South African Anderson, Malinga is the Sri Lankan Dernbach, Akram is the Pakistani Sidebottom, Bedi is the Indian Monty. And oh - I am English.

  • switchmitch on November 14, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    Awesome batsman. Always gets overshadowed by more flamboyant teammates but his retirement, whenever it comes, will be the biggest hole to fill for India...

  • Fifthman on November 14, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty - you really are the English jonesy2... And I'm English! If Ian Bell can save half as many matches as Rahul Dravid has, he'll be doing well. And I'm also an Ian Bell fan...

  • on November 14, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty You have a good sense of humour.

  • Evangelyst on November 14, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    If Dravid is "the Wall" Ian Bell is just "another brick in the wall!"

  • bigdhonifan on November 14, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    A batsman's career will be like this .. Talent -> Real Talent ->Decent Batsman-> Quality Batsmen -> Good Batsman ->Great Batsman -> Legend of batting......@OhhhhMattyMatty RD is Legend of batting. where I an Bell is just a decent batsman! Just played last 12 months and scored against a weakened Aussie, Srilankan and Indian attack!!

  • bigdhonifan on November 14, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    @ OhhhhMattyMatty India Ian Bell????? One Rahul Dravid = 5 Ian Bell+ 5 Cook + Trott!!!!

  • Hardy_1984 on November 14, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    What a player Rahul Dravid.. I must say Dravid is best Test batsmen in world cricket i have ever seen in my life. He rock solid in defence .timing ..placement .. no one can fill the space of Dravid. Truely wall of india test cricket team...

  • serious-am-i on November 14, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    ohhhhmatty you must be seriously kidding brother. You are comparing a player who is at the end of career to some who has still some years left in him. The worst part is instead of comparing Bell to Dravid, you are comparing Dravid to Bell. I just hope u had cricket knowledge

  • Raginggbull on November 14, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    You're still the "Face Saver" of India. We used to see you standing alone and your name in all partnerships.Expecting your usual knocks in upcoming Aussie Series to prove that the who is the Real test player. You Humbleness is enough to show your character. Congratz Buddy.

  • on November 14, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty Dravid is more than a decent player. Ian Bell has proven as a quality batsman but to call Dravid an Indian Ian Bell is an insult. Dravid has achieved far more than Ian Bell. If anything you should have said England has a decent Dravid in the form of Ian Bell.

  • on November 14, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    @ohmattymatty... Dravid is the great wall. Ian Bell is just a part of it

  • on November 14, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    You are Mr. India.Best Indian batsman ever.Dravid scored 6 TEST hundred's in last six months.Sachin is looking for his 100th hundred in both ODI and TEST since about a year(world cup)."When you score" is always more important than" how many".Dravid always seems to be the man to save India.When you pick the best 11 ever you shoud consider test matches. My best 11 ever Batting order; 1. Dravid 2. Lara 3.Bradman 4.Sachin 5.Sanga (wk) 6. Kallis 7.Sobers 8.Shane warne 9.Marshall 10.Lilee 11.Murali Hobbs ,Hutton , gavaskar,ponting were good but not enough.Sir Viv, and Gilchrist,akram will make the ODI,but not Test 11. -Dravid helped to save India many times ( edge over Hobbs) -Lara is just Lara,most talented batsman ever (edge over Hutton) -Sanga ,best batsman in last 6-8 years edges Gilchrist. -Kallis has been always consistant throughout.edges sir Viv(better ODI) -Murali and Warne both should be in the 11. NO: 1 and 2 bowl ever.Akram out.So for third fast bowler, Kallis

  • on November 14, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    What a champion player. Not just a great cricketer but an excellent person as well. However it does make me sad when to praise Dravid or Laxman, people insult Tendulkar. Or vice versa. We as fans should consider ourselves blessed to have all of them. Learn to appreciate them because soon we will have to learn to live without them.

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on November 14, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Decent player. The Indian Ian Bell.

  • hhillbumper on November 14, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Good to see another hard challenging wicket for the batsman.No wonder they looked so poor in the UK over the summer when the pitches did a bit.Dravid excluded as he can bat on any pitch because of his good technique.

  • theassassin on November 14, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    The greatest ambassador for cricket. He is so very humble to admit it was his easiest hundred. I wish he goes on to score another few thousand test runs.

  • Saksham197 on November 14, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Thank you Dravid for diverting peoples attention away from Sachins milestone. Though momentarily, a commendable achievement considering the hype created by ridiculous indian fans about the milestone. God alone knows why people are worried so much! The milestone will come when it has to. We all know the calibre of Sachin and considering that, the milestone will definitely come. Personally, i wish he rather gets the milestone in Australia in a memorable occasion rather than against a depleted bowling attack in the comfort of Indian pitches. I really want to see Dravid carry on to score to atleast 50 test centuries too!

  • ABP235 on November 14, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    With all attention on the 'Bridegroom's landmark, it must have that much more easy for the 'Bestman' to go about his business! May the little master fail another 10 test matches to score that magic ton, so that the Wall rises up quietly with more tons up his sleeve before he hangs his boots finally, on one sad day! Hope age and waiting young lads dont come into the reckoning and the run machine surpasses the 15000 mark with 40+ tons carrying more hopes for India wins on his shoulder.

  • on November 14, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    He's an awesome player...

  • East_West on November 14, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft - Easy wicket? yeah, then how come other superstars DIDn't score an easy hundred?? Ashwin can surprise people like you, that's why he is ASHWIN!!! May be you should read the PITCH for us, and then decide what is good for INDIA?? Guess, you are one of those who can't be happy!!!

  • on November 14, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    not a great admirer of indian cricket but Dravid is a decent player

  • on November 14, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    That man has character in and out of the field...

  • on November 14, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Bouncy pitch or Indian pitch, Dravid has no problem. He will score runs any where in the world. Congrats for another century.

  • on November 14, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    RD u have made my day.... if there is any person whom i can consider as inspiration for my life that is RD....... for me i will stop watching cricket when you will bid bye to international cricket...... I had tears when i heard about your retirement from ODIS even though u dint use to play but the word retirement made me cry at the age of 22....... cheers.....i hope u get plenty of more 100s and play for atleast couple of more years.... LOVE U

  • on November 14, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Rahul Dravid ROCKS. He is the Real Rockstar of Indian Team. He is the Great Wall.

  • on November 14, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Well he is on high and he is reading the length well..what can a batsmen need other than that

  • on November 14, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    As an Indian I am proud of Dravid and Laxman - what they've achieved over their illustrious careers. Their work ethic and discipline is worth learning from. What is alarming, though - is that none of the young incumbents could push them and 10 years on from that epic 2001 match - they are still at it. Sehwag and Gambhir have given some good answers for opening slots. But Pujara, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj - none have nailed their spot. In fact, since Ganguly left the scene the left handed middle order spot has just been vacant. Based on ODI form Raina or Yuvi get a chance, then squander it away..

  • on November 14, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    The wall.. Stands stands stands.......

  • MaruthuDelft on November 14, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Dravid scored at 57!!! Huh... Easy wicket... Ashwin's bowling figures will be 20-0-115-0...dropped for the third test..Ha Ha Ha

  • spence1324 on November 14, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Know wonder it was your easiest hundred you are batting on a concrete road!

  • ibbani on November 14, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Dravid - you are the greatest batsmen ever than Sachin. Many count Sachin for his hundred, I doubt if he gets it either. But I am sure, you will be going firing all cylinders till you hang up your boots.

  • on November 14, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    hopefully he keeps up the good work and remains in top 3 run getters in test of all time .go Rahul Go

  • kingcobra85 on November 14, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    dravid will reach 40 centuries for sure!!

  • Vinodha19 on November 14, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    While all batsman have failed in test this year he had scored the runs. we cant imagine indian team without him. If india want to make big scores rest of the batsmen should play around him rather than thinking of the sachin's century bcos 100 can be scored in any match but once we lost the match we cant win the same match. Hats of 2 you dravid. I am proud 2 say that you are a proud son of INDIA.

  • ankit_66 on November 14, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    wall is wall..d wall of INDIA..i ask al fans not to speak too much over 100th ton of master..he wil get it some point of time..lets rather hope all batsman get gud form to australia..WE HAVE NEVER WON TEST SERIES THERE...GO WALL GO AND MAKE UR STAND IN MCG..

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  • ankit_66 on November 14, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    wall is wall..d wall of INDIA..i ask al fans not to speak too much over 100th ton of master..he wil get it some point of time..lets rather hope all batsman get gud form to australia..WE HAVE NEVER WON TEST SERIES THERE...GO WALL GO AND MAKE UR STAND IN MCG..

  • Vinodha19 on November 14, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    While all batsman have failed in test this year he had scored the runs. we cant imagine indian team without him. If india want to make big scores rest of the batsmen should play around him rather than thinking of the sachin's century bcos 100 can be scored in any match but once we lost the match we cant win the same match. Hats of 2 you dravid. I am proud 2 say that you are a proud son of INDIA.

  • kingcobra85 on November 14, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    dravid will reach 40 centuries for sure!!

  • on November 14, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    hopefully he keeps up the good work and remains in top 3 run getters in test of all time .go Rahul Go

  • ibbani on November 14, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Dravid - you are the greatest batsmen ever than Sachin. Many count Sachin for his hundred, I doubt if he gets it either. But I am sure, you will be going firing all cylinders till you hang up your boots.

  • spence1324 on November 14, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Know wonder it was your easiest hundred you are batting on a concrete road!

  • MaruthuDelft on November 14, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Dravid scored at 57!!! Huh... Easy wicket... Ashwin's bowling figures will be 20-0-115-0...dropped for the third test..Ha Ha Ha

  • on November 14, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    The wall.. Stands stands stands.......

  • on November 14, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    As an Indian I am proud of Dravid and Laxman - what they've achieved over their illustrious careers. Their work ethic and discipline is worth learning from. What is alarming, though - is that none of the young incumbents could push them and 10 years on from that epic 2001 match - they are still at it. Sehwag and Gambhir have given some good answers for opening slots. But Pujara, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj - none have nailed their spot. In fact, since Ganguly left the scene the left handed middle order spot has just been vacant. Based on ODI form Raina or Yuvi get a chance, then squander it away..

  • on November 14, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Well he is on high and he is reading the length well..what can a batsmen need other than that