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India v South Africa, 1st Test, Chennai, 4th day

Dravid joins 10,000-run club

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan in Chennai

March 29, 2008

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Rahul Dravid picks up the 10,000th run of his Test career © AFP
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A match that's already witnessed a slew of records saw Rahul Dravid become the sixth batsman in Test history to break the 10,000-run barrier. He reached the landmark with a clip towards midwicket off Morne Morkel and raised his arms aloft mid-way through the run.

He reached the milestone in the 119th over of the first innings, when he went from 79 to 80. There was a standing ovation from the audience at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, a ground where he is yet to get a century. He acknowledged the cheers from the dressing-room and also received a congratulatory hug from Sourav Ganguly at the non-striker's end.

Dravid joined two other Indians - Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar - in the list, which also contains Steve Waugh, Allan Border and Brian Lara. Dravid managed to reach the mark in his 120th Test, in a career that began in 1996. 23 of those runs, though, came for the ICC World XI against Australia in October 2005

During the course of the innings Dravid also became the first batsman play 150 innings while batting at No.3. Though his was a sedate knock, his 268-run second-wicket partnership with Virender Sehwag allowed India a chance to harbour hopes of an unlikely win.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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