West Indies v India, 4th Test, Jamaica, 2006 March 14, 2010

Thou shalt not pass

Rahul Dravid gives a lesson in the art of defence on a minefield of a pitch with the series at stake
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I don't remember this innings vividly. I wasn't even in the press box for most of it; instead I was sipping Appleton rum near the point boundary and talking to Ray Wynter about his rebel tour to South Africa.

There was a series at stake, but on this steamy July afternoon, Sabina Park was anything but tense. The music blared and the fans jived. The party kept getting louder.

Out in the middle, on a pitch that appeared to have landmines buried on a good length, Rahul Dravid was waging a war. Ducking, weaving, blocking, watching partners come and go, jabbing, leaving, ducking, weaving…

Jerome Taylor used lightning speed - I couldn't spot the ball in mid-air - to create thunder off the pitch. At the other end was Corey Collymore, hitting a near-perfect length and luring the drive. Both VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh fell for the bait.

Watching from the point boundary, I could see how still Dravid was at the crease, waiting till the last moment before reacting. With every ball he seemed to be waiting a fraction of a second longer; but the later he reacted, the more decisive he appeared.

When at the non-striker's end, he wasn't his usual shadow-practising, jumpy self. He simply leaned on his bat and stood calm, his sweaty shirt fluttering in the wind.

On a day where every other batsman - Lara, Laxman, Sehwag, Chanderpaul included - shrivelled, Dravid was beaten, hold your breath, once. And even on that occasion he softened his grip so the edge wouldn't carry to first slip.

Two overs after cleaning up MS Dhoni, with a straight ball that kept low after it hit a crack, Taylor hit the same crevice. Dravid, though, was ready, bolting the bat down ramrod-straight and patting it down the ground. Taylor stood transfixed. The wall had turned fortress.

He would keep out another 36 deliveries the next morning before missing a shooter. Back in the dressing room, having chiselled out two monumental fifties in the game and put India on the verge of a historic series win, he would curse himself for not getting the bat down in time.

A match-winning captain's hand in the second-innings of a historic away-series deciding Test on a minefield. Now beat that.

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  • on March 17, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    cricket is no at about comparisons. Even sachin does not like. so why fight in comparing two grates of India. Its very funny some one giving points out of hundred

  • vakratunda12345 on March 17, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    waah nikhil great post Nice to see someone understanding the true value of legend who has been sacrificed in the obsession of youngistan

  • NikhilPapad3 on March 17, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    One of the gretest batsmen India has ever produced, infact, one of the greatest the world has ever produced, I cant beleive he doesnt play one day cricket for India, He is so much better at this point in time than someone like Murali Vijay and even Virat Kohli to some extent. I still dont get how he was booted of the ODI Team, he was made a scapegoat again. Really annoying, he has so many more strkoes than Vijay and he has the added value of being experienced

  • vakratunda12345 on March 17, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    One more thing swaminath

    If at all i was harsh with you in my act , My sincere apologies to you . It was just a technique to get more responses .

    Hey Siddharth Vaidyanathan

    I shall always be indebted to you for covering this match .you have done an excellent job just as i have done mine

  • vakratunda12345 on March 17, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Continuing the earlier comment :

    All of a sudden sachin makes the "Mumbai for all" comment where was he When MNS attacked the north indians ,SRT did not utter a word then why ?

    He just wanted to gain entire nation's support - be in the news that's it

    Regarding all abuses that i got from dravid fans here for those negative remarks , i would be ready to face infinte abuses to get active appreciation for Rahul Dravid

    Actually i was enjoying and also satisfied seeing the positive effect my negative comments had on dravid fans they were all ready to just beat me up if i ever came across them .

  • RDLikesCricket on March 17, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Sachin and Dravid these 2 great batsmen have won many matches for India and are great ambassadors of the game so why get into the number game to see whoz the best. For us its a treat when these 2 (and many more) greats churn out memorable performances. Dravid's innings in WI were pretty good and effective and earned a lot of respect. We should just leave it at that and not compare them.

  • vakratunda12345 on March 17, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    great job friends , All of my earlier comments would have fooled everyone into believing that i am a sachin fanatic and dravid hater .It is not so ....I am one of the biggest fans of dravid ...but i know indian mentality very well ,people here are satisfied just by reading the article,but they are too lazy to write a few words of appreciation ... they will read article , appreciate thru words , discuss with some friend and finish .... Does that give dravid the deserved credit,does it open eyes of those blind sachin fans ? No I knew the only way to make these people active is to criticise dravid and hype sachin way too much ..... I was very much disappointed to the response this great knock of dravid got from the readers ...... Just 30 odd comments in 2 days where as stupid articles on sachin get 1000's of responses My earlier comments were of srt fans from srt community -ve Criticism is the best way to wake up passive people just as srt provoked sena to gain nation's support

  • on March 16, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    yeh the batting on the Sabina Park reveals his batting performance

  • on March 16, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    @ gr8_sachin_fan

    come on yaar...dont do this...all of us know sachin wont do such a thing...sachin feeling insecure???i mean r u joking???he is one of the best the world has ever seen...batting god himself...he doesnt have to feel second even to bradman let alone rahul...just that rahul played more important knocks doesnt mean that he is better than rahul...we cant say who is better...lets say both are entirely different...so there is no comparison...how can u compare mozart and beethovan??? how can you compare pele and maradona??? similarly both of them have to be respected...not compared...see the amazing mutual respect they both share...sachin once said that he would want rahul to be the role model for his kid...and rahul has said he is previlaged to even share the dressing room with sachin...why we rahul and sachin fans have to fight???

  • vimalan on March 16, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    funny comments by some of insecured dravid fans..agreed this was a great double innings by Dravid but where was he in the tour of Aus 1999 or until 2001 in away tours except that one innings against SA in 1996..Rd is a great player but Sachin is the best. just appreciate this innings and move on. Don't bring in Sachin's name here and insult him by comparing him with RD

  • on March 17, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    cricket is no at about comparisons. Even sachin does not like. so why fight in comparing two grates of India. Its very funny some one giving points out of hundred

  • vakratunda12345 on March 17, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    waah nikhil great post Nice to see someone understanding the true value of legend who has been sacrificed in the obsession of youngistan

  • NikhilPapad3 on March 17, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    One of the gretest batsmen India has ever produced, infact, one of the greatest the world has ever produced, I cant beleive he doesnt play one day cricket for India, He is so much better at this point in time than someone like Murali Vijay and even Virat Kohli to some extent. I still dont get how he was booted of the ODI Team, he was made a scapegoat again. Really annoying, he has so many more strkoes than Vijay and he has the added value of being experienced

  • vakratunda12345 on March 17, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    One more thing swaminath

    If at all i was harsh with you in my act , My sincere apologies to you . It was just a technique to get more responses .

    Hey Siddharth Vaidyanathan

    I shall always be indebted to you for covering this match .you have done an excellent job just as i have done mine

  • vakratunda12345 on March 17, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Continuing the earlier comment :

    All of a sudden sachin makes the "Mumbai for all" comment where was he When MNS attacked the north indians ,SRT did not utter a word then why ?

    He just wanted to gain entire nation's support - be in the news that's it

    Regarding all abuses that i got from dravid fans here for those negative remarks , i would be ready to face infinte abuses to get active appreciation for Rahul Dravid

    Actually i was enjoying and also satisfied seeing the positive effect my negative comments had on dravid fans they were all ready to just beat me up if i ever came across them .

  • RDLikesCricket on March 17, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Sachin and Dravid these 2 great batsmen have won many matches for India and are great ambassadors of the game so why get into the number game to see whoz the best. For us its a treat when these 2 (and many more) greats churn out memorable performances. Dravid's innings in WI were pretty good and effective and earned a lot of respect. We should just leave it at that and not compare them.

  • vakratunda12345 on March 17, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    great job friends , All of my earlier comments would have fooled everyone into believing that i am a sachin fanatic and dravid hater .It is not so ....I am one of the biggest fans of dravid ...but i know indian mentality very well ,people here are satisfied just by reading the article,but they are too lazy to write a few words of appreciation ... they will read article , appreciate thru words , discuss with some friend and finish .... Does that give dravid the deserved credit,does it open eyes of those blind sachin fans ? No I knew the only way to make these people active is to criticise dravid and hype sachin way too much ..... I was very much disappointed to the response this great knock of dravid got from the readers ...... Just 30 odd comments in 2 days where as stupid articles on sachin get 1000's of responses My earlier comments were of srt fans from srt community -ve Criticism is the best way to wake up passive people just as srt provoked sena to gain nation's support

  • on March 16, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    yeh the batting on the Sabina Park reveals his batting performance

  • on March 16, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    @ gr8_sachin_fan

    come on yaar...dont do this...all of us know sachin wont do such a thing...sachin feeling insecure???i mean r u joking???he is one of the best the world has ever seen...batting god himself...he doesnt have to feel second even to bradman let alone rahul...just that rahul played more important knocks doesnt mean that he is better than rahul...we cant say who is better...lets say both are entirely different...so there is no comparison...how can u compare mozart and beethovan??? how can you compare pele and maradona??? similarly both of them have to be respected...not compared...see the amazing mutual respect they both share...sachin once said that he would want rahul to be the role model for his kid...and rahul has said he is previlaged to even share the dressing room with sachin...why we rahul and sachin fans have to fight???

  • vimalan on March 16, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    funny comments by some of insecured dravid fans..agreed this was a great double innings by Dravid but where was he in the tour of Aus 1999 or until 2001 in away tours except that one innings against SA in 1996..Rd is a great player but Sachin is the best. just appreciate this innings and move on. Don't bring in Sachin's name here and insult him by comparing him with RD

  • TheOnlyEmperor on March 16, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    I'm now going to give Marks out of 100... to settle the air :P 1. Sunil G : 90 === 2. Sachin : 88=== 3. Dravid : 87=== 4. Sehwag : 84=== 5. Gambhir : 78=== 6. Hazare: 77=== 7. Umrigar: 75=== 8. Vijay Manj: 74=== 9. Kambli : 73=== 10. Sardesai : 73=== 11. Laxman : 72=== 12. Azhar : 72=== 13. Vengs : 71=== 14. GR Vishy: 70=== 15. Dhoni: 70=== 16. Mohinder: 68=== 17. Sidhu : 67=== 18. Saurav : 65===

    So, let's not hear Saurav or Laxman ever being called a legend or a great of Indian cricket. The averages, the centuries per innings and the era in which they had been scored speak for themselves! http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?class=1;id=6;type=team

  • on March 16, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    yep i agree to khan express dravid has won more matches indeed cos sachin comes mostly as the opening batsman yeah when we bat first it's his duty to hit the ball hard and he does tht to perfection but wehen it comes to chasing most of the times it's our dravid who takes us past the finish line and stop talking abt strike rates guys it's not all abt hitting guys did u see the match against pak in champions trophy ........shoaib malik and mohd yousuf played at a strike rate of 50 or something and when it reached to the final overs when they had wickets in their hands it was down to some beautiful hitting tht's wht dravid is abt............he is the man who is always the one to keep one end tickin .......he is the wall HE IS THE LEGEND !!!!!!!

  • 11Noobs on March 16, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Sachin is in another league, but I do have to say that some Sachin fans are so blinded that they don't even know they were four other legends in the team (Dravid, Dada, Jumbo and VVS). Sachin this Sachin that. This article is a positive on Dravid, but people are turning it to a negative. Some people are talking about strike-rates in tests, and they think he drew matches from a winning position, LOL! Sachin has the runs and tons, but Dravid literally, has played a part in 11 of 12 of the wins outside of India since his debut (see for yourself). Dravid's the most valuable cricketer India has ever produced after the legend Kapil Dev.

  • IPL_is_Thrash on March 16, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Unarguably, Rahul Dravid is the ultimate player to be seen in any sport. His performance on that Sabina Park pitch was display of rare excellence that could be seen in Sports. Batting is in his blood.

  • on March 16, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    @vakratunda...

    dude u really need to get ur act together...no one remembers the centuries sachin scored in losing causes...where r the results???i dont care if sachin scored hundreds and team got screwed...who wants such a knock???we know sachin can hit 100s...but does it help the team is what matters...in that regard rahul is much much much better than sachin...whenever he scores team wins or atleast draw the match...sachin can never win test matches...one days he can...no doubt...but not in tests...but rahul can and he has proved it again and again...if u want u can list the matches where sachin won the match on his own...and i will do it for rahul...wanna see???

  • VVedsen on March 16, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    @vakratunda12345: you are mixing it all up. First test 96-97 against SA in SA india scored 100 and 66. Lost the test by 328 runs. Dravid in the second innings scored 27, a great knock, where for the first time after Sunny days did we really see someone so sure and correctly leaving balls outside the off. Second test India were again 29/5 (just add up 100+66+29/5)= 195/25 wickets. This was end of day 2 January 3, 1997. Next day Sachin and Azhar added 222 runs together and Sachin made 169. However India collapsed a second time round and lost the game. Now Dravid is indeed a great cricketer, no doubt. But he has his severe frailities when made a captain and we saw that 2006-07. His captaincy and selection left a lot to be desired. Plus this series WI 06 was a very poor team. Dravid got a ready team from Saurav still we did so badly after April 2006. The WI and England series win notwithstanding, India failed terribly at WC 07.

  • gr8_sachin_fan on March 16, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    Dear Fans, Please forgive me. I was insecure & jealous of RD bcoz I realised that he is much better than me as a batsman. Even through the myth of my greatness, I realised that it was RD who always played the match-winning or match-saving knock, whereas I was more interested in bloating my avg & total runs against weaker teams on batting beauties. That is the reason why I took the opportunity to get RD out of the ODI team as soon as I had Dhoni as the captain. You will recall that I need not make a single statement in support of RD when of was unjustly removed from the ODI team. Dhoni had my tacit support for this. I had to do this to break the great mans resolve & determination, so that I can maintain the myth of my greatness & not be second-best to anyone. I am sure my fans will understand & forgive me, your truly, SRT

  • sachinthegreat200 on March 16, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    I am agree with vakratunda. No comparison with Sachin R Tendulkar not only Dravid but any player in whole world.Sachin's class is just different.Although there are many good batsman like Dravid,Ponting,Lara,Kallis,Sehwag... when Dravid scores there are every chance India wont loose the match but when Sachin scores there are every chance India win the match.Dravid can make India draw from a winning position ,his strike rate is the lowest among all the batsman who scored more than 7000 runs in tests...and also the lowest strike rate in ODIs among the top 15 run getters.His average is good though because of so many not outs. I remember so many 50s from RD in odis in which he took like 80 odd balls and in the end India loosing due to shortage of overs .I believe in fast cricket even in test matches, for that Sehwag's contribution is so amazing... just destroy the bowling !!

  • SRT_Jammy_Dada_VVS_and_Anil_legends on March 16, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    @vvr_vasu: go to tensports.com, and in their archives they have extensive highlights coverage of the 2006 West Indies-India Test series.

    I don't understand why people have to belittle a great player to make another player greater. Indian fans should be humbled that we have managed to produce 5 champions in the same team for 12 years- Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman and Kumble should really be looked at as a large synergy of greatness. As Ganguly has said many times, the successes of each was at least partly due to the efforts of the others. So let's get over the silly bickering about who is better. This is not the forum for that. We should just appreciate the two high-quality innings that Rahul Dravid played in this Test. I agree with some other commenters that this 81-68 double ranks higher than some hundreds. Innings should always be looked at in the match context, and here India scored only 200 and 171, while Rahul batted longer than the entire WI team. Now that's OUTSTANDING

  • Gopes_On_Dopes on March 16, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    Great batting example shown by a great player, I cant understand why ppl have to compare him with SRT or Viru or anyone else? Indians should be thankful that all 3 are playing in the same team!! Hope to see many more great knocks not just from Rahul but from all the batsmen.

  • manta007 on March 16, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    Hail Dravid. I remember Gambier's marathon innings in New Zeland, after that match Dravid (who hardly comments) said, "These are the sort of innings which will make you better", Gambier got Dravid's approval. What more can he ask for. Dravid a true genius. The best batsman with flawless technique.

  • KhanXpress on March 15, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Dravid has won more matches for India then Sachin. Sure thing Sachin has made more runs in all format of the game both most of those runs did not go in favor of India winning the match. Dravid is the Mr Dependable of Indian cricket. There is no one who can fill his shoes.

  • on March 15, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    @Shamik Dev.. My dear friend.. In a war, you cannot compare your weapons to wall.. both are equally important... Similarly, Sehwag and Dravid both are important to India's success... Even the great maestro Tendulkar has requested children to follow Dravid's footsteps and not his... Sheer patience and lots of hard work in practice has made what Dravid is.. He is text book of cricket.. If he has not won test matches (just forget about Adelaide and Eden Gardens for some time).. he has saved a lot of matches.. Wouldnt you prefer to be at 0 instead of 1 down?

    So shut up and appreciate this true genius..

  • knowledge_eater on March 15, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    I say Every one Chill, because last time I check, Sachin, Dravid, Saurav, Sehwag and Dhoni all of them are playing in Indian team and for India. So please waste no time my friends, if you have plenty of time then Check out Kapil Dev's tribute. And if you don't have time please find some. Comparing indian greats with themselves is just biggest laughing stalk. Peace

  • vaidyar on March 15, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Its just an article about a really great innings by a player. What's the point in fans of another player heckling the player? The author nowhere makes any claims to relative greatness of RD over SRT or vice versa. In fact SRT was out injured for the whole series. Who knows, maybe he would have scored a 50 too. But he wasn't there, and RD scored (and not because SRT was there, because that's his JOB) and people liked that innings and hence this article.

    It beats me why SRT fans get so hung up on articles on other players. Do they expect people to write only about innings played by SRT? Do they believe no one else can play a great innings on a bad track? Even in matches he did not figure? Seriously, wonder why they are so insecure. If you are a fan at least be secure enough to acknowledge a great innings by another Indian batsman. Also remember that RD and SRT play TOGETHER in the team and also hold the record for the most number of 100 run partnerships by any pair in test cricket.

  • on March 15, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is perhaps the only person who reflects a gentleman's attitude, stubborn character, self less person and so on. words are not enough to describe him. he has been the most strongest pillar of indian team's success.he is the person from whom everyone can learn good qualities and good temperament. i admire him and respect for him will never die. he should be called as Sir Rahul Dravid. if sachin in the god of cricket , rahul is Cricket himself.

  • Farce-Follower on March 15, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    @Vakratunda : Dravid was awarded MoM for his 148 in that match, not SRT. RD did all the hard work in overcast conditions. I am amazed that many still don't know how to put statistics in perspective and consider the match situation. As for Viru, he is a genius, pure and simple. No SRT or RD can play like him. He is an exceptional cricketer, despite an inadequate technique.

  • vakratunda12345 on March 15, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    MrSwaminathan shame on you

    you remember 66 all out ,where was rd in 1st innings when india were 58 for 5 and sachin got 169 , RD's 27* is greater than 169 by sachin - Shame on you

    Against SA in 2001 sachin got 155 coming in at 68 for 4 ,what about dravid ?

    just 4 years of peak don't make RD surpass Sachin

    You get your stats right

    RD and brave heart ???

    Just that sachin did not have as great a team as dravid had in his peak,but the crap rd fanatics won't accept this

    Also Check out Wellington test of 1999 . If This match against windies was great one that too was a great one , Against a substandard winides ,these 2 knocks make rd greater than sachin.

    dravid got 1 and 28 in both knocks sachin coming in at 16 for 4 made 47 in 1st innings and then in 2nd innings when india were trailing by 140 odd , sachin got 113 Where was dravid then ?

    India could not get last 5 wickets as nz won the match from 75 for 5 to score 220

  • on March 15, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    and u actually said 41 as a contribution???goddd...why r u so desperate???dont u have so many other innings from sachin to show???dont insult the great man yaar...he is too good a player than 41 and all...btw how many test victories he contributed other than adelade and kolkotta??? i mean...he must be the top scorer...or atleast a match turning 100...not like when viru scored 300 he scoring a snell paced 194 not making an effort to increase the rate...and worse...whine like a kid saying i am disappointed and all...(only blemish in his career though...greatest player india has ever produced mind u...) RD showed what commitment is when he tried to reverse sweep imran farhat...on 270...when he could easily have got to 300...so cut the holy crap...!!!

  • vakratunda12345 on March 15, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Mr gr8Sachin fan go and wear the mask of the most hyped jealous dravid.

    forget about being greatest dravid is not even a good human being ,who illogically declared when sachin was on 194

    If dravid was the greatest batsmen then why could he score only 95 off 6 innings in 1999 aus tour ,because it had mcgrath,gillespie,warne and brett lee all at their best A snail like person wasted sachin's great 116 and 52 at melbourne by his rubbish batting In his peak he scored 600+ in same aussies but the bowlers were almost certain to be dropped brett lee,Brad Williams,AndyBichel,Stuart Mcgill.Only one great Gillespie. Again post 2006 in 2007-08 series ,dravid could muster only 233 .What happened

  • on March 15, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    and please remember one thing...this is a team game...no one can win matches alone...if u talk abt agarkar turning the match n stuff...it was anil kumble and other two spinners who did the job...india won by 170 odd runs...and sachins contribution was less that 160...means if sachin scored duck in both innings we would have won by abt 10 runs...does that make that innings less important or vital or match winning???even rahul scored fifties in both innings that match..."it was not sachin alone..." lol...and to think that it was one of those rare occations where sachin can claim to be the match winner...and lol at the statement rahul got life and sachin wrongly given out...dude...u make me laugh hard...how on earth does that make a difference???

  • on March 15, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    ha ha...and whats that crap abt rahul getting lifes and sachin wrongly given out??? come on man...we r talking abt results here...not umpiring decisions...u make me laugh...u said except for kolkotta and adelade...what was his contribution at W.I when rd scored those gems in both innings??? against pakistan (270)...he average an estounding 102 odd when india won under the captaincy of sourav ganguly...so it would be nice of u to show some respect to rahul...as i said in the post above...he is not talented as sachin...no way....i mean look at the 200 he scored against SA...or 175 against auzz...but he is a true gem rahul....and i cant take someone giving him crap...nothing personal dude...

  • vakratunda12345 on March 15, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    hello mr gr8Sachin fan

    why are you wearing a mask of sachin fan ? people like you are shame to india.you crap, where was dravid when many of sachin's best knocks could not win the match Scoring against the post 2003 windies .where was dravid when sachin got 136 v/s pak at chennai in 1999 when india were tottering for 60 for 5 where was rd when india were chasing 330 aghainst pak at rawalpindi sachin got 141 but india lost .where was rahul when india needed to score 408 v/s windies in last test of 2002 series in WI ,sachin got 86 and 41 ,but no use we lost

    chasing 326 v/s WI,rd gets 104 of 110+ balls india win as bangar gets 58 of 26 ,chasing 330 v/s a better pak sachin gets 141 of 129 balls but india lose,then my friend its god's injustice on sachin .

    this is kalyug and hence god too wants to just humiliate greats ,wants to humiliate sachin at hands of his own countrymen.

  • on March 15, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    @vakratunda...

    hey mate..chill...i agree sachin got 193 or whateve...and sourav also got a hundred...but when??? only after rahul and bangar did all the hard work on a pitch where the ball was swinging as if a thread was attached to it...even the commentators had said it is a bad decision to bat first if u remember...let alone that....even sourav said at the toss that he is taking a risk...just tht rahul was there like always...and when u talk abt sachin scoring 113 and stuff in matches lost...thats some crap dude...i mean...what abt rahul scoring a scintillating 148 against SA where rain prevented a result??? or where was sachin when the entire team was all out for 66??? rahul was the only player who was there like a wall...

  • on March 15, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    hi everyone...rahul dravid may not be as talented as sachin or vishwanath...but what he did is that he got the maximum out of his talent...with sheer hard work and legendary application...i still wonder how a player like him who is not a natural attacker managed to score more than ten thousand runs in odi's...he is the only player maybe to score so many runs in odi cricket without a proper lofted shot in his kitty...and look at him smashing the ball around in IPL....he is performing better than sachin and sourav combined...i would like to conclude by saying that...when we can only watch in awe and wonder at the way a guy called sachin ramesh tendulkar bat...we could have solace in the fact that...one doesnt have to be god to win matches for ur country...a heart made of rock and a bat broader than sea is enough...and that some times man can surpass god himself!!!

  • vakratunda12345 on March 15, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    In headingley Dravid got 148 then sachin too got 193 . It was not only dravid's knock but also sachin and sourav's 100's that setup victory for india .It was india's mamoth 693 that helped us win the match. India were in a much better position against australia at melbourne in 2004 when viru scored 195 ,india were 349 for 2 ,but unlike at headingley , at melbourne india lost last 8 wickets for 50 odd and lost the match .So Headingley was not Rahul's contribution alone

    In adelaide ,rahul's 233 brought india close to aussie total but it was agarkar's spell that match turned india's favour.What happened to aussies ,same happened to england in 2006 ashes at the same adelaide ground.Eng dominated match on collingwood's 206 and KP's 170+ ,but a great spell from Warne in 2nd innings saw england crumble for a low score and aussies completed a geat win. In sydney 2004 where india had almost 5 sessions but still could not get aussies .sachin's 241 went in vain as opposed to dravid's 233

  • rufineim on March 15, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Words arent enough to praise Rahul Dravid.Keep stats away,he s anyways been one of my fav fav batsman.n abt those two innings at kingston.Dravid was at his prime that time,at the peak of his powers.he was absoultely brilliant in those innings.i loved the way he left good balls n thats been the hallmark of his batting all the way through.his ability to leave the good balls has been unmatched in the modern era....I remember in the presenatation ceremony Lara said,i havent seen two innings of such quality put together on a pitch like this.n ya he was true.u wont belv how difficult it was on that pitch if u hadnt seen the match.Dravid was Brilliant.best part about dravid is that hes a wonderful wonderful human being.TRULY GREAT MAN,BATSMAN.

  • vakratunda12345 on March 15, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Mr Alex If its sachin who always lets down then what happened against pak in chennai test in 1999 . RD got just 10 to leave india tottering at 60 for 5 against Pak attack of 1990's not WI attack post 2003. In melbourne test 1999 sachin got 116 and 52 india needed 346 to win ,where was RD then.In wellington test v/s NZ in 1999, India trailed NZ in 1st innings by 150+ , sachin got 47 with india 16 for 4 and got 113 in 2nd innings to set NZ 220 ,but our bowlers could not get last 5 wickets after NZ were 75 for 5.Rd got 1 and 28 in the match.Before the kolkata match at mumbai , sachin got 76 and 64 as india lost by an innings Where was RD then ? In last series of 2002 series in windies india needed 408 to win sachin got 41 AND 86 then who let india down Except for Adelaide and Kolkata test sachin too played an imp role in indian wins. pert rd got 93 with help of atleast 3 lives ,sachin got 71 and was wrongly given out

  • Subhra_stat on March 15, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    This is Subhra from Calcutta. Rahul is the all time Indian best test batsman, and more importantly, he is not a selfish cricketer as some other glamourous cricketers like Sachin or Ganguly. He always batted at no. 3 in test cricket (probably the toughest batting position in test) but never opened in ODI (easiest batting position in ODI) whereas Sachin and Ganguly, they batted at no 4 and 5 in test, respectively but they opened in ODI (or no.3). Unfortunately, players like Rahul or Kumble, they don't know how to capture limelight of media. However, that doesn't matter to them. They have lots of confidence about their abilities.

  • Rajanz on March 15, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Such an apt title for the article. How often do we see innings less than 100 feature in such illustrious list. I remember an innings by G Vishwanath of 96 against the windies that got mentioned several times in one of the award functions. I wondered then, and then I saw both of Dravid's fifties in this match. On a pitch where even Lara cudn't resist showing his displeasure to the curator on the uneven nature of the pitch and Lara cited Dravid's innings as the benchmark for batsmen in both the teams in the post match press conference. Real captain's knock...hats off. Test cricket brings out the absolute pinnacle of batsmanship and it was sheer joy watching this grinding innings. On the closing note, the world over i feel somehow Dravid is grossly underrated. He is indeed not as gifted as some others, but the grit and determination simply oozes out. I'm really happy to have followed the game when such greats were at their very best.

  • sukuviju on March 15, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Can't understand why Indians love to compare one player with another. You need all types to make a successful team. A team with 6 Tendulkar, Dravid or a Sehwag will not become a world beater. You need to have the right mix of a Sehwag, Tendli, Dravid, Laxman & Ganguly to make a winning team and these are the guys who have taken the Indian team to the 1st position in the test ranking.I only wish we had as many match winning bowlers.

  • on March 15, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    I think RD is the most accomplished test player and a great one too. Unfortunately for him he was born in the same era of some of the greatest middle order bats and thus buried by the flamboyance of sachin, viru VVSL, SG. If some one can dig into stats then probably would come up the runs scored by RD would either have resulted in a win for India or would saved a test for India. Yes i do like the rest of the players but RD is simply RD

  • kalp45 on March 15, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Rahul Dravid has been the pillar of Indian Batting for the last decade.If you compare any player with dravid he will be par on it. Man of Series in Austraila, Newzealand, England,all were outside India is a testimoney to his greatnes. India best bat at No3 by far the best.

  • JogeshPanda on March 15, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, nice pick, Even though many will say this particular pitch was far from ideal, but this brought an innings of immaculate precision and high technique batting from Dravid. Many forgets that India's rise to No1 test status due to away series win under Dravid. This Carribean tour was dull flat pitches where twice Indian bowling attack missed the final punch. Here it required a lot from batsman, Even I still remember Lara frowning at the curator when One of the bhajji ball did some vicious turns. To play such two Inning was only some thing Dravid can do.

  • TarunGoyal on March 15, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    A man of true character- along with Anil Kumble, he has been one of the biggest reason for India's success in Test matches, especially in away matches. And to do that in such an selfless manner, never asking for his due credit, just doing his task to perfection and then melting into oblivion, has been a remarkable achievement. Dravid, the cricket loving people of the world really owe you an ovation...

  • TheOnlyEmperor on March 15, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Why are people getting all squeamish about comparisons? Comparisons are inevitable particularly when people reach higher order levels of accomplishment. I think India has had 4 greats so far : SG, SRT, RD and VS. It's difficult ranking them, but that's precisely the order in which I would. Facing the new ball needs a dfifferent level of skill and talent and courage especially when you are facing the WI greats without a helmet when they were all out to get you. That's the only reason why SG is ahead of VS and for the fact that his performance decided India's scoreline. SRT gave hope to Indian cricket, VS gave cheer & exuberance and RD showed that we can face anybody with confidence anywhere in the world. If these 4 are to be graded A++, then the next lot of competing Indian batsmen, would fare a poor B--, so let's not even talk of the others in the same breath!

  • amit_mangal30 on March 15, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    'At 32 for four against Sri Lanka, not even Sehwag, Tendulkar and Laxman carried back into the pavilion with them all the hopes of a nation. Dravid was still batting, and that was reason enough to go about the normal business of living a life.'.

    And guys, please please please stop comparing Sachin and Dravid, they are two very very different players and have completely different approach to the game. They are both the best of the best of their era and there's no doubt about it. It's such a disrespect to them to be comparing the two. It's like comparing your two hands, you might be a right hander (or left), but can you do it without the other. There existence is mutual.

  • prashanthbm88 on March 15, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    hey Indian ppl shud also learn to support Wall as they support Sachin. u cant compare both but still unsung hero of many indian victories are both Wall n Jumbo. Inidian selectors n Dhoni make a note of this article coz u ppl think he cant play ODI"S . but truth is tat he can play any form of the game better than Dhoni.

  • sameer997 on March 15, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    It really was a great display of how to play on unplayble pitches.This is not rahul's only acheivment, he has played some great innings like this one.He has great technique and he is the best fielder behind the wickets.It wont be fair to compare Dravid (The wall) and Sachin(The master) they both have their advantages and disadvantages.But persnolly I like Dravid more than anyone,whats more to say he is the best....................................

  • on March 15, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Name any memorable test win and dravid figures in it...headingly,kolkata,adeilade,perth to name a few.

  • Alexk400 on March 15, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    I am sehwag's fan. But i think india's greatest TEST batsman is rahul dravid. Sachin always chokes when india need him. Sehwag does provide momentum.

    But dravid is the glue india stands on in most Tests.

    India can find many many run accumulators in flat pitches but india will never find another rahul dravid , man of grit , determination , team man and great patriot.

  • on March 15, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Dravid is a best batsman in the world after vengsarker and azharuddin......there is no comparison with another indian batsman-ADEEL AHMAD from Saudi

  • gr8_sachin_fan on March 15, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Sachin is the greatest batsman, RD is nothing compared to him.. Sachin has played infinitely better innings than RDs above mentioned innings..

  • vvr_vasu on March 15, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Surely a masterclass, though I could not watch it. Could anyone of you please give any link or source from where these two innings could be watched or downloaded?

  • wallstreet on March 15, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    I ALWAYS FELT DRAVID SUFFERED UNDER SACHIN'S SHADOW...TO ME RD IS THE BEST PLAYER OF MOVING BALL AROUND THE GLOBE

  • sld1963 on March 15, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Agree, I am one of those fortunate to have not only watched this innings but recorded on DVD recorder. For me there three gods in Indian cricket who no one in the world can surpass. Sunny, SRT and RD...

    It is not just about who scores how many double or triple and in what time against what opponent etc etc. It is far more than scoring runs and centuries. It is the ability to turn on innings after innings on difficult situations, tracks, environment for decade plus, 100 test plus is more important. It is physical endurance, capability, skills, determination to successed, family upbrinings, social values. It is all a package to be able to reach a stage where these three have...For me personally SRT and RD are role models on cricket field which all the current sledgers/ especially Australian fast bowlers should take a lesson from....

  • sld1963 on March 15, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    In my mind these two innings are as great as any other innings that I have been fortunate enough to have heard or seen on radio/TV in my life. It ranks at par with (Sunny's 71 in 1974, 221/Ovalin 1978 in England, Sachine 114 in Perth, 117 in Chennai, 169 in South Africa, Sehwag's 2 triple)

    Rahul's innings was obviously far less flamboyant but it has class, purpose, grit and determination that only super champions can bring on when it requires. It feels so good to revive memories with such masterful innings played by some of the greatest of the Indian cricketers, who to my mind would have scored tons of runs against India if they were playing for some other country anytime of their life.

  • happy-go-lucky on March 14, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    @Shamik Dev - Who is comparing Dravid and Sehwag? This article is about 2 innings by Dravid on an unplayable pitch. Check out the scorecard. No doubt Sehwag is a truly gifted player but that does not mean Dravid is no good. He is one player who has broken barriers and won matches for India, something even the great SRT has not achieved. Record test wins in England, WI, Australia, Pak. Check your stats, he's won more matches that Sehwag. Sure, he's no dasher like Viru. But he's a classical type who can play on any pitch. By today's cricket, I guess you mean T20 and flat track ODIs, rules of which are hugely titled towards the batsman. I am sorry but that's not cricket as we know it. Mind you all of Viru's triples have come on flat tracks. True test of a batsman comes on test match tracks that have something for both the batsmen and the bowlers - some pace, bounce, movement and spin. On such conditions, there is no man better than Dravid in the indian line up.

  • Fifthman on March 14, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Shamik Dev, you really are letting statistics blind you. Modern Indian cricket has been built on the sturdy foundations laid down by Rahul Dravid. Not for nothing is he known as The Wall. Sehwag is wonderful to watch in full flow, but just check his scores in the match referred to here; 0 and 4. Those are not the scores of a match-winner; more a match-loser, if you ask me.

    Dravid has technique that Sehwag can only dream about.

  • shahzaibq on March 14, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Shamik Dev, Check out the scorecard for the match, and figure out who won that match for India. "Matchwinner" Sehwag was there for the whole 4-Test series, yet couldn't win them a game??? It took a couple of Dravid innings to win a game, and the series. Not taking anything away from Sehwag, or his records, what Dravid has done is equally as important, if not more, for a longer period and far more consistently than Sehwag. India would have lost many Tests, had Dravid not been there for them.

  • on March 14, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    @Shamik We have to get over this unhealthy fixation sensationalism abouth 100s. Yes a three figure score always looks good, and creates awe. It doesn't always reflect the true utility of the knock. The RD 81 here can eat up alive all the several centuries against Bangladesh, or flat-track-help-yourselves-boost-the-statistics of others. Leave aside the RD 81, even the Kumble 45 in the same innings will figure ahead of SRT's 248 vs Bang. Perspective! As regards the tortoise, slow and steady wins the race. Read the article again for clarifications. Or watch the video. Good luck!

  • samy83in on March 14, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    @shamik... though i am a great fan of sehwag i bet even he wudnt subscribe to ur views... ok lets say in todays cricket we need match winners and all our batsmen are like sehwag and yuvaraj... wat is the result .. you will see that we lose as many matches as we win... for me and i'm sure many more the nerve cracking draws england pulled off against aus & sa are as good as a result... and its pretty biased of you to say dravid is not a match winner... we'll just fold up like a pack of cards if not for him in SA... check the stats of all indian test batsmen in SA in the last decade or so and you'll know... he's the cricket version of a solid defender... yes u need a striker to put in the goals but u also need the centre back to foil the opponents attempts... a football team is not good with 10 strikers and an indian cricket team is no good with 7 sehwags and 4 zaheer khans...

  • on March 14, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    @Majr, agree with you 100%. Not just in sports, RD is a role-model for life.

  • on March 14, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Classic batting of the highest order. A true exhibition of quality cricket. Relentless toil to stay afloat amidst the wreckage. Little wonder that the two batsmen who salvaged some pride were RD & Kumble. Ofcourse Kumble completed the job with 6/78. SRT for all his 100s, 4 or 47 or 93 -has never provided something like this. It is the true hallmark of greatness. Even Ponting falls short here. Take a bow Rahul Dravid, take a couple more and lets get over this fixation with centuries...the 81 & 68 can put several 100s, doubles, triples and maybe even the quadruple to shame.

  • on March 14, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Mr. Binjoy, Today's cricket demands match winners not match savers. How many triple centuries Rahul Dravid has in his career? Sehwag has two. How many more than 150 runs Dravid has? Sehwag has 14 out of his 19 centuries as 150 plus scores. How many test matches Dravid has won for India? Sehwag has many. Please don't compare a match winner with a tortoise. It really hurts.

  • anreddy9 on March 14, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Generally the current crop of batsmen have got used to the easy batting conditions that are presented these days. So when a situation like this (a landmine of a pitch) comes along, they tent to not put as much effort, as they know that a batting featherbed is waiting in next game to increase their averages.

    So, in such light, these twin-innings should be highly appreciated by critics and masses alike.

    Hail RD!!

  • anreddy9 on March 14, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    I remember those two innings....which fetched us a series win in WI after something like 35 yrs(??). Test Cricket, and innings like these keep the game of Cricket alive.

    I believe, also the masses, who generally go by the count of the boundaries, should also understand, that RD is the greatest Test Batsmen in the last decade. Test cricket is ultimate Cricket. Its a challenge to a Cricketer's character, mental strength, adaptability, resilience...much later, the technique. So, if you guys believe that Yuvi lacks technique alone, then u r wrong.

    Very easily the masses will forget, if they still remember, innings like these as they are not big hundreds like what Sehwag/Lara score (these 2 guys were also playing that test and you can check their scores). These scores don't even enhance the batting averages of the batsmen a great deal....but still RD, like a true champion, ground it out there.

  • on March 14, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    I WAS WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO POPUP SRT IN THE DISCUSSION...I DIDN'T WAIT FOR LONG

  • Farce-Follower on March 14, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    I remember this gem. He has been India's MVP for more than a decade. But alas, he has never got the recognition that he deserves. Doesn't matter to him. Truly the most accomplished batsman India has ever produced. RD, you are the best.

  • on March 14, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    One heck of an innings. Fantastic exhibition of guts and determination

  • gr8_sachin_fan on March 14, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    This is just one of the reason why Rahul Dravid is the greatest batsman India has produced. Sorry sachin fans, forget SRT being better than the Don, he is not even India's greatest batsman ever. That honour goes to Rahul Dravid.

  • Krishna_Sydney on March 14, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Dravid along with Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar surely rank as the top 3 Indian batsmen from the viewpoint of pure technique. I doubt we will see their equal anytime soon.

  • on March 14, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    thts dravid at it best. i remember he was only the batsman who was able to make significant score in tht match. the great wall of india. truly untouchable genius.

  • Force01 on March 14, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Truly great innings by a truly great batsman! Scoring/stonewalling in such circumstances is what has made Dravid one of the all-time great test batsmen. In my books, Dravid is right up there with Sachin and Gavaskar.

  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on March 14, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    What an innings that was! Pure and solid.

  • 11Noobs on March 14, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Ahhh.. now here's a cricketer I rate more than Tendulkar, Ponting and Kallis as far as tests are concerned. A true champion.

  • trephination on March 14, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Dear Siddhartha, I did watch this absolute gem of an innings by Dravid on TV, every ball! I cannot agree with you more . It is the best defensive batting I have ever seen. No one has ever saved more test matches single handed than Dravid for India.

  • vinjoy on March 14, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Test cricket was at its best in this match, I will watch this innings any day rather than a Sehwag blsitering 280 or these Dilshans, Gayles, Akmals adding garbage to test cricket.

  • on March 14, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    that was a lesson for younger batsman . how to bat

  • on March 14, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Now thts dravid be it in tests or odi he is the one who would be the toughest to get out...........it's just sad tht at times when his partner fails like in the champions trophy and he was the top scorer for india ppl still criticised him for slowing things down when wickets were falling at regular intervals.........now tht's too harsh ppl still have to recognise wht he has done for india and the indian team...........and this performance agsint west indies was one of the best

  • Percy_Fender on March 14, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is the very epitome of strong character and pedigree. It has perhaps much to do with his family background,upbringing , early schooling and above all the players and people he chose to emulate. It therefore does'nt surprise me to read you write about the twin knocks he played at the Sabina Park to secure India that elusive victory. It had to happen when Rahul was the captain when all others failed. Dravid is not just about technique or temperament. He has the kind of courage that young batsmen would do well to take something from. It is for this reason that it is heartening to see a young batsmen partner him in a long partnership. The rise of Manish Pandey is a fine illustration of how a youngster could benefit from playing beside this all time great. Not just the game, I think the players of today could take home a lot from watching Rahul Dravid. His punctuality,precision and introverted personality is what champons need in their pursuit of sporting excellence.

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  • Percy_Fender on March 14, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is the very epitome of strong character and pedigree. It has perhaps much to do with his family background,upbringing , early schooling and above all the players and people he chose to emulate. It therefore does'nt surprise me to read you write about the twin knocks he played at the Sabina Park to secure India that elusive victory. It had to happen when Rahul was the captain when all others failed. Dravid is not just about technique or temperament. He has the kind of courage that young batsmen would do well to take something from. It is for this reason that it is heartening to see a young batsmen partner him in a long partnership. The rise of Manish Pandey is a fine illustration of how a youngster could benefit from playing beside this all time great. Not just the game, I think the players of today could take home a lot from watching Rahul Dravid. His punctuality,precision and introverted personality is what champons need in their pursuit of sporting excellence.

  • on March 14, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Now thts dravid be it in tests or odi he is the one who would be the toughest to get out...........it's just sad tht at times when his partner fails like in the champions trophy and he was the top scorer for india ppl still criticised him for slowing things down when wickets were falling at regular intervals.........now tht's too harsh ppl still have to recognise wht he has done for india and the indian team...........and this performance agsint west indies was one of the best

  • on March 14, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    that was a lesson for younger batsman . how to bat

  • vinjoy on March 14, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Test cricket was at its best in this match, I will watch this innings any day rather than a Sehwag blsitering 280 or these Dilshans, Gayles, Akmals adding garbage to test cricket.

  • trephination on March 14, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Dear Siddhartha, I did watch this absolute gem of an innings by Dravid on TV, every ball! I cannot agree with you more . It is the best defensive batting I have ever seen. No one has ever saved more test matches single handed than Dravid for India.

  • 11Noobs on March 14, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Ahhh.. now here's a cricketer I rate more than Tendulkar, Ponting and Kallis as far as tests are concerned. A true champion.

  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on March 14, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    What an innings that was! Pure and solid.

  • Force01 on March 14, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Truly great innings by a truly great batsman! Scoring/stonewalling in such circumstances is what has made Dravid one of the all-time great test batsmen. In my books, Dravid is right up there with Sachin and Gavaskar.

  • on March 14, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    thts dravid at it best. i remember he was only the batsman who was able to make significant score in tht match. the great wall of india. truly untouchable genius.

  • Krishna_Sydney on March 14, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Dravid along with Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar surely rank as the top 3 Indian batsmen from the viewpoint of pure technique. I doubt we will see their equal anytime soon.