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An unlikely star of the 50-over format

Rahul Dravid wasn't a natural in ODI cricket, yet his numbers stack up favourably against the best in the format

S Rajesh

September 16, 2011

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Rahul Dravid's 92 off 63 balls helped India pile 93 runs in the last 10 overs, England v India, 2nd ODI, Bristol, August 24, 2007
In all World Cup matches, Rahul Dravid averaged 61.42, only marginally behind Viv Richards' 63.31 © Getty Images
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For someone whose playing style was thought to be suited only to Test cricket, finishing eighth on the list of most matches played, and with the seventh-highest number of runs in one-day internationals is no mean achievement. Rahul Dravid never had the attacking ability of a Sachin Tendulkar or a Brian Lara, but it's a testament to his adaptability that he played 343 ODIs, scored 10,820 runs, and struck 12 centuries and 82 fifties, including one off 22 balls, which remains the second-fastest by an Indian (going into his final ODI match, against England in Cardiff). Apart from all that, he kept wicket in 73 ODIs, and yet he never allowed that to adversely affect his batting - in fact, his batting stats improved when he kept wicket. He also led India in 79 matches, and achieved the second-best win-loss record among Indians who captained in at least 50 ODIs. For any cricketer this is a staggering resume; for one considered a Test specialist, it borders on the unbelievable.

However, none of this seemed possible when Dravid started his ODI career with scores of 3, 4, 3, 11 and 13 in his first five completed innings. In the tougher conditions of Toronto in 1996, though, his orthodoxy and tight technique - sometimes a liability in ODIs - were a blessing, as he scored consistently in the five-match Friendship Cup against Pakistan, notching up his first half-century and top-scoring in two matches.

That was followed by a few impressive innings, including his maiden century, against Pakistan, in a match overshadowed by Saeed Anwar's record-breaking 194. However, largely ODIs were still a struggle for Dravid, and perhaps never was it better illustrated than by his 21-ball 1 against Bangladesh in May 1998. Till the end of that year, his ODI record was strictly modest: an average of under 32, at a strike rate of 63, in 65 games.

In his first ODI of 1999, Dravid broke the shackles with an outstanding unbeaten run-a-ball 123 against New Zealand in Taupo, and that kickstarted a sustained run of excellence over the next seven years. It included a fantastic run in the 1999 World Cup - 461 runs at 65.85 - and another run-a-ball century against New Zealand later that year, 153 in Hyderabad, which remains his highest ODI score. The 2003 World Cup was another huge success - 318 runs at 63.60.

Between 1999 and 2005, Dravid averaged almost 43 from 210 matches, scored 10 of his 12 centuries, and won nine out of 14 Man-of-the-Match awards. The period after that hasn't been as successful, but then Dravid has hardly been part of the ODI scene in the last three years, playing only 10 matches since the beginning of 2009. (Click here for Dravid's ODI career summary.)

Rahul Dravid's ODI career
Period ODIs Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Till Dec 1998 65 1709 31.64 63.48 1/ 12
Jan 1999 to Dec 2005 210 7134 42.97 71.97 10/ 53
Jan 2006 onwards 68 1977 34.68 76.00 1/ 17
Career 343 10,820 39.06 71.16 12/ 82

In the seven years from 1999 to 2005, Dravid was among the most successful ODI batsmen in the world, which says a lot about his ability to work on his game and improve. Among batsmen with at least 4000 ODI runs during this period, only three - Damien Martyn, Jacques Kallis and Tendulkar - had a higher average, while Dravid's strike rate of 72 was very acceptable too. Batsmen like Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Sourav Ganguly, who were generally rated as far more free-stroking, only had marginally higher scoring rates.

Top ODI batsmen between Jan 1999 and Dec 2005 (Qual: 4000 runs)
Batsman ODIs Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Damien Martyn 163 4411 46.43 78.18 5/ 30
Jacques Kallis 177 6348 45.66 70.69 10/ 48
Sachin Tendulkar 151 6181 45.44 85.07 17/ 28
Rahul Dravid 210 7134 42.97 71.97 10/ 53
Ricky Ponting 179 6443 42.66 80.48 13/ 37
Inzamam-ul-Haq 180 5772 42.13 75.61 5/ 45
Mohammad Yousuf 194 6502 40.89 75.28 10/ 42
Sourav Ganguly 194 7185 40.82 76.00 17/ 41

Of the 343 matches that Dravid played, 160 were in winning causes, and his contribution in those matches was pretty significant: 5729 runs at 50.69, which makes him one of only 11 batsmen to score 5000 or more runs in wins at 50-plus averages.

Through some of that period between 1999 and 2004, apart from scoring tons of runs Dravid also kept wicket. He was competent enough at that job to do it 73 times, including at the 2003 World Cup. In those 73 games Dravid didn't allow his batting to suffer, scoring 2300 runs at more than 44 per dismissal. Among wicketkeepers who've scored more than 2000 runs, only MS Dhoni has a higher average. Dravid's debut as wicketkeeper was especially memorable: in the 1999 World Cup game against Sri Lanka, he smashed 145 off 129 balls and was in a 318-run stand for the second wicket with Ganguly, which at the time was the highest partnership for any wicket in ODIs. In fact, Dravid has been involved in both triple-century partnerships that have been recorded in ODI history: later in 1999, he shared a 331-run stand with Tendulkar against New Zealand, and in the process also notched up his highest score, 153.

Best batting averages of wicketkeepers in ODIs (Qual: 2000 runs)
Player ODIs Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
MS Dhoni 190 6235 49.09 87.50 7/ 40
Rahul Dravid 73 2300 44.23 72.60 4/ 14
Kumar Sangakkara 257 8647 39.84 76.99 9/ 63
Adam Gilchrist 282 9410 35.64 96.94 16/ 53
Andy Flower 186 5845 34.58 73.71 4/ 46
Alec Stewart 138 4017 33.47 70.06 4/ 26

Among all batsmen he played with, Dravid had the most success with Tendulkar and Ganguly, putting together 11 century partnerships and scoring more than 4000 runs with each. That makes him one of only three players - Tendulkar and Ganguly being the others - to score more than 4000 partnership runs with two batsmen.

Dravid's partnerships with these two batsmen were pretty fruitful in World Cups too: he averaged 88 with Ganguly and almost 83 with Tendulkar. In fact, Dravid's overall World Cup record was splendid, even though his World Cup campaign ended in bitter disappointment in 2007. Among batsmen who scored at least 750 World Cup runs, only Viv Richards has a better average.

Best World Cup batting averages (Qual: 750 runs)
Batsman Matches Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Viv Richards 23 1013 63.31 85.05 3/ 5
Rahul Dravid 22 860 61.42 74.97 2/ 6
Sachin Tendulkar 45 2278 56.95 88.98 6/ 15
Herschelle Gibbs 25 1067 56.15 87.38 2/ 8
Sourav Ganguly 21 1006 55.88 77.50 4/ 3
Martin Crowe 21 880 55.00 83.57 1/ 8

Dravid's stint as ODI captain is remembered largely for India's shocking early exit in 2007, but India's overall ODI record under his leadership was extremely healthy. In 79 games they won 42 and lost 33, giving them a win-loss ratio of 1.27. Among captains who've led India at least 50 times in ODIs, only under Dhoni do they have a better ratio.

Indian captains and their ODI records (Qual: 50 matches)
Captain ODIs W/L Ratio Bat ave Strike rate
MS Dhoni 106 59/ 37 1.59 52.92 82.55
Rahul Dravid 79 42/ 33 1.27 42.19 75.42
Mohammad Azharuddin 174 90/ 76 1.18 39.39 78.46
Kapil Dev 74 39/ 33 1.18 30.66 105.74
Sourav Ganguly 146 76/ 65 1.16 38.79 76.32
Sachin Tendulkar 73 23/ 43 0.53 37.75 83.49

The one blot on Dravid's ODI career is his record against the best team of his era: in 39 innings against Australia, he had a highest score of 80, an average of 24.97 and a strike rate of 66.94. Those are disappointing numbers, especially given the number of matches he played against them. Of course, given Australia's awesome bowling attack, plenty of other top ODI batsmen struggled too - Ganguly averaged 23.45, Anwar 23.55, and Sehwag 22.37.

Against all the other teams, though, Dravid's record was top-class, even in a format that was initially thought to be outside his comfort zone.

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Posted by IrfanRocks on (September 19, 2011, 1:02 GMT)

Idk what everyone else think...but I'll MISS YA RAHUL DRAVID(THE WALL).

Posted by bobagorof on (September 18, 2011, 23:44 GMT)

Dravid may not be the most talented ODI batsman (though he has respectable figures, as demonstrated above) and may not strike at 80+ runs per 100 balls, but he has batted where the team has asked him to and kept wicket despite not being a specialist wicketkeeper. He has had a regular position but moved up and down the order when required - opening, 3, 4, or 5. So while he isn't the most talented ODI batsman, he has adapted his game to the format and had some success, and also taken on whatever role the team asked of him. Sounds like a team man to me!

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (September 18, 2011, 19:54 GMT)

@pruthvihp..so to you playing at different batting positions in SOME matches makes a player 'working for team cause'...funny.In that case Jadeja also played at diff positions.Do you know Dravid played 344 ODIs and India won only 160 out of those which is almost the least percentage among all Indian players of his era..Yuvraj has 158 wins out of 273.

Posted by pruthvihp on (September 18, 2011, 18:44 GMT)

@uglyhunK ... have you watched India ODI matches in the past decade? Dravid did not asked to make him the keeper, it was India's first experimentation period with deep batting line-up and to accommodate that Dravid kept wickets, allowing the team to add an extra batsman. That is not playing for team cause is it? if you work (looks like you don't) assuming extra responsibility for better team result is called 'working for the team cause'. Dravid opened batting, played one down, played in #4, #5, #6 and even #7, when the team demanded. Sachin is a great cricketer, no doubt, but how many times he has changed his position for experiments or to suit situation (he has only played at #2, #4 for the most part). Recently, Dravid was asked to play for England ODIs, and was also asked to play for Champions trophy in SA. He was thrown out of the ODI even after performing good in SA, he does not care .. he comes and plays when he is asked to and does not talk big (or start riots) when dropped

Posted by uglyhunK on (September 18, 2011, 11:07 GMT)

When Dravid fanboys say "he plays for the team", what does that actually mean ??? I would appreciate if the Dravid fan boys give some examples to support their claims. And yeah, at the same time, give some examples as to how other plays don't play for the team. Thnx.

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (September 18, 2011, 7:11 GMT)

@ravichakra, i dont understand your criteria when you said'"Both Sachin and Dhoni only have glamour quotient added which he lacks as he goes about his business of playing for the team cause whatever be the situation and the need of the hour."....actually the stats says that Dravid played 344 matches out of which India won just 160 and had he played according to the situation of match this number shud have been better but he only wasted so many balls and was the reason for losses...Yuvraj has 274 matches out of which India won 158(@ Balasundaram sridhar)

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (September 18, 2011, 6:52 GMT)

@ravichakra, i dont understand your criteria when you said'"Both Sachin and Dhoni only have glamour quotient added which he lacks as he goes about his business of playing for the team cause whatever be the situation and the need of the hour."....actually the stats says that Dravid played 344 matches out of which India won just 160 and had he played according to the situation of match this number shud have been better but he only wasted so many balls and was the reason for losses...Yuvraj has 274 matches out of which India won 158(@ Balasundaram sridhar)

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (September 18, 2011, 5:42 GMT)

@ Balasundaram Sridhar The avg difference of +2 you care for but what about the Strike rate difference of 17 (88 Yuvraj,71 Dravid) and more than 100 ODI wickets sounds to you.

Posted by ravichakra on (September 18, 2011, 3:52 GMT)

@ Parmjot Swatch : He has a faster fifty (22 balls) than even Sachin. I have watched many ODIs where his strike rate has been higher than Sachin or Dhoni for that matter yet he is not considered an ODI player equivalent to Sachin / Dhoni. Both Sachin and Dhoni only have glamour quotient added which he lacks as he goes about his business of playing for the team cause whatever be the situation and the need of the hour.

Posted by ravichakra on (September 18, 2011, 3:48 GMT)

Today I promise that I will give up watching ODI cricket. It was a pity I could not watch him bat in his last ODI. My heart bleeds at the fact that RD will never ever play an ODI for India. May he carry on in style in Tests to allow me to follow that version of the game atleast.

Posted by ravichakra on (September 18, 2011, 3:46 GMT)

@ uglyhunK : I think you might be more interested in baseball than cricket if you can't remember a single innings of value played by RD. Checkout the scorecard and ball by ball details of the match between India and New Zealand in the 2003 WC. Check out the situation in which he came out to bat and the result of the match and his contribution.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2011, 1:32 GMT)

Images which come to mind are his innings at #3 in 1999 world cup, at #5 in the 2003 world cup especially in the final, and his free-stroking innings in the crucial match against Srilanka in the 2007 world cup. Many run-outs were also defining moments. He being run-out in the final of a tri-series in Srilanka when he seemed to be taking India to victory, again another run-out in Champions Trophy match against Pakistan when he was the last hope, run-out in final of another tri-series in England, run-out of Sehwag in 2003 world cup final. If he had responded to Yuvraj's call for run against Srilanka in 2007 world cup, he would have been run-out and most likely, he would have got the axe as captain. Instead since he top-scored, he was retained captain.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 17:33 GMT)

I never considered Dravid an ODI player unless he is keeping the wicket. No doubt about him in test cricket. he is one of the best, rather best test batsmen on Indian side or even at international level. In ODIs, his inability to score at fast rate was his major limitation, especially in the modern cricket where 300 is very much gettable. He played 343 ODIs mainly due to the lack of availability of competent batsmen plus Ajay Jadeja was banned for life time in 2000 and Dravid took his place

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 17:04 GMT)

Is Yuvraj Singh with a ODI average of 37+ over 280 matches better than Rahul dravid average of 39+. No way. I think that the media builds the hype on cricketers like Yuvraj and for some unfathomed reason not done justice to Rahul. His ODI record stacks up well against the best regarded players and considering that he has most often justified his place in the team, deserves more praise. Apologies from the indian media which did not give him the due recognition is long overdue.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

Amazing Cricketer of all time

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 16:26 GMT)

One of the greatest to have played this game, hats off to him....... not as blessed as sachin ,sehwag or yuvraj.... but still he has left his footprints in the indian cricketing history that no body will ever forget... a pure copybook classical batsman hard to dislodge when in full flow...

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 15:30 GMT)

rahul "THE WALL" dravid is the best thing cricket ever has to offer. sports are never for winning and loosing,its not records either, its just the sense of joy that exhilarate us, make us feel good , make us being connected to athletes that perform there. in case of dravid , when he batted you could feel the sense of calmness which is unmatched.When he batted he was just like a monk in his prayer,like a saint in his meditation. he was just like a dope to eyes to the eyes of his fans. dravid was not only a player but the best role model for children and youth.he has such serenity and peace with him yet so much intensity for his job. his selflessness,work ethics,his concentration and determination is and always will be the one which i would like to be instilled in me. he played for country not wanting to be the hero of hearts,staying in backdrop but still not compromising with his job. that is what makes a player and above that a man. for me he was, is and always will be simply the BEST

Posted by johnmichaelkane on (September 17, 2011, 15:04 GMT)

we see many Pakisthanis respect Dravid and many Indians respect Wasim just because they are talented and such gentleman...respect

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

A great loss 4 india cricket team...

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

a tribute to the greatest batsmen at the NO.1 slot in any format .... thanks rahul for all those memories which remain in our herats forever...

Posted by uglyhunK on (September 17, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

Can't remember a single outsanding innings by Dravid in ODIs. Help me out guys. Don't wanna be mean, but he s just decent player in non-tests

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 10:47 GMT)

A great loss for the India ODI team. Dravid deserved to be part of the rest of the ODI world cup winning team. Ganguly was right when yesterday he said that it was the biggest mistake to drop Dravid after the 2007 world cup. Lots of screw ups happened in the world cup; we all know that and it was wrong to drop someone of Dravid's class from the ODI squad. You will be missed. You were and still are Mr.Dependable. Dravid should play for another 4 years and then retire from the test arena. In my opinion he's one of the greatest batsman ever. I rate him higher than Sachin. Wish we could see him bat forever but we all know that's not possible.

Posted by harshthakor on (September 17, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

Remember,in addition to being a graet technician Dravid also posessed great wristwork.He was a combination of Gavaskar and Vishwanath with some unorthodox strokes in his repertoire.The one day game also needs great presence of mind and that is why again Dravid came out on top.In the final overs at times he was devastating and he could superbly manipulate the ball with his wrists.Dravid has proved that the one day game needs as much tenacity and strength in the mind where Dravid was the ultimate champion.Mohinder Amarnath was similar examplewhen India won 2 world titles in 1983 and 1985.Arguably Dravid amongst the top 3-4 one down batsman of all time with his superb ability to adapt in all conditions.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

Any 1 comparing Dravid with Lara, Inzi, Yousuf, Tendulkar, Ponting or Ganguly must consider that Dravid never 1 matches on his own & the names mentioned above not only won matches but the likes of Lara, Inzi & Yousuf who batted in middle order like Dravid were match finishers. Dravid always needed some 1 to make runs from other hand while he just rotate the strike just like Chandarpaul who never win matches for windies but has a fantastic record to speak. Nothing personal with Dravid he is a fantastic player but with limited ability.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

the mister dependent!!! the walll!!!! words cant express the carreer of Rahul Dravid !!! he is the best when it comes to help and is better than any batsman in india or even one among the best in the world!!!! we will really miss him in one day matches i can assure that when you lose something ,only then you know the value of it !

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 7:22 GMT)

He is really a great batsman..... truly a team player.... 1000 times better than SRT when it comes to selflessness and team objectives....

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

A decent batter.H e is one of those typical south asian style batsman with a smooth Technique ...likes of yousaf,Kohli, yunos( among the recent ones).They are treat to watch when play drives.We Miss him.

junaid .Karachi

Posted by Karthik_1982 on (September 17, 2011, 2:52 GMT)

Dravid's lots of matching winning was with partnership with Yuvi, that wasn't mentioned here. Yuvi grew as a greats of ODI becoz of dravid...

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 22:12 GMT)

Dravid is Technically Very Very sound player. i Really Appreciate what he contribute for his Team & Nation. because he is a kind of player which team rely. Great Time you Spend for Entertain Cricket Lovers.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 21:21 GMT)

It is still a sad day for the ODI team as the selectors and team management knew "if we are playing in tough conditions, we can always call RD back". For all the people who say Dravid has no business in ODI, please get your facts rights. Scoring 10,800 runs in ODI is a massive feats - I am very curious to see how our so called future of India - our yuvis,virats, raina's will score when they end their career. That is when I would like to make the comparision and I am sure RD will still come on top. Dont get me wrong I am a fan of the Generation X Indian player, however I think for once we all should give the RD the credit he deserved to be 8th highest rungetter in ODI, 1 of the only 11 batsmen to score 5000 or more runs in wins at 50-plus averages, only batsmen to have two triple-century partnerships in ODI, and most importantly FOR BEING THE GREAT AMBASSADOR AND TRUE PROFESSIONAL AND A GREAT SPORTSMAN - ONE WHO PLAYS FOR THE COUNTRY AND not for advertisement deals. I truely will miss

Posted by US_Indian on (September 16, 2011, 18:49 GMT)

On one side the author says only blot in his otherwise remarkable ODI career is his average against the best team Aussies is 24.97 and on the other side he has mentioned 3 of ODI's better knowned players who had less averages against the same team so what is he trying to tell i dont understand. Dude just chill and take things as it is- he is the best indian batsman to come out in all formats, truly selfless unlike Sachin/Saurav, truely sensible & responsible unlike Sehwag, if you can name just one player who can bat against all odds that got to be Rahul Dravid-no one else.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 18:20 GMT)

Cheers! Good Stats. Enlightens a lot of us. Adios Amigo Dravid from all cricket lovers for your very very good contribution to One Day Cricket.Do continue with test matches for many years to come.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (September 16, 2011, 17:53 GMT)

Should time really move on that, one day in the future, we will have test cricket also without Dravid and Kallis? How cruel life and time can be!

Posted by inswing on (September 16, 2011, 17:52 GMT)

Dravid's ODI importance has always been underappreciated. A litmus test of someone's cricking knowledge is to ask them about Dravid. If they say "Dravid plays too slow", it's a fail. Dravid lent invaluable solidity to the batting line up while scoring at a very good rate. Saved India on innumerable pressure occasions while batting lower down the order (which reduces the average). Sacrificed himself as an opener and even as a WK in the interest of the team. I would put him in the all-time India ODI team in a heartbeat. When all the glamour boys a gone caught at boundary, who's left to save you? Dravid. Hat's off to a great ODI player.

Posted by aus_sore_losers on (September 16, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

Rahul Dravid=Hard Work redefined!!! Take a Bow true gentleman of the game...one among few like SRT, VVS, Amla etc...

Posted by srikanth.ramoji on (September 16, 2011, 15:48 GMT)

My all time favourite batsmen. He is perfect batsmen with style. He maintained great character through out his career. He is so special can frustrate any bowling in the world which I like about him. His wicket gives others match that means other than Indian can remember him a lot. As long as he is there others won't think they will win. A person who scores more runs considered to be legend then Dravid deserved to be called as Legend also. Hopefully fe will start academy and bring many more players like his character and batting skills into Indian cricket team.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 14:46 GMT)

...and we thought he can't play one-day cricket..Sigh!

Posted by jayray999 on (September 16, 2011, 14:38 GMT)

@Ajay8: I agree. Platitudes sound heartfelt and hyperbole understated, when applied to Dravid. And on that note, as Sergius Saranoff would doubtless have remarked, had he preferred cricket to cavalry charges, "What a man! Is he a man!"

Posted by sarathy_m2 on (September 16, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

Lovely article which articulates precisely about Rahul Dravid's achievements in ODIs. He played a crucial character in Indian Cricket Drama for the past 15 years. He actively integrated cricket skill and human values to deliver the maximum. His passive roles in team-building, partnerships and won/loss-matches were not appreciated by many. But whole-heartedly everyone will salute this WARRIOR ever.

Posted by crktcrzy on (September 16, 2011, 13:23 GMT)

Being a Pakistan supporter, Dravid is my favorite Indian player ever. He will always be missed, almost brings tears to my eyes to think of the time when he says goodbye to test cricket. What a great player and what a true gentleman!

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 13:17 GMT)

The Wall Olwayz Standz Tall N Will Olwyz Be. We Owe You Sir Rahul Sharad Dravid.*Love* *Respect*The Wall Olwayz Standz Tall N Will Olwyz Be. We Owe You Sir Rahul Sharad Dravid.*Love* *Respect*

Posted by s_rayaprolu on (September 16, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

Same for me as well. I switch off the TV set the moment Dravid gets out. For me he is the greatest player India has ever produced

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

Just love him,,my most favourite hero.

Posted by Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on (September 16, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

Man, what a legend.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

Dravid is the best batsman India has ever produced.Unlike Sachin, he is flexible to the needs of the team.Sachin rarely scores in crucial matches. Dravid excels under pressure like vvs.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

I have seen God. He bats at number three in the indian test match team. A gentleman, champion, legend and role model for all aspiring batsmen. There will never be another like you Rahul Sharad Dravid.

Posted by AjayB on (September 16, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

I have always liked Dravid and have tremendous amount of respect for him. Some of the often used platitudes such as "when the going gets tough, the tough get going" and "form is temporary, class is permanent" - ring very true with Dravid. Another thing that these stats highlight is, it is perhaps his self-less attitude with the team and easy going attitude is what caused the selectors to play havoc with his position in one days. I recall at least two fighting innings in one-days from him, albeit lost causes, where one look at his face said - this man is not giving up. It is a trend of the times and thought processses that people like Dravid will never get their due. Flash and swagger is important and not class nowadays. Perhaps the advent of Dhoni hastened Dravid's departure from one day team, but besides Ganguly and Tendulkar this man has done so much for Indian ODI cricket that mere articles can never completely high-light. Salute to him and the best of luck.

Posted by anand32026 on (September 16, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

THE GREAT INDIAN "THE WALL",WE ALL SALLUTE U FOR U R CONTRIBUTION IN ODI CRICKET.... AND ALSO TEST CRICKET...TOO. RD WE ALWAYS REMEMBER U AS A GENIUS CRICKETER AND GREAT SPORTSMAN.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 11:37 GMT)

What a gentleman and a legend! You'll be missed sir!

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

well always ok nt always bt when india will b in trouble well remember u

Posted by Kothandaram on (September 16, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

One of the best batsmen India has seen, without a doubt. His early struggles in ODIs made many wonder if he was cut out for the shorter version. but he re-tooled his game and tuned himself to the rigours of the ODIs and was an out standing player for India in LOIs too. Who can forget his wonderful outings in the 1999 WC and a selfless move to don the big gloves in the 2003 WC as India made it all the way to the Finale. yet, it was not fair on the part of the selectors to pick him for the ODIs vs England when he had indicated that he was no longer ready to play 50-overs cricket...

Posted by GRAMMY_SACHIN on (September 16, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

What a Player and richly deserves the Farewell. I wish him all the very best for his future, and thank him for all the joy he brought to all of us through his wonderful cricket. I still remember how he struggled in the initial years in ODI's and later became one of the all time great in ODI (In test he is already a Legend). This is an ample proof to everyone that if you are good at Test Cricket, then you can adapt to any forms of the game and not vice versa as Raina & Kohli & others are finding out. My request to BCCI & all active & future cricket players, to develop your skills for the TEST matches, and the rest will automatically follow with adaptation / fine tuning. CHAK DE JAMMY WALL

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 9:19 GMT)

a great batisman and a great sportsman , I salute you mr legend...............

Posted by Joby_George on (September 16, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

The Best Batsman India Had ever produced, the real patriot who represented the country by giving everything. He gave everything to indian cricket, was not after his own records, kept wickets for india, was shuffled to all the positions when some players get injured. We Love you Dravid, We will miss you in indian colors now. You are the best technical player india had ever produced..WE SALUTE YOU THE WALL..GOD BLESS YOU.

Posted by FAB_ALI on (September 16, 2011, 8:38 GMT)

No doubt he is one of the very best! He has always put team first and played for team's cause. I wish India wins this last one-day and Dravid hits the winning runs. ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA!!

Posted by FarrukhShahzadAli on (September 16, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

He was better then he was always given credit for in ODI career. If you see his batting stats and captaincy record they speak volume about his abilities . I am a big fan of Rahul Dravid and his playing style . Even while Hitting a 6 he keeps his technique and style. Rahul always scored where the conditions were the toughest and the team needed runs . A team's person, cricketer by birth and a true sportsman. I salute Rahul Dravid :)

Posted by Baundele on (September 16, 2011, 8:16 GMT)

Dravid's exit makes me sad. If I were a cricketer, I would have wanted to be a Dravid.

Posted by Sudhakar86 on (September 16, 2011, 8:06 GMT)

Along with Gavaskar and Kapil dev the big 3 (Sachin,Sourav,Dravid) will remain the all time greats. Those people are in a a league of their own.

Posted by bharath74 on (September 16, 2011, 7:34 GMT)

one of the best batsman India has ever produced. I am glad that you will be playing tests for a while.

Posted by DAHSUT on (September 16, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

UNDOUBTABLY THE GREATEST BATSMEN THE WORLD WILL EVER SEE. IN THE WORDS OF SHAKESPEAR, " A SUN HAS SET"

CANT IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT THE GREAT INDIAN

" WALL"

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (September 16, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

One of the greatest player of all time. All the best to his last ODI game.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (September 16, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

As a huge Dravid fan, I am so happy today. Now selectors can't treat him the way they are treating him. Sending him an SOS when they need him in tough conditions and then spitting him out like chewing gum. I think he was so underrated because he was not a boundary hitter. His overall strike rate and average in ODIs are only a little less than Ganguly. It might as well be a little higher if you exclude minnows but somehow people think Ganguly was loads better ODI player than Dravid.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

My thanks to S.Rajesh for the EXCELLENT write up on Rahul Dravid.

Of the 343 matches that Dravid played, 160 were in winning causes, and his contribution in those matches was pretty significant: 5729 runs at 50.69, which makes him one of only 11 batsmen to score 5000 or more runs in wins at 50-plus averages. A wonderful achievement indeed!

Between 1999 and 2004, apart from scoring tons of runs Dravid also kept wicket in 73 ODI's, including at the 2003 World Cup. In those 73 games Dravid scored 2300 runs. Among wicketkeepers only MS Dhoni has a higher average. Dravid's debut as wicketkeeper was memorable! In the 1999 World Cup game against Sri Lanka, he smashed 145 off 129 balls and was in a 318-run stand for the second wicket with Ganguly. Glorious batting by WALL!

Cricket is a Gentleman's (Gentlewoman's also) game and Rahul Dravid has played accordingly! His contribution to Indian cricket is significant!!

I wish Rahul Dravid "Success in all walks of life."

Best batting av

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 6:18 GMT)

a selfless cricketer.. a role model.. an inspiration for me.. for me cricket is dravid... never expected him to play odi's after 2009 so this has been a bonus... hope he signs of with a pretty gritty performance.. thanks for the memories rahul...

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

read this.. to know dravid gr8nes

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (September 16, 2011, 5:58 GMT)

Didn't feel this depressed since Sanath and Murali Retired from Test cricket.... Feel that I will have a bigger blow when Kallis, Tendulkar, and Dravid all retire from Test cricket in the next 2-3 years

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

for me cricket would come to halt after dravid bids adieu from International level....he has been an inspiration for my life.....love him.....

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 4:58 GMT)

No doubt a great player who formed the nucleas along with Sachin and Ganguly for years which propelled Indian cricket from mediocrity to greatness. These three will be sorely missed in the coming years.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 4:53 GMT)

NICE TO SEE HIM OFFICIALLY RETIRE . HE DESERVES THAT.

Posted by AjaySridharan on (September 16, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

Great article...thanks for bringing out the excellent stats of this silent warrior who is no less a champion than the best that India has produced. He was highly underrated as an ODI performer...though the stats speak for themselves. Easily, Mr.Dependable was a class act, and wasn't too bad a wicket keeper either. The guy's versatility and pride in playing for his country, which showed in his willingness to don many hats, are unmatched...not even Tendulkar can compare to that kind of dedication. I will miss Dravid on the playing field. I hope he takes up commentary as a profession once he hangs up his playing boots. He will be one fine commentator with great insights.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 4:38 GMT)

nice to se dravid getting a farewell he deserves it.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 4:18 GMT)

Rahul Dravid nicknamed as Jammy in dressing room and "The Wall" by his fans is one of the most technically sound batsman of his generation, and his retirement will mark an end of an era. Hope to see Rahul Dravid, playing one of his best innings in the 5th and last ODI match against England at Cardiff, and give atleast something good to talk about this dreadful Indian tour to England where the Indian team is still winless.

Posted by RahulDravidGuys on (September 16, 2011, 4:16 GMT)

Hi Rahul,

Its really hard to digest the fact that gone r the days where i sit in my living room enjoying ur incredible batting along with my family who though have a little knowledge in cricket explaining them about u and eventually u became an household name in my home(although millons of homes)............................We Miss u a lot RAHUL

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 4:09 GMT)

you are really boss for cricket both formats.i always follow your style.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 4:07 GMT)

Well Being a big Fan of Rahul, Today i feel very Sad that we are no more going to see Rahul in India Blues, what a Player.... Atribute to his temperment.. I still rememebr the days when he struglled to scroe runs in Onedayer and the way he bounced back to show the world what his talent iss.... One Portion of the Wall in Indian cricket is coming down Today.....

Signing off with a Heavy Heart.....

Posted by kitten on (September 16, 2011, 3:40 GMT)

Well done, Dravid. You have done India proud in both formats of the game. May your remaining years in the Test arena be very fruitful, and thanks again for all the enjoyment, and wonderful memories you have given to me, and countless cricket lovers over the world. May you always have good health and happiness in your life.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 3:38 GMT)

A true legend and a role model.No other words to say

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 3:19 GMT)

Rahul Dravid, the rare fighter among all the so called great cricketers in the Indian Team. The only man with a responsible heart, a real leader, a great human being and the fighting spirit! .............

Posted by demon_bowler on (September 16, 2011, 3:14 GMT)

What a truly great cricketer, and a really lovely guy to boot. Hope he makes a hundred tomorrow (but that England still win, of course).

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