West Indies v India, 1st Test, Kingston, 3rd day June 22, 2011

Important to weather the storm - Dravid

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There is an element of gravitas about Rahul Dravid that escalates on days like this. The hands hold the bat tighter, his visage gets more determined, the eyes drip with intensity, the self-admonishments when he plays a shot he thinks he shouldn't have increase, and he drags you with him into the match. You can feel the pressure of the scoreboard, the match situation, the misbehaving pitch, and the whole drama. It's his battle, but you can feel the intensity.

"I love a contest," Dravid said. "It's because I love the contest [that] I still enjoy the sport. It's also good for me because we found ourselves a bit against the wall, and I had to fight my way through it … at this stage of your career you play because you love the contest, and [want] to make an important contribution to the team. It's a satisfactory feeling when you are in the middle of a situation [like this] and make a difference."

Early in the morning, Ravi Rampaul tested Dravid's patience and skill. Some deliveries cut in from outside off, some straightened and a few reared up. "He kept things tight for me and it was a good contest. I knew I had to get through that 7-8 over [period] of good quality from him. But you need to back yourself to fight through it rather than throwing it away."

He also had to take care the younger batsmen didn't throw it away. Late last evening, Dravid had to watch Virat Kohli being hustled by Fidel Edwards' bouncers. He repeatedly walked across to chat with his younger partner. He did that today as well with Kohli - who didn't last long - and the others that followed. "One of the things I tell these guys [the young players] is that you have to weather the storm, the intensity of a particular spell, that will last for 6-10 overs. In Test cricket you need to fight your way through that, and then things will become easier. You can get caught up a bit with things happening in the middle, people making a lot of noise, the ball flying around or spinning past you … I have committed that mistake, and thinking becomes really hard. But if you fight your way through that period, things will become a bit easier, like a bowling change or the bowlers will get tired."

That he did. In the end, West Indies had to find a way around him to get at India. Dravid was the last man to fall. It was an observation from Ravi Rampaul, that was shared by Darren Sammy at the press conference, that told the tale of Dravid's determination. "Ravi told me that Dravid played just one pull shot. That too, when he was on 98." And it came at a time when he was in danger of running out of partners. Even then, it was followed by self-admonishment. "Yeah, obviously it was partly because of the pitch, and also because of the situation we found ourselves in," Dravid said, about playing just one pull. "We knew that we have to set up a pretty decent score from [where we were at] 50-odd for three. They bowled pretty well also. So it was a combination of factors that made me a bit circumspect; I had to ensure that I was there till the end, and make sure that we got a competitive score."

Dravid is not getting any younger - how taxing does it get, especially when there are long breaks between Test series'? "It was tough physically, especially coming off after a long journey and getting up early in the morning," he said. "It was pretty hot out there, and I have not played a Test in a long time. You can do as much training as possible: sit on a bike in gym and run laps around the ground. But for [complete] batting and fielding fitness … you need to have practice.

"Yes, it has been very challenging. If you do it consistently then you'll get a rhythm. With these breaks, I guess it takes some more time to get into it [the rhythm]. But it's not easy for someone like me who needs to bat long - I sweat a lot - so physically and mentally, it has always been a good contest. That's why I work hard on my fitness. I have the past experience to fall back upon", Dravid said.

Sammy was lavish in his praise. "Dravid has scored over 10,000 [Test] runs. He knows exactly what to do in these kinds of situations." Dravid hoped that his effort will culminate in a win. "It's [Sabina Park] a lovely place to tour, I have had some very good experiences as we won a Test match last time. So I hope this innings helps us to win this as well."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 24, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    What a fantastic knock by the man! Take a bow! Why should the Windies ask this man to concentrate with more intensity by asking him to bat on such a pitch? That's just asking for trouble. The world has seen these knocks from him time and again. The world knows it by now that an intense cricketer like Dravid will go into an impenetrable shell of his own enigmatic world when presented with such super-human challenges and will live his whole life for such days. I also feel that such pitches actually make him happy because when he sees such pitches, he would be rearing to prove to his own soul about himself. I haven't seen the greats of 1920s-40s. I have been watching cricket from late 70s and I'm of the opinion that there is no other batsman in the world who can match Dravid in technical brilliance, from the cleanest defense to the cleanest and elegance personified pick up flick. You name it. I'm sure Dravid attained Nirvana when I myself could attain it watching him bat in this test.

  • on June 23, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    yeah kindly appreciate the innings rather than saying negative abt it pls :) and stop comparing sachin to dravid , or dravid to laxman or vice versa etc, all r gud all r gr8 actually and why comparing when all r playing for the same country i.e India. actually we all must be happy tht when one of the trio fails the other rise to the occasion , like if sachin fails dravid laxman fight it out, same when dravid fails or laxman fails, and not only they the others too play well so tht's the hallmark of a no.1 team . so appreciate all and pls stop comparing but as far as dravid's innings goes , stunning innings wht patience temperament calmness, phenomenal stuff and the words he advised to the youngsters priceless, bet the new guys would learn from it and come better equipped to the 2nd test but yeah hoping dravid continues this form forward to all the rest tests :) he deserves this :) wht a gentleman wht a player hats off :)

  • on June 23, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft its because of ppl like you tht boards end up preparing flat tracks where batsmen can score blindly without any technique and u guys call that "entertaining' to a lot of cricket lovers like us....a gritty century like this one by Dravid ranks much higher than a quickfire century from a pathan or a raina! u shud stick to watching t20.....stay away from test cricket and ur comment saying that he is just a useful test player shows ur understanding of the game. Dravid will rank among the top 5 in any great batsmen list!

  • Bruce_Johnson on June 23, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    India has shown again in this test match why it is by far the best cricket team in the world. More important than the victory itself is the manner in which India has achieved it. Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina's fighting 7th wicket 134-run partnership, Dravid's determined 2nd innings century, Indian bowlers' complete domination over the West Indian batsman -- are all hallmarks of greatness and testimonies of this mighty Indian team's never-say-die attitude.

  • WTEH on June 23, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    WI bowling and feilding is almost as a club team now. This might be the easier century Dravid got. I'm not sure why ICC want to keep WI with test status, may be to help other countries to get new records. Looks like the test match will be over within 2 1/2 days. Not sure be happy or sad about it. Pls do not ruin the standards of cricket!!!

  • on June 23, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    England should be forewarned by this.. Really.. The last thing they need is RD finding form.. With Sehwag and Gambhir seeming to be fit for the tour.. With Sachin back.. and with VVS Laxman (he doesn't need form, only the most impossible of situations) in the top 5... Hmmm.. Anderson, Tremlett, Swann would have quite a handful! Not mention Zaheer Khan bowling in his 'home' conditions!

  • diva1234 on June 23, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    congrats dravid, u r the best. congrats india. guys please dont use the word wall for dravid. when he battles u can see. walls dont respond and they are not alive. its a mis-nomenclature.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 23, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Why would anyone try to say anything negative about this innings ? Because they don't want to appear to be part of the all singing herd ? Well, if you can't appreciate something for what it is and you derive your feelings as a reaction from the reactions, you need a shrink! This was one of the greatest Dravid centuries. Period.

  • shashidharbilagi on June 23, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Nostalgia for me, i remember d day, it was exactly 15 yrs back on d same day 22/6/96, he first came out to bat n scored 95 at Lords, and what a Fanatstic knock to celebrate 15 yrs of cricket on d same day 22/6/11 with century no 32 at Sabina Park, 12 more tests waiting in 8 months from now, m looking forward only for U, way to go RAHUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 23, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    BCCI will do all sort of experiments with the team except asking Dravid and Laxman to play in One days when rest of the senior players are injured.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 24, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    What a fantastic knock by the man! Take a bow! Why should the Windies ask this man to concentrate with more intensity by asking him to bat on such a pitch? That's just asking for trouble. The world has seen these knocks from him time and again. The world knows it by now that an intense cricketer like Dravid will go into an impenetrable shell of his own enigmatic world when presented with such super-human challenges and will live his whole life for such days. I also feel that such pitches actually make him happy because when he sees such pitches, he would be rearing to prove to his own soul about himself. I haven't seen the greats of 1920s-40s. I have been watching cricket from late 70s and I'm of the opinion that there is no other batsman in the world who can match Dravid in technical brilliance, from the cleanest defense to the cleanest and elegance personified pick up flick. You name it. I'm sure Dravid attained Nirvana when I myself could attain it watching him bat in this test.

  • on June 23, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    yeah kindly appreciate the innings rather than saying negative abt it pls :) and stop comparing sachin to dravid , or dravid to laxman or vice versa etc, all r gud all r gr8 actually and why comparing when all r playing for the same country i.e India. actually we all must be happy tht when one of the trio fails the other rise to the occasion , like if sachin fails dravid laxman fight it out, same when dravid fails or laxman fails, and not only they the others too play well so tht's the hallmark of a no.1 team . so appreciate all and pls stop comparing but as far as dravid's innings goes , stunning innings wht patience temperament calmness, phenomenal stuff and the words he advised to the youngsters priceless, bet the new guys would learn from it and come better equipped to the 2nd test but yeah hoping dravid continues this form forward to all the rest tests :) he deserves this :) wht a gentleman wht a player hats off :)

  • on June 23, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft its because of ppl like you tht boards end up preparing flat tracks where batsmen can score blindly without any technique and u guys call that "entertaining' to a lot of cricket lovers like us....a gritty century like this one by Dravid ranks much higher than a quickfire century from a pathan or a raina! u shud stick to watching t20.....stay away from test cricket and ur comment saying that he is just a useful test player shows ur understanding of the game. Dravid will rank among the top 5 in any great batsmen list!

  • Bruce_Johnson on June 23, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    India has shown again in this test match why it is by far the best cricket team in the world. More important than the victory itself is the manner in which India has achieved it. Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina's fighting 7th wicket 134-run partnership, Dravid's determined 2nd innings century, Indian bowlers' complete domination over the West Indian batsman -- are all hallmarks of greatness and testimonies of this mighty Indian team's never-say-die attitude.

  • WTEH on June 23, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    WI bowling and feilding is almost as a club team now. This might be the easier century Dravid got. I'm not sure why ICC want to keep WI with test status, may be to help other countries to get new records. Looks like the test match will be over within 2 1/2 days. Not sure be happy or sad about it. Pls do not ruin the standards of cricket!!!

  • on June 23, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    England should be forewarned by this.. Really.. The last thing they need is RD finding form.. With Sehwag and Gambhir seeming to be fit for the tour.. With Sachin back.. and with VVS Laxman (he doesn't need form, only the most impossible of situations) in the top 5... Hmmm.. Anderson, Tremlett, Swann would have quite a handful! Not mention Zaheer Khan bowling in his 'home' conditions!

  • diva1234 on June 23, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    congrats dravid, u r the best. congrats india. guys please dont use the word wall for dravid. when he battles u can see. walls dont respond and they are not alive. its a mis-nomenclature.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 23, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Why would anyone try to say anything negative about this innings ? Because they don't want to appear to be part of the all singing herd ? Well, if you can't appreciate something for what it is and you derive your feelings as a reaction from the reactions, you need a shrink! This was one of the greatest Dravid centuries. Period.

  • shashidharbilagi on June 23, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Nostalgia for me, i remember d day, it was exactly 15 yrs back on d same day 22/6/96, he first came out to bat n scored 95 at Lords, and what a Fanatstic knock to celebrate 15 yrs of cricket on d same day 22/6/11 with century no 32 at Sabina Park, 12 more tests waiting in 8 months from now, m looking forward only for U, way to go RAHUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 23, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    BCCI will do all sort of experiments with the team except asking Dravid and Laxman to play in One days when rest of the senior players are injured.

  • on June 23, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    dravid...all i can say

    HATS OFF 2U

    hard 2 imagine test match aftr u,achin,laxman retires

  • crisspyman on June 23, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    These days its really boring to see India's slow medium bowling....No talent whatsoever..Fidel is exciting in Windies....Indian fastspinners are boring to see

  • YouTwitFace on June 23, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Here's a question that will never feature on Ask Steven. The first lines of the article regarding the grip, visage and especially the self-admonishment are quite similar to another article I'd read maybe years back. So Cricinfoscions, Googlers, Facebookers - Can anyone search out the article that I think these lines have been inspired from?

  • on June 23, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    those who love test stay here. If you want T20 or ODI cricket this aint the place. And no more Dravid-Sachin discussion. Dravid is the classic batsman with style. Sachin is never there in comparison in style with Dravid. But Sachin is the best batsman ever. But style, you better see Dravid's batting..

  • on June 23, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    TO THE DUDE WHO SAID 100 IN 250 BALLS IS BORING. YES ITS NOT EXCITIING . BUT IT SEEMS DIFFICULT TO WIN THIS TEST MATCH WITHOUT IT .TEST MATCH IS SURVIVING BECAUSE OF PLAYERS LIKE SEHWAG BUT ALSO DRAVID.AFTER ALL DHONI COULD BARELY MANAGE 15(HE IS A FINE CAPTAIN THOUGH) .

  • cricfan2007 on June 23, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Among second inn performers who really swing the fate of the test match, laxman tops the list and dravid is probably next.

  • on June 23, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    @Triple_A: "They rank him almost equal to Sachin, Kallis and Ponting" -- you kidding me??? almost equal??? He is much better than ponting any given day and when you compare him with Kallis --the determination could be the same, but the beauty of the style puts him way ahead and Sachin -- think about the matches saved/won by contributions. Dravid is ultimate!! and Yes!! I'm a Dravid fan and proud to be one!!

  • Siddharth_zenox on June 23, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Yesterday I did understand something... but it is not about Dravid been compared to Sachin (or any great for that matter) or how Dravid taught the youngsters or how Dravid silenced his critics (ofcourse he does it always)... But what will I do seeing a test match after Dravid has gone from cricket.. :(:( Best innings by any standards... This guy cannot be stopped and definitely CANNOT be REPLACED!!!

  • sameer111111 on June 23, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Wonderful innings sir. U are truly an all time great. The way you handled Amit Mishra was great. that's the right way to play with tailenders. As much as I admire Sachin, i was shocked to see in the first match of the SA series how he exposed the tailenders to Steyn and Co once he got his century in order to remain notout and increase his average.

  • rockz.andy on June 23, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Raina and Kohli both struggled and against short balls they should improvise if kohli+raina together scores an 100 the match situation will be different raina just throwed his wicket away so does dhoni

  • Bullcats on June 23, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Had Dravid fallen for a duck, WI would be sitting pretty @ 83 to win with 7 wickets remaining !!!

  • on June 23, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft go get yr share of IPL and T20s kid... that is how one should play when you are on day 3 and wickets are tumbling at the other end with kids trying to play the brand of cricket you like.. he dint was not playing to entertain you; he was playing for his country to win!

  • sameer111111 on June 23, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Congrats to the best batsman India ever produced.

  • Bullcats on June 23, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @ Maruthu : There was never any need to score fast ! All that was required was to score, irrespective of the pace of scoring, and that's precisely what he did ! Remember he is playing after a long lay-off. Had he tried to score fast (which wasn't needed in the first place) he may have fallen early like others and then you would rue the low target that would have been set !

  • on June 23, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    rely njoyd dravid's long innings...was lik watchin an epic movie...definitely one of his best...!he improvd his battin,.just wen othr ppl r out of form ...!The Wall rox!

  • on June 23, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    So proud to have Dravid, Tendulkar, and Laxman in Indian team. As Indian fans, we are truly lucky!

  • doors666 on June 23, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Another great innings by arguably the best indian test batsman india has produced in the past couple of decades. I think for this, he fights with laxman and sehwag, not sachin. If sachin was playing this match, he probably would've made 15 runs.

  • screamingeagle on June 23, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    It is because of Dravid and a FEW others like him that cricket is called the GENTLEMANS game.............

    Well played dravid, hope you stick around playing test for some more time.

  • Triple_A on June 23, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Over 90% of cricket lovers admire Dravid's attitiude and commitment towards the game. They rank him almost equal to Sachin, Kallis and Ponting...its only a few no brainers who create a lot of noise over his age and some rare lean patches of form. I hope BCCI don't unceremoniously drop him from the team, and that he is given a grand farewell from all Indians in the world by next year...but I feel stalwarts like the WALL should continue to be associated with Indian cricket (batting coach, anyone?)...after all, he does rank among the top 10 batsmen of all time.

  • Arpra on June 23, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    People (typically the ones who do not follow Indian cricket) like to talk about Indian batsmen being flat track bullies. It is a convenient stereotype fuelled by years of foreign conditions mediocrity by the Indian batsmen. However, I think in Dravid, Sachin and VVS we have 3 of the top 5 'difficult pitch' batsmen in the world right now. We should savour this till it lasts. The next set of T20 brigade do not like they are any good when the ball is doing things.

  • Joby_George on June 23, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    I Still believe that Dravid can still contribute in ODI's. He is a class player, an ikon of cricket which he has accomplished by dedication and hard work over years. Young players like Kohli and Pujara needs to learn from Dravid's determination and love towards the game. There were times when peoples in india hped for indian vistories in test cricket only because of Dravids presence where he made one side indestructible. A true patriot. We want to see you scoring more runs for India… we love you Dravid..The greatest Wall of India

  • ARIF3011 on June 23, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    "Dravid played just one pull shot in the innings that too when he was at 98". Ravi mentioned this to Darren. This is prime example of patience, self control and determination, that is all about Test cricket. This separates men from boys. Those who were riding glory until few weeks before in IPL T20 were struggling, and looking towards The Wall for playing once again the saviour's role. He did it again. Those who reject Test Cricket must remember - any cricketer who is considered today among The Greats of all time, has to prove himself in Test cricket. I remember one player who has done exceptionally well in ODI but has never got the status of being one of The Greats - Micheal Bevan, just because his Test career was short and ordinary. Long Live Test Cricket!!!

  • Pankaj_Thakur on June 23, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    In fact, it was great inning, because India must needed inning has been played by Rahul Dravid, it was nice ti watch dravid has come 1st down and got out as a last batsman, therefore it prove about his concentration & class of batting, good Mr. Rahul keep playing such a good inning & better then for india.... all the best, best of luck, god bless you..... Now its turn of Indian blower & fielders to get early wicket & win the match, because if they would be able to play 4th whole day then they may also win this match, hence ball& field well & win the match..... Great inning Mr. Rahul Dravid.........

  • shravkumar on June 23, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    He adds one more to the list: Headingley, Adelaide, Rawalpindi, Jamaica(06), Perth and Jamaica again. No doubting his match-winning credentials. Better of course than Tendulkar..arguably.

  • on June 23, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    For Cricket's sake, stop playing ODIs....T20 is now a cash cow and no one will stop it. For Cricket to survive, Test has to survive. If the test has to survive, we need quality players. Let us develop Cricketers to play tests and entertainers/jokers to play T20. By eliminating ODI, we create a vast difference in playing style and it will to develop real cricketers and it will help Test Cricket. Sometime ago, Vijay, Badri, Rohit, Ambati are tagged as Players for Tests only...These players grown seeing the greats like Gavasakar, Azhar, Sachin and they had aims to be a good Test Players...Even these types are struggling to stay in Tests. Keeping this in mind, I am not sure what will happen to next generation players...T20 is killing Cricket. We will be missing these type of TONs in another 5-6 years around the world and the REAL Cricket will DIE.

  • AjitNarayan on June 23, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Just another day at the office for Dravid!

  • on June 23, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Barring the odd intellectually challenged comment, most of the people on this forum understand Cricket. And what a lesson Dravid taught everyone! Playing on a difficult wicket, egging the youngsters on and concentrating ball after ball. No wonder Sportstar had to devote an issue to The Euclid of Cricket! To think that there are demands for his head from idiots who have never played even book cricket! All that has to be said about Dravid's innings has been said here. Yet we have people who carp about the chance put down by Sammy. Good that Dravid has luck in his favor sometimes, because he has been intensely unlucky with lbw decisions, catches behind wicket when ball passes bat and glove and sundry other ways. He needs to be around, just to have a few surviving honorable gentlemen in the game.

  • on June 23, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Rahul Dravid has been India best test batsman for almost a decade and a half now, especially when test matches get to this situation. He is usually ably supported by Laxman who surprisingly failed this time. This is Dravid's 32nd test century of which more than half has contributed to winning occasions for India. Nonetheless, because of this special love affair that some people in cricket have going on with Tendulkar, his is the name you hear them touting up with great players - even though only three of his 51 centuries have been of any significance to India in terms of winning efforts; and after he played for 3 straight years and 8 months without doing anything whatsoever for India - averaging 31! All that time to now Dravid and Laxman have been keeping India's name flying on the cricket map. Sachin's 51 centuries would have kept his name in the books but India off the map. I think that it is more than time that Dravid be given his fair due. 'Wins are the only records worth having'

  • on June 23, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    @Rajhesh Ragu: I totally agreed with your comments. Dravid deserves to be called as one of the "Legends of cricket" and cricinfo should update Dravid's profile with "Legends of cricket" icon.

  • on June 23, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Another classic innings and a lesson to youngsters how to play cricket.The real test of a batsman/bowler is Test cricket (though it may not be for a fielder) and Rahul Dravid has again proved why he is THE WALL.Only those say that he can't play ODI's or T20 who knows nothing about cricket.We need players like Dravid,Laxman not the mere hitters of IPL/T20s to keep the spirit of cricket alive....

  • Pathiyal on June 23, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Brilliace on display again. he was not so affluent this time, got a life, took his own time to settle down and to complete a hundred but his match winning experience was doing the talking throughout his innings. WI bowlers bowled brilliantly not giving the batsmen to open up. it was interesting to watch the contest.

  • D.Sharma on June 23, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft.. stick to Twenty20s mate. That's where the so called "entertainment" is. If you can't enjoy a gritty, fighting innings, then you're watching the wrong form of the game. Enjoy your 100s in 50 balls.

  • on June 23, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    @Maruthu: how many batsman can hit centuries on these sort of unplayable pitches..credit to his skills that he lasted these many deliveries..this is what is known as real cricket..and in this present era, only dravid,kallis are the one who can play on any pitches no matter who the opposition..

  • on June 23, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    There is noone as Awesome as Dravid - The Wall...

  • homerr on June 23, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    india gonna lose the match !!!

  • concerned_cricketer on June 23, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    All youngsters out there, this was a masterclass for you. If you are aspiring to bear the mantle of being an India test cricketer and be successful, then remember this innings from Dravid and try to emulate him. In today's age of fast food, fast money, fast cricket and fast everything, this is the kind of lesson we will find hard to come across. It will be hard to even come across people like Dravid. I can only hope and pray that such people in every country be at the right place at the right time and be selected into their national teams so that all of us can look forward to such treats. I had to do pranayama (breathing exercise in Yoga) a few times when watching this yday to calm my self down and get the impatience out of my system.

  • on June 23, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Well done Dravid. You are one of kind of player who promot our hatred feeling to T@0 / IPLthingy. Because of T20, a common pepole believes Rahul Dravid is not a good player. But, a common people doesn't understand cricket.You can't be competed. You can't be replaced. Cricket is made because of you. And you are serving the cricket. I am not sure, if any of youngster says that he want to be like "Dravid". Everyone wants to be successful in T20 format. It is like seeing a movie with full of action with some adult matrerials in very short time vs seeing a movie with a very unique story so you missed one scene / dialouge, you'll not get it.

  • on June 23, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Great innings Rahul. You showed why T20 & ODI's arent a real test of batting talent. I strongly believe you show still be a part of the ODI's but Dhoni's men have proved that we dont need strong technique & temperament to win ODI's.

  • Rahul_78 on June 23, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Ahh...THE WALL......Literally! Lots of respect...!

  • on June 23, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Whenever Chappell comes out with an article calling for his head for the sake of younsters, Dravid comes out with a Master Class, earlier against Newzealand and now in Windies

  • Midonoff on June 23, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Good performance when needed.

  • rockz.andy on June 23, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/28114.html?class=1;template=results;type=batting;view=innings

    This shows he is not much consistent from the past few years will be a part of any cricketer;s struggle Its a well deserved hundred at the right time. hope india will win the match mishra played well yesterday i had a feeling if india wins it will be the mishra dravid patnership will be the margin of winning

  • on June 23, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    wat a knock by dravid he when gets going his bat is wall and players like kholi,pujara,sharma should learn from the trio as when they retite atleast can do 50% of what they did hopefully more

  • on June 23, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    That 6 of bishoo is for the critics. Fetch that!!!! Its a typical dravid innings. Watta player.. He has proved time and again that he gets going wen the going gets tough... Masterclass knock from the gentleman. At 38, he is not ready to give up. young indian players definitely need lessons from this legend. He always take the backstage n still remain the cynosure.. CRICINFO: Please include "Legends of cricket" icon to his profile.. Its high time..

    News channels were talking about cameo from mishra.. As usual RD was no where.. We fans know what he is capable of ... Complete team man to the core !!! Wall - Hats off !!!

  • sameer997 on June 23, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    really well played by dravid patient and patience is the key in tests

  • on June 23, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    why people want dravid to retire and want sachin to play more n more? Dravid has better record than sachin. If sachin gets out "the ball was unplayable". But for dravid, "his great days are over". we have too many unwanted sachin fans in the globe. You all please retire from cricket when sachin retires. that will be good for cricket.

  • MaruthuDelft on June 23, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    A century in over 250 balls! Whatever the situation a great player should make interesting watching; Dravid does not. Mind you, it is such players who are causing Test Cricket struggle to maintain its audience; Dravid is guity of it. Don't call him great; he is just a useful player in Tests.

  • on June 23, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Really classy innings again. The way he keeps the composure is what i admire the most. We are privileged to see three of the greatest cricketers Sachin, Laxman and Rahul playing for India for such a long time. Time and again Dravid proved his importance to the team despite the talks doing the round for his retirement and giving ways for youngsters.Rahul, Laxman and Sachin please carry on for few more years so that we can continue to enjoy test cricket.

  • unicornsg on June 23, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Again THE WALL proved with modesty

  • on June 23, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Well done Jammy! Hoping for a resounding victory over windies as your hard work on the field would be paid off sans any deficit only then!

  • on June 23, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    There is no other man in earth to bank upon other than Mr. WALL. Great display. A true champion.

  • on June 23, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    commited, consistent, classy innings from Mr. Consistent.commited, consistent, classy innings from Mr. Consistent.

  • on June 23, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Well done rahul "The Wall" Dravid, great couple of innings a 40 and then a tonne. Really showed the young guns they have to hang in there and not throw the wicket so easily. Especially Virat he needs to not throw away his wicket with loose shots.

  • RISHI2016 on June 23, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Dravid does it again.. I think this year would be as good as the year 2009 for him... where he started the classic century against lanka... and perhaps we can stop discussing when should he retire.. wid all the superstars around him.. he has slowly climbed the mountain... and maintained himself at top... great work done Jammie

  • on June 23, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Most admiring Indian player ever...

  • indianpunter on June 23, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    good on ya, dravid. On your first overseas hundred in 5 yrs ( outside bangladesh). great innings, though i am not convinced yet about the second wind. your real test will come in england against bowlers of much more class. if you can hold your own there, maybe you can retire with your head held high.

  • SportsAce on June 23, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Trust Dravid to stand out in such conditions, as he has repeatedly done throughout his career. Wonder if the youngsters in the team have the stomach to grind it out the way he has and the good sense to know that it is the only way to succeed at the highest level. Temperament, concentration, patience and skill, not necessarily in that order, are the ingredients for success in a test match and guys like Kohli, Vijay and Raina must consider themselves lucky to play alongside the veterans (Dravid/Laxman/Tendulkar) and use the time to soak up their experience.

  • sircha on June 23, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    What a man! He is well and truly the GREAT WALL OF INDIA!

  • cnksnk on June 23, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Much before he was given the titel of WALL, he was called Rahul, the ROCK, Dravid. Well the ROCK is Rocking. In any other generation the toast would have been Dravid's. Unfrortunately for him and fortunately for India he plays in the times of the genius called Tendulkar and hence has probably not got the recognition that he deserves. Well true Class is like the proverbial master card Advertisment - What value do you put to it. I only hope that folks do not start taling of age as a factor and expect Dravid to retire. Who do we have as an equivalent No3... Keep going Rahul... All of us who view test cricket as the true form of the game enjoy your game and will go miles to see it....

  • cricket_for_all on June 23, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    It was excellent good knock with the pressure.

  • on June 23, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Dravid - The Wall. Who will we bank on once you are gone?

  • Meety on June 23, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Good for Dravid that he got his ton, particularly as his collegues weren't that impressive. I think the 100 will be good for Dravid, but maybe not so good for India mid term. I think Dravid needs to retire soon (12mths). Innings like this one may encourage him to keep on going. -- -- -- India will probably win this test, as I can't imagine the Windies would be far from a massive collapse. That being said I think Chanderpaul is the man for the occasion & I think Bravo is ALMOST BC Lara incarnate. Less then 200 runs to get & 7 wickets in hand - the match is deliciously poised. I think they'll need Sharma & Singh to do the bulk of the bowling to win this - although Kumar & Mishra's dibbly dobblers may prove difficult. -- -- -- Love to see the WIndies (underdogs) get up & win, but I think a man of the match performance by Dravid in a winning cause would be nice for him. -- -- -- If Gayle is available for the 2nd Test, what would the batting line up be? Simmons or Nash out?

  • on June 23, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Well done dravid.... England get ready the wall is set and raring to go :-)

  • on June 23, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    What a great knock considering the match situation. He is truly a legend. I think Virat, Raina and other youngster should learn a lesson or two from him. All the best to Dravid and India, just keep doing the great work.........

  • on June 23, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Very well played innings....India wil definatly win this match....

  • KapilYogesh on June 23, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Dravid proved yet another time... The WALL

  • anver777 on June 23, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    A great century from a great player in his 150th test................another milestone in his career .... its gonna be a interesting finish today !!!!!!!

  • on June 23, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    The great wall has again stood the time.

  • mm71 on June 23, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    For all the folks who felt Badri or Abhinav or Virat or Rohit can replace Dravid, this was a timely reminder. I remember after one good performance from Amit Mishra, how the media hounded Kumble & he announced his retirement, the next match. Now see if we are better off without Kumble. Ganguly was harrassed into retirement & we still are not sure after 3 years if Yuvraj or Raina or Pujara is to replace him. I hope better sense prevails with folks when handling Dravid or Laxman or even Tendulkar. These folks cannot be replaced.

  • kirangupta on June 23, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is a legend and should play for as long as he can as when tendulkar and sehwag retire he will be the mentor

  • Rupix on June 23, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    The Wall stands Tall...Yet Again!

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  • Rupix on June 23, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    The Wall stands Tall...Yet Again!

  • kirangupta on June 23, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is a legend and should play for as long as he can as when tendulkar and sehwag retire he will be the mentor

  • mm71 on June 23, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    For all the folks who felt Badri or Abhinav or Virat or Rohit can replace Dravid, this was a timely reminder. I remember after one good performance from Amit Mishra, how the media hounded Kumble & he announced his retirement, the next match. Now see if we are better off without Kumble. Ganguly was harrassed into retirement & we still are not sure after 3 years if Yuvraj or Raina or Pujara is to replace him. I hope better sense prevails with folks when handling Dravid or Laxman or even Tendulkar. These folks cannot be replaced.

  • on June 23, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    The great wall has again stood the time.

  • anver777 on June 23, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    A great century from a great player in his 150th test................another milestone in his career .... its gonna be a interesting finish today !!!!!!!

  • KapilYogesh on June 23, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Dravid proved yet another time... The WALL

  • on June 23, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Very well played innings....India wil definatly win this match....

  • on June 23, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    What a great knock considering the match situation. He is truly a legend. I think Virat, Raina and other youngster should learn a lesson or two from him. All the best to Dravid and India, just keep doing the great work.........

  • on June 23, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Well done dravid.... England get ready the wall is set and raring to go :-)

  • Meety on June 23, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Good for Dravid that he got his ton, particularly as his collegues weren't that impressive. I think the 100 will be good for Dravid, but maybe not so good for India mid term. I think Dravid needs to retire soon (12mths). Innings like this one may encourage him to keep on going. -- -- -- India will probably win this test, as I can't imagine the Windies would be far from a massive collapse. That being said I think Chanderpaul is the man for the occasion & I think Bravo is ALMOST BC Lara incarnate. Less then 200 runs to get & 7 wickets in hand - the match is deliciously poised. I think they'll need Sharma & Singh to do the bulk of the bowling to win this - although Kumar & Mishra's dibbly dobblers may prove difficult. -- -- -- Love to see the WIndies (underdogs) get up & win, but I think a man of the match performance by Dravid in a winning cause would be nice for him. -- -- -- If Gayle is available for the 2nd Test, what would the batting line up be? Simmons or Nash out?