Internet Desk: India’s cricketing legend Rahul Dravid has turned 45 today. During the era of “Fabulous Five”; Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag all of them helped the nation to reach new heights in World cricket, but during many times Dravid had saved the team from defeat and that’s why he has been called as “The Wall” of Indian cricket. According to many cricket pundits he is probably the greatest batsman that India has ever got. Here we will discuss about 5 reasons about why Dravid should probably be called the greatest Indian batsman ever.
1. Mostly Dravid was regarded as a recognized Test batsman due to his style of play, he proved everyone wrong for the very first time when he played a knock of 145 runs in just 129 deliveries against neighbors Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup. He ended the tournament with a record score of 461 runs which was the most of the tournament.
2. The second Test at the Eden Gardens back in 2001 against Australia will always be India’s one of the greatest come back in the history of cricket. In the second innings Rahul Dravid’s brilliant knock of 180 runs along with VVS Laxman helped India to beat the Aussies in a dramatic encounter. They both shared a partnership of 376 runs which laid the foundation of India’s win.
3. During India’s tour of England back in 2002, Dravid scored 148 in the first innings in a four-match Test series against England in 307 balls at Leeds. He scored 602 runs in the series which helped him to get the man of the series award.
4. While touring to Australia back in 2008, Dravid hit 93 in 183 balls in the first innings of a Test match which helped India to win the match by 72 runs. He played this knock in a match where every other Indian batsman scored less than 29 runs in that innings.
5. Though India lost the Test match against England back in 2011 at London but Rahul Dravid’s unbeaten knock of 146 runs in the first innings will always be remembered as one of his best knocks of all-time. When all the batsmen fell cheaply against English bowling, Dravid was the lone warrior for the visitors in the first innings.