It is always difficult when you are given an option to select the Best knocks by Rahul Dravid as there are many.Here is few of my favourites,
1. 180 vs Aus, Kolkata 2001
Termed as one of the greatest comeback of test cricket.After Australia’s 1st innings score of 445 runs India were dismissed cheaply for 171 runs.With Australia enforcing follow on India were 232-4 in 2nd innings when out of form Dravid coming at no.6 joined Laxman.Saving the match looked impossible though VVS & Dravid fought really hard.They had answers for good bowling attack comprising Warne, Gillespie & co.Along with VVS’s record breaking 281 Dravid’s hard fought 180 turning 376 runs stand made India to a commendable 657/7d.And it’s bowlers job to bowl out Aus for 212 to a historic win in tests.
2. 223 & 72* vs Aus, Adelaide 2003
After Eden garden, it’s Dravid Laxman show once again this time in overseas conditions.After Australia’s mamooth 556 India lost top order for 85-4 .Dravid and VVS then went on 303 run stand for 5th wicket while VVS got out for 148 Dravid continued his masterclass.With his classy defence & strokes it’s Dravid who smashed strong Australian bowling line-up.Dravid went on to score 233 and was last wicket to fall.India made a commendable score of 523.Indian bowlers bowled out Aus for 196 in 2nd innings.India needing 230 runs to win went on to win by scoring 233-6 with Dravid scoring another well deserved 72* n.o.
3. 270 vs Pak, Rawalpindi 2004
India has never won a test series in Pakistan before.Batting 1st Pakistan was restricted to 224 all out by Indian fast bowlers.India started the innings by losing in-form Sehwag in the first ball.Then came Dravid ‘The Wall’ who made good partnerships with Patel, VVS, Ganguly & Yuvraj. Dravid, who has not done much throughout the series stood strong & determined to play long innings.Dravid batted for 12hrs making a hard fought 270 of 495 balls.His knock helped India a massive 600 runs.Pakistan in their 2nd innings were bowled out for 245. India winning by 131 runs & an innings and later clinched the historic test series 2-1.
4. 148 vs Eng, Leeds 2002
It was sourav’s bold decision to bat first in a typical English condition.With Sehwag falling early Dravid came in at no.3 to put partnership with Sanjay Bangar.On a seaming & swinging track Dravid exhibited great technical skills to dominate the tricky condition.Leaving the balls outside off and playing shots when bowler missed his lengths, it was a innings of great ex. how a test innings should be played under such conditions.Dravid went on to make 148 before he was out by a rare stumping in his test career.After Tendulkar and Ganguly scoring a well made hundred each India declared at 628/8d.Then it was Indian bowlers to put their quality performance to bowl out Eng for 273 & 309(follow-on).India winning by an innings & 46 runs Dravid was adjudged ‘man of the match’ for his crucial contribution despite Sachin scoring 193.
5. 81 & 68 vs WI, Kingston 2006
It was aganist the in form & deadly bowling attack in deadly pitch of Kingston.Dravid proved yet again he is the hero when coming to deadly bowling attacks in difficult conditions.Batting 1st India managed to score only 200 runs.With Indian batting line-up tumbling in one end Dravid stood in other end showcasing his class & technique scoring hard fought 81 of 215 balls.Harbhajan’s 5-wicket haul restricted WI to 103 runs.With a lead of 97 runs India only managed to score 171 in their 2nd innings.It was the wall Dravid again who helped India with his contribution of 68 of 166.In return Kumble’s 6 for helped IND to restrict WI for 171 runs.India winning a good test match Captain Dravid was the praise of everyone for his quality innings.
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