Thursday, August 18, 2005
Backbone of Indian Cricket Team
A right-handed batsman in the classical mould, Dravid produces elegant, technically correct strokes, seldom going through the air, and accumulates runs at a steady, moderate pace. He is a throwback to the batsmen of an earlier era who value correctness over flair. He has been nicknamed "The Wall" by the media due to the solidity of his batting.He is also a occasional wicketkeeper ,his bowiling style is Raight-arm offbreak He has scored 20 centuries in Test cricket at a phenomenal average of 57.86, including 5 double centuries, whilst in one-dayers he has an average of 40.06 at an acceptable strike rate of 69. He is one of those few batsmen who average more at away matches than at home, averaging about 10 more runs a match abroad than on Indian pitches. Dravid's only Test wicket was that of Ridley Jacobs in the fourth Test against the West Indies during the 2001-02 series.
He is backbone of Indian cricket team. Dravid's golden phase began, arguably, in Kolkata 2001, with a supporting act, when he made 180 to supplement VVS Laxman's classic effort of 281 against Australia. Dravid was already in the pantheon of great Indian batsmen, alongside Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar.Current runs in Test: 7696 & ODIs: 8319.
The same toughness will go into his new innings as captain of the Indian team.