If anyone present after Ricky Ponting of Australia, who can perform captaincy with perfection while maintaing his class in batting, the he is Rahul Dravid of India. When the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Laxman gave in to the pressure of leading the team, it was Rahul Dravid who took over and is seeing it through with a commendable courage.
His cool composure and the burning hungry desire for victory is what drives his approach towards the game. His un-provoked yet aggressive style of leadership is what is lacking in other Asian teams. His resolve even after getting a ignominious thrashing in the recent world cup is still intact and he is looking forward for a revival.
His calculated and text-book batting is undoubtedly one of the perfect in the Indo-Pak subcontinent. When he plays it stays played. His batting number is one of the most difficult one. His performance is very crucial and nail biting. His responsibility gets more grave in the presence of Sachin Tendulkar. Captaining Indian team in the presence of a giant like Sachin is an awesome task. Rahul is from Indore and born on 11th January, 1973. He is a stylo right handed beauty, who has played for India, Karnataka and Kent. He has got a fine flare for wicket keeping and serviced in this department for a considerable time for India. He is surely a fighter, a knight of Indian team.
Rahul has been one of the main mainstay of the Indian batting line up with his amalgamation of technical proficiency and paragon shots. His strokes are so perfect technically that he is considered as the “wall” of the Indian Team. In 2000, Rahul Dravid was named as Wisden cricketer of the year. He has also got the accolode of ICC Test Player of the Year 2004 and ICC Players of the Year 2004. His temperament is excellent for ODIs as well as in the test matches. Rahul Dravid on Sunday May 4, 2003 married Vijeta Pendharkar, a doctor from Nagpur.
Rahul Dravid has played 109 test matches and 319 ODIs. His test average is staggering 57.46 and he has scored 9366 runs in all tests. His strike rate is 42. He has made 24 hundreds and 47 fifties in test matches. In ODIs he has scored 10301 runs and his average is more than 40 with the strike rate of 71. He has scored 12 centuries and 79 fifties in ODIs.
Rahul is considered as a spectacular bridge between the past and present. His old class style with the strong shade of modern agility is a unique treat to watch. Like Sachin Tendulkar India is very highly unlikely to get another Dravid in a very long future.More on:Australia, India, India in England 2007, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Wisden
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