Saturday, July 01, 2006

Rahul Dravid crosses another milestone

The Indian team may be finding the going tough in the last test match against West Indies. They were bundled out for a paltry 200 runs in their first innings, after electing to bat first. From here on, Dravid may find it too difficult to save the test match and the test series.

But, as a batsman, Dravid has performed once again. His solid 81 and Kumble's 45 were the consolations in the Indian innings. I cannot think what would happen to this Team India if Rahul was not there. He slowly and steadily has moved up in the list of all-time highest run scorers in test cricket. When he scored his first run in the innings, he overtook Graham Gooch to move to the sixth place in the list.

He has now scored 8981 runs in test cricket. He is behind only to the current West Indian captain Brian Lara (11468 runs), Allan Border (11174 runs), Steve Waugh (10927 runs), Sachin Tendulkar (10469 runs) and Sunil Gavaskar (10122 runs). In my opinion, Rahul is certainly the most consistent of all these batsmen. He is averaging at 58.70 and all others are behind him; Tendulkar (55.39), Lara (52.36), Gavaskar (51.12), Waugh (51.06) and Border (50.56).

Good Luck to Dravid in the ongoing test match. I am certain that he will go a long way in terms of run scoring.


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