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Tendulkar’s unique distinction is tests while batting at number four

Tendulkar’s unique distinction is tests while batting at number four

SR Tendulkar is the only batsman in the annals of test cricket to aggregate 6000 plus runs on home soil and away soil while batting at number four. He has amassed 6409 runs on home soil and 7083 runs on away soil

H/A Mat Inns NO Runs HS C HC 0
Home 92 138 13 6409 217 20 28 3
Away 87 137 14 7083 248* 24 30 8
Partnerships in one day internationals – some interesting observations

Partnerships in one day internationals – some interesting observations

The following are the six pairs of batsmen who have partnered 5000 plus runs in one day games. Two Indian pairs – Kohli-RG Sharma and S Dhawan-RG Sharma are set to join these six pairs.

No Partners Team Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50
1 Ganguly/Tendulkar Ind 176 3 8227 258 47.55 26 29
2 MJaya’dene/Sangakkara Srl 151 7 5992 179 41.61 15 32
3 Dilshan/Sangakkara Srl 108 6 5475 210* 53.67 20 19
4 Atapattu/Jayasuriya Srl 144 5 5462 237 39.29 14 26
5 Gilchrist/Hayden Aus 117 3 5409 172 47.44 16 29
6 Greenidge/Haynes Win 103 4 5206 192* 52.58 15 25
                   
1 Kohli/RG Sharma Ind 080 5 4878 246 65.04 18 15
2 Dhawan/RG Sharma Ind 109 1 4847 210 44.87 16 14

AC Gilchrist-Hayden have partners 45 fifty plus runs partnerships in the history of one day internationals. Ganguly-Tendulkar have partnered 44 fifty plus runs partnerships. These two pairs are the only two pairs to partner fifty plus runs partnerships on 40 plus occasions.

No Partners Team Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50 50+
1 Gilchrist/Hayden Aus 114 3 5372 172 48.39 16 29 45
2 Ganguly/Tendulkar Ind 136 2 6609 258 49.32 21 23 44

The following are the three pairs of batsmen who have partnered 5000 plus runs for the first wivket in one day games. Indian pair – S Dhawan-RG Sharma are set to join these three pairs.

No Partners Team Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50
1 Ganguly/Tendulkar Ind 136 2 6609 258 49.32 21 23
2 Gilchrist/Hayden Aus 114 3 5372 172 48.39 16 29
3 Greenidge/Haynes Win 102 4 5150 192* 52.55 15 24
                   
1 Dhawan/RG Sharma Ind 107 1 4802 210 45.30 16 14

The following are the five pairs of batsmen who have partnered fifty plus run partnerships on 40 plus occasions. for the first wicket in one day games. Indian pair – Ganguly-Tendulkar is the only pair to partner fifty plus  runs partnerships on 50 plus occasions – to be exact 55 occasions

No Partners Team Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50 50+
1 Ganguly/ Tendulkar Ind 176 3 8227 258 47.55 26 29 55
2 Jaya’dene/Sangakkara Srl 151 7 5992 179 41.61 15 32 47
3 Gilchrist/Hayden Aus 117 3 5409 172 47.44 16 29 45
4 Atapattu/Jayasuriya Srl 144 5 5462 237 39.29 14 26 40
5 Greenidge/Haynes Win 103 4 5206 192* 52.58 15 25 40

The following table furnishes the pair of batsmen who have added most runs for each wicket in one day internationals.

Wkt Partners Team Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50
1 Ganguly/Tendulkar Ind 136 2 6609 258 49.32 21 23
2 Dilshan/Sangakkara Srl 086 3 4730 210* 56.98 19 15
3 Jayawardene,Sangakkara Srl 097 4 4116 179 44.25 10 23
4 PAde Silva/Ranatunga Srl 071 3 2542 143 37.38 04 14
5 Dhoni/SK Raina Ind 054 7 2421 196* 51.51 05 13
6 Dhoni/RA Jadeja Ind 039 5 1208 127* 35.52 02 04
7 CZ Harris/AC Parore NZl 033 3 0534 50 17.80 00 02
8 CZ Harris/Vettori NZl 019 6 0353 72 27.15 00 02
9 A Razzak/M Mortaza Ban 016 2 0298 53 21.28 00 02
10 M Amir/Saeed Ajmal Pak 004 1 0186 103 62.00 01 00

The following table furnishes the total partnerships runs scored for each wicket in the history of one day internationals.

Wkt Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50
1 8453 112 299101 365 35.85 634 1488
2 8380 218 299277 372 36.66 637 1497
3 8191 350 300545 258 38.32 613 1589
4 7864 491 264475 275* 35.87 463 1427
5 7377 589 217583 256* 32.05 265 1206
6 6772 655 160452 267* 26.23 122 0774
7 6061 790 117256 177 22.24 048 0504
8 5203 787 078564 138* 17.79 010 0237
9 4296 738 051687 132 14.52 008 0109
10 3345 718 030534 106* 11.62 002 0038

There are twelve pairs of batsmen who have played 100 plus innings and five pairs of batsmen who have played 90 to 99 innings in the history of one day internationals. All such pairs are tabulated below

No Partners Team Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50
1 Ganguly/Tendulkar Ind 176 3 8227 258 47.55 26 29
2 Jaya’dene/Sangakkara Srl 151 7 5992 179 41.61 15 32
3 Atapattu/Jayasuriya Srl 144 5 5462 237 39.29 14 26
4 NJ Astle/SP Fleming NZl 118 3 3814 193 33.16 09 17
5 AC Gilchrist/Hayden Aus 117 3 5409 172 47.44 16 29
6 Sehwag/Tendulkar Ind 114 2 4387 182 39.16 13 18
7 Jayasuriya/Kaluwitharana Srl 112 2 3352 129 30.47 06 19
8 S Dhawan/RG Sharma Ind 109 1 4847 210 44.87 16 14
9 Dilshan/Sangakkara Srl 108 6 5475 210* 53.67 20 19
10 PA de Silva/Ranatunga Srl 105 3 3802 153 37.27 08 18
11 Greenidge/Haynes Win 103 4 5206 192* 52.58 15 25
12 Haynes/RB Richardson Win 103 6 3908 167 40.28 09 21
                   
No Partners Team Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50
1 Inz-ul-Haq/M Yousuf Pak 99 7 4082 162 44.36 8 22
2 R Dravid/Tendulkar Ind 98 5 4117 331 44.26 11 14
3 AC Gilchrist/ME Waugh Aus 97 1 3992 206 41.58 8 20
4 DC Boon/GR Marsh Aus 96 1 3807 212 40.07 8 26
5 HM Amla/Q de Kock RSA 95 3 4300 282* 46.73 11 15

Ganguly-Tendulkar pair own the record for playing most number of innings – 176 – in the history of one day internationals followed by M Jayawardene-KC Sangkkara pair who has played 151 innings. These two pairs are the only two pairs  in the  history of one day internationals to play 150 plus innings.

No Partners Team Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50
1 Ganguly/Tendulkar Ind 176 3 8227 258 47.55 26 29
2 Jaya’ene/Sangakkara Srl 151 7 5992 179 41.61 15 32
One hundred occasions of 300 plus runs partnership in a test innings

One hundred occasions of 300 plus runs partnership in a test innings

The partnership of 361 runs between DA Warner and M Labuschagne for the second wicket in the test between Australia and Pakistan at Adelaide In Nov 19 provided the 100th occasion of batsmen posting a triple hundred plus runs partnership in the annals of test cricket. All such occasions are tabulated below

No Partners Wkt Runs I Team Opp Ground Date
1 JB Hobbs, W Rhodes 1 323 2 Eng Aus Melbourne 09.02.12
2 DG Bradman, WH Ponsford 4 388 2 Aus Eng Leeds 20.07.34
3 DG Bradman, WH Ponsford 2 451 1 Aus Eng The Oval 18.08.34
4 DG Bradman, JHW Fingleton 6 346 3 Aus Eng Melbourne 01.01.37
5 L Hutton, M Leyland 2 382 1 Eng Aus The Oval 20.08.38
6 SG Barnes, DG Bradman 5 405 2 Aus Eng Sydney 13.12.46
7 A Melville, AD Nourse 3 319 1 SAF Eng Nottingham 07.06.47
8 DCS Compton, WJ Edrich 3 370 1 Eng SAF Lord’s 21.06.47
9 DG Bradman, AR Morris 2 301 4 Aus Eng Leeds 22.07.48
10 L Hutton, C Washbrook 1 359 1 Eng SAF Jo’burg 27.12.48
11 ED Weekes, FMM Worrell 3 338 1 Win Eng Trinidad 17.03.54
12 DS Atkinson, CC Depeiaza 7 347 2 Win Aus Bridgetown 14.05.55
13 Imtiaz Ahmed, Waqar Hasan 7 308 2 Pak NZl Lahore 26.10.55
14 MH Mankad, P Roy 1 413 1 Ind NZl Chennai 06.01.56
15 MC Cowdrey, PBH.05. 4 411 3 Eng Win Birmingham 30.05.57
16 CC Hunte, GS Sobers 2 446 2 Win Pak Kingston 26.02.58
17 GS Sobers, FMM Worrell 4 399 2 Win Eng Bridgetown 06.01.60
18 EJ Barlow, RG Pollock 3 341 2 SAF Aus Adelaide 24.01.64
19 WM Lawry, RB Simpson 1 382 1 Aus Win Bridgetown 05.05.65
20 KF Barrington, JH Edrich 2 369 1 Eng NZl Leeds 08.07.65
21 WM Lawry, KD Walters 4 336 1 Aus Win Sydney 14.02.69
22 TW Jarvis, GM Turner 1 387 2 NZl Win Georgetown 06.04.72
23 Asif Iqbal, Mushtaq Mohd 4 350 1 Pak NZl Dunedin 07.02.73
24 AI Kallicharran, IVA Richards 3 303 1 Win Eng Nottingham 03.06.76
25 SM Gavaskar, DB Vengsarkar 2 344* 3 Ind Win Kolkata 29.12.78
26 GR Viswanath, Y Sharma 3 316 1 Ind Eng Chennai 13.01.82
27 J Miandad, M Nazar 3 451 1 Pak Ind Hyd-Pak 14.01.83
28 IVA Richards, RB Richardson 3 308 2 Win Aus St John’s 07.04.84
29 DI Gower, RT Robinson 2 331 2 Eng Aus Birmingham 15.08.85
30 GA Gooch, DI Gower 2 351 1 Eng Aus The Oval 29.08.85
31 J Miandad, Qasim Umar 3 397 2 Pak Srl Faisalabad 16.10.85
32 GR Marsh, MA Taylor 1 329 1 Aus Eng Nottingham 10.08.89
33 GA Gooch, AJ Lamb 3 308 1 Eng Ind Lord’s 26.07.90
34 MD Crowe, AH Jones 3 467 3 NZl Srl Wellington 31.01.91
35 J Miandad, Saleem Malik 4 322 1 Pak Eng Birmingham 04.06.92
36 AR Border, SR Waugh 5 332* 1 Aus Eng Leeds 22.07.93
37 MA Atherton, RA Smith 3 303 2 Eng Win St John’s 16.04.94
38 Saqlain Mushtaq, W Akram 8 313 2 Pak Zim Sheikhupura 17.10.96
39 GS Blewett, SR Waugh 5 385 2 Aus SAF Jo’burg 28.02.97
40 ST J’suriya, RS Mahanama 2 576 2 Srl Ind Col-RPS 02.08.97
41 Aamer Sohail, Inz-ul-Haq 3 323 2 Pak Win Rawalpindi 29.11.97
42 HH Gibbs, JH Kallis 2 315* 2 SAF NZl Christchurch 11.03.99
43 Ijaz Ahmed, Inz-ul-Haq 3 352* 2 Pak Srl Dhaka 12.03.99
44 JC Adams, BC Lara 5 322 2 Win Aus Kingston 13.03.99
45 JL Langer, RT Ponting 5 327 2 Aus Pak Perth 26.11.99
46 MS Atapattu, ST J’suriya 1 335 1 Srl Pak Kandy 28.06.00
47 R Dravid, VVS Laxman 5 376 3 Ind Aus Kolkata 11.03.01
48 AC Gilchrist, DR Martyn 6 317 1 Aus SAF Jo’burg 22.02.02
49 HH Gibbs, GC Smith 1 368 1 SAF Pak Cape Town 02.01.03
50 DS Lehmann, RT Ponting 3 315 1 Aus Win Trinidad 19.04.03
51 HH Dippenaar, JA Rudolph 3 429* 2 SAF Ban Chattogram 24.04.03
52 HH Gibbs, GC Smith 1 338 1 SAF Eng Birmingham 24.07.03
53 R Dravid, VVS Laxman 5 303 2 Ind Aus Adelaide 12.12.03
54 VVS Laxman, SR Tendulkar 4 353 1 Ind Aus Sydney 02.01.04
55 HH Gibbs, GC Smith 1 301 1 SAF Win Centurion 16.01.04
56 V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar 3 336 1 Ind Pak Multan 28.03.04
57 MS Atapattu, Sangakkara 2 438 2 Srl Zim Bulawayo 14.05.04
58 Inz-ul-Haq, Younis Khan 3 324 1 Pak Ind Bengaluru 24.03.05
59 CH Gayle, RR Sarwan 2 331 2 Win SAF St John’s 29.04.05
60 Mohd Yousuf, Younis Khan 3 319 1 Pak Ind Lahore 13.01.06
61 R Dravid, V Sehwag 1 410 2 Ind Pak Lahore 13.01.06
62 JN Gillespie, MEK Hussey 4 320 2 Aus Ban Chattogram 16.04.06
63 M J’wardene, Sangakkara 3 624 2 Srl SAF Col-SSC 27.07.06
64 Mohd Yousuf, Younis Khan 3 363 2 Pak Eng Leeds 04.08.06
65 PD Collingwood, KP Pietersen 4 310 1 Eng Aus Adelaide 01.12.06
66 M J’wardene, Sangakkara 3 311 2 Srl Ban Kandy 11.07.07
67 HM Amla, JH Kallis 3 330 3 SAF NZl Jo’burg 08.11.07
68 SC Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh 5 300 1 Ind Pak Bengaluru 08.12.07
69 ND McKenzie, GC Smith 1 415 1 SAF Ban Chattogram 29.02.08
70 R Dravid, G Gambhir 2 314 1 Ind Eng Mohali 19.12.08
71 M J’wardene, Samaraweera 4 437 1 Srl Pak Karachi 21.02.09
72 M J’wardene, P J’wardene 6 351 2 Srl Ind Ahmedabad 16.11.09
73 MJ Clarke, RT Ponting 4 352 1 Aus Pak Hobart 14.01.10
74 HM Amla, JH Kallis 3 340 1 SAF Ind Nagpur 06.02.10
75 MJ Guptill, BB McCullum 6 339 1 NZl Ban Hamilton 15.02.10
76 SCJ Broad, IJL Trott 8 332 1 Eng Pak Lord’s 26.08.10
77 SR Tendulkar, M Vijay 3 308 2 Ind Aus Bengaluru 09.10.10
78 BJ Haddin, MEK Hussey 6 307 2 Aus Eng Brisbane 25.11.10
79 AN Cook, IJL Trott 2 329* 3 Eng Aus Brisbane 25.11.10
80 IR Bell, KP Pietersen 3 350 1 Eng Ind The Oval 18.08.11
81 MJ Clarke, MEK Hussey 5 334* 2 Aus Ind Sydney 03.01.12
82 MJ Clarke, RT Ponting 4 386 1 Aus Ind Adelaide 24.01.12
83 HM Amla, JH Kallis 3 377* 2 SAF Eng The Oval 19.07.12
84 DM Bravo, MN Samuels 3 326 2 Win Ban Khulna 21.11.12
85 CA Pujara, M Vijay 2 370 2 Ind Aus Hyd-RGS 02.03.13
86 AB de Villiers, GC Smith 5 338 2 SAF Pak Dubai-DSC 23.10.13
87 BB McCullum, BJ Watling 6 352 3 NZl Ind Wellington 14.02.14
88 HM Amla, AB de Villiers 4 308 1 SAF Win Centurion 17.12.14
89 BJ Watling, KS Williamson 6 365* 3 NZl Srl Wellington 03.01.15
90 Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal 1 312 3 Ban Pak Khulna 28.04.15
91 UT Khawaja, DA Warner 2 302 1 Aus NZl Perth 13.11.15
92 SE Marsh, AC Voges 4 449 1 Aus Win Hobart 10.12.15
93 JM Bairstow, BA Stokes 6 399 1 Eng SAF Cape Town 02.01.16
94 V Kohli, AM Rahane 4 365 1 Ind NZl Indore 08.10.16
95 Mush Rahim, S Al Hasan 5 359 1 Ban NZl Wellington 12.01.17
96 MR Marsh, SPD Smith 5 301 2 Aus Eng Perth 14.12.17
97 DM de Silva, BKG Mendis 2 308 2 Srl Ban Chattogram 31.01.18
98 JA Burns, TM Head 4 308 1 Aus Srl Canberra 01.02.19
99 MA Agarwal, RG Sharma 1 317 1 Ind SAF Vizag 02.10.19
100 MLabuschagne, DA Warner 2 361 1 Aus Pak Adelaide 29.11.19
When Spin was the King

When Spin was the King

India have always featured prominently in any discussion about spin bowling, but never was this emphasis on spin greater than in the 1960s and 1970s, when four of their most celebrated slow-bowling exponents played together. There were high-quality spinners from India before – Subhash Gupte scalped 149 wickets at 29.55, and was rated better than Shane Warne by no less a player than Garry Sobers; Vinoo Mankad snared 162 at just over 32 and also contributed mightily with the bat; while Bapu Nadkarni was the king of thrift, taking 88 wickets and conceding 1.67 runs per over. However, when Bishan Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and S Venkataraghavan broke into the team in the 1960s, they established such a hold over the Indian bowling attack that for the next decade and more they became the core of the bowling unit, in all countries and conditions, to such an extent that India’s seam and swing bowlers became almost redundant.

It was a diet by spin for opposition batsmen, and yet there was plenty of variety in the menu to choose from. Bedi was the classical left-arm spinner with a smooth action and fantastic deception; Chandrasekhar was as unorthodox as Bedi was orthodox, bowling sharp topspinners, googlies and legspinners at almost medium pace; Prasanna and Venkataraghavan were both offspinners, but while Prasanna was guileful and crafty, Venkat was accurate and relentless. Together they defined the Indian bowling attack, on turning tracks at home and in seaming conditions abroad.

The overall stats for three of those four spinners are pretty similar: Bedi led in terms of matches played, wickets taken and bowling averages, but Chandrasekhar and Prasanna weren’t far behind. Venkat’s stats suffered in comparison to the other three – he averaged less than three wickets per Test – but his career economy rate of 2.27 shows he was tough to score off.

Chandrasekhar’s average was slightly higher than Bedi’s, but his strike rate was easily the best among them all. At his best he was probably the most unplayable of them, and he was the only one among the four who averaged more than four wickets per Test. India didn’t win too many overseas Tests during that time, but when they did, Chandrasekhar had a significant role to play in each: in five overseas wins he took six in an innings five times, and averaged 17.14.

Career stats of India’s four spinners

BOWLER TESTS WKTS AVE SR 5/10 W/T
Bishan Bedi 67 266 28.71 80.3 14/ 1 3.97
BS Chandrasekhar 58 242 29.74 65.9 16/ 2 4.17
Erapalli Prasanna 49 189 30.38 75.9 10/ 2 3.86
S Venkataraghavan 57 156 36.11 95.3 03/ 1 2.74

Apart from Venkat, the other spinners did pretty well overseas too. Chandrasekhar, Bedi and Prasanna all averaged less than 34 in away Tests, which is significantly better than India’s top spinner today: Harbhajan Singh’s away average is 38.83. The only bowler among the quartet who didn’t have much success abroad was Venkat, averaging more than 44 and taking only one five-for in 25 Tests.

The four spinners, home and away

BOWLER HOME WKTS AVE AWAY WKTS AVE
Bishan Bedi 30 137 23.99 37 129 33.72
BS Chandrasekhar 32 142 27.69 26 100 32.66
Erapalli Prasanna 22 95 26.94 27 94 33.85
S Venkataraghavan 32 94 30.64 25 62 44.40

Between December 31, 1966 and the end of 1978, India played 68 Tests, of which at least three of these four spinners played in 55. (In one Test, against England at Edgbaston, all four played but India lost by 132 runs.) In the 55 Tests, India’s record read thus: won 14, lost 25, drew 16. It doesn’t look all that imposing, but it’s a whole lot better than India’s Test record before they came along: in the 12 years before these four started playing together, between the beginning of 1955 and the end of 1966, India had won only seven out of 56 and had lost 19. The win-loss ratio thus changed from 0.37 to 0.56, an improvement of 51%.

Among those 14 wins were some pretty significant ones. In 1971, they won a Test in the West Indies for the first time, and followed that with their first win in England. On both occasions they won the series. The win in Port-of-Spain in 1976 is remembered mostly for the run-chase of 403, but the spinners did their job too, with Chandrasekhar taking eight wickets in the match and Bedi five. In Auckland in 1976, Chandrasekhar and Prasanna combined to take 19 wickets in the match as India won by eight wickets. And then there were the two wins in Melbourne and Sydney in 1977-78 – albeit against a depleted Australian team – which brought India back in the series after they lost the first two Tests. Overall, of the 14 Tests that India won, six were overseas.

India, before and during the spin quartet

PERIOD T W/L/D W/L BLG AVE
Jan 1955 to 30 Dec 1966 56 07/19/30 0.37 36.41
At least 3 of spin quartet 55 14/25/16 0.56 32.86

During this period when the spinners were in full flow, the role of pace in the Indian bowling attack was reduced to a bare minimum. In the 68 Tests between 1967 and 1978, spin contributed 766 wickets, an average of more than 11 per match. No team came close to that average, with Pakistan’s 6.46 being the next best. Spin also contributed almost 78% of the wickets that Indian bowlers took during this period.

Team-wise stats for spinners in Tests between Dec 31, 1966 and Dec 31, 1978

TEAM T SPIN W AVE Sr 5/10 SPIN W/T TWKTS
India 68 766 30.58 77.8 42/ 4 11.26 0987
England 112 575 29.10 81.0 26/ 6 05.13 1755
Australia 91 417 34.71 88.0 12/ 1 04.58 1509
West Indies 76 364 39.02 105.6 14/ 0 04.79 1148
Pakistan 46 297 32.09 79.7 11/ 2 06.46 0637
New Zealand 54 204 40.53 101.3 04/ 0 03.78 0725

And in the 55 matches when at least three of them played together, their numbers were pretty identical to those listed above – an average of about 11 wickets per match and 30 runs per wicket.

India’s bowling when at least three from the spin quartet played

T SPIN W AVE SR 5/ 10 SPIN W/T TWKTS %AGE
55 635 30.60 76.8 35/ 4 11.54 786 80.79

The four Indian spinners were among the best during this period, but there were a few others who were in that bracket. England’s Derek Underwood led the way in terms of both wickets and averages, taking 264 at an excellent rate of 24.34 runs per wicket. Bedi was next in terms of wickets, but Ashley Mallett, Australia’s offspinner, had excellent numbers too, averaging less than 28 for his 125 wickets. West Indies’ Lance Gibbs was the other offspinner in this list, taking 172 wickets in 47 games.

Spinners in Tests between 31 Dec 1966 and 31 Dec 1978

BOWLER T WKTS AVE SR 05/10
Derek Underwood 72 264 24.34 70.3 16/ 6
Bishan Bedi 64 259 28.52 80.0 14/ 1
BS Chandrasekhar 46 199 29.39 63.4 15/ 1
Erapalli Prasanna 47 185 30.16 75.3 10/ 2
Lance Gibbs 47 172 33.22 99.6 08/ 0
Ashley Mallett 35 125 27.95 73.0 06/ 1
S Venkataraghavan 35 99 35.39 93.4 02/ 0
Intikhab Alam 30 98 32.63 75.6 05/ 2

Playing four spinners in the same XI wasn’t a luxury India could afford, though, so three in the side was the staple. Here’s a look at how the spinners and the team fared when various combinations of three spinners played.

Bedi, Chandrasekhar and Prasanna

In the 24 Tests that Chandrasekhar, Bedi and Prasanna played together, India won seven and lost 12. Four of these wins were in two five-Test series when India fought back from 0-2 deficits to draw level, only to then lose the final match. The trio helped India beat West Indies in Kolkata and Chennai in the 1974-75 series, before they lost the last match in Mumbai, while that sequence of results was repeated in Australia in 1977-78 – wins in Melbourne and Sydney to draw level, followed by defeat in Adelaide to lose the series.

Among the three bowlers, Chandrasekhar and Bedi had identical numbers, taking just over 100 wickets at excellent averages. Chandrasekhar’s best was in that Melbourne game, when he took figures of 6 for 52 in each innings to finish with match figures of 12 for 104 – his best in his 58-Test career. Bedi took two six-fors as well, but in two matches, and with hugely contrasting results – 6 for 71 against England in Bangalore in 1977 (a match in which Chandrasekhar took six as well), and 6 for 226 in the Lord’s drubbing in 1974.

Among the three, the bowler with the least impressive stats in these 24 Tests was Prasanna, with only 61 wickets at an average of 40. His only five-for was against West Indies in that Chennai Test in 1974-75. And six times he finished wicketless in an innings despite bowling 20 or more overs.

Overall, in the 24 Tests that all these spinners played, they accounted for 266 out of 346 wickets taken by the Indian bowlers – a percentage of 76.88.

Tests that Bedi, Chandrasekhar and Prasanna played together

BOWLER T WKTS AVE SR 05/10
BS Chandrasekhar 24 103 27.81 060.1 08/01
Bishan Singh Bedi 24 102 28.34 071.7 05/00
Erapalli Prasanna 24 061 40.01 101.8 01/00
Together 24 266 30.62 074.19 14/01

Bedi, Chandrasekhar and Venkataraghavan

Bedi, Chandrasekhar and Venkat played together 18 times, and of those Tests, India won four and lost seven. A couple of those wins were especially famous: in 1971 at The Oval, India won a Test, and a series, for the first time in England; and in Port-of-Spain in 1976, India chased down 403, at the time the highest fourth-innings total in a win.

Among these three, Chandrasekhar was again the bowler who was the most influential in the two wins: at The Oval his 6 for 38 destroyed England in their second innings, while in Trinidad his 6 for 120 kept West Indies down to a manageable 359 in their first innings. Overall, though, Bedi was the most successful in these 18 Tests, with 85 wickets at 24.96. Venkat played a strictly supporting role in most of these matches, taking only 39 wickets at more than 40 each. Overall, these three bowlers took 208 out of 262 wickets taken by all Indian bowlers in the 18 Tests.

Tests that Bedi, Chandrasekhar and Venkataraghavan played together

BOWLER T WKTS AVE SR 05/10
Bishan Bedi 18 085 24.96 074.2 05/01
BS Chandrasekhar 18 084 29.25 065.3 06/00
S Venkataraghavan 18 039 43.82 118.8 00/00
Together 18 208 30.22 079.01 11/01

Bedi, Prasanna, Venkataraghavan

Prasanna didn’t do too well when he played alongside Bedi and Chandrasekhar, but his performances lifted when Venkataraghavan was around. In 13 Tests that he played with Venkat and Bedi, Prasanna took 61 wickets at less than 28. Venkat himself didn’t do too badly: though he took only 41 wickets, his average was the best among the three. Bedi was relatively less successful in terms of wickets, but his economy rate of 2.04 runs per over was the best among the three.

In these 13 Tests, India won only two and lost seven. One of the wins was against West Indies in Port-of-Spain in 1971 – Sunil Gavaskar’s debut Test. The three bowlers together picked up 145 wickets out of 181 that the Indian bowlers took – a percentage of 80.11.

Tests that Bedi, Prasanna and Venkat played together

BOWLER T WKTS AVE SR 05/10
S Venkataraghavan 13 041 27.19 068.8 02/00
Erapalli Prasanna 13 061 27.86 067.5 04/01
Bishan Bedi 13 043 34.11 100.0 02/00
Together 13 145 29.53 77.6 08/01

And finally, a look at the batsmen who excelled against India during this period. No one dominated them like Zaheer Abbas on India’s tour to Pakistan in 1977-78. In five innings his scores read thus: 176, 96, 235*, 34*, 42. In fact, that series hastened the end for the three spinners who played in that series: Chandrasekhar averaged 48.12, Bedi 74.83 and Prasanna 125.50. Prasanna didn’t play any Tests after that, Chandrasekhar played five and Bedi six. Venkataraghavan was around for much longer – till 1983, but in his last four series he wasn’t much of a force, averaging more than 50 in each of them. In fact, in his last 14 Tests he managed only 23 wickets.

The era of the four Indian spinners ended with a bit of a whimper, but while it lasted it was glorious.

ARTICLE COURTESY – S RAJESH OF CRICINFO.COM

Bhagawat Subramanya Chandrashekhar

Bhagawat Subramanya Chandrashekhar

Bhagwat Subramanya Chandrasekhar (informally Chandra; born 17 May 1945) is an Indian former cricketer who played as a leg spinner. Considered among the top echelon of leg spinners, Chandrasekhar along with E.A.S. Prasanna, Bishen Singh Bedi and Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan constituted the Indian spin quartet that dominated spin bowling during the 1960s and 1970s. At a very young age, polio left his right arm withered. Chandrasekhar played 58 Test matches, capturing 242 wickets at an average of 29.74 in a career that spanned sixteen years. He is one of only two test cricketers in history with more wickets than total runs scored, the other being Chris Martin. He was awarded the Padmashri in 1972

Chandrasekhar was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1972; in 2002 he won Wisden’s award for “Best bowling performance of the century” for India, for his six wickets for 38 runs against England at the Oval in 1971.

Chandrasekhar was born in 1945 in Mysore, where he had his primary education. He developed an early interest in cricket watching the playing styles of Australian leg spinner Richie Benaud. An attack of polio at the age of six left his right arm withered. At the age of 10, his hand had recovered and Chandrasekhar started playing cricket.

By that time his family relocated to Bangalore and he got an opportunity to play for “City Cricketers”. In an interview, Chandrasekhar stated that he joined up mainly to get a chance to play with the leather ball.  While playing on the streets of Bangalore, he had mainly used a rubber ball. While playing for the club, Chandrasekhar tried different bowling styles that also included fast bowling.  It was in 1963 that he decided to play as a leg spin bowler. His idea proved to be right as he was soon selected for the national side.

Making his Test debut for India against England at Bombay in 1964, he collected four wickets in the match. He was named the Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year the same year. Chandrasekhar was influential in setting up India’s first victory in England when he picked up six wickets for 38 runs at The Oval in 1971; the bowling was named the “Indian Bowling performance of the century” by Wisden in 2002. Wisden noted that, “Chandrasekhar was wonderfully accurate for a bowler of his type, and his extra pace made him a formidable proposition even on the sluggish Oval pitch.” His consistent bowling performances in 1971 earned him being named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1972.

In a Test against New Zealand in 1976, Chandrasekhar and Prasanna took 19 wickets and were crucial in setting up India’s win. Attributed to him is a famous umpire-directed quote, made during a day of bad decisions in New Zealand after several of his lbw appeals were given not out: “I know he is bowled, but is he out?” Chandrasekhar also played a major role in India’s victory in Australia in 1977–78. During that series he became the first bowler in test history to register the identical figures in a same test (6 for 52 in both innings).

Chandrasekhar had minimal batting skills, finishing with a Test average of 4.07. He was given a special Gray-Nicholls bat during the 1977–78 Australian tour with a hole in it to commemorate the four ducks he scored, and he has 23 Test ducks to his credit. He also holds the dubious distinction of scoring fewer runs (167) off his bat than wickets (242) taken in Test cricket; the only other cricketer with this distinction over a significant Test career is New Zealand fast bowler Chris Martin.

Honours and recognitions

Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year in 1964

Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1972

Padmashri in 1972[14]

Arjuna Award in 1972[15]

Three World records for V Kohli and SPD Smith in 2014-15 Test series between Australia and India

Three World records for V Kohli and SPD Smith in 2014-15 Test series between Australia and India

V Kohli and SPD Smith notched four hundreds each in this series to provide the first ever occasion of rival batsmen scoring four hundreds in a series constituting a world record

No Batsman Runs Opp Ground Series
1 V Kohli 115 Aus Adelaide 2014-15
2 V Kohli 141 Aus Adelaide 2014-15
3 V Kohli 169 Aus Melbourne 2014-15
4 V Kohli 147 Aus Sydney 2014-15
No Batsman Runs Opp Ground` Series
1 SPD Smith 162* Ind Adelaide 2014-15
2 SPD Smith 133 Ind Brisbane 2014-15
3 SPD Smith 192 Ind Melbourne 2014-15
4 SPD Smith 117 Ind Sydney 2014-15

V Kohli and SPD Smith notched four hundreds each coupled with 600 plus runs aggregate in this series to provide the first ever occasion of rival batsmen scoring four hundreds coupled with 600 plus runs in a series constituting a world record. V Kohli totalled 646 runs while SPD Smith aggregated 769 runs and both scored four hundreds in the series

V Kohli and SPD Smith scored three hundreds each in this series while leading their respective sides to provide the very first occasion of rival captains scoring three hundreds in a test series which is a world record.

No Batsman Runs Opp Ground Series
1 V Kohli 115 Aus Adelaide 2014-15
2 V Kohli 141 Aus Adelaide 2014-15
3 V Kohli 147 Aus Sydney 2014-15
No Batsman Runs Opp Ground` Series
1 SPD Smith 133 Ind Brisbane 2014-15
2 SPD Smith 192 Ind Melbourne 2014-15
3 SPD Smith 117 Ind Sydney 2014-15
Statistical tribute to Rahul Dravid

Statistical tribute to Rahul Dravid

Rahul Sharad Dravid known as Rahul to the cricketing fraternity was born on 11.01.73 at Indore, Madhya Pradesh and learnt his cricketing lessons in Karnataka. He was also nicknamed Wall by cricketing experts for his ability to stay at the crease.

Rahul’s exploits are too many and he is a Cricket Statistician’s delight. Here are few of his test records.

Rahul Dravid made his test debut against England at Lord’s in June 1996. He made 95 on his test debut, while another debutant SC Ganguly scored a hundred {131} on debut in this test. This Lord’s test has gone into the annals of test cricket as the second test in which two debutant batsmen scored a ninety and hundred. The first test was the Karachi test between Pakistan and Australia in Oct 1964 when two Pakistan debutants – Khalid Ibadulla {166} and Abdul Kadir {95} scored a hundred and ninety.

He has scored five double hundreds – 200 not out against Zimbabwe at Delhi in Nov 2000, 217 against England at The Oval in Sep 2002, 222 against New Zealand at Ahmedabad in Oct 2003, 233 against Australia at Adelaide in Dec 2003 and 270 against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in Apr 2004. His five double hundreds are in the progressive order of runs scored which makes him the only batsman to perform such a feat in the annals of test cricket.

He has scored a fifty and double hundreds on three occasions which is furnished below. He is the only batsman in the annals of test cricket to perform such a feat on three occasions

Player FI SI Team Oppn Ground Start Date
R Dravid 200* 70* Ind Zim Delhi 18 Nov 2000
R Dravid 222 73 Ind NZl Ahmedabad 08 Oct 2003
R Dravid 233 72* Ind Aus Adelaide 12 Dec 2003

He has scored hundred in each innings of the test match on two occasions – 190 and 103 not out vs. New Zealand at Hamilton in Jan 1999 and 110 and 135 vs. Pakistan at Kolkota in Mar 2005. He is the second Indian batsman after SM Gavaskar to perform such a feat on two or more occasions. SM Gavaskar has achieved this feat on three occasions

He is the only batsman in the annals of test cricket to aggregate 10000 plus runs while batting at number three. His has an aggregate of 10524 runs to his credit

He has scored 50 half centuries while batting at number three and is the only batsman to score 50 half centuries while batting at number three in the annals of test cricket

He holds the record for most number of fifties while batting number three. He has scored 78 fifties. He is one of the two batsmen who have scored 75 plus fifties while batting at number three in the annals of test cricket. RT Ponting is the other batsman who has scored 75 fifties while batting at number three.

He has scored ten nineties in tests and shares the record for most nineties with SR Tendulkar of India and SR Waugh of Australia

He has scored 5031 runs in India’s 56 winning tests. He is seventh batsman in the annals of test cricket to score 5000 plus runs in a team’s winning tests. He is the second Indian batsman to perform such a feat after SR Tendulkar who has scored 5594 runs in India’s 63 winnings tests

He is the third Indian batsman to aggregate 5000 plus runs on home soil. He has an aggregate of 5598 runs. The other two are – SR Tendulkar {6765} and SM Gavaskar {5067}

He is one of the two batsmen in the annals of test cricket to score 7500 plus runs on away soil. He has an aggregate of 7690 runs on away soil. SR Tendulkar with 8705 runs is the other batsman.

He has scored 36 half centuries on away soil and shares the record for most half centuries on away soil with SR Tendulkar who also has scored 36 half centuries

He is one of the two batsmen who have scored 21 or more hundreds on away soil. He has scored 21 hundreds; SR Tendulkar with 29 hundreds is the other batsman to score 20 plus hundreds on away soil.

He is one among the three Indian batsmen who have scored three double hundreds on away soil. Others are – SR Tendulkar and V Sehwag

He is one among the 16 batsmen in the annals of test cricket to score 15 or more hundreds on home soil. He has scored 15 hundreds on home soil. He is also the third Indian batsmen to perform such a feat, others are – SR Tendulkar {22} and SM Gavaskar {16}

He is one of the three batsmen who have been dismissed for a double nelson – 222 – in a test innings. He scored 222 against New Zealand at Ahmedabad in Oct 2003. Others are – GR Viswanath of India vs. England at Chennai in Jan 1982 and NJ Astle of New Zealand vs. England at Christchurch in Mar 2002

He is the only fieldsman to pouch 200 plus catches in the annals of test cricket. He has pouched 210 catches. He has pouched 112 catches on away soil and remains the only fieldsman to pouch 100 plus catches on away soil.

He is the only fieldsman in the annals of test cricket to pouch 50 plus cathes of two bowlers – A Kumble {55} and Harbhajan Singh {51}

He is one of the four batsmen who have scored 60 plus half centuries in the annals of test cricket. He has scored 63 half centuries. Others are – SR Tendulkar {65}, AR Border {63} and RT Ponting {61}. Thus he shares the second place with AR Border for most half centuies by a batsman – both of them scoring 63 half centuries

He stands third in the list of batsmen who have scored most fifties in the annals of test cricket. The three batsmen are – SR Tendulkar {116}, RT Ponting {102} and R Dravid {99}

He shares the record for most partnership runs with SR Tendulkar in tests. Both of them have shared 6920 partnership runs in 143 innings. They share 20 three figure partnerships which is a record in itself for most number of century stands in the annals of test cricket

He has partnered Tendulkar on 143 occasions which is next to 148 occasions partnered by DL Haynes and CG Greenidge

R Dravid and SR Tendulkar share 29 half century partnerships which is a record for most half century stands between two batsmen in the annals of test cricket.  ML Hayden and JL Langer shared 28 half century stands.

R Dravid and SR Tendulkar through their 29 half century partnerships have added 2137 runs. They are the only pair to add 2000 plus runs through the half century stand in test cricket

He has partnered 49 fifty plus runs partnerships with SR Tendulkar which is also a record for most fifty plus runs partnerships in the annals of test cricket

R Dravid has been one of the partners in a three figure partnership on 88 occasions and shares the record for most three figure stands in tests.

He is one of the four Indian batsmen who have scored four hundreds in consecutive tests. His feat read thus – 13 and 115 vs. England at Nottingham in Aug 2002; 148 vs. England at Leeds in Aug 2002; 217 vs. England at The Oval in Sep 2002 and 100* vs. West Indies at Mumbai in Oct 2002. Other Indian batsmen to perform such a feat are – G Gautham {05}, SM Gavaskar {04} and SR Tendulkar {04}. His career summary read thus –

Opposition Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0
Australia 33 62 6 2166 233 38.67 2 13 4
Bangladesh 7 10 2 560 160 70.00 3 1 1
England 21 37 5 1950 217 60.93 7 8 1
New Zealand 15 28 2 1659 222 63.80 6 6 1
Pakistan 15 26 3 1236 270 53.73 5 3 1
South Africa 21 40 3 1252 148 33.83 2 5 0
Sri Lanka 20 32 1 1508 177 48.64 3 9 0
West Indies 23 38 7 1978 146 63.80 5 13 0
Zimbabwe 9 13 3 979 200* 97.90 3 5 0
Total 164 286 32 13288 270 52.31 36 63 8

He is one of the few batsmen who have scored a hundred against every opposition he played against.

R Dravid and V Sehwag added 410 runs against Pakistan for the first wicket at Lahore in Jan 2006. This stand is one of the three stands of 400 plus runs for the first wicket as on date. The other two stands are – 415 runs between GC Smith and ND McKenzie of South Africa against Bangladesh at Chittagong in Feb 2008 and 413 runs between MH Mankad and P Roy of India against New Zealand at Chennai in Jan 1956

In India’s innings against South Africa at Chennai in Mar 08, for the first wicket there was a 213 runs partnership between Wasim Jaffer and V Sehwag. For the second wicket there was another 200 plus run partnership – 268 runs stand between V Sehwag and R Dravid. For the first time in the annals of test cricket 200 plus runs for the first two wickets were registered in the same test innings

This feat was repeated again by Indian batsmen at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai against Sri Lanka in the third test of 2009-10 test series. M Vijay and V Sehwag added 221 runs for the first wicket which was followed by 237 runs stand for the second wicket between V Sehwag and R Dravid for the second wicket

R Dravid became the first cricketer to play his 100th test while batting at number three on home ground. His 100th test was against Australia at Bangalore in 2008.

Dravid had partnered 4000 plus runs with two batsmen. Tendulkar is the other Indian batsman to achieve such a feat. The performances of these two batsmen are furnished below

No Batsman Partner Runs
1 R Dravid SR Tendulkar 6920
  R Dravid VVS Laman 4065
       
2 SR Tendulkar R Dravid 6920
  SR Tendulkar SC Ganguly 4173

He holds the record for most partnership runs for the third wicket with SR Tendulkar in the annals of test cricket. The pair has added 5826 runs from 123 innings. They remain the only pair to add 5000 plus runs for the third wicket.

R Dravid-SR Tendulkar has shared 18 three figure stands which is also a record for most number of century stands for the third wicket. They also shared 23 half century partnerships for the third which is a record for most half century stands for the third wicket. They shared 41 fifty plus runs stands for the third wicket which is also a record for most number of century stands for the third wicket

R Dravid figures in four partnerships of 300 plus runs for various wickets which is a record for Indian batsman. The following table furnishes the four occasions

No Partners Wkt Runs Opposition Ground Start Date
1 R Dravid,VVS Laxman 5 376 v Australia Kolkata 11 Mar 2001
2 R Dravid,VVS Laxman 5 303 v Australia Adelaide 12 Dec 2003
3 R Dravid,V Sehwag 1 410 v Pakistan Lahore 13 Jan 2006
4 R Dravid,G Gambhir 2 314 v England Mohali 19 Dec 2008

He has faced most balls than any other batsman in aggregating 13288 runs. He is the only batsman to fave 30000 deliveries – 31258 to be precise.

R Dravid and VVS Laxman have forged two partnerships of 300 plus runs – both against Australia – 376 runs for the fifth wicket at Kolkata in Mar 2001 and 303 runs for the fifth wicket at Adeliade in Dec 2003. They remain the only pair in the annals of test cricket to have put on 300 plus runs for the same wicket and against the same opposition.

Added to this record he has to his credit another 300 plus runs partnership for the fourth wicket with SR Tendulkar against Australia at Sydney in Jan 2004.

He is one of the six batsmen in the annals of test cricket to have partnered a 300 plus runs partnerships on four or more occasions. Others are – DG Bradman (05}, HH Gibbs (04}, GC Smith {04}, RT Ponting {04} and DPMD Jayawardene {04}. The performance of these four batsmen are furnished in the following table

He holds the record for most occasions of bowled dismissals in a test innings. He has been bowled on 55 occasions. R Dravid {55} and AR Border {53} are the only two batsmen who have been dismissed bowled on 50 plus occasions in the annals of test cricket

His partnership of 410 runs with V Sehwag for the first wicket against Pakistan at Karachi in Jan 2006 is one of the fourteen partnerships of 400 plus runs in the annals of test cricket and second by India. The other partnership is – 413 runs between MH Mankad and P Roy of India against New Zealand at Chennai {Nehru Stadium} in Jan 1956

R Dravid has partnered 214 fifty plus runs partnerships for various wickets with 33 partners which are listed below. He is the only batsman in the annals of test cricket to partner 200 plus fifty plus partnerships

R Dravid earned the distinction of becoming the fifth fieldsman in the annals of test cricket to pouch 13 catches in a test series. His feat provides the sixth such occasion. He achieved the distinction against Australia in 2004-05 test series. What is interesting is that R Dravid’s 13 catches came in four tests while the other five who are in this elite list have done in five or more tests.

No Cat Tests Fieldsman Series Season
 1 15 5 JM Gregory Aus Vs Eng 1920-21
 2 14 6 GS Chappell Aus Vs Eng 1974-75
 3 13 5 RB Simpson Aus Vs SAF 1957-58
 4 13 5 RB Simpson Aus Vs Win 1960-61
 5 13 6 BC Lara Win Vs Eng 1997-98
 6 13 4 RS Dravid Ind Vs Aus 2004-05

Dravid’s 13 catches represents the most catches held in a series against Australia by a fielder from any country. The previous best tally of catches in a series against Australia was 12. Five fielders had jointly held this record. They are LC Braund of Eng in 1901-02, WR Hammond of Eng in 1934, GS Sobers of Win in 1960-61, AW Greig of Eng in 1974-75 and  IT Botham of Eng in 1981

Dravid became the fourth Indian fieldsman to pouch ten or more catches in a test series. It is the fifth such occasion by an Indian fieldsman.  His effort is the best by an Indian fieldsman in a test series. The previous best was by ED Solkar who had pouched 12 catches in 1972-73 series against England.

No Cat Tests Fieldsman Teams Season
1 13 4 Tests RS Dravid Ind Vs Aus 2004/05
2 12 5 Tests ED Solkar Ind Vs Eng 1972/73
3 11 3 Tests MAzharuddin Ind Vs Srl 1993/94
4 10 4 Tests ED Solkar Ind Vs Aus 1969/70
5 10 4 Tests AL Wadekar Ind Vs NZl 1967/68

Dravid’s effort of 13 catches in four test makes him the third fieldsman to pouch ten or more catches in four tests. Others are – ED Solkar – 10 catches against Australia in 1969-60 and AL Wadekar – 10 catches against New Zealand in 1993-94

His 88 three figure partnerships with various partners which is a world record for most three figure stands

Rahul’s profile on cricinfo appears thus – Rahul Dravid was probably one of the last classical Test match batsmen. His progress into the national side may have been steady and methodical rather than meteoric, but once there, Dravid established himself at the vanguard of a new, defiant generation that were no longer easybeats away from home. Armed with an orthodox technique drilled into him by Keki Tarapore, he became the cement that held the foundations firm while the flair players expressed themselves. Yet, for a man quickly stereotyped as one-paced and one-dimensional, he too could stroke the ball around when the mood struck him.

Never a natural athlete, he compensated with sheer hard work and powers of concentration that were almost yogic. At Adelaide in 2003, when India won a Test in Australia for the first time in a generation, he batted 835 minutes over two innings. A few months later, he was at the crease more than 12 hours for the 270 that clinched India’s first series win in Pakistan. Initially seen as a liability in the one-day arena, he retooled his game over the years to become an adept middle-order finisher. The heaves and swipes didn’t come naturally, but by the time the selectors eased him aside in early 2008, he had more than 10,000 runs to his name in the 50-over game. There had also been a lengthy phase where he donned the wicketkeeping gloves, helping the team to find a balance that was crucial in the run to the World Cup final in 2003.

However, it’s his Test exploits that he will be most remembered for. After impressing in a Lord’s debut where he was eclipsed by Sourav Ganguly, Dravid’s breakthrough innings arrived at the Wanderers a few months later, against a South African attack accustomed to bullying visitors. A brief slump followed, but he emerged from that with perhaps one of the most famous supporting acts of all, to VVS Laxman in an Eden Gardens Test that rejuvenated Indian cricket. The half decade that followed was a golden one with the bat, as tours of England and Australia realised more than 600 runs.

A two-year stint as captain, following Ganguly’s axing, was less successful, though he did lead the side to series victories in England and the West Indies for the first time in a generation. Just when it seemed his best was behind him, Dravid showed his class once again on the tour to England in 2011. In a series in which India were completely outplayed and none of their other batsmen scored more than 275 runs in the Tests, Dravid amassed 461, including three hundreds, two of them when opening the innings against a high-quality pace attack. However, that was followed by a poor series in Australia, which turned out to be his last, as he announced his retirement soon after returning to India.

Dravid’s immense levels of concentration also came in handy when he was standing in the slips. Most of his catches were taken in that cordon as he overtook Mark Waugh to become the most successful slip catcher in history.

Best Quotes on Rahul Dravid

Best Quotes on Rahul Dravid

Some call him the wolf who lived for the pack, many The Wall and a few even term him the complete cricketer.

Featured in 164 Tests, 334 ODIs and one T20I in an illustrious career which spanned for over 16 years. He holds the record for facing the maximum deliveries in Test cricket. He faced a total of 31,258 balls, almost 3,000 deliveries more than Sachin Tendulkar in Test cricket.

Widely regarded for his batting prowess in the Test format where he scored 13,288 runs at a staggering average of 52.31 including 36 hundreds. An impeccable white-ball player too as he accumulated 10,889 runs in 334 ODIs at an average of 39.16, including 12 centuries.

He has also spent 44,152 minutes at the crease in Tests which equals to almost 736 hours, the most by any Test cricketer.

Here’s a look at some of the most adorable quotes on one of the game’s best team man – RAHUL DRAVID.

​​“The way you batted always created huge jams for the bowlers. Have a great one my friend,” tweeted Sachin Tendulkar.

The duo scored more partnership runs and forged more hundred run stands than any other batting pair — 6,920 runs with 20 century stands — both are world records.

“From my understanding, I thought grinding only happens in the kitchen in the mixer grinder, but Dravid taught one can grind on the cricket pitch as well. We had it all when we had the Wall ! Virender Sehwag

Try to take his wicket in the first 15 minutes. If you can’t then only try to take the remaining wickets – Steve Waugh

“Rahul Dravid’s contribution to Indian cricket is like a House wife’s contribution to the family. The worth is only known when she is absent…Happy Birthday RAHUL DRAVID.” – Virat Kohli

“We had it all when we had ‘The Wall'” – Source: Twitter

Dravid showed how to lead life and the attitude a player should have” – Suresh Raina

“Some succeeded because they are destined to but he succeeded because he was determined to” – Navjot Singh Sidhu

“He deserves his success as he has worked hard for it. He is one of the most down to earth and disciplined professionals I’ve met” – Mahesh Bhupathi

“India were down in the dumps when Rahul played that innings. In a situation like that, it takes strength of character, talent and temperament to play to your strengths and not get overawed by the blazing strokes being played at the other end” – Sunil Gavaskar

“Rahul has always found time to work on his mistakes, even in these days of non-stop international cricket. He is quick to spot mistakes and quicker in rectifying them. This has enabled him to get out of a bad patch quicker than other” – Gundappa Viswanath

“He is truly the mainstay of the Indian batting. He is the best batsman of India in this era undoubtedly” – Kapil Dev

“Even though Sachin is great, I have always found Rahul more solid and hard to get out” – Shoaib Akhtar

Guys like him (Rahul Dravid)… it’s not even advisable to think that they will be replaced by some other youngsters. Youngsters will be under tremendous pressure if they start to think like that” – MS Dhoni

“I’ve seen how Rahul goes about his innings and that’s something I want to get myself involved with” – Kevin Pietersen

“Rahul is the kind of person who young cricketers can look up to; not only because of his success but also because of the way he conducts himself” – Steve Waugh

“All these things going around is not called aggression. If you really want to see aggression, look into Dravid’s eyes” – Matthew Hayden

“He is regarded by the Australians as one of the mentally toughest players they have come up against. He is a tough task competitor. He is a wonderful cricketer for India, a great, great cricketer” – John Wright

“Rahul loves to read biographies of sports personalities, not necessarily cricketers. He has always been very interested in finding out how different sports personalities prepare themselves “mentally” before big events. I have never net anyone so focussed. It is extremely difficult to get through to him even when he is reading a book or watching television. I have to say, I pity his wife” – Andrew Leipus

“Everyone praises Sachin Tendulkar. He may be a genius in his own right but in my book, Rahul Dravid is the artist. Dravid’s defence tactics, his strokes, his cuts, his grace are truly amazing. I’d like to meet the chap sometime and take my hat off to him” – Peter O’Toole

“If you can’t get along with Dravid, you’re struggling in life” – Brett Lee

“Now I find myself coming in after Rahul, a job so huge that India has traditionally left it to Sachin Tendulkar. By that marker, I can really only disappoint” – Gideon Haigh

Rahul Dravid being known as ‘The Wall’ is pretty much spot on. ‘The fortress’ could also describe Rahul. Because once Dravid was set, you needed the bowling equivalent of a dozen cannon firing all at once to blast him down” – Shane Warne

Dravid has been a class player for a long time now and we know his ability better than anyone. He’s not like the other guys who love scoring off every ball and there’s no real weakness in his game either” – Glenn McGrath

“Rahul’s committment to Indian cricket is summed up by the fact that he has been keeping wickets in ODIs because the team needs it, and not because he likes it or is the best at it” – Murali Kartik

“Rahul has always been in the shadow of Sachin. If you take his record it’s as good as Sachin’s buy you cannot compare both as they are different kind of players. Rahul is a complete cricketer”- Muttiah Muralitharan

“If I packed only two sets of informal clothes, he would rotate them through an entire tour if he had to and not think about it. He doesn’t care for gadgets and barely registers brands of watches, cologne or cars. But if the weight of his bat is off by a gram, he would notice it in an instant and get the problem fixed” – Vijeeta Dravid

“If a martian were to land on earth now and be told that the best batsman in the world was playing in this match, he would think it was Rahul Dravid and not Sachin Tendulkar” – Christopher Martin-Jenkins

A few years ago, when they were all still playing Tests, I was asked this question while doing commentary: “Crofty, if you had to choose between Brian Lara, Steve Waugh or Sachin Tendulkar, to bat to save your life, which one would you go for?” What a very difficult question that is! You know how Trinbagonians like to say; “Yuh askin’ answers or whuh?” But, this is not Jeopardy! My reply to that question was not even in the given choices. As brilliant as those three have been, only Sachin is still playing. I would not nominate either to bat for my life, even as enjoyable as it might be. I could not select any of them, not if Rahul Sharad Dravid might also be available” – Colin Croft

“He’s probably the nicest guy. No, he is the nicest guy that I have met in cricket. He is a phenomenal man” – Shane Watson

Everyone has already exhausted superlatives so I would not bother myself with any additional praise but you could be sure my admiration for him has grown tremendously”- Allan Border

“For me, an ideal Dravid innings needs a most challenging pitch. It it’s a batting beauty with the ball coming on to the bat, give me Sehwag or Laxman; if there’s a truly great array of bowlers set to be unleased, give me Tendulkar. If it’s a minefield, give me Dravid” – Siddhartha Vaidyanathan for Cricinfo

“After he got through the first 15-20 minutes, it became just another Ranji Trophy game for him” – Venkatapathy Raju

“My approach to cricket has been reasonably simple: it was about giving everything to the team, was about playing with dignity and was about upholding the spirit of the game. I hope I have done some of that” – Rahul Dravid

“He has a lovely style of batting. He has silken strokes and to me looks like a traditional player. I would go any length to watch him” – Martin Crowe

“I was considered a one-day specialist until then. I remember Rahul telling me before that game to concentrate on Test cricket, as success in that format defined a true cricketer more than success in ODIs – Virender Sehwag

“If I have to put anyone to bat for my life, it’ll be Kallis or Dravid” – Brian Lara

Dravid could play attacking cricket like me but I could never play like him” – Chris Gayle

“Rahul respects the game, which is why we cricketers respect him. He doesn’t play “games” with game” – Ashok Mankad

‘Jam’ was a great character to have in the dressing room. He was someone who loved challenges, whatever was thrown to him throughout his career – whether he was asked to open because of any reason or was asked to keep wickets” – MS Dhoni

“Champion on and off the field, showed up with his great hard work, sky is the limit” – Mahesh Bhupathi

“As at Lord’s Dravid’s bat had a mellow ring to it and even his defensive strokes had the hallmark of class” – David Field

“Rahul Dravid is a player who would walk on broken glass if his team asks him to” – Navjot Singh Sidhu

“Rahul made me realise that there are times when a match-saving innings can be as crucial as a match-winning one” – Akash Chopra

“For a career full of grace, charm, timing and poise, it was sad that it had to end with a slog. Buy that was once again, what the team just needed” – Harsha Bhogle

Rahul’s willingness to learn and expand his horizons has made him a highly successful cricketer” – Sunil Gavaskar

​​“It is not an exaggeration to say that a whole strand of the game – a rich vein that runs through the game’s poetic heart – departs the scene with India’s greatest-ever No.3. Playing T20 cricket won’t teach anyone to become the next Rahul Dravid” – Ed Smith

“Dravid is a perfect role model for youngsters. He has set a great example for all of us to follow. We are all trying to follow that path” – Sachin Tendulkar

I’m still learning about coaching and dealing with players – what kind of messages to give, when is the time to intervene, what is a good way to intervene. It is about getting people match-ready. You have a few conversations with people on the specific things you might notice, but you are not really looking to make too many changes and trying to change people’s techniques or actions or grips” –

Rahul Dravid in an interview after the team mentored by him won the U-19 World Cup in February 2018

“Team in trouble? Whom do you turn to? Rahul Dravid!” – Ian Chappell

“This is what Rahul Dravid wrote on his career statistics presented to him by Statistician HR Gopala Krishna on his felicitation on 21.03.12 by Karnataka State Cricket Association

“To Gopal – Thank you for your dedication and love of statistics that records our performances” – Rahul Dravid

Quotes on Rahul Dravid

Quotes on Rahul Dravid

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If there’s one cricketer in the world that nobody hates, I’m pretty sure it’s Rahul Dravid. He is respected by everyone around the world. Not because of his successful cricket career, but because of the kind of person he is. Indian Cricket wouldn’t be the way it is now if it weren’t for ‘The Wall’, Rahul Dravid.

“Knew the man behind the bat. Not often do you find a person as exceptional as his achievements.” – Sanjay Manjrekar

“He’s probably the nicest guy – no, he is the nicest guy – that I’ve met in cricket. He’s a phenomenal man. He loves the game with so much passion, it’s in his blood and in his heart.” – Shane Watson

“Some succeed because they are destined to, but Rahul Dravid succeeded because he was DETERMINED to.” – Navjot Singh Sidhu

“Rahul Dravid being known as ‘The Wall’ is pretty spot on. ‘The Fortress’ could also describe him. Because once Rahul was set, you need a bowling equivalent of a dozen cannon blasting all at once to blast him down.”  – Shane Warne

“Rahul is the kind of person who young cricketers can look up to; not only because of his success, but also because the way he conducts himself.” – Steve Waugh

“Dravid Could play attacking cricket like me but i could never play like him” – Chris Gayle

“The wolf who lived for the pack.” – Harsha Bhogle

“Even though Sachin is great, I have always found Rahul more solid and hard to get out. He has a solid defense and plays less shots than others. When a batsman plays less shots then it is tough to get him as he makes less mistakes.” – Shoaib Akhtar

“If Tendulkar’s life is about enthusiasm, Dravid’s is about determination. If Tendulkar is the child splashing colour about with glee, Dravid is the scientist in a relentless search for progress. He might seem weighed down but that is his style and it is a style that has served him and his team handsomely for almost 15 years. Tendulkar might have been a Formula One driver or a striker in a goalmouth, Dravid would have been an Olympic shooter.” – – Harsha Bhogle

“If you can’t get along with Dravid, you’re struggling in life” – Brett Lee

“Met with a man called THE WALL in cricket RAHUL bhai @Im_Dravid he is a great human being always there to talk about cricket & helping u out , honoured to play with him in the Feild & always pleasure to meet U , stay blessed.” – Mohammad Hafeez

“If I have to put anyone to bat for my life, it’ll be Kallis or Dravid” – Brian Lara

“If there was one Indian player who could get a direct entry into the famous Australian team of the late 90s, it would be Rahul Dravid.” – Glenn McGrath

But the best quote about Rahul Dravid comes from his wife, Vijeta Pendharkar. “If I packed only two sets of informal clothes, he would rotate them through an entire tour if he had to and not think about it. He doesn’t care for gadgets, and barely registers brands – of watches, cologne or cars. But if the weight of his bat was off by a gram, he would notice it in an instant and get the problem fixed” – Vijeta Pendharkar