When ‘The Wall’ stood up to be counted

One of India’s finest cricketers, Rahul Dravid, hangs up his boots from the game’s 50-over format after the final One Day International of the Natwest Series 2011 against England. As a tribute to the legend, Shayne D’souza relives five of his memorable innings during his illustrious One Day career.

145, Vs Sri Lanka at the County Ground, Taunton World Cup (May 26, 1999)
After losing to South Africa, India needed to win this game to qualify for the supers sixes stage of the 1999 World Cup. India lost Sadagoppan Ramesh early and the pressure was on Dravid to lead India to a respectable total. Swatting the cricket ball to all corners (so to speak) of the County Ground, Dravid amassed a staggering 145 (at a strike rate of 112.40) which led to India achieving a massive target of 373/6. Dravid also put up 318, which is the highest second-wicket partnership with Sourav Ganguly in this game.

153, Vs New Zealand, Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium Hyderabad (November 8, 1999)
India lost Ganguly early and out came Dravid. He smashed the New Zealand bowlers around the stadium to register his highest One Day International score of 153 at a strike rate of 100.00. He also set up a record partnership of 334 runs with Sachin Tendulkar to take India to a commanding 376/2. India won that game comfortably by 174 runs!

123, Vs New Zealand, Owen Delany Park (January 9, 1999)
India had never fared well in seeming conditions. This was the first match of the ODI series against New Zealand on their home turf and India had lost Sachin for a duck. Rahul Dravid stood up to be counted and taught the other batsmen a lesson in playing the seaming ball by hitting this brilliant century (123 at a strike rate of one run per ball) in unfamiliar conditions. Dravid was named ‘Man of the Match’ for his efforts. This innings was also crucial in transforming him as an ODI batsman.

109, Vs West Indies Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad (November 15, 2002)
Riding high on Chris Gayle’s 140, West Indies posted a staggering 329 in the fourth ODI Vs India. India was already a game down and needed to win this one to keep the series alive. Chasing this huge score, India suffered two setbacks in the form of Sehwag and Ganguly. Dravid once again proved what a valuable player he is with this classy innings of 109 to take India to a special victory.

104, Vs Pakistan, Nehru Stadium, Kochi (April 2, 2005)
It was the first game of the 2005 home series against Pakistan and as always the expectations were riding high for a win. Winning the toss India elected to bat. After losing Sachin and Sehwag early, Dravid joined Ganguly and he outplayed the Pakistani bowlers with determination and grit with his brilliant 104 off 199 balls. He made sure that India put up a challenging game and also proved that class is permanent.

Dravid ODI  Stats :-

Matches: 343

Innings: 317

Runs: 1080

Avg: 39.06

100s: 12

50s: 82

 




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