India’s tour to Pakistan in 2003-04 was a landmark for many causes. It marked the resumption of cricketing ties between the neighbours and gave India’s promising cricketers a probability to depart their mark and develop into greats of the sport and they didn’t disappoint. The three-match Test collection which gained by India 2-1, belonged to Virender Sehwag, who rewrote the document books by changing into the primary Indian to breach the 300-run mark in the course of the Multan Test. The likes of Irfan Pathan, Lakshmipathy Balaji and Anil Kumble too performed their elements all through the collection but it surely was Rahul Dravid who stood up for the vacationers in the decider at Rawalpindi.
With the collection locked 1-1, all of it got here right down to the third Test at Rawalpindi and Rahul Dravid, who had had a under-par collection by his requirements till then, selected to grab the chance.
With scores of 6, 33 and 0 in the collection, Dravid was beneath the pump however the Wall turned it throughout.
He was clearly helped by Balaji, whose 4-wicket haul on Day 1 helped India bowled out Pakistan for 224 and eased the stress on India’s batting line-up.
Pakistan, nonetheless, gave a physique blow to India by Shoaib Akhtar. The native boy eliminated man in kind Virender Sehwag for a golden duck and Dravid walked in with a job on his hand.
The seasoned campaigner did a commendable job with Parthiv Patel to take India to security. But one thing occurred after the shut of play on Day 1 that may go on to strike everybody 24 hours later.
Resuming at 15, Dravid accomplished his hundred on Day 2 and on Day three he bought to 270 – his highest Test rating – to take India to 600.
The former India captain went to disclose how he felt good after the primary day’s play and had additionally made a mild-hearted prediction about him getting a big one.
“I remember being 15 or something at the close of play on Day 1. I had just gone down to have dinner with a few people that night and just happened to be sitting, a few journalists were around as well. I just felt really good about my batting at that stage, I felt that I’ve batted well for the 15 runs, I felt I had batted well in the series with no significant score,” Dravid stated in an interview aired on Star Sports.
“So As I was leaving, I sort of made this off the cup remark, didn’t really mean it that much. But I said, ‘look if I get set tomorrow and bat for an hour, you know you’re gonna see a big one from me. And so it happened, I went on to score 270 so people came and said, ‘how did you know’ and all that,” Dravid added.
India’s enormous rating was an excessive amount of for Pakistan as they crumbled for the second time in the Test match. Anil Kumble picked up 4 wickets and Balaji as soon as once more sneered three as India gained by an innings and 131 runs to assert the collection 2-1.