Rahul Dravid would maybe be one of the only a few batsmen whose strong entrance-foot defence is talked about greater than his run-scoring photographs. Dravid’s defence, his potential to bunt the rising ball on the bottom someway overshadowed his beautiful strokes via the covers, his artful flicks off the pads and booming sq. cuts previous level. He was the ice to the hearth of Sachin Tendulkar, the calm after Virender Sehwag’s storm and the perfect foil to Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman in the center order. Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif lauded Dravid, going to the extent of calling him one of the best Indian batsman when it got here to approach and performing underneath stress.
Latif, who noticed Dravid from shut quarters very early in his profession, stated the previous India captain performed underneath the shadows of Tendulkar. “When it comes to technique and performing under pressure, Rahul Dravid was one step ahead of all those who have represented India. Like I had mentioned in case of Sehwag, Dravid also played under the shadows of Tendulkar,” Latif stated in a YouTube present referred to as caught behind.
Latif, who has represented Pakistan in 37 Tests and 166 ODIs, stated Dravid was India’s go-to particular person after they misplaced early wickets.
“Tendulkar had rather a lot of confidence in him to assault from the start. This is to not counsel that Dravid didn’t have that however he used to play a unique function. When India misplaced a pair of early wickets, he was the principle man, that’s why he was referred to as the Wall.
“If you have a look at the partnerships then you’ll discover Dravid’s title rather a lot of occasions with Tendulkar, Sehwag and Ganguly,” Latif stated.
The former Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman additionally lauded Dravid for his potential to attain runs in opposition to any opposition and on any floor of the world.
“I mean name me a place where he hasn’t scored runs. He scored against Pakistan. He was good in Australia, South Africa, West Indies, England everywhere,” Latif added.
In an illustrious worldwide profession spanning 16 years, Dravid performed many memorable innings for India just like the double century in India’s historic win in opposition to Australia at Adelaide in 2002 or his 270 in opposition to Pakistan – which can be is highest-rating or the 180 in opposition to Australia after India had conceded a observe-on on the Eden Gardens in 2001 simply to call a number of. But Latif picked Dravid maiden century in South Africa in 1997 as his finest.
“I remember his innings at Johannesburg in 96-97. He scored a hundred and then an 81 in the second innings if I’m not wrong,” Latif.
Dravid had scored 148 in the primary innings and 81 in the second in that Test match which had ended in a draw.
Dravid, who’s the second Indian to attain greater than 10,000 runs in ODIs and Tests after Sachin Tendulkar, retired in 2012 after enjoying 164 Tests, 344 ODIs and a solitary T20I.
Dravid has 13288 Test runs at a mean of 52.31 and 10889 ODI runs at a mean of 39.16.