Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid: A look at The Wall's 5 nearly unbreakable records
First Published Jan 11, 2021, 8:49 AM IST
Rahul Dravid is one of the legendary former cricketers of India. Nicknamed The Wall, he was famous for his healthy defensive techniques, as he indeed gave a tough time to the bowlers. The legend is celebrating his 48th birthday, as we honour him with his nearly unbreakable records.
When it comes to one of the most robust Indian cricketers of all-time, a number of names come to one's mind. However, one of the cricketers, who happened to be sound as any other, is none other than Rahul Dravid.
Nicknamed The Wall, he was famous for his unpenetrable defensive batting techniques, as he was indeed a nightmare for the bowlers, in the Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODI). The legend is also famous for laying many memorable innings for the side and rescuing it from challenging situations.
He is celebrating his 48th birthday on Monday. On the same note, we honour him by presenting some of his records, which nearly look unbreakable.
Most century stands: Dravid did not just have a knack of scoring centuries for himself, but for the side and along with his partner at the other end. He has been involved in 88 100-run stands in his career, while 20 of them came with Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. It is improbable that this record is getting broken anytime soon.
A run machine at number three: The best batsman at number three has to be Sir Don Bradman. But, it won't be wrong to place Dravid right after him, especially in the ODIs. He has scored 14,555 runs in 329 innings across formats at the position, at an average of 48.03, including 35 centuries and 77 half-centuries. It happens to be an Indian record and could only be broken by current skipper, Virat Kohli, who has 12,277.
Most Test catches: Dravid has a phenomenal record in the field as well, as he holds the record of claiming the most number of catches in the longest format. He has claimed 210 Test catches, as a fielder, in world cricket and currently, none of the active players looks even close to surpassing him.
Facing most Test balls: As said before, Dravid was famous for his vital defensive techniques, which compelled him to play many deliveries. Consequently, he holds the record of having played the most number of deliveries in Test cricket. While he has faced 31,258 deliveries, this record, too, seems to be out of reach for several active batsmen.
Most time on the field: Dravid also has a unique record to his name, having spent the most time on the field. In his career, he has spent 44,152 minutes on the field, across formats. With competition increasing so much and place of players in the squad not being confirmed more often nowadays, Dravid likely is to hold on to the record for quite some time now.
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