Dravid marches to 8000
Rahul Dravid's march to join the pantheon of great batsmen, as if he wasn't in that list already, continued when he got past 8000 test runs in India's second innings of the Delhi test
against Sri Lanka. Of course, people will remember this test match for Tendulkar's 35th century
and I am by no stretch of imagination trying to play down Sachin Tendulkar's achievement.
Dravid is, I think, the second fastest to 8000 test runs. He and Lara got there in 94 tests while Sobers made it in a paltry 90 tests. It is indeed a sobering [pun intended] thought that Bradman could have got to that mark in less than 60 tests, given he had 6996 runs in 52 tests! Dravid is now #2 on the list of highest averages for those with over 8000 test runs
, behind Sobers.
I've been a long-time Dravid fan, having first I watched him in 1994 during a tournament featuring the 'A' teams from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
. I watched his one-day debut live from the Padang
. The next time I watched him bat, admittedly on TV, was when he made a classy 27 when all else around him was crumbling at Durban
. I also wrote somewhere on CricInfo Interactive, possibly in response to a thread titled something like 'Dravid - Number one among Number threes', that I saw him as a future Indian captain.
got that part right.
Previous praise of Dravid: Most consec. tests since debut
, 2nd highest average
after scoring 7000 runs, the best #3
of all time (?), centuries in all countries
, teaming up with Kumble
and his LoRDship's slip catching skills