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    May 19, 2006

    Rahul Dravid is officially awesome

    While the rankings indicate that he's only the 10th best ODI batsman currently, I have absolutely no doubt that Rahul Dravid is probably the most complete one-day batsman right now, especially in the wake of his wonderful century at Sabina Park yesterday. It was a superbly paced knock and after Pathan and Yuvraj failed, he had to rely on Kaif striking form, which did happen.

    When I compared his one-day stats with Ricky Ponting's earlier this year, I wrote
    To me, while Ponting is a far more destructive one-day player, Dravid is a more "complete" one. Dravid has, in the last 4-5 years, showed a wonderful ability to bat at just about any position and deliver the goods. Ponting, on the other hand, is essentially a #3. Nearly 90% of Ponting's one-day innings are at #3. Dravid, on the other hand, has batted extremely successfully at #3 (35% of his innings), #4 (33%) and #5 (22%).
    Dravid's numbers in his last 50 one-dayers, a fairly good sample I reckon, are astounding in the context of his overall average and how he has performed at the positions he's batted in. He's averaged between 46 and 49 in the last three years - interestingly enough, coinciding with a period when he was relieved of wicket-keeping duties. His stats in those positions are a good indicator of how flexible he has been.
                         Mat    I  NO  Runs HS1  HS2  HS3     Ave 100  50   0
    Opening 7 7 0 447 105 92 69 63.85 1 4 0
    3rd position 5 5 0 223 69 59 56 44.60 0 3 0
    4th position 20 20 4 778 104 86 78* 48.62 1 8 1
    5th position 13 13 2 443 103* 85* 67 40.27 1 4 1
    6th position 4 4 2 105 31* 30* 26 52.50 0 0 0
    7th position 1 1 0 16 16 - - 16.00 0 0 0
    Knocks like the much derided 1(21) against Bangladesh seem so long ago! Go you Rahul! You're da best!
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 11:46 am |
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    3 sledge(s):

    i dont see anyone disagreeing with you on this, jag.

    i watched yday's 105 and it was beyond adjectives.

    By Blogger Ganesh (19-May-2006, 12:37:00 pm)  

    He is the best! And you don't need to look at the stats for that. There'll never be another like him.

    Now, if only he'd stop getting run out so often, those numbers would dwarf anybody in comparison.

    BTW, I didn't get a chance to see his knock in the first game. But I can imagine.

    By Blogger Pratik (24-May-2006, 9:21:00 am)  

    It is actually strange, the number of times he gets run out tapping to mid on/off and taking off for non-existent and unnecessary singles. Maybe its a legacy of his running with Ganguly and being caught at the wrong end so often :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (24-May-2006, 10:33:00 am)  

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