Dravid’s impeccable feat

Posted on July 28, 2011

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Try to recall when was the last time you saw Rahul Dravid score a century and eventually India ended up losing. Not many results popping, aren’t they?

Dravid’s 33rd century was the only second instance when India has lost a test after witnessing the crafty right-hander stroke his way to a ton.

Previously, Dravid’s 118 against Zimbabwe in Harare, 1998, was the only such instance in an impeccable record of centuries. Among the players who have scored over 30 centuries in test cricket, he has the least number of centuries in a losing cause to his credit.

However, there is one person who can be added to the list for comparison, one certain Donald Bradman, whose feat Dravid now shares. After scoring, his first and third centuries – a 112 at MCG in 1928 and 131 at Trent Bridge, both against England, the cricketing fraternity never witnessed another of Sir Don’s hundreds go in vain.

Among the contemporary players, who have over 9000 runs to their credit, only Jacques Kallis and Mahela Jayawardene come close to this mark with three apiece. Ricky Ponting, the third-highest run getter, has four tons, while the uncanny Shivnarine Chanderpaul has six which were for a losing cause. Sachin Tendulkar has eleven such centuries.

Although there can be other examples which can be put forward, for instance, Sourav Ganguly who has not scored a single 100 when India lost. But to compare to a stature of Dravid’s needs tremendous accomplishment. An accomplishment only a few players have under their names.

Rahul Dravid might have been shadowed by Tendulkar as many reports claim, but he has shown the light for his team on several occasions. His performances etch into the viewer’s mind as they stand a class apart or most of them at least. They have come at a time when other batsmen have failed.

Aptly called the ‘Wall’ for his stubbornness to vacate the crease. Fifteen (45.45%) of his 33 centuries have seen India win, while Sachin has 20 (39.21%) victorious tons out 51. Rahul Dravid’s big performance will have always have a story behind them. Such as this one at Lord’s.

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