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               Rahul Dravid - The Greatest              

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  Hi! If you're here then surely you must be a cricket freak - an Indian
  cricket fan to be precise. This page is dedicated to the talented and 
  equally committed Indian cricketer - the one and only Rahul 'The Wall'
  Dravid.


  Dravid hails from the South Indian state of Karnataka. His father
  and uncle played cricket, perhaps that's what aroused his interest in
  the game. He started at the age of 12 and like most Indians his early
  cricketing was in the streets. His school, St. Joseph's had a good
  team and Dravid did well in the junior tournaments to merit selection
  in the State under-15, under-17 and under-19 tournaments. At one time
  he was captain of the Under-19 team and was very successful with the
  bat.


  In 1991 he made his Ranji debut against Maharashtra. Batting at
  number 7, he scored a masterful 82. He got his maiden first class
  hundred in the next game against Bengal (134 at number 6). The next
  year brought more success for Rahul as he scored centuries against
  teams like Goa and Kerala. He got tremendous support from great
  former players like Gundappa Vishwanath, K.K.Tarapore, Roger Binny and
  Brijesh Patel. All this time he did not neglect his studies - he
  studied at St.Joseph's College of Commerce and though he had to
  remain absent from college for long periods of time, he maintained a
  first class record throughout.


  In 1995-96 he broke into the international team for the first time
  and since then he has delivered consistent and solid performances. He
  is admired for his classy and technically correct batting. For a long 
  time he was labelled a Test batsman because of his low strike rate even
  though he showed signs of some explosive batting - we all remember the 
  way he thrashed Alan Donald in a crucial match, driving the fearsome 
  bowler to despair. He has solved the problem of missing out on centuries
  long ago. The New Zealand tour in Dec 1998 - Jan 1999 saw him come into 
  his own and cement his place in the One-Day team. No longer does he plod
  around, wasting hittable balls. His strike rate is comparable with the 
  best and his average has also risen to a decent level. This shows his
  strength of character, since he has come back strongly after being out
  of the team for so long. At World Cup '99 he moved into the realms 
  of greatness with a fantastic performance which saw everybody singing 
  his praises. Today Rahul is an integral part of the Indian team, both 
  in One-Day and Test matches.


  Rahul's abilities are not confined to batting alone. He bowls
  right-arm offbreaks and keeps wickets too, both of which he has done 
  for the country at some time or the other. Infact, at the World Cup
  he did a good job in the absence of Mongia. As a consequence many 
  experts are suggesting that he be groomed as a wicket-keeper batsman.
  This will allow the selectors to drop the non-performing Mongia and
  replace him with a good all-rounder. 


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The Latest

 May 2000  : Rahul has started playing county cricket for Kent and 
             is performing well, having scored 182 in the previous
             match.


 Jul 1999  : Rahul has been ranked as the 4th best Test batsman in the
             world by Wisden for the period starting from May 1997.

             Rahul may be in trouble with the cricket board for giving an 
             interview regarding India's World Cup performance. The contract
             between the players and the board restrains them from speaking 
             to the media about any tour for atleast 2 months after the tour. 
             However Rahul, Saurav and Robin have violated the contract by 
             airing their views before the press. The board will decide what 
             action is to be taken against them.
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Last updated on May 14, 2000.