Jun 1999 : India bowed out of the World Cup with a 5 wicket loss to
New Zealand. Rahul scored 29 off 35 balls and took 2 catches.
Dho dala! Rahul cracked 61 off 89 balls against Pakistan, a
match which India won comfortably. This keeps India's hopes
alive in the World Cup.
Rahul could manage only 2 runs in India's loss to Australia.
This was one of his rare failures in the Cup.
May 1999 : India are into the Super Six! What a fightback after those
dismal performances. Rahul did his bit against England with
a quiet 53 off 82 balls. Lets wish him luck for the next
stage. He also won the BPL Player of the Week prize of 500$.
Rahul is blazing away at the World Cup! He has played a major
role in the turnaround in India's fortunes. First a brilliant
unbeaten 104 off 109 balls against Kenya in the illustrious
company of Sachin Tendulkar (who incidentally gave a
marvellous performance coming so soon after his father's
demise), followed by a career best 145 off 129 balls against
Sri Lanka in a record-breaking partnership with Saurav
Ganguly clearly puts Rahul up there with the greats of the
game (as if we didn't know that already!). Unfortunately in
both games he was overshadowed by his partners. He even kept
wickets in the two games. Heres hoping that he takes us
into the Super Sixes with another great performance against
The World Cup is finally here! the Indians haven't had a good
start though. They lost to the South Africans by 4 wkts.
However Rahul had a good outing, scoring 54 off 75 balls, a
knock which stabilised the innings. Hope he continues with the
Rahul's having a great time in England! In the two warmup
matches he got scores of 60 and 91. Let the magic touch
carry on into the World Cup.
Mar 1999 : In the match against Pakistan, Rahul failed with the bat but he grabbed his first ODI wicket
when he got Saeed Anwar out. It was the breakthrough India needed since Saeed was batting
extremely well and was on the verge of completing a century. However India lost the match.
Great news guys! Rahul has cracked a majestic century (116 off 118 balls) in the match against
Sri Lanka. India went on to inflict a crushing defeat on the Lankans. This was his 3rd ODI
Feb 1999 : Rahul cracked his 5th Test century in the inaugural match
of the Asian Test Championship against Sri Lanka. He scored
107 runs. However he was injured while fielding and could
not bat in the 2nd inning. He was fielding close-in when
the ball was hit at him. He tried to take evasive action but
the ball slipped through the visor to hit him just below the
left eye. Luckily he is out of danger and did not require
Jan., 1999 : Rahul led India to a morale-boosting victory in the 4th One
Day with a splendid knock of 51. This won him the Man of the
Match, the second time in the series. He also bagged the
BPL Player of the Week award of US$ 500.
After an ok performance in the 2nd One-Day Rahul has bounced
back in the 3rd with a good knock of 68 off just 71 balls.
However the effort was in vain as the match was washed out.
Rahul is on a roll! He even surprised me this time with
a cracking century in the 1st One Day against New Zealand.
He made an unbeaten 123 (his 2nd ODI century) off the same
number of balls which won him the Man of the Match award.
This was the best part of his inning - he scored the runs
fast proving that he is a valuable one-day batsman and his
poor performances recently were only a result of the low
confidence he had thanks to the selectors. Now with two
successive Test centuries under his belt he had all the
confidence in the world and his knock showed that. Now he
should cement his place in the ODI side with a good
performance in the remaining matches. A match-winning knock
would be the icing on the cake.
Good new folks! The New Year has begun with a bang for
Rahul. In the 3rd Test against New Zealand, he achieved
the distinction of becoming one of the few batsmen in the
world and the 3rd Indian after Vijay Hazare and Sunil
Gavaskar to have scored a century in each inning of a
Test. He got scores of 190 (his highest in Tests) and 103
not out to save India the blushes. His knock in the first
inning showed a strong character as he pulled India out of
the dumps. He was very well supported by Srinath and Prasad.
He also crossed 2000 runs in Tests during this knock. His
batting average now stands at a whopping 57.5!
Dec., 1998 : After good performances in the warm-up games Rahul
failed to deliver the goods in the Second Test against
New Zealand. He made 0 and 28 and took a great catch
in the 1st inning though the effort was soon forgotten
because of the catches that he dropped. These could well
have clinched a victory for India. However he got Adam
Parore run out through a wonderful piece of fielding,
well backed up by Mongia. Hope Rahul bounces back in the
final Test. We need it!
Oct., 1998 : He may have failed to click in One-Days but in Tests he is
King. Rahul proved it once again when he top-scored in both
innings of the one-off Test against Zimbabwe. He was the
only batsman along with Ganguly who stood up to the
Zimbabweans. In the process he notched up that elusive
century with a knock of 118 - his 2nd ton in his 23rd Test.
In the second inning he made 44.
Sept., 1998 : Am I relieved! Rahul got one more chance and this time he
grabbed it with both hands. What a way to start the series -
a well made 64 and fast enough too. He was sent in at his
favourite position - the no. 3 spot and he seemed to enjoy
it. However in the 2nd match he did not get to bat as the
batting order was shuffled again. Guess they don't want the
team to settle down, do they?
Four matches have come and gone at the Sahara Cup and India
are back to their losing ways. However the biggest
disappointment has been Rahul as he has failed miserably
and has seriously jeopardised his one-day career. The good
news is that he has been selected for the short tour of
Rahul's in, in and in! That's how it is! He is going to
Toronto for the Sahara Cup against Pakistan. Guess
those exhibition matches really helped his case. Now its
all up to him from here. Lets hope he cements his place in
the side with some good knocks which will definitely be
required of him since Tendulkar won't be around.
After a low score in the first exhibition match against Pakistan XI
Rahul came roaring back to get a match-winning 66 in the second. Hope
this form continues and he can cement his place in the side. This knock
was noteworthy because it was scored on a pitch with uneven bounce which
most of the batsmen found difficult to handle.
Things seem to be looking up for Rahul. He has been included in the
list of 22 probables for the World Cup to be held in 1999. This
just might be the last chance he gets to prove his mettle. So lets wish
him luck. We sure want to see him play again, don't we?
Real bad news folks. I think Rahul's One-Day career is over for sure.
He failed miserably in the Triangular Series thus shutting down whatever
chances he had of making an impression on the selectors. Of course the
didn't exactly distinguish themselves but Rahul needed a great
performance to make the selectors look up. Unfortunately the tournament
has been held when he is going through a lean patch. Just hope he gets
another chance sometime.
Hey guys good news! Rahul's in the team for the Triangular Series
against Kenya and Bangladesh. This is his chance to put up a good
performance and get back in the team on a permanent basis. Lets wish
Rahul has led his team Karnataka to a Ranji Trophy victory. In
the final, he cracked a masterful 219 to ensure that Uttar Pradesh
didn't stand a chance.
Rahul Dravid's at it again! He put up a great show against the
Australians in the 3-match Test series, scoring quite a few 50's and
taking some good close-in catches. Sadly he missed out on a century
on all the occasions. The 3rd Test was disappointing for him as he
performed poorly in front of his home crowd.
Rahul Dravid has been selected as the Pantaloon Cricketer of the Year
(August 1996 - July 1997). A large number of former cricketers voted him
as the best Indian cricketer for the year.
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