Credit to Rahul Dravid, for at times outdoing Sachin Tendulkar: Ramiz Raja
Former India captain Rahul Dravid’s career statistics are enough for his ‘legend’ name. Once known in Indian cricket as ‘The Wall’, the batsman is one of the best in the history of cricket in his country.
Whenever Dravid came to the wicket, the bowlers would depend on his mistakes. They knew that hard times were waiting for them. Whether it’s his historic innings against Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2001 or his 153 against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup, Dravid was unique in any respect. Sachin Tendulkar’s solo reign came in Indian cricket at the time he played. But a lot of the time Tendulkar would have faded away to this great batsman.
Former Pakistan captain and current popular commentator Ramiz Raja thinks so at least. According to Ramiz, despite having an incredibly talented star like Tendulkar in the team, Dravid has matched himself with individuality. This is his superiority.
“Maybe Rahul Dravid wasn’t as gifted as Sachin Tendulkar but to survive and compete with a great cricketer takes a lot of you. You know you’ve tried your best which is still not good enough to be the best batsman in the team and that can put you down,” Ramiz Raja was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.
Ramiz thinks Dravid was the king of tough wickets,
“But credit to Rahul Dravid, for at times outdoing Sachin Tendulkar. He was an extremely good batsman on a tough pitch because his defence was rock solid. And he had a great attitude as well at that pivotal No. 3 position and keeping as well.”
The former Pakistan star thinks that what a cricketer gives to a team in difficult times is a big issue, “You’d always respect Rahul Dravid. The greatness of a player is judged in the dressing room. If the team feels he will not let them down in a tough situation, for a gritty 30 or a 50, that’s what matters.”
Rahul Dravid has played 164 Tests for India. He scored 13,288 runs at an average of 52.31. He has also scored 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs at an average of 39.16.