Dravid beats Sachin to be crowned greatest Indian Test batsman
Who is the best Test batsman in India in the last half century? Wisden conducted an online survey of cricket fans. Rahul Dravid is at number one behind Sachin Tendulkar.
In the battle for the best, Dravid got 52 per cent votes out of a total of 11,400 cricket fans. Sachin got 48 percent votes. Sunil Gavaskar has left Virat Kohli behind in the fight for number three. Controversy has started among cricket fans over this vote.
According to cricket fans, Rahul Dravid is India’s best Test batsman in the last 50 years. The reliable star of Indian cricket has scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests at an average of 52.31. He debuted in 1996. ‘The Wall’ last played for India in 2012 in a five-day format. He has scored 36 centuries and 63 half centuries. He played 31,258 balls.
According to some cricket fans, Dravid is the best in Indian cricket’s ‘Fab Five’. Dravid has consistently done the job of keeping one side of the innings down to three, getting the team down in difficult situations, relieving the pressure and bringing them to a comfortable position.
In Tests sometimes playing ball becomes more important than taking runs. Which he has done many times. By making the bowlers tired, he has made the work of the later batsmen easier. He never played for himself, never got stuck in the nineties. However, Dravid’s performance in South Africa is not as expected.
Sachin Tendulkar made his debut in Pakistan in 1989. Master Blaster has played 200 Tests in his long career till 2013. He scored 15,921 runs at an average of 53.78, which is the highest of all. He scored record 51 centuries. There are also 68 half-centuries.
According to many, Sachin is the best batsman in the world after Don Bradman. Tendulkar also had the ability to send good balls to the boundary. Many believe that this is the difference between a good and a great batsman. He has shown power all over the world.
Tendulkar has shown his mettle against bowlers like Curtly Ambrose, Glenn McGrath, Allan Donald, Wasim Akram and Shane Warne. He has ruled over any opponent for more than two decades under the pressure of expectations of Indian cricket fans. In all countries, in all conditions, Sachin played greatly.
Sunil Gavaskar made his debut in the West Indies in 1971. He was last seen in international cricket in 1987. He has scored 10,122 runs in 125 Tests at an average of 51.12. The number of centuries is 34, the number of half-centuries is 45. He was one of the best openers in the world.
According to many cricket fans, Gavaskar was at another level. He scored a century in a hostile environment against a Caribbean pace battery without a helmet. He scored centuries in five Test venues in Australia. He became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Tests.
Gavaskar was the specialist in the fourth innings. He played a lot of fighting innings outside the country. He scored 221-run innings at the Oval in 1979, 102 at Port of Spain in ’76, 124 and 220 in two innings at Port of Spain in ’71, a pair of double centuries in Karachi and three centuries in the second innings in Australia. His bat overcame the fear of pace bowling in abroad.
Virat Kohli is at number four. He has played 86 Tests so far. He has scored 7,240 runs at an average of 53.62. He has scored 27 centuries and 22 half-centuries. He is one of the best cricketers of this generation.
In Test cricket as well as one-day cricket and T20 format, Kohli’s average is above fifty in all three formats. He is now the number two batsman in the world in Tests. A few days ago he was at the top. He scored a century in India’s first pink ball Test.
Kohli has scored centuries in Tests all over the world except Bangladesh. He has the most double centuries among Indians in Tests. While Tendulkar has six double centuries in 200 Tests, Kohli has crossed the 200 mark seven times. According to cricket practice, Sachin’s record can be broken with his bat.