Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Dravid's best innings

Looking back at Rahul Dravid's entire career, what would you consider to be his best innings across formats?

  Though there are so many to choose from like the 180 in that memorable Dravid in Adelaide, 2003 turnaround with Laxman in Kolkata, the century on a green-top in Leeds in 2002, his highest Test score of 270 that helped India to a historic series win in Pakistan and maybe even an ODI innings like the one he played against Sri Lanka  during the 1999 World Cup, but looking at occassion, circumstance and impact our vote goes to his 233 against Australia in Adelaide, 2003.
 
Rahul entered with India on 66-1 and he left the field only left when India's innings wrapped up at 523. He was circumspect early on his innings after India lost Chopra, Sehwag, Tendulkar and Ganguly in quick sucession, which left them reeling on 85-4.

He then went on to once again stitch together a spectacular partnership with Laxman, but this time managed to go way ahead of him and in the process helped his team to reach a total just short of Australia's mammoth 1st innings score of 556. His innings was classy, confident and full of poetic cover drives. His knock answered critics who questioned his ability to score runs in Australia and was ultimately responsible for the outcome of the match - India's first victory on Aussie soil in 22 years. India's performance in Adelaide put them 1-0 up in the series and cemented their reputation as world beaters.

It was befitting that after India knocked out Australia for 196 in their second innings, it was Dravid who took India to their target with a masterful unbeaten 72 and hit the winning runs.

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