Rahul Dravid remains as a legendary figure in the Indian cricket as he amassed over 10000 runs in both Test and ODI formats on his way to handing many memorable wins for the country. One can’t deny that Dravid’s achievements weren’t as celebrated as they should have been during his playing days with the presence of Sachin Tendulkar who attained godly status. The Karnataka batsman owned many records under his belt during his cricketing career but few of them hardly earn an attention.
Here we look at five records from Rahul Dravid’s professional career not many people are aware of:
5. Oldest player for India in T20Is
Rahul Dravid’s T20I debut came under dramatic circumstances as the former Indian skipper got picked in the playing XI due to an injury-hit squad. Few specialist top-order batsmen got ruled out ahead of the one-off T20I against England in Manchester. Sachin Tendulkar opted out of the game as he announced his retirement from the format a year before.
Rahul was 38 years and 232 days old on the day of his lone T20I match which makes him the oldest player to feature in a T20I for India. MS Dhoni has a good chance of breaking this record if he plays a in the format at any point from here on.
Dravid also became one of the oldest T20I debutants at that point and was also the then oldest T20I debutant from the Test playing countries. Only one full-member nation player is ahead of Dravid as of today in the list of oldest T20I debutants – Rafatullah Mohmand of Pakistan who was past 39 while making his debut in 2015 against England. Rafatullah did play two more T20Is after making his debut in the format.
4. Batting records for Scotland
Rahul Dravid representing Scotland is a much-spoken fact on the social media but the records he created in his stint with them has left a mark of his greatness. Dravid was signed as an overseas player by the Scottish team for the National Cricket League 2003 – England’s domestic One-Day Cup. Dravid aggregated 600 runs at an impressive average of 66.67 with three tons and two fifties across 11 matches he played in that tournament.
Dravid’s batting average for Scotland still remains the best for any player with at least 500+ runs in List A format and also in all professional cricket. Those 600 runs are still the most number of runs scored by any player for Scotland in a series/tournament in any format. Kyle Coetzer came close to breaking this record as he scored a total of 595 runs during the ICC WCL Championship between 2011 and 2013-14 seasons.
By the time Rahul Dravid scored three hundreds during the 2003 NCL, no other Scotland player had smashed more than one century in his career. However, Dravid doesn’t hold the record of most hundreds in career in any format for the Scotts. Another record which he created for Scotland in 2003 was the highest List A score for them of 129* against Nottinghamshire. There are eight individual List A scores of more than 129 runs for Scotland as of today.
3. Winning a Test match in all six countries as captain
Rahul Dravid’s record as captain is often underrated due to India’s disastrous Champions Trophy and World Cup campaigns during 2006-2007 under him. The majority portion of India’s world record streak of 17 wins while chasing came during Dravid’s tenure as the Indian captain. He also led India to overseas Test series wins which India hadn’t managed for a couple of decades.
Under his captaincy, India won Test series in England, West Indies and Bangladesh alongside home victories. Dravid led India to their maiden Test win on South African soil and was also the captain in the famous innings win during the 2004 Multan Test. This meant India won at least one Test under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy in all the six countries where he led the team in this format.
No other Indian player has been a captain in more than three nations having won at least one Test. Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni have won a Test in 8 different countries as captain but led India in 10 and 9 nations in the longest format. Ganguly missed out on wins in New Zealand and South Africa while Dhoni in Australia. Virat Kohli won a Test in six countries out of the eight he led India having missed out victories in Bangladesh and New Zealand.
2. Most runs scored in Test cricket when at the crease
Often the balls faced, minutes batted and the runs scored by Rahul Dravid get a mention in the batting records he holds in Test cricket. But Dravid holds one more Test batting record by virtue of his longevity at the crease. Rahul was involved in a total of 32039 partnership runs in Test cricket which include the runs by Dravid, runs scored by his batting partners and also the extras.
Only two players till date have been part of 30000+ partnership runs in Test cricket. Dravid was the first to achieve this feat while Sachin Tendulkar joined his teammate as Indian team aggregated 31245 runs when Sachin was at the crease. Dravid was involved in 738 partnerships in his career out of which 88 were century stands. No other player involved in as many century stands as Rahul in Test cricket.
Tendulkar is close next with 86 stands in excess of 100 runs. Dravid also witnessed a total of 453 wickets falling during his stay at the crease. He is one of the two players to have seen the fall of more than 400 wickets in this format. Shivnarine Chanderpaul tops this list as a total of 519 wickets of West Indies fell while the left-hander was at the crease.
1. Fastest fifty by an Indian wicketkeeper
Rahul Dravid has a special connection with the Hyderabad’s L.B. Stadium while playing for the Indian team. He scored a century while leading India in a Youth Test at this venue in 1992 against New Zealand. Seven years later, Dravid recorded his highest ODI score at this venue against the Blackcaps only. Dravid extended his love with the stadium when India played the New Zealand team in an ODI in 2003.
Rahul showed a different angle in his batting as he smashed 5 fours and 3 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 50 off 22 balls. His 22-ball fifty remains as the joint 2nd fastest for India in the ODI format standing only behind Ajit Agarkar’s effort in 21 deliveries. Since this half-century by Dravid, only one Indian managed to score a fifty inside 25 deliveries in the 50-over format – Yuvraj Singh in 2004 against Bangladesh.
Dravid’s fastest ODI fifty is also the quickest fifty by a wicketkeeper for India in ODI cricket. The next fastest fifty by an Indian is off 26 balls by MS Dhoni which came against England in Cardiff during India’s horror 2011 tour. The 22-ball fifty from Rahul Dravid is also the fastest fifty in International cricket by an Indian wicketkeeper. Another Rahul from Karnataka, KL Rahul, came close to breaking his idol’s record when he scored a 23-ball fifty in the Auckland T20I earlier this year which was also against New Zealand.
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