Today, Dravid is the tenth-highest impact ODI batsman in Indian cricket history (minimum 75 matches; after Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Ganguly, Sidhu, Gambhir, Azharuddin, Sehwag and Yuvraj). He has 3 series-defining performances in 344 ODIs, a far cry from his 8 in 164 Tests.
However, his ODI batting had one thing in common with his Test career. In both forms of the game, Dravid successfully absorbed more pressure than any batsman in the history of Indian cricket. In both forms of the game – this is utterly remarkable – no other country has had any batsman achieve this. Ultimately, this is also what defines Dravid’s legacy in Indian cricket, whatever the format. And, in Test cricket particularly, doing this from the pivotal number 3 position, changed the narrative of Indian cricket in the first part of the 2000s decade. It is a contribution that cannot be underestimated.
Even without touching upon his ability as a slip-fielder in Tests (a world-record 210 catches) or his wicket-keeping in ODIs (73 matches, when he was also at his best as an ODI batsman) or his captaincy record (overseas Test series wins in eons against West Indies and England), Rahul Dravid’s place in Indian cricket history is right at the top.
For someone who always knew the team cause was paramount, who chose the most important moments to bring out his best and who always saw the big picture – it is perhaps time for Indian cricket to at least now reveal the truest picture for all to see. One where Rahul Sharad Dravid’s stature is second to none.
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