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The Significance of Dravid: A Statistical Look

 

Rahul Dravid's order among the greatest run-makers of all time
is often brought into question. There are those given to berating him for his conservative
methods of scoring.

 

His colleague, friend and rival Sourav Ganguly yesterday
said he wouldn't call Dravid a ‘great' in ODIs, but merely a very good player. In
the past, Ganguly had said he would rate Tendulkar, Gavaskar and Sehwag ahead
of Dravid in Test cricket.

 

So we ask a question.

 

What does Dravid mean to Indian cricket? We set out finding the
numbers which would determine where Dravid stands among the greats.

 

First, here's a list of the highest run-scorers in
international cricket. With 26,695 runs in Tests, ODIs and one T20I, Dravid is
only behind Tendulkar and Ponting.

 

It's no sin trailing those two geniuses of batting.

 

Batsmen with 15,000 International Cricket Runs

No

Batsmen

Team

Total

Tests

ODI

T20I

1

S Tendulkar

Ind

33,086

14,965

18,111

10

2

R Ponting

Aus

26,462

12,459

13,602

401

3

R Dravid

Ind

23,695

12,775

10,889

31

4

J Kallis

SAF

23,686

11,947

11,227

512

5

B Lara

Win

22,358

11,953

10,405

-

6

S Jayasuriya

Srl

21,032

6,973

13,430

629

7

M Jayawardene

Srl

20,667

9,801

9,913

953

8

Inzamam-ul-Haq

Pak

20,580

8,830

11,739

11

9

K Sangakkara

Srl

18,986

8,572

9,540

874

10

S Ganguly

Ind

18,575

7,212

11,363

-

11

S Waugh

Aus

18,496

10,927

7,569

-

12

S Chanderpaul

Win

18,488

9,367

8,778

343

13

A Border

Aus

17,698

11,174

6,524

-

14

M Yousuf

Pak

17,300

7,530

9,720

50

15

M Waugh

Aus

16,529

8,029

8,500

-

16

J Miandad

Pak

16,213

8,832

7,381

-

17

D Haynes

Win

16,135

7,487

8,648

-

18

V Sehwag

Ind

15,808

7,735

7,760

313

19

A de Silva

Srl

15,645

6,361

9,284

-

20

M Azharuddin

Ind

15,593

6,215

8,378

-

21

A Gilchrist

Aus

15,461

5,570

9,619

272

22

S Fleming

NZl

15,319

7,172

8,037

110

23

V Richards

Win

15,261

8,540

6,721

-

24

C Gayle

Win

15,077

6,373

8,087

617

25

M Hayden

Aus

15,066

8,625

6,133

308

 

 

Better than Ganguly
in ODIs?

 

Is boundary-hitting over-rated? Ganguly also said Dravid didn't
have the six-hitting powers of Tendulkar, Sehwag and himself.

 

But since Dravid's ODI debut till the day we was dropped from
the ODI team (in 2007), Dravid's career strike-rate was only two points below Ganguly's.

 

Ganguly, by the way, was an opener who could use the
fielding restrictions for big-hitting.

 

Batting at 4 and 5 also reduces the possibility of making hundreds,
something which didn't hinder Ganguly's career.

 

Despite these obvious challenges, Dravid still is the third
highest scorer in the period mentioned.

 

 

Top ODI Scorers between April 3,
1996 and October 14, 2007

Player

Inns

Runs

Best

Avg

SR

100s

50s

S Tendulkar

285

11947

186*

45.95

86.29

35

60

S Ganguly

294

11271

183

41.59

73.72

22

72

R Dravid

308

10585

153

39.49

71.22

12

81

S Jayasuriya

293

10076

189

36.37

92.62

23

53

R Ponting

253

9844

164

44.34

81.02

21

58

A Gilchrist

267

9227

172

36.04

96.72

15

52

J Kallis

236

8915

139

46.19

71.75

15

62

M Atapattu

252

8486

132*

38.05

67.82

11

59

Inzamam-ul-Haq

250

8206

123

38.70

73.66

6

57

M Yousuf

229

8081

141*

41.02

74.41

12

54

 

Dravid's Replacements
in ODIs

 

During the latter days of his ODI career, Dravid often
occupied the No. 4 and 5 slots, which put the responsibility of finishing off the
innings on him. He thrived in the situation.

 

Dravid at No. 4 and 5 in ODIs

Player

Mat

Runs

Best

Avg

SR

100s

50s

0s

R Dravid

187

5760

109*

39.18

72.03

4

48

7

 

 

If there's any consolation you can take from his premature
departure from the ODI scene, it is this: all the other players at No. 4 and 5
have averaged better than Dravid.

 

India's No. 4 and 5 since October
15 2007

Player

Mat

Runs

Best

Avg

SR

100s

50s

0s

Yuvraj Singh

75

2547

138*

41.75

89.27

5

16

4

MS Dhoni

49

2106

124

61.94

85.29

4

13

0

R Sharma

37

1129

114

41.81

80.64

2

7

3

S Raina

29

913

116*

45.65

99.45

2

6

1

V Kohli

18

625

107

44.64

78.22

2

3

0

 

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