Former opener Gautam Gambhir feels that batting nice Rahul Dravid is the nation’s most “under-rated” ex-captain, who by no means received sufficient credit score for his contribution to the sport in India regardless of making an affect corresponding to solely Sachin Tendulkar. Dravid captained India in 79 ODIs, successful 42 of them, which incorporates the world document of 14 successive wins whereas chasing. The 47-year-old additionally led India’s Take a look at staff to some spectacular ends in away sequence in West Indies, South Africa, Bangladesh and England.
“It’s so unlucky that we don’t give Rahul Dravid sufficient credit score for his captaincy. We solely discuss Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, now we discuss Virat Kohli, however Rahul Dravid has been a wonderful captain for India as properly,” Gambhir mentioned throughout Star Sports activities’ present ‘Cricket Related’.
“Even his information, he is in all probability probably the most under-rated cricketer and doubtless probably the most under-rated chief as properly. We gained in England, West Indies, we gained some 14 or 15 video games on the trot.”
In his illustrious worldwide profession, Dravid amassed 13288 runs in 164 Exams and 10889 runs in 344 ODIs. He was the pinnacle coach for the India under-19 and A groups from 2016 to 2019 and is at present the Director of Cricket Operations at Nationwide Cricket Academy, Bengaluru.
Gambhir, who was part of each the 2007 and 2011 World Cup-winning Indian groups, mentioned Dravid’s affect on Indian cricket was greater than Ganguly and Tendulkar.
“For me, I believe he has had a much bigger affect. Sourav Ganguly has all the time had a much bigger affect in white-ball cricket due to his flamboyance, however Rahul Dravid general, in Indian cricket, had a a lot larger affect than in all probability anybody,” he mentioned.
“You’ll be able to really match his affect to somebody like Sachin Tendulkar as properly as a result of he performed underneath the shadows of Sachin Tendulkar all his life, however sure, affect clever, in all probability the identical.”
Apart from being a prolific batsman, Dravid additionally effected 85 dismissals in 73 matches as a wicketkeeper from 1999 to 2004.
He additionally holds the world document for taking most catches as a non-wicketkeeper fielder in Take a look at Cricket, having taken 210 catches from 164 matches.
“In case you requested him to open the batting in Take a look at cricket, he did, he batted at No. 3, he stored wickets for India, he batted as a finisher, he did all the pieces what Indian cricket requested him or what a captain requested him to do and that’s the form of function fashions you need,” Gambhir mentioned.
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