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Rahul Dravid's 34th century helps India lead at Trent Bridge

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , , | Posted On Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Rahul Dravid at Trent Bridge.
It was Rahul Dravid's heroic effort of a 117runs that helped India take a lead in the second test at Trent Bridge, England.India's innings started on a low when Abhinav Mukund got out of the first ball of the innings.VVS Laxman came one down and they both were building a steady partnership till Laxman got out to Prior caught behind of Bresnan.Then India were looking to struggle as Suresh Raina and Sachin Tendulkar got out.Later Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid build a solid partnership, after which India struggled to make an impact as India's   tail-end failed miserably.The indian innings ended at 288/10 when there was 11 overs left in the game.England who came on to bat lost an early wicket of Cook who was caught by Yuvraj Singh of Ishant Sharma.England were 24/1 at Stumps.

Anyways congrats RD for his third test ton in five test matches.Amazing year for him.

Zaheer Khan and Gautham Gambhir unlikely for Trent Bridge test match

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , , | Posted On Friday, July 29, 2011 at 5:29 AM

Gautham Gambhir

Zaheer Khan
The latest news from the India England test series is that Zaheer Khan won't be playing the Nottingham test match at Trent Bridge and will most probably be replaced by Sreesanth or Munaf Patel.There are also rumours of an injury for Gautham Gambhir and it is said that he will be replaced with Sehwag while Abhinav Mukund might find his place in the squad.While Suresh Raina might be playing again here.The match would be one to watch for.The match starts at 3.30 Indian time and can be watched on Star Cricket.

We wish Mahendra Singh Dhoni ,the team and especially our Wall to do his magic.

Dravid's Lords century inspired me -Suresh Raina

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , , | Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 4:52 AM

Suresh Raina.
Raina who had a poor first Innings at the lords test match said that his second innings score of 78 was inspired from Rahul Dravid's 33rd Century and his first Century at lords.

Sachin spent quite some time with Raina and advised him not to give it away after having done well in the West Indies... ‘Keep working hard’ was his message... Dravid said much the same thing, boosting Raina’s confidence no end,

Rahul Dravid 'The Unsung hero'

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , , | Posted On at 4:46 AM

Rahul Dravid.
This is a great article on Rahul Dravid at article is a must read for all die hard Dravid fans.

Batting at No.3 in a line-up is one of the toughest jobs in cricket. It calls for extreme precision and focus of the highest order for a prolonged period of time. In a cricket mad country which has produced several gems in the sport, one rare gem bats at No. 3, ever ready to shoulder the burden of the team, seldom disappointing fans. He is Rahul Dravid, ‘The Wall’ of India.

Read the full article at:

Dravid on Brian Lara as told by Sangakkara video

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: | Posted On Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 5:47 AM

Rahul Dravid and Brian Lara at West Indies in 2006.

Rahul Dravid and Brian Lara
The 2011 Cowdrey Lecture Panel discuss about cricket when Sangakkara describes Rahul Dravid's admiration for Brian Lara.He says the incident happened when they all were playing for a charity match where Sangakkara and Dravid were playing for the same team and Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara for the opposing team.When Sachin got out and Brian Charles Lara came on to bat when Dravid openly told him his admiration for Brian Lara.You have to watch this video friends.Don't miss this.

Sangakkara speaking about Rahul Dravid's admiration for Dravid.

Dravid surpasses Brian Lara to become highest Fourth Innings rungetter in tests

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , , | Posted On at 5:33 AM

Brian Lara and Rahul Dravid.
Rahul Dravid now has a new record to his name.He is the highest rungetter in fourth innings of a test match,he has surpassed Brian Lara to achive this feat who had 1440 runs, While Dravid now has 1468 runs to his name.Dravid has scored one century and nine 50's in fourth innings for India.While Sunil Gavaskar is the only other bastmen in top five in the list with 1398 runs to his name, While Sachin Tendulkar is 7th in this list with 1371 runs to his name.No other Indian Batsmen other than this three have made it to the top 10 of this list.

I got the stats from Rediff page.

India loses Lords Test by 196 runs

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , , | Posted On at 5:22 AM

Rahul Dravid
Despite Rahul Dravid's heroic century in 1st Innings to avoid follow on and Suresh Raina's heroic fight back in the second innings England managed to get India all out before 30 overs were left to the start of the session today we lost 3 wickets in the first session of Rahul Dravid,VVS Laxman and Tendulkar.Dravid and Laxman looked in top form when an error very unlikely of Dravid came when he edged the bowl to England keeper Matt Prior.Then Sachin came on to bat and looked agressive at start hitting a century initially but then went on to a defensive play.Sachin just managed 12 runs from 68 balls.Sachin was suffering from viral fever.These were the three wickets which fell in the first session and then the next session we lost the wicket of Gautam Gambhir.Things were looking worse for India when Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina kept a partnership going and at that point we were in hope of saving this test match but that all ended when Dhoni edged one to the keeper of Tremlett's bowling.Broad came soon and a had a huge lbw appeal of Suresh Raina turned down, Which was hitting middle stump and was also in line,The decision was turned down by Billy Bowden.After Dhoni's departure came Harbhajan Singh who looked very defensive at start and looked dangerous as he went on.He hit two cracking fours before he got out Tremlett as again he proved his weekness to short balls.Praveen Kumar came on to bat after that and had a short life scoring 2 from 9 balls and then came Zaheer Khan on to bat.Suresh Raina was the next to go edging it to the slips and finally Tremlett got Ishant Sharma caught behind the stumps and England were the happier side winning by a huge margin of 196 runs against the world champions.

Indian team morale was down due to a lot of reasons starting with Zaheer's and Gambhir's injury and then Sachin's viral fever.But we are a champion team and should not complaint.Looking forward to a great second test on Friday.

India needs 378runs with 9 wickets in hand to win Lords Test on Day5

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, July 25, 2011 at 4:06 AM

Rahul Dravid 
What a showdown.India now needs to achieve a target of about 378 with 9 wickets in Hand.The second Innings for India had started with Dravid coming up as an opening player to substitute Gautam Gambhir to a hospital for scanning his injured hand.Now VVS laxman came in at number 3 as Sachin also is down with fever and will be batting lower in the order.

Video:Practicing catching on Crazy catch nets.

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , | Posted On Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 6:25 AM

Rahul Dravid Practicing

Here is a super video of Rahul Dravid practicing catching with crazy catch nets amazing.Just look at him he is the best.No wonder why he is the best Slip fielder of all time and a world record catch holder.

Rahul Dravid keeping wickets while Dhoni bowls at Lords test Video

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , , , | Posted On at 6:12 AM

Dhoni Bowls to Kevin Pietersen as Rahul Dravid becomes the wicket keeper.

Dhoni bowls to Pietersen after lunch when Rahul Dravid keeps the stumps.His over just conceeded one run and he almost caught Kevin Pietersen lbw.

First century at Lords for the Wall

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , , | Posted On at 6:07 AM

Rahul Dravid celebrating his 33rd International Century/
It was one of the most beautiful innings of his career, Which i believe RD will cherish for a life time.He had missed out the century on his debut at the Lords cricket ground where he made 95 and was just five runs short of his century.Mean while Sourav Ganguly who was at the other end went on to make a debut century.It was a dream for RD to get a century and that long time dream has come true after 15 long years.We congragulate Dravid on this achivement.

Rahul Dravid celebrating his maiden century at Lords.

Rahul Dravid's 103 notout came of 344 balls at a strike rate close to 46.Dravid kept his cool while wickets were falling at the other end.It was Ishant Sharma who got out last while Rahul was at the other end.He burst out into celebration once he hit the century and that showed how much he cared about that century.India has avoided follow-on and at Stumps England were batting at 5/0 with Strauss and Cook at the crease.The test could easily go into a draw by the looks, Anyway it would be interesting to watch how India can cope up with the absence of Zaheer Khan.

Video: Rahul Dravid's 1st Wicket of Saeed Anwar

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , | Posted On Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Rahul Dravid taking his first ODI Wicket of Saeed Anwar.

A very rare video of Rahul Dravid bowling and getting his first ODI wicket when he manages to get Saeed Anwar caught behind at 95.Look at the expression on his face.He still cherishes this wicket as he said in one of his interviews.Rare video must watch friends.

Rahul Dravid on MTV Bakra Video

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , | Posted On at 7:07 AM

Rahul Dravid on MTV Bakra

Well, This is a great video of Cyrus Broacha and team making a Rahul Dravid an MTV Bakra on the famous TV  show.On a pretext for an interview, a journalist from Singapore pleads Dravid to marry her. She introduces a man as her father, who also begs Dravid to marry his daughter.

Well just checkout the way RD reacts.A true gentleman, What if this was Yuvraj or may be Harbhajan Singh ?.

49 Runs short to become second highest run scorer in Test Cricket

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: | Posted On at 6:59 AM

Rahul Dravid is just 49 runs short of Ricky Ponting to become the second highest run scorer in test cricket.Hoping and praying that he gets a century and break this record on the first test match against England on July 21st.

Eager to see Indian Batsmen vs Graeme Swann Battle

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , | Posted On at 6:45 AM

Rahul Dravid.
India's No 3 batsmen Rahul Dravid said on Wednesday that he will be looking forward to see the battle between Graeme Swann and the Indian Batsmen.He also said that James Anderson could also be decisive in the outcome of the test series.Graeme Swann since his test debut in 2008 has then taken 140 wickets at an average below 28 and is currently ranked 2nd among test bowlers.Dravid said that

Dravid talking to the press.
He's an attacking bowler and that's one of the things that is different. He's not just looking to contain, he's looking to take wickets. He's not scared to toss the ball up and gets turn with good sideways spin. It will be a good contest against batsmen who are good players against spin, who will not be scared to take him on. Swann and Anderson are the key. Anderson has bowled really well. He's been their trump card.

Graeme Swann

Dravid said that tests will be decisive of India's pace attack and the injuries that are the main problem as of now.Last time India toured England in 2002 Dravid's 217 made India win here.Anyways looking forward to a great test match.

to talk at MCC World Cricket Committee

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , , | Posted On Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 4:54 AM

Rahul Dravid
India's former and captain and ace Batsmen Rahul Dravid is all set to address the MCC World Cricket Committee meeting to be held on July 18th and 19th at the lords.He will speak on issues like experiences of facing pink cricket ball and general quality of pitches across the world.The UDRS(Umpire decision review system),Corruption and Governance of Cricket.Hope something good turns up out of meeting.

India win test series against West Indies

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: | Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 2:54 AM

Indian Cricket Team
After the third test ended in a draw.India has taken a 1-0 lead against West Indies and has clinched the series.It was Rahul Dravids century that paved way for Indias victory in the first test.Mean while the second and third tests ended in a draw.India could have won the third test having to take less that 90runs and seven wickets in hand with 15overs.But it was Dhoni who refused to take the risk.

We wish the Indian team congrats and all the best for the upcoming series against England this month.

Happy Birthday Sourav Ganguly

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , , | Posted On Friday, July 08, 2011 at 7:16 AM

Sourav Ganguly
Friends, Our dear 'Dada' has turned 39 today.We representing all the Dravid fans would love to wish him a very happy birthday.Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly did wonders when they were together.Dravid played at his best under Dada as Vice Captain.Who would forget the world record 318 run partnership against Srilanka in the 1999 world cup.Unforgettable memories.
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