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Rahul Dravid, the former Indian cricketer, was known for his impeccable technique and unwavering temperament. Fondly referred to as “The Wall,” Dravid was the backbone of India’s batting lineup for years.
Throughout his illustrious career, he played several memorable innings in One Day Internationals (ODIs) that showcased his class and ability to anchor the innings. In this blog, we’ll delve into Rahul Dravid’s top 5 ODI innings, which left cricket fans in awe and cemented his status as one of the greatest batsmen of his time.
145 vs. Sri Lanka in Taunton (1999)
During the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup, India faced Sri Lanka in a crucial encounter. Dravid was in sublime form and played an unforgettable innings. His 145 runs off 129 balls, studded with 17 boundaries, helped India post an imposing total of 373/6. The Sri Lankan bowlers had no answer to his precise stroke play and resolute defense, and India secured a convincing victory.
153 vs. New Zealand in Hyderabad (1999)
Another gem from the 1999 World Cup, this time against New Zealand in Hyderabad. Dravid’s masterclass in batting saw him score 153 runs off 153 balls. Facing a challenging target of 283, Dravid held the innings together, displaying his ability to rotate the strike and find the boundaries when needed. India emerged victorious, and Dravid’s contribution was crucial in the successful chase.
104* vs. West Indies in Bristol (1999)
In the same World Cup, Rahul Dravid exhibited his mettle against the West Indies in Bristol. Batting with a blend of patience and aggression, he scored an unbeaten 104 runs off 109 balls. This knock showcased his ability to build an innings and take India to a comfortable victory.
Not limited to just one spectacular innings against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup, Dravid played an equally brilliant knock in a different ODI during the same tournament. Once again, he scored 145 runs, remaining unbeaten this time. This innings proved to be the backbone of India’s imposing total and set the stage for another triumph over Sri Lanka.
107 vs. Pakistan in Chennai (1999)
In one of the most intense ODI encounters, India faced arch-rivals Pakistan in Chennai in 1999. Dravid showcased his mettle with the bat by scoring a composed 107 runs off 126 balls. Despite India’s loss in the match, Dravid’s innings was a standout performance, demonstrating his ability to perform under pressure.