Today in the blast from the past series we will be sharing glimpses of first test century of one of the finest batsman ever. Nicknamed “The Wall” by ICC for his great defensive skills, Rahul Dravid made his debut in 1996 for India against England. Rahul Dravid missed his century by 5 runs in his debut test match.
Rahul impressed everyone with his great Cricketing skills and made his test century against England after 7 months of making his debut. India was on tour of South Africa and lost first two test matches by big margins of 328 runs and 282 runs.
In the third test, India won the toss and elected to bat first. Indian openers Vikram Rathour and Nayan Mongia couldn’t do much and India was 46-2 and it seemed that India would be repeating the same story; however, Rahul Dravid had other plans. He confronted the pace battery of Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Brian McMillan and Lance Klusener with great skills. India ended the day one at 233/3 with Rahul Dravid being on 81 not out and Saurav Ganguly on 68 not out.
On the second day of the third test match, Rahul Dravid completed his century and scored 148 runs from 362 balls. He scored 21 fours in his 541 minutes long inning.
With help of Dravid’s big score, India scored 410 runs. Rahul Dravid scored 36% runs of the total score. In reply, South Africa scored 321. India declared their second inning at 266/8 and Rahul Dravid scored 81. In whole Dravid scored 33% runs of the total score. In reply, South Africa scored 228/8 and saved the game as the match was drawn. Rahul Dravid was scored player of the match.
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