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Who is the Greatest Indian Test Batsman of All Time in Cricket

Updated on September 28, 2011

Rahul Dravid, the Greatest of Them All.

India has been playing test cricket since 1932, when India played its first test match at Lords in England against the MCC. All these years a number of batsmen have made their appearance and many have a left a lasting impact on the game. One can recount the names of Colonel CK Nayudu, Vijay Merchant, Vijay Hazare, Nawab of Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar and more recently Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.

Most people would vote for Sachin Tendulkar, simply because of the fact that he has the maximum centuries in Test cricket (50) and for the fact that he has been around for nearly 2 decades. Perhaps this is the reason we cannot count him as the greatest as despite a plethora of records he has one ingredient missing and that is; he is not a match winner or a match savior. In his two decades in the Indian team Tendulkar has been unable to sustain any winning spree. On the contrary there have been umpteen occasions when India were within reach of victory, yet floundered at the post and lost, because Tendulkar was not up to the task and failed. Neither was he a match savior and on many occasions India lost to the lowest ranked team in world cricket Zimbabwe with Sachin in the ranks. He is certainly not a Bradman or Richards or a Sobers. In addition as pointed out by Sanjay Manjreker, he is averse to fast bowling and on occasions with a tough tour looming ahead would chicken out on some flimsy pretext like his not going on tour to the West Indies in 2011 and earlier in 2007.

In my opinion the greatest Indian batsmen since the dawn of test Cricket in India is Rahul Dravid. He is one man who is not only a role model, but has been the veritable ‘Wall’ who has blunted the opposition. His records and performance speak for themselves and this is one batsman who has never said ‘No” to either going on a tour or playing in a test. In fact his best records are on unplayable pitches like in the West Indies. On the present tour of the West Indies, he is the one single factor who stands between India losing. He is the man who on umpteen occasions has saved India and played match winning knocks from the hard wickets of the West Indies and the fast wickets of Australia to the swinging conditions in England. His 31 centuries are proof of his ability. But one does not go by statistics, but by the manner he faced the opposition, in particular the pace bowlers. After GR Vishwanath, he is the one player who has a tremendous record of courage and bravery against the most lethal bowlers in test Cricket.

Dravid is a soft spoken and unassuming player. One look at him and a person can sense his dedication to the game. Over the last decade and a half his record of being a factor in an Indian win or a match saved has largely gone unnoticed. He is humble and dedicated. It’s about time we recognized him as the greatest Indian Test batsman of all time.

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      SpiffyD 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Whew. I thought that I was going to read another hub about Sachin Tendulkar. I'm so happy to see that it was about Rahul Dravid. I must admit that Dravid may not be the kind of batsman you'd pay to watch, but he is difficult to dislodge. His stats suggest that for every innings, he faces 123 balls and scores about 52 runs. This might seem dreary, but Dravid is the kind of player that allows strokemakers to flourish. It would have been interesting to know Tendulkar's batting strike rate. However, he started playing in the 1980s, so that data is not available. Nice hub!

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Excellent comment. Thank you sir

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      Deepak Sen 5 years ago

      Rahul Dravid is better than Sachin Tendulkar. dravid plays

      for India.he put all the hard work. sachin only play for

      recod . for devopling Indian Cricket is must requers to

      sachin out of indian team and Rahul Dravid play 1-2 year

      more for INDIA because India team needs Rahul Dravid servis

      for bulid a strong team .

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      You are right Deepak, Sachin only plays for records

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      majeed 5 years ago

      Dravid was the match winning player in indian cricket history btn 1996 - 2010

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes Majeed, i agree with you. The Pakistani Hanif Mohammed was cast in a similar mould

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      Samir Mathur 4 years ago

      RAHUL DRAVID he is most technically sound batsmen in the world.surely he is the no.1 test batsman of india.

      but no one can question SACHIN TENDULKAR its his passion that he is still playing after20 years of his debut and maintaining his consistency...

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      sanjay 4 years ago

      "In his two decades in the Indian team Tendulkar has been unable to sustain any winning spree. On the contrary there have been umpteen occasions when India were within reach of victory, yet floundered at the post and lost, because Tendulkar was not up to the task and failed. Neither was he a match savior and on many occasions India lost to the lowest ranked team in world cricket Zimbabwe with Sachin in the ranks"

      - How many winning spree you will owe to Dravid?

      - You say 'Sachin' was not up to the task. Immediately comes to mind Tendulkar's knock against Pakistan in Chennai, where 85/5, he took India within reach despite severe pain. India needed another 17 with 3 wickets but could score only 4. Is it Tendulkar's fault, may be, its a team game. Probably for you it would have been better if India would have lost by many runs.

      - You mentioned he chickened out twice. Do you mean there were only 2 tours in his 20years career which were so 'tough' that he chickened out.

      I agree Dravid played many match winning knocks, but I believe Sachin also played many more so called 'Match winning knocks' which couldn't 'win' matches because team failed to step up and provide the support.

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      Mandar Karandikar 4 years ago from Ratlam, India

      MG,

      I agree with u. Dravid is better in terms of temperament, technique and works extremely hard. It was a very good informative hub. I suggest u to re-analyse the title (cricket has been used twice-the last two words are not too necessary, I guess). Voting up..........

      :) Mandar

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      Rubina Syed 4 years ago

      sachin tendulkar has a great passion for the game , he is the greatest batsman india have ever had

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you for your comment

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