Dravid becomes first to reach 1,000 runs in 2002

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2002, 1:10 [IST]
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Bangalore: Rahul Dravid aptly applied his mind and stuck to the nick names showered on him (Rock of Gibraltor, Mr Consistent, Mr Dependable, the Wall), when he went on to record his second double century and 13th three figure innings when he scored 217 in the first innings in the fourth and final Test at the Oval, on September 8, 2002. He had played for over 10 hours, showed no inclination whatsoever to come out of the crease and the England tired bowlers never looked like taking his wicket. The only way he could have got out was run out and he was dismissed exactly in the same manner in a mix up with Ajay Ratra. However Dravid had the satisfaction of recording his highest individual score by bettering his previous best 200 not out against Zimbabwe in the 1st Test at Delhi in 2000-01. Records went on accumulating during Dravid's innings. He became the first player in the calendar year 2002 to reach 1,000-run mark in Tests and he has now a tally of 1,078 runs at a healthy average of 67.37. This was his second double century in his 64th Test. Dravid's double hundred was 22nd for India and he became only the 6th Indian to score two or more double hundreds in Tests. Sunil Gavaskar has the distinction of scoring most double centuries for India - four (3 versus West Indies; 220 in 1970/71, 205 in 1978/79 and 236 not out in 1983/84 and 221 versus England in 1979), M H Mankad (2 versus New Zealand - 223 and 231 in 1955/56), D N Sardesai (200 not out vs New Zealand in 1964/65 and 212 versus West Indies in 1970/71), V G Kambli (227 versus Zimbabwe and 224 versus England in 1992/93) and S R Tendulkar (217 versus New Zealand in 1999/00 and 201 versus Zimbabwe in 2000/01) are the others who have each scored two double hundreds. Mankad's feat is a rare one in that both the double centuries have come in the same series - a feat not even achieved by Sunil Gavaskar. Dravid also surpassed his previous best aggregate in a series viz., 432 runs in two Tests against Zimbabwe in 2000. He has now scored 602 runs in the current npower Test series against England. Having scored 115 at Nottingham and 148 at Leeds, Dravid by scoring 217 at The Oval, became only the 5th Indian after Vijay Hazare, Polly Umrigar, Sunil Gavaskar and Vinod Kambli to score three centuries in a row. Gavaskar has done it twice in his career. Dravid just failed to surpass Gavaskar's record score of 221 at The Oval in 1979 - the highest score recorded by an Indian in any AWAY series. He also fell short of 224 - the highest score by an Indian against England - scored by Vinod Kambli in the 3rd Test at Bombay in 1992-93. Dravid's break up for calendar year 2002 (up to end of 4th day's play on 08/09/2002):
65dnbvs Zim1st TestNagpur
1& 6vs Zim2nd TestDelhi
144*dnbvs WI1st TestGeorgetown
6736vs WI2nd TestPort of Spain
1714vs WI3rd TestBridgetown
91dnbvs WI4th TestSt John's
5& 30vs WI5th TestKingston
4663vs Eng1st TestLord's
13115vs Eng2nd TestNottingham
148dnbvs Eng3rd TestLeeds
217  vs Eng4th TestThe Oval
'Rock of Gibraltar' Dravid surpasses 5,000-run mark

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