Johannesburg, Dec 17: Dravid didn't play well in the first innings of the first Test against South Africa, gettiing out for just 14. But that was all he required to reach another major milestone in his career. Dravid overtook former West Indian captain Brain Lara as the third highest run-getter in the history of Test cricket.
Dravid achieved this feat after reaching 11 runs in the first of the three-match series against South Africa, the Daily Times reports.
Needing 11 runs to surpass Lara's 11,953 in the all-time run-getter's list, Dravid reached the milestone with a double, clipping South African pacer Dale Steyn off the back foot towards the square-leg region at the Supersport Park.
Dravid, who had an average of 53.31 before this Test, achieved the feat in his 148th match. His team-mate and Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar leads the chart with 14,366 runs from 175 Tests, followed by Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who has scored 12,332 runs from 151 matches so far.
It is noteworthy that Dravid is also just one short of becoming the first cricketer to take 200 catches in Tests.