Staggering figures on the 'Wall'

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Published: Friday, March 9, 2012, 17:36 [IST]
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Staggering figures on the 'Wall'

Bangalore, Mar 8: The second highest run-getter in Test cricket, Rahul Dravid, on Friday announced his retirement from international cricket. Regarded as one of the greatest batsman in Test cricket history, Dravid scored 13,288 at 52.31 in Test cricket with 7690 runs in 94 Tests at 53.03 making him the most successful Test batsman overseas and placing him above West Indies' Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting of Australia.

With 8705 runs in 106 matches, only Sachin Tendulkar is ahead of Dravid.

Nicknamed the "Wall" Dravid stands fourth in the list of highest centuries behind Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis with 36 centuries along with 63 fifties.

Dravid has scored 21 centuries in overseas Tests behind Tendulkar but leads Lara and Ponting.

The 30-year-old Dravid has scored 5598 runs at an average of 51.35 with 222 being his highest score at home. As captain, Dravid scored 1736 runs in 25 Tests.

The former skipper became the first player to score a century against all Test-playing nations when he scored 160 against Bangladesh.

Dravid, who notched up his highest score (270) against Pakistan, played some memorable knocks over the years, but the double hundred against Australia at Adelaide in 2003-4 and the 180 against the same opponents at Eden Gardens before that would rank much higher in the order.

Australia have been his favourite opponent as he has slammed over 2000 runs against them, though the average (38.67) is below his standard.

Besides Tests, Dravid is the seventh highest run-getter in ODI scoring 10,889 runs with an average of 35.82 and 12 centuries in 344 innings.

He has been associated in two highest partnerships in one-day internationals. Both are incidentally for the second wicket position and were registered in the same year 1999 - 331 runs with Sachin Tendulkar vs New Zealand at Hyderabad and 318 runs with Sourav Ganguly against Sri Lanka at Taunton during the 1999 World Cup.


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