Dravid, the wall that still stands tall

Rahul Dravid was the only saving grace for India in what proved to be a blunt batting display from the visitors on Day 3 of the opening Test against England at the Lord's, on Saturday.

updated: July 24, 2011 09:18 IST
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New Delhi: The failure in the Test series in South Africa may have hurt Rahul Dravid but the 'Wall' of Indian batting was back at what he does best as he struck an unbeaten 103 against England on Saturday, surpassing his previous best of 95, scored in his debut Test 15 years ago, at the same venue here at the Lord's. (Also Read: I doubted myself after South Africa tour failure: Dravid)

In the course of his inning, Dravid also went past Australian Ricky Ponting to become the second highest run getter in Test cricket, behind only Sachin Tendulkar.

Day 3 of the opening Test between England and India saw Dravid come to the crease early, once a tentative Gautam Gambhir was removed by Stuart Broad, and he stitched partnerships throughout the day to bail India out of recurring collapses only to finally, run out of partners. The innings itself was, according to the player himself, his best ever although India fell 188 short of England's first innings target. (Also Read: Dravid becomes second highest run scorer in Tests)

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