London: Fifteen years and 153 Tests later, Rahul Dravid returned to Lord's to make it to the honours board and help India avoid the follow-on. On a day that belonged to England, on a day that everybody willed Sachin Tendulkar to get his 100th hundred, Dravid, 38 years and 193 days old, stole the spotlight. Only Alec Stewart has scored a century with a longer tooth in this millennium. India were still behind by 193, looking at having to bat about four sessions to save the match. Had India followed on, though, it wouldn't have been that straightforward.
The spotlight could easily have belonged to Stuart Broad alone. On notice and a subject of "enforcer" jokes, he responded with lovely controlled outswing, and should have removed all of India's top five, but had Dravid and VVS Laxman missed in the slips in the same over. Had those catches been taken, Broad's figures then would have read 5 for 25, and India 159 for 5. While England recovered fairly well from those lapses, Dravid added 61 to the score when reprieved, 23 of them with the tail.