Dravid scripts a Sunny day at Trent Bridge

Dravid scripts a Sunny day at Trent Bridge

Dravid scripts a Sunny day at Trent Bridge

Rahul Dravid guides a ball away on the second day of the second Test match against England at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham on Saturday. India were all out for 288. England were 24/1 in their second innings. AP

It was indeed a proud mom­ent — the one that put him on a par with Sunil Gavaskar as the second highest century getter for India and also with West Indian legend Brian Lara’s record— for the 38-year-old but he was quickly ready to face the next ball after briefly acknowledging his appreciative team mates and the full-house at the venue.

A job half-done

India had taken the lead but Dravid knew it was only a job half done. It was as though he had the premonition of things to come as India blew another advantageous position in the match. M S Dhoni’s men lost six wickets for just 21 runs in the last session to be all out for 288 with Stuart Broad claiming five wickets, including a hat-trick, in 16 balls. With his partners deserting him fast, the veteran, in a selfless act, decided to get some quick runs and fell in the process. But if India still have their no­ses in front it’s because of a fi­ghting century from the right-hander.  This was his third ce­ntury in five matches, incl­uding the one against the We­st Indies in Jamaica, a great turnaround in fortunes for someone who was low on self-confidence not too long ago.   

The odds were heavily sta­cked against Dravid on the day. He wasn’t batting in his usual number 3 spot and the conditions were tilted more towards bowlers.

He suffered a blow on the right wrist early on in the inn­ings and battled cramps tow­ards the end of his innings. Yet the Bangalorean carried on gamely. It was a typical wo­rk­manlike Dravid innings, mo­re sweat than swagger and he­n­ce more substance than st­yle.
 

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