'Flying wall' Dravid on Mount 11,000

Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid exults after scoring a century during India's first innings on the first day's play of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad on Monday. AP

Lifting India from a precarious 32 for 4, in the company of Yuvraj Singh and skipper Dhoni, Dravid not only made a scintillating, unbeaten 177, but crossed a milestone of his own by touching the 11,000-run mark in Test cricket.

Dravid’s 27th Test century was studded with 26 delectable boundaries and a six. He put on 129 runs with Yuvraj for the fifth wicket and 224 with Dhoni for the sixth and India ended the day at a robust 385 for six.

In fact, for someone considered “The Wall” somewhat uncharitably, Dravid was the linchpin of India’s highest ever opening day’s score of a Test match. It surpassed the previous highest of 372 against South Africa at Bloemfontein on November 3, 2001.

With 11,000 runs from 135 Tests, Dravid joins the elite list of five batsmen which has compatriot Sachin Tendulkar at the top with 12,781 runs from 160 Tests.

 The 36-year-old Rahul Dravid, who is three months older than Tendulkar, but began his career a little over seven years later, also has 10,765 runs from 339 ODIs.

Given Dravid’s consistency and hunger for big scores, Tendulkar has to watch out for not only Ricky Ponting, but the deceptive ‘flying wall’ as well in order to keep his records!

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