In India, cricket is celebrated like a festival. People take special leave from their work to watch intense matches between various countries especially when India is playing. Even the Indian Premier League (IPL) enjoys a huge viewership of millions every year.
During an interview with Wisden, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar had said that Rahul Dravid was the 'biggest nightmare' for him. "The biggest nightmare I ever faced was Rahul Dravid. He used to bore me. He was the first batsman who could intimidate me, in terms of when he walked in, I knew I would have to field for at least two sessions more," Akhtar revealed.
One such instance came in 2002 when Dravid along with Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly saved a Test match for India against England in Nottingham. The hosts had taken a massive first-innings lead after posting 617 in reply to India's 357.
Opener Michael Vaughan struck his career-best 197 while Craig White remained unbeaten at 94 and India were handed a deficit of 260 runs in the second innings. The worst thing about it was that India was struggling at 11/2.
This was the time when Rahul Dravid showed who he really was and why he is one of the best defensive players but also knows how to play aggressively. The right-hander stitched a stand of 163 runs with Tendulkar before the 'Master Blaster' was cleaned up by Michael Vaughan for 92.
He continued to score runs and put another partnership of 135 with captain Sourav Ganguly for the fourth wicket. Though he himself got out to give England their fourth wicket till then he had done his job as he scored 115 runs that came off 244 balls and included 16 boundaries.
Ganguly eventually missed out on getting a ton by just one run as he was cleaned up by Stephen Harmison. Stay tuned to Laughing Colours for more sports news and updates.