Cricket News sort by Rahul Sharad Dravid

It has been just over a year since the legendary Rahul Dravid retired. At that point, one wondered how such a huge vacuum would be filled in India’s batting order, the number three position being such a pivotal spot, and Dravid being such a big name in world cricket.

Following India’s victory in the first Test at Chennai, MS Dhoni equaled Sourav Ganguly’s record of most Test wins as Indian captain –21. We take a closer look at some of India’s successful leaders over the years, and their individual performances during their stint as captain of the side.

When Harbhajan Singh stepped on to the field for the first Test against Australia at Chennai, he joined the elite club of cricketers to have played 100 Tests for India. Although his performance in the first innings at Chennai wasn’t worthy of the occasion, it was a significant achievement nonetheless. We tried to rate the ‘centurions’ of India cricket in order of the impact they made on the team’s fortunes.

Steve Waugh had termed Australia’s tour of India in 2001 as the ‘final frontier’. Cricket pundits felt this was their best chance of winning in India; they had arrived in India on a 15-match winning streak. As things transpired, Australia failed to clinch the series in spite of some inspirational performances, and an unprecedented fightback from India.

The first match of the five-match ODI series between India and Pakistan played at the National Stadium in Karachi as part of the ‘friendship’ series in 2004 set the tone for the remainder of the games in the series. It was a high-scoring contest, which went right into the last over.

Following India’s abject surrender to England for the second time in a row, at Kolkata, former India captain Rahul Dravid lambasted the Indian team over the lack of skill and ability of its players.

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Ricky Ponting’s decision to quit from the game after the Perth Test did not come as surprise to anybody, but it did add to the long list of veterans who bid good bye to the game this year.

Leading the Indian cricket team is one of toughest jobs in the sport. And not surprisingly, the individual performances of most captains begin to suffer as they take on the tedious task.