Dravid will forever be remembered as ‘The Wall’ of India
India’s ‘Little Master’ Sachin Tendulkar has announced that he reckons batting legend Rahul Dravid was the best number three batsman India ever had in the history of the game.
Tendulkar believes that India will never to be able to find anyone to replace such an “incredible” player.
“Rahul has been an incredible player for India and for world cricket. Nobody is going to be able to replace Rahul in that position,” Tendulkar said.
Dravid holds the record for the most runs scored by a number three batsman, beating the likes of Sir Donald Bradman and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.
Tendulkar stated that Dravid was a one-of-a-kind batsman and that he will be missed by all the Indian fans around the world.
“You need someone to be dedicated, be committed and disciplined. The entire country will miss him because we were all used to Rahul padding up batting at number 3. So obliviously these things will continue to happen because that’s how the game goes around for years. Before our generation, there were so many great players but the game continues,” Tendulkar added.
In his Test career, Dravid has represented India 164 times, and has amassed a total of 13,288 runs.
When asked about whether the current Indian team was doing anything wrong after losing a countless number of overseas series, Tendulkar noted that there were a few things the current team were doing wrong, but there was also a lot of things they were doing right.
“I don’t think we can point our fingers at our structure because with that same structure we hit the number one spot. So if there was something wrong with the structure, we would have never reached that spot. I just feel, you know, that if you compare the Australian series and you felt they always managed to get one big partnership. We were able to pick up early wickets, then invariably there was one partnership which tilted the game in their favour and there were not many big partnerships in our side. There are two ways to look at it. The batsmen aren’t scoring enough runs and on the other side the bowlers are allowing that one big partnership because one side was getting that advantage of one big partnership, the other side was not,” Tendulkar said.
India are currently facing a very difficult season ahead of them, with New Zealand coming to play them later this month, before England and Australia also pay a visit.
“Every season is important but this one I am sure everyone is looking for because it is England followed by Australia. It is going to be a competitive season. All I can say is we need all the backing, all the support to put up a good performance and produce that kind of cricket that everyone is expecting us to, and entertain everyone,” Tendulkar said.
According to Tendulkar, the upcoming series against New Zealand will set the tone for India when England and Australia tour as well.
“We are playing a Test series after a long time in India and it is against the top two Test sides, England and Australia. The series against New Zealand, I feel, that is going to set a good platform and will be important. We are looking forward to it,” Tendulkar added.