Rahul Dravid reminisces about those two half centuries

Fourteen-year-old Tanay Salil Shah had a question for Rahul Dravid at the Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture yesterday. Correction: He had a ‘question’ as well as a 'request' for the retired batting stalwart in the Q and A section.

Tanay Salil Shah gets his photograph shot with Rahul Dravid
Tanay Salil Shah gets his photograph shot with Rahul Dravid by a relative at CCI yesterday. Pic/Bipin Kokate.

Dravid was instant in his reply as to whether he would pose with Tanay for a photograph after the Lecture with words, “it will be my pleasure.” Then came the question: “Which has been your most memorable knock outside the sub-continent given the conditions, bowling attack and state of the match,” asked Tanay.

Dravid was impressed. In a lighter vein, he urged Rajdeep Sardesai to hire the young gun for his television channel. Several in audience wondered which of his several classy, match-winning would he choose — double century at Adelaide in 2003-04 or the 148 at Leeds the previous year. But Dravid said, “the two innings that gave me the most satisfaction was scoring two fifties (81 and 68) against the West Indies in a Test at Kingston, Jamaica in 2006,” revealed Dravid.

Rahul Dravid
Classy: Rahul Dravid during the fourth Test against West Indies at Kingston in Jamaica in July 2006. Pic/AFP.

“The series was 0-0 and I was captain. I was feeling the pressure about India needing to win the series. It was a terrible wicket. Scoring those two fifties in real difficult conditions and winning the Test match for India gave me the most satisfaction.”

India won that fourth Test by 49 runs and Dravid took home the man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series awards. The 2006 conquest in the Caribbean was India’s first triumph in the West Indies after the Ajit Wadekar-led side’s win in 1971. By the way, Tanay got his photograph with the Bangalore maestro.

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