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'Curious case' of Rahul Dravid


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India’s most consistent batsman in Test cricket during the better half of the 21st century – former captain Rahul Dravid – is experiencing the worst slump of form in his illustrious career. It is quite revealing to know that his poor run began after he gave up captaincy.

 

‘The Wall’ has notched up just two half centuries in his last 19 innings, averaging under 20 runs per innings. He has averaged 27 in 2008 – almost half his career Test average.

Cricketnirvana.com reported exclusively on Monday that chairman of selectors Kirshnamachari Srikkanth met the batsman following India’s historic win in Chennai and offered him ‘rest’ in the second Test match of the series at Mohali starting Friday.

However, despite his poor form, Dravid was on Monday offered a central contract, to indicate that the officialdom and the five wise men who control Indian cricket, still had faith in him. Even Sachin Tendulkar backed the former captain at the end of the Chennai Test when he called Dravid a "great" and that the team was not worried about him being out of form.

Here are tables of statistics that throw more light into the ‘curious’ case of Rahul Drvaid:-

Dravid's performance in each progressive span of 10 matches

Matches
Inns
NO
Runs
Avg
Hs
100s
50s
0s
 1 - 10
18
2
773
48.31
148
1
5
0
 11 - 20
14
1
755
58.08
93
0
9
0
 21 - 30
18
1
1012
59.53
190
5
2
1
 31 - 40
19
3
782
48.88
200*
2
1
1
 41 - 50
19
2
813
47.82
180
1
5
0
 51 - 60
15
2
598
46.00
144*
1
4
0
 61 - 70
17
2
1176
78.40
222
5
3
0
 71 - 80
17
3
1032
73.71
270
2
4
2
 81 - 90
15
2
832
64.00
160
3
4
1
 91 - 100
17
3
780
55.71
128*
2
5
1
 101 - 110
18
1
824
48.47
146
2
5
0
 111 - 120
19
3
654
40.88
111
1
4
0
 121 - 130
19
1
342
19.00
68
0
2
1
(130)
225
26
10373
52.12
270
25
53
7

Dravid's performance in each calendar year

Year
Mts
Inns
NO
Runs
Avg
Hs
100s
50s
0s
1996
7
12
1
436
39.64
95
0
3
0
1997
12
18
2
984
61.50
148
1
9
0
1998
5
9
0
413
45.89
118
1
3
1
1999
10
19
1
865
48.06
190
4
1
0
      2000
         6
        11
         3
       624
     78.00
       200*
2
1
1
      2001   
        13
        23    
         3
       935
     46.75
       180
1
6
0
      2002
16
26
3
1357
59.00
217
5
0
      2003
5
10
2
803
100.38
233
2
3
0
      2004
12
18
3
946
63.07
270
2
4
3
      2005
8
12
0
640
53.33
135
2
4
1
      2006
12
22
4
1095
60.83
146
3
7
0
      2007
10
19
2
606
35.65
129
1
3
0
      2008
14
        26
         2
       669
     27.87
       111
1
4
1
TOTAL
130
225
26
10373
52.12
270
25
53
7

Dravid's performance progression 

 
Inns
Runs
Avg
100s
50s
Pre - captaincy
191
9492
56.50
24
48
Post - captaincy
34
881
28.41
1
5
Jan 08 - Till date
26
669
27.87
1
4
In last 20 Innings
20
453
23.84
1
2
In last 10 Innings
10
195
19.50
0
2
In last 5 Innings
5
21
4.20
0
0

Dravid against each opponent

Opponent
Matches
Inns
Not Out
Runs
HS
Ave
100
50
Ct
St
Australia
27
50
5
1860
233  
41.33
2
11
45
0
Bangladesh
5
7
1
421
160  
70.16
2
1
8
0
England
16
27
3
1353
217  
56.37
3
8
26
0
New Zealand
9
18
1
1004
222  
59.05
4
2
12
0
Pakistan
15
26
3
1236
270  
53.73
5
3
19
0
South Africa
18
34
3
1132
148  
36.51
2
5
20
0
Sri Lanka
14
23
1
980
107  
44.54
1
8
9
0
West Indies
17
27
6
1408
146  
67.04
3
10
20
0
Zimbabwe
9
13
3
979
200*
97.90
3
5
21
0


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