Rahul Dravid scored 180 within the second innings vs Australia at Eden Gardens in 2001. © AFP
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has made a slightly fascinating revelation about his iconic innings towards Australia within the Eden Garden Test in 2001. Dravid, who scored 180 within the second innings, spoke of how he tackled Australian captain Steve Waugh’s ploy to unsettle him as he walked out to bat with the hosts in a troublesome scenario. In a bid to mount stress on Dravid, who had not loved a fantastic run with the bat within the collection till then, Waugh greeted him with a sledge. “Within the first three days of the Check match, we (India) had been kind of utterly crushed. Personally as effectively, my kind was not good. I hadn’t scored runs in Bombay. I hadn’t hit runs within the first innings. In reality, I used to be demoted to quantity six within the batting order. Within the second innings, after I walked in, Steve Waugh mentioned ‘Rahul, quantity six on this innings, what’s it within the subsequent innings? Quantity 12?” Dravid mentioned.
The 44-year-old then knowledgeable the viewers about how he overcame the powerful scenario to attain large towards a formidable Australian facet.
“It was fairly humorous as a result of I had reached the depths, I felt so low. I used to be not ready to consider the previous or concerning the future. And in cricket, it’s nearly specializing in one ball at a time. I assumed ‘let me see what number of one balls I can play at a time.’ I used to be considering yet one more, yet one more’,” Dravid additional added on the Go Sports activities Athletes’ Conclave in Bengaluru.
The 2nd Check of the 2001 Border-Gavaskar Trophy is extensively considered one of many best sporting comebacks. Dravid’s knock and VVS Laxman’s 281-run knock helped India take a 383-run lead after overturning a 274-run deficit. Powered by a shocking spell from Harbhajan Singh, India bundled out Australia for 212 to stage the collection 1-1.
Sourav Ganguly’s males then went on to win the collection 2-1, denying Australia the possibility to overcome the ‘Ultimate Frontier’ underneath Waugh.