Over 13,000 Test runs and an average of fifty-plus. Yes, Rahul Dravid’s record is something to write home about. The man is India’s 2nd highest run-getter in Tests and 4th highest ever. With knocks that showcase top-class batting, Dravid was The Wall Team India badly needed. 

From 1996 to 2012, he played 164 games and while his ODI record is no less impressive with over 10,000 runs and an average of close to 40, it is Tests where he excelled.


But while we go gaga over his batting, there is one record of his we more often than not tend to ignore. Yes, we are talking of Dravid’s catching. 

Dravid, for the most part of his Test career, has fielded in the slips or short-leg positions. And let’s be honest, he has the safest pair of hands. With 210 catches, he tops the chart. In 2010, he became the first non-keeping fielder to take 200 catches. Even now, he is one of only 3 to have taken 200 or more Test catches. 

 Agile, quick and good at anticipating the ball, Dravid was an asset in the close-in positions. In partnership with VVS Laxman, he played a role in gobbling up those bat-pads that led to several wickets for our spinners. 

So there you have it. Dravid the batter was brilliant but Dravid the fielder was no less.

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