Kolkata: It wasn't the milestone India was waiting for, but the euphoria is no less. Rahul Dravid completed his 36th Test century and overtook Ian Bell as the highest run-getter in Tests in 2011.
While all of India was sighing in disappointment at the dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar yet again, Dravid quietly made his hundred. Dravid now has 952 runs in 10 Tests in the current year surpassing Bell's 950 runs from eight matches. His century came in the 77th over of the first innings of the second Test against West Indies at Kolkata's Eden Garden.
With Dravid at 99 at the non-striker's end, Kemar Roach bowled the first three balls to VVS Laxman - no runs. A single off the fourth and Dravid was in to strike. From the disappointingly empty stands at Eden came a screaming demand for a century. The Wall did not disappoint, dispatching the ball to the boundary for a four.
Dravid who overtook Sunil Gavaskar with his 35th Test century trails only Sachin Tendulkar who has 51 Test centuries, Jacques Kallis at 40 and Ricky Ponting 39 in the number of Test centuries scored. He is also the second highest Indian run-getter in Test cricket, second only to Sachin.
The year 2011 has brought 38-year-old Dravid a rich harvest - he has five centuries in 10 Test matches that he has played. Interestingly, 2011 was also the year Dravid retired from One Day International cricket.
For the records, this is Dravid's fourth century in Kolkata and he pulls up even with VVS Laxman. Mohd Azharuddin is still the man with the most at Eden Gardens - five Test centuries.