Rahul Dravid's last five centuries
Rahul Dravid, India's best bet for the number three position, broke all shackles to regain his form and slammed a hundred against England in Mohali. CricketNDTV.com takes a look at Dravid's last five centuries and their impact on the course of the match.
<p>Rahul Dravid, India's best bet for the number three position, broke all shackles to regain his form and slammed a hundred against England in Mohali. This was his second hundred of the year that came after 19 Test innings. His 314-run partnership Gautam Gambhir for the second wicket gave Indian bowlers the platform to crack the whip on English batsmen.</p> <p>Dravid, who's been struggling with his form past one year, shrugged off some pressure with this hundred and also improved his average. Before this hundred, he averaged a little over 27 in comparison to his career average of 52. His average showed a slight improvement with his knock of 136 runs and moved up to 32.</p> <p>CricketNDTV.com takes a look at Dravid's last five centuries and their influence on the course of the match. <em>(AP)</em></p>
<p>Rahul Dravid, who's form was not only worrying him but also his numerous fans, showed he was getting back in the groove when he slammed 111 runs in the first Test against South Africa earlier this year. The Proteas toured India for a three-match Test series and took on India at Chennai in March 2008.</p> <p>However, his century was overshadowed by Virender Sehwag's second triple ton (319) and the highscoring Test ended in a draw. <em>(AP)</em></p>
<p>Before his 111 against South Africa, Dravid's hundred came in Dhaka in May 2007 where he made 129 runs. But once again his performance could not stand out as four top order batsmen - Dinesh Karthik, Wasim Jaffer, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar - made hundreds in the second Test and piled a mammoth 610 runs against Bangladesh. </p> <p>The target was too much for the hosts and India won the match by an innings and 239 runs. Zaheer Khan was adjudged the 'Man of the Match' for his seven-wicket match haul. Ishant Sharma made his debut in this Test. <em>(AP)</em></p>
<p>West Indies has never been an easy opponent to beat on their home soil and India do not have a very good record against them on their turf. India toured West Indies for the four-Test series under Dravid's captaincy in June 2006. </p> <p>In the second Test at Gros Islet, India elected bat and put a huge total of 588 runs. Dravid made 146 runs but when Sehwag fires one can hardly do anything to hog the limelight. Sehwag played a Test knock of 180 runs in ODI fashion. Mohammad Kaif too had his share under the Carribean sun when he slammed an unbeaten 148 runs. </p> <p>More than his batting skills, what set Dravid apart was leadership skills. The first three matches ended in draw. The last Test in Jamaica was a low scoring and enthralling game. Dravid led his side well to clinch the series 1-0 to record a historic win. <em>(AP)</em></p>
<p>Rahul Dravid led India to Pakistan for the three-match Test series in 2006. The Indian skipper led his side from the front and slammed two back-to-back centuries in the first two Tests. In the second Test at Faisalabad, Dravid made 103 runs. He was batting with such command that no Pakistani bowler looked capable of dismissing him. He however walked back when he was run out by Imran Farhat, a substitute fielder.</p> <p>Though he anchored the Indian innings, MS Dhoni, who slammed a flamboyant 148 runs, and RP Singh, who made a sensational Test debut and picked the 'Man of the Match' award, hogged the limelight. <em>(AP)</em></p>
<p>Though Dravid played a very 'Mr. Wall-like' knock in Faisalabad, it all started in Lahore, where India played their first Test against Pakistan. In a high scoring game, four Pakistani batsmen crossed the three-digit mark. From the Indian camp, Virender Sehwag slammed 254 runs. Captain Dravid opened the innings with Sehwag and complimented the flashy Indian opener well. Dravid finished the drawn match with an unbeaten 128 runs.</p> <p>Dravid's importance can well be understood by the fact that he failed with the bat in the last Test in Karachi and the hosts sealed the series 1-0. <em>(AP)</em></p>