Aakash Chopra, in his book, ‘Numbers do lie’, has claimed that Rahul Dravid had more impact on Indian cricket than Sachin Tendulkar because he soaked up all the pressure. The book is a compilation of stories of several players, whose performances often did not receive the adulation they deserved.
Considered as one of the last classical Test batsmen in history, Rahul Dravid’s rise in international cricket was more methodical than meteoric. Sheer hard work and the constant push for improvement made him the man that served India for almost 16 years. Gifted with an orthodox batting technique, Dravid held the Indian batting lineup together for a long time allowing the others to play freely.
One of the 61 stories in the book, Chopra discusses the impact of Rahul Dravid on matches despite Sachin Tendulkar ultimately winning them for India.
“In terms of Test cricket, Rahul Dravid
Chopra further went on to say that Rahul Dravid also helped stabilize the team after they found themselves under pressure on multiple occasions. According to Chopra, Dravid was the main reason behind Tendulkar’s carefree approach to
“Rahul absorbed more pressure because batting at No 3 and No 4 are two different things. So Rahul was invariably batting at 10 for one and had Viru (Virender Sehwag) for
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