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Dravid feats

By Rajneesh Gupta
March 18, 2006 10:06 IST
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- A hundred on The Wall

- Became first Indian to be a victim of nervous 90s on debut, scoring 95 versus England at Lord's in 1996.

- Appeared in 94 Tests on the trot since debut in 1996 -- 93 for India and one for ICC World XI -- before missing a Test against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad in December 2005. His tally of  94 consecutive Tests is a record for any player in Test history since debut without a break.

- Holds the unique distinction of scoring a Test hundred in all Test-playing countries.

- Scored maximum double hundreds (5) for India. His last four double hundreds came in a span of 15 Tests.

- Three of Dravid's double centuries have come in overseas matches -- yet another Indian record. Gavaskar is the only other Indian to have scored more than one double century on foreign soil.

- Is only the second batsman after Don Bradman to score double hundreds in three successive series, making 222 vs New Zealand at Ahmedabad, 2003-04; 233 vs Australia at Adelaide, 2003-04 and 270 vs Pakistan at Rawalpindi, 2003-04.

- Scored 250-plus runs in a match on five occasions. Only Don Bradman (7) has scored more.

- Holds the Indian record of scoring centuries in most consecutive innings with four centuries in as many innings in 2002 & 2002-03 season

- Shares the Indian record of scoring most consecutive fifties in a career with Gundappa Viswanath by notching six  50-plus scores in successive innings in 1997-98.

- Batted for 740 minutes for his innings of 270 against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in 2003-04, which is the longest ever innings played by an Indian in Test cricket.

- Was dismissed for his first duck after having aggregated 1805 runs -- an Indian record for batsmen who have registered at least one duck in their career.

- Batted for 72 consecutive innings without a duck between 1999-00 and 2003-04 -- a record for India. Had aggregated 3856 runs during this period -- another Indian record.

- Scored nine 90s in Tests -- most for India and second only to Australia's Steve Waugh, who scored 10 (Australia's Michael Slater also has a tally of 9).

- Once scored 473 runs in between two dismissals (41*,200*,70*,162).  

- Only Indian to score more than 250 runs in a match without being dismissed even once –  made 200* and 70* against Zimbabwe at Delhi in 2000-01

- Only the second Indian player to remain on the field throughout a complete Test match (v Pakistan at Lahore in 2005-06) after Sunil Gavaskar (vs West Indies at Georgetown in 1982-83).

- Has twice scored hundreds in each innings of a Test -- v New Zealand at Hamilton in 1998-99 and v Pakistan at Calcutta in 2004-05. Only the second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to perform the feat of scoring twin-tons more than once.

- His 270 at Rawalpindi in 2003-04 outscored Pakistan's either innings total (224 and 245). Only one Indian batsman -- Vinoo Mankad (231) v New Zealand (209 & 219) at Madras in 1955-56 – has performed this feat previously.

- Captained India for the first time in his 71st Test. Only Dilip Vengsarkar (96) has waited longer for India.

- Became first Indian captain to win a Test on Pakistan soil (at Multan in 2003-04).

-- Has been run-out 9 times in his Test career – a record for any Indian batsman.

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