Hoping that Rahul Dravid will score a hundred in his farewell ODI: Kumble

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By CricketCountry Staff

Bengaluru: September 16, 2011

Former Indian skipper and long time team mate Anil Kumble showered praise on Rahul Dravid for his magnificent career in One-Day International.

He was quoted in HT as saying, “Friday will be Rahul Dravid s final game as an international limited-overs cricketer, and what an amazing journey it has been! I still remember Rahul breaking into the one-day team, in Singapore in 1996 just after the World Cup. To see him today, more than 15 years down the road, with upwards of 10,800 runs and nearly 350 one-day internationals, delights me no end because he has shown that there is no substitute for class, hard work and impeccable work ethics.”

Kumble also felt that it was fitting that Dravid has got the opportunity to play this series and leave on his own terms as he wasn t part of the one-day set-up for the last two years.

On Dravid s approach and style of play in ODI s, Kumble said, “He is not someone who will go out and tonk sixes at will but he gets the job done. Rahul’s approach has changed in the way he uses the pace of the bowler, looks to take the early singles and keep the board ticking over.”

That Dravid is a multi-tasking player in ODI is evident from the roles he has been asked to do including wicket-keeping. It is worth remembering that he also has four ODI wickets.

Kumble was of the opinion that Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif matured playing alongside Dravid in ODIs “The best phase of his ODI career was in the four or so years when he was the wicket-keeper, and batted at number five. He established himself as a great finisher, and it was while batting alongside him that the likes of Yuvraj and Kaif truly matured in the lead-up to the 2003 World Cup.”

The one blot mark in Dravid s career was India s premature exit in the 2007 World Cup, where he was leading the team and were considered as one of the favourites for the tournament.

Kumble considered it a privilege to have played alongside Dravid for most of his career. He signed off by wishing for a hundred in his swansong innings, “He has had a great Test series in England, and I am hoping he will cap that with a wonderful hundred in his farewell 50-over game.”