Rahul Dravid's long stay as No 1 in ICC Test rankings

Indian batsman Rahul Dravid who announced his retirement from Test cricket on Friday spent 35 Tests and 226 days as No 1 batsman in ICC rankings Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Dubai: Mar 10, 2012

Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid who announced his retirement from Test cricket on Friday had a long stay at the top of ICC Test rankings with a highest rating of 892 points in March 2005. He spent 35 Tests and 226 days as No 1 batsman in ICC rankings.

Dravid made his Test debut against England at Lord s in 1996. Then he crossed the 800-point barrier, a feat often recognised as the hallmark of a great player, in March 1998 after two half centuries in each innings of Chennai Test against Australia.

The Indian batsman climbed to the top of ICC rankings nine months later after scoring memorable 190 runs and unbeaten 103 runs against New Zealand in Hamilton. He was soon dislodged from the apex by team-mate Sachin Tendulkar.

Known as ‘The Wall of Indian cricket, Dravid regained No 1 position six years later after a match-winning double century against arch-rivals Pakistan in March 2004. He then spent six months as the No 1 Test batsman from July 2004 to January 2005.

The same year, Dravid was the first recipient of the ICC Test Player of the Year and the ICC Cricketer of the Year (the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) awards.

He later achieved the top spot again in March 2005 before being pipped by South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis within a week.

Dravid with rating of 892 in Tests, after Sunil Gavaskar (916) and Sachin Tendulkar (898), is the third Indian batsman to feature in the list of ICC s all-time Test best ratings list.

The batsman represented India in 164 Tests, including 25 as captain. He amassed 24,208 runs with 48 centuries in both Test and One-Day Internationals combined.

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