Dec 29, 2014

Over his 17-year Test career, Rahul Dravid heaped tons of runs and treated the world to a total of 36 centuries, each special in its own way. Dravid was the embodiment of classic batting. His watertight defense earned him the title of ‘The Wall’.

But this century at Lord’s will certainly rate as one of the most special. A Test hundred at Lord’s — the home of cricket — is something every batsman dreams off. A young Dravid was presented his Test cap at this very ground. He played fuelntly and gave the world a glimpse of the many things he would achieve in his illustrious career. He batted hard and batted well and looked well poised to get a century on debut. Unfortunately for him Chris Lewis claimed his wicket a tantalising five runs of the landmark.

But what Dravid couldn’t accomplish on his first tour to England, he managed on his last. Even as the rest of the Indian batting collapsed Dravid worked his way to a 103 not-out, the dream had been realized.