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Lords 1996: No one can for...
Lords 1996: No one can forget his debut 95 against England at Lords. It was just before the toss that then coach Sandeep Patil informed Dravid that he would be playing in the 11. The two debutants of the day, Sourav Ganguly and Dravid, set up an unforgettable partnership. Ganguly completed his century, and Dravid added important runs with the tail-enders to secure a first-innings lead for India. He had batted for six hours when he nicked a ball to the keeper, and started walking even before the finger went up in the true spirit of the game. In the next Test, he scored an important 84 that started off an era of technical batting. Dravid started his career as No.7 batsman and went to the vital No.3 spot and he held it till his retirement.
Kolkata 2001: The Australians were on a roll with 16 consecutive victories. Steve Waugh and his men wanted to win this series to finish their "Final Frontier". At Eden Gardens, Australia won the toss and amassed 445 runs in the first innings. India were bundled out for 171 in the first innings, conceding a lead of 274 runs. In that innings, Dravid scored only 25, and VVS Laxman was the top scorer. Waugh gave India a follow-on. India were 232 for 4 when Dravid joined forces with Laxman, and the rest is history. They tore up the Australian attack and scored runs at will. On the fourth day, India ended at 589 for 4, with Laxman on 276 and Dravid on 155. Having faced criticism for a series of failures, Dravid celebrated his century in a rather uncharacteristic way. Laxman made 281 and Dravid was run out for 180. The spirit shown by both had an impact on the bowling department also. Australia were dismissed for 212 and India won the match by 171 runs, becoming the second team to score a victory after a follow-on.Adelaide 2003: The second of the four-Test series was at Adelaide. Australia won the toss and hammered the Indian bowling to score 556 in the first innings. India were precariously placed at 85 for 4 when Laxman joined Dravid for a repeat of the Kolkata innings. They added 303 for the fifth wicket. Despite a double century from Dravid (233), India fell short by 33 runs in the first innings; but the bowlers, led by Ajit Agarkar, dismissed the Australians for 196 and set a target of 230. India won the Test by four wickets on the back of an unbeaten 72 by Dravid.Taunton (U.K) 1999: In the 1999 World Cup, Dravid was made the wicket-keeper in ODIs. Critics said the technically-sound Dravid cannot deliver in ODIs. But he proved them wrong with some of the most magnificent knocks in the shorter format of the game, particularly this one. In the World Cup group match against Sri Lanka, Dravid and Ganguly added 318 runs for the second wicket in just around 44 overs. Dravid made a splendid 145 off just 129 balls with 17 fours and 1 six. India went on to win the match by 157 runs.Bristol 2007: It was under Dravids captainship that India played the Natwest series. India had elected to bat first and Ganguly and Tendulkar added 113 for the first wicket in 19.3 overs. After Gangulys dismissal, Dravid promoted Yuvraj Singh to the vital No.3 spot and he scored a splendid 49 runs. Dravid came in at No.4 with just 10 overs remaining, which proved more than enough. He plundered the England bowling and scored a brilliant unbeaten 92 off just 63 balls with 11 boundaries and a six. India managed to win the match by 9 runs