I Dismissed Rahul Dravid With 'Ball Of My Life': Sohail Tanvir

I Dismissed Rahul Dravid With ‘Ball Of My Life’: Sohail Tanvir

Rahul Dravid, Indian Batsmen
Rahul Dravid [Photo-Getty']

Rahul Dravid did annoy bowlers with his temperament to bat through the day in the longest format. He was a Test great and helped India clinch many historic victories and often saved them from the jaws of defeat. Dravid believes it would have been difficult for him to survive among the current crop of players.

Dravid played 164 Tests and 344 ODIs for India. The top-order batsman scored at an average over 52 in the longest format and around 40 in ODIs. He also played in IPL between 2011 to 2013. But his strike-rate on times were questionable as he could not contribute with quick-fire knocks frequently.

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Rahul Dravid (AFP PHOTO/ Indranil MUKHERJEE)

Rahul Dravid was dismissed off my dream delivery: Sohail Tanvir

Rahul Dravid is a dream wicket for any bowler in Test cricket. Sohail Tanvir, known for his wrong-footed, but effective bowling got rid of the master player his debut series. He recalls legend Wasim Akram bowling a same delivery to dismiss Dravid and took a cue from the delivery.

Recalling his delivery, on his debut in 2007, Sohail Tanvir said it swung from left stump and clipped off the off-stump. It was his dream delivery.

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Sohail Tanvir has been fined 15% of his match fees for an inappropriate send-off to Ben Cutting. Image Courtesy: Getty

“Initially I wasn’t a part of the squad. I was part of the ODIs. Umar Gul got injured accidentally. The way I got Dravid out on my debut, I still remember it was ‘ball of my life,’” said Tanvir in a YouTube show called ‘Cric Cast’.

“I remember Wasim Akram had once dismissed Dravid – with the same length, the same line, the same delivery. The ball swung from left stump and clipped off the off-stump. It was my dream delivery,” Tanvir said.

Dravid is currently the director of cricket at National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. He also overlooks the development of India A and U-19 national team.