Rahul Dravid Was Game's Most Committed Student, Ultimate Team Man: VVS Laxman
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Rahul Dravid Was Game’s Most Committed Student, Ultimate Team Man: VVS Laxman

14 Mar 2001: VVS Laxman (left) and Rahul Dravid of India reflect on their record breaking partnership, after day four of the 2nd Test between India and Australia played at Eden Gardens, Calcutta, India. X DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Hamish Blair/ALLSPORT

Rahul Dravid achieved almost every accolade a batsman can think of. He was a calm and composed mind and helped the national team clinch matches across the globe with his sensible batting prowess. Rahul Dravid knew how to withstand the bowlers, hence, he went on be known as ‘the wall’ and became a Test great.

In his decorated career, Dravid scored 13288 Test runs at an average of 52.31, with the help of 36 centuries and 63 half-centuries. Dravid and VVS Laxman changed the tide of the historic 2001 Kolkata Test to beat one of the finest Australian sides. Dravid also contributed at an average of nearly 40 in the ODIs.

Rahul Dravid
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Rahul Dravid was game’s most committed student, a team man: VVS Laxman

Test great VVS Laxman has been paying tribute to his teammates for their extra-ordinary contributions to the game. After Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble, he praised Rahul Dravid for his heroics.

Laxman said Dravid was one of the most committed student of the game. He was a team man and responded to every challenge served on his played. There were times when he could say no to certain things but Dravid never did so.

VVS Laxman, India, Kolkata, Test, Rahul Dravid, Eden Garden
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“The game’s most committed student, Rahul was the ultimate team man, responding to every challenge with complete dedication. Despite being in a position to say ‘no’, he not only kept wicket in white-ball cricket and opened the batting in Tests, but did so with utmost diligence,” VVS Laxman said. 

Dravid also captained India for 79 ODIs between 2000 to 2007. He also led the national team to the 2007 World Cup, where the side had a tour to forget. Under the captaincy of Dravid, India won 42 matches in the ODI format and lost 33, with his run in Test format not so great as a captain.