Cricket has evolved around in the past few decades and so have cricketers. Test cricket still remains the premier format but it has gradually lost its sheen since the inception of T20 cricket and the ever-evolving brand of cricketers. Rahul Dravid was a Test great. He 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.
Rahul Dravid: I wouldn’t have survived today if I batted the way I did in my days
Rahul Dravid has a strike-rate of around 72 in ODIs. He was a calm and composed player, who would build on his innings gradually. Dravid cited the example of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, pointed out at their strike-rates in ODIs, and said he would have probably not survived in the current generation.
‘‘I wouldn’t have survived today if I batted the way I did in my days (in the One-day Internationals). Look at the strike-rates today,’’ Rahul Dravid said at a videocast with cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.
“While my strike rate in ODI cricket weren’t up to the level of Sachin’s or Viru’s but that’s the level that we played at back then. Obviously I can’t compare myself to Kohli or Rohit Sharma because they have blown the ODI paradigm to an all new level. But to be fair I grew up wanting to be a Test player,” Dravid, however, explained.
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.