In A Lot Of Ways, It Sort Of Set Me Up And Gave Me Confidence For The Rest Of My Career – Rahul Dravid On His 1st Test Century In Johannesburg
Rahul Dravid[photo: Twitter]

India head coach Rahul Dravid while talking about his first of the 36 Test hundreds which came at the Wanderers in Johannesburg said that it gave him a lot of confidence and set him up for the rest of his career.

Virat Kohli-led India beached the Centurion fortress by defeating South Africa by 113 runs to get the lead of 1-0 in the three-match Test series. After the comprehensive victory in the first Test India will be eyeing clinching the series by winning the second Test which will begin at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Monday.

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Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid will be returning at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, as the Indian team’s head coach in the second Test.

Talking about his Johannesburg Test century Dravid said he remember that the rain washed out the match and they failed to win the match despite being in a good position.

Notably, Dravid scored 148 runs in the first innings of that match in 1997 and helped India post 410 runs on the board, pacer Javagal Srinath also bagged a 5-wicket haul and helped India to get a good lead. Then Dravid scored good 81 runs in India’s second innings and the game was called off due to continuous rain at the venue.

I remember it raining and not us being able to win the game. That I remember well. It was nice personally in some ways to score the first Test hundred as an international player. It makes you feel you belong and achieved at that level,” Dravid told reporters on Sunday.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid (Image Credit: Twitter)

Dravid further expressed the disappointment at not being able to win that Johannesburg Test. He asserted:

On a personal level, that was really nice. In a lot of ways, It sort of set me up and gave me confidence for the rest of my career. But yes, the disappointment was it was raining on Day 4 and Day 5 and we didn’t have enough overs to win a Test match which we probably deserved. People like Srinath were there but we didn’t have the depth that we have right now. Still, we came close to really winning a Test match.”

Having Obviously Won Here When I Led The Team In 2006-07, That Was A Really Lovely Memory – Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid (Image Credit: Twitter)

Meanwhile, Dravid was the skipper of the Indian team that won the first-ever Test in South Africa in 2006 at the Wanderers. Talking about that Johannesburg win, Dravid said:

As far as what it means personally, it’s very different as a player and as a captain, having obviously won here when I led the team in 2006-07. That was a really lovely memory as well. You know, as a coach, our role is to support and help the team and it’s really their success. I know it would mean a lot to the group of guys to be able to win a Test match here.”

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