Dravid revels in Lord's hundred
India batsman Rahul Dravid admits it “feels good” to get his name on the much-fabled Lord’s honours board 15 years after agonisingly missing out on his Test debut.
Playing in the five-day arena for the first time in 1996, Dravid enjoyed a sensational start but fell five runs short of three figures.
Now 38, India’s number three has forged a career that sees him second in the list of all-time leading run scorers in Tests among other staggering statistics.
He had never scored a century at the Home of Cricket until today, though, when his 103 not out ensured India avoided the follow-on in reply to England’s 474 for eight declared.
“Not getting to three figures here 15 years ago did stay with me a little bit, although it would not have been the end of the world if I had missed out on a hundred today,” he said.
“That happens, there are lots of grounds I haven’t got a hundred at but it is nice to have done it – it feels good to have my name on the honours board, which is the one most talked about by players around the world.
“It was in the back of my mind that I had one more go at it.”
Despite achieving such lofty career heights, Dravid often slips under the radar as focus centres on his more illustrious team-mate Sachin Tendulkar.
That was the case again today as attention surrounded on the Little Master’s efforts to reach a 100th international century.
Far from being a role that frustrates him, Dravid insists he enjoys being out of the spotlight.
“The talk is always about Sachin and rightly so,” he said. “He is a true legend of the game. To be on 99 hundreds; it was set up for him.
“It suits me, I suppose. I can slip by quietly, do my job and get on with business.”
Despite Tendulkar – who has also not hit a ton at Lord’s – not achieving the much-anticipated milestone today, Dravid has backed his team-mate to fulfil his destiny in the second innings.
“He still has another innings and I think it will be an important one,” he added.
“He was batting well today so I think there is big knock coming up from him in the second innings.”