Rahul Dravid would perhaps be one of the very few batsmen whose solid front-foot defence is talked about more than his run-scoring shots. Dravid’s defence, his ability to bunt the rising ball on the ground somehow overshadowed his gorgeous strokes through the covers, his crafty flicks off the pads and booming square cuts past point. He was the ice to the fire of Sachin Tendulkar, the calm after Virender Sehwag’s storm and the ideal foil to Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman in the middle order. Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif lauded Dravid, going to the extent of calling him the best Indian batsman when it came to technique and performing under pressure.
Latif, who saw Dravid from close quarters very early in his career, said the former India captain played under the shadows of Tendulkar. “When it comes to technique and performing under pressure, Rahul Dravid was one step ahead of all those who have represented India. Like I had mentioned in case of Sehwag, Dravid also played under the shadows of Tendulkar,” Latif said in a YouTube show called caught behind.
“Tendulkar had a lot of confidence in him to attack from the beginning. This is not to suggest that Dravid didn’t have that but he used to play a different role. When India lost a couple of early wickets, he was the main man, that’s why he was called the Wall.
“If you look at the partnerships then you will find Dravid’s name a lot of times with Tendulkar, Sehwag and Ganguly,” Latif said.
The former Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman also lauded Dravid for his ability to score runs against any opposition and on any surface of the world.