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Worthy member of the 10-grand club

cricket Updated: Mar 29, 2008 23:26 IST
Anand Vasu
Anand Vasu
Hindustan Times
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Rahul Dravid was wearing the tattered, old cap that has been with him on the long ride from his first Test at Lord's in 1996. Fresh from a shower, hair neatly combed, he made sure he slipped the cap on before speaking to the media about becoming the latest Indian in the 10000-run club that incudes Gavaskar, Border, Waugh, Tendulkar and Lara.

He's that sort of person, a traditionalist in an era when T20 is a rage, when more time is spent talking about the value of contracts than runs scored. From his early days as a murderer of spin at St Joseph's College in Bangalore, to now, when he resisted a South African pace attack, Dravid earned a spot in an elite club designed for cricketers like him. There are many things that money can buy, but 10000 Test runs is not one of them, and Dravid has certainly earned these stripes.