Centurion Dravid amasses records galore
The skipper became the first Indian batsman to register a hundred against West Indies in West Indies.india Updated: May 19, 2006 18:44 IST
For Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, the first ODI against West Indies provided more than one reason to be delighted.
Dravid, in making 105, became the first Indian to post three centuries against the West Indies in one-dayers.
Sachin Tendulkar and K Srikkanth have scored two centuries each against the Caribbeans.
The icing on the cake for the Indian captain was that he also completed 1,000 runs against the West Indies.
Dravid, who now has 1,014 runs from 28 matches at an average of 48.28, became the second Indian to do so after Tendulkar (1145 runs at an average of 47.71 in 31 matches).
The Bangalorean added another record to his name -- becoming the first Indian batsman to register a hundred against West Indies in West Indies.
Sunil Gavaskar's 90 off 117 balls at Berbice, Guyana, way back in 1983 was the previous highest individual innings by an Indian in West Indies.
Dravid's 105 was his first away ton as captain and also the highest individual innings by an overseas player at Kingston.
Graeme Smith's 103 for South Africa versus West Indies in 2005 was the only overseas centurion at this venue before Dravid.
The Indian captain's 123-run stand with Mohammad Kaif for the fourth wicket was the second best for India in the West Indies for any wicket. The best partnership for India is a stand of 130 runs between Dravid and Sourav Ganguly for the second wicket at Arnos Vale in 1997, which came when Tendulkar was leading the Indian side.
Other than the catches taken as a wicketkeeper, Dravid became the third Indian to complete 100 catches as a fielder when he caught Chris Gayle on Thursday.
Only Mohammed Azharuddin with his world record of 156 catches and Tendulkar (107) are ahead of Dravid.
While Dravid was amassing the individual records, Team India extended their record of successful run-chase in one-dayers in succession to 17 with the win on Thursday.
India achieved another feat of winning back-to-back ODIs in the West Indies for the first time. This win was also the third in a row for India against the West Indies, with their last victory coming in Dambulla in 2005.
The match proved to be a lucky one for out-of-form Kaif who struck his first fifty in 15 innings and his 15th overall in 100 ODI innings. It was also his second half-century against West Indies in consecutive innings.
In his previous innings against the Caribbeans at Colombo in 2005, he had made an unbeaten 83.