May 25, 1998: AT the Wankhede Stadium, India are chasing Bangladesh's 115 and have botched it up. Rahul Dravid has been dismissed for a painstaking 1 run from 29 balls.
His critics are saying he's too slow for ODI cricket; to them, “The Wall” means someone who just pats the ball back defensively. He won't cut it, they're saying.
February 14, 2007: Dravid drives Malinga Bandara for a single for his 10,000th run in ODIs. Only five people have been there before: Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya, Sourav Ganguly, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Brian Lara. They got there faster. Dravid got there stronger.
But on Wednesday, Dravid chose to play it down. “If you play close to 300 games like me, you're bound to have numbers like I do,” he added. “It is only the ability to do different things that gives me great satisfaction.”
“Cricket has been a journey of self-discovery, it has been about maximising my talent, and only proving some points to myself, not to anybody else,” he said. “I've had my ups and downs and I've learnt from them.”