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Dravid only two short of 9,000 ODI runs

The Indian captain is just two runs short of becoming the eighth batsman in the world ? and fourth Indian ? to amass 9,000 runs in ODIs.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 17:27 IST

Captain Rahul Dravid is just two runs short of becoming the eighth batsman in the world— and fourth Indian— to amass 9,000 runs in one-day internationals (ODIs).

He can be expected to achieve the feat when he plays the fifth ODI against Pakistanon Sunday.

Dravid, who now has 8,998 at an average of 40.16 from 279 matches, will thus join teammate Sachin Tendulkar, who leads the all-time highest aggregate with 14,146 runs at 44.20 from 362 matches, Sourav Ganguly (10,123 from 279 ODIs) and Mohammed Azharuddin (9,378 from 334 ODIs).

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is placed second in the all-time list with 11,230 runs from 355 one-dayers.

Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya is third with 10,512 runs in 354 matches while West Indies' left-hander Brian Lara is sixth (9,359 in 259 matches) and Sri Lanka's Aravinda de Silva seventh (9,284 in 308 ODIs).

Azharuddin and Aravinda are the only retired players among the top seven batsmen, while Ganguly has been ignored for India's last three ODI series, against South Africa and Sri Lanka at home and the ongoing series in Pakistan.

Dravid, 33, was a few years ago considered only a Test specialist and not good enough for one-dayers, as critics said his scoring was comparatively slower. But he has proved them wrong with his determination and devotion to excel in every aspect of the shorter version of the game, too.

Moreover, the added responsibility of captaincy seems to have had little effect on his batting.

The Bangalore-based Dravid has also scored 8,244 runs at an excellent average of 57.65 in 97 Tests. If he plays all three home Tests against England, starting in Nagpur March 1, he will complete a "century" of Tests.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 17:27 IST