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'The Wall' gets bigger abroad!

Dravid, set to play his 100th Test in Mumbai, is a rare Indian whose 'away' average is much better than 'home'.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 12:03 IST

Rahul Dravid, set to play his 100th Testin Mumbai onSaturday, is a rare Indian batsman whose 'away' average (63.89) is much better than 'home' (52.11). Besides, he is ninth on the all-time averages' list.

To have a better average abroad is one of the best indicators of a batsman's quality, calibre and capability. And India captain Dravid fits the bill to the T as he stands tall with an overall average of 58.16 while going into the third Test against England at the Wankhade Stadium.

As against his 'away' average, which he has got after scoring 4,792 runs in 53 Tests, Dravid has tallied 3,700 runs in 46 'home' Tests. Fourteen of his 22 centuries and 21 of his 41 half-centuries have been scored on foreign grounds.

Overall, the 33-year-old right-handed batsman has amassed 8,492 runs in 167 innings of 99 Tests. He has also held 136 catches, mostly at slips.

Dravid is one of the most prolific No 3 batsmen of all time, having scored 6,766 runs in 125 innings at 61.51. He has smashed 17 of his 22 centuries and 33 of his 41 half-centuries at this position, and his career highest score of 270, made against Pakistan, has been made at this position.

No 3 is a position for which he briefly had to compete with VVS Laxman. It is also the position at which legendary Australian Donald Bradman batted.

Of the four innings of a Test, Dravid has performed the best while batting in the second.

Here, not only is his aggregate the highest of the four innings (3,283), but he also has the best average (63.13) when the four innings are taken into account. He has scored nine centuries and 14 half-centuries when India has batted in the second innings.

For the record, Dravid has amassed 2,455 at 61.38 in the first innings of a match, 1,651 at 51.49 in the third and 1,103 at 50.14 in the fourth.

Of the nine countries that he has played against, the stylist from Bangalore has been most prolific against Australia (1,503 at 48.48), though he has also played the maximum Tests against the world champions (35 innings of 19 matches). He has also held 33 catches.

Dravid has scored over 1,000 runs in Tests against three countries-England (1,159 at 77.27), New Zealand (1,004 at 59.06) and Pakistan (1,045 at 58.06).