Former India captain Rahul Dravid, who was recently inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, has picked the batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar to bat for his life.
In a video posted by ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday (July 24), Dravid was asked to name one batsman whom he will choose to bat for his life. Fondly known as ‘The Wall’ for his rock solid batting technique, Rahul replied: "I think the best guy I played with was Sachin. In terms of quality and class and what he got. I would say I will have to choose Sachin if he is at his best."
Here’s the video:
Dravid and Sachin had shared numerous memorable partnerships during their playing days. The duo still holds the world record for maximum 100-run stands and most number of runs in Test cricket.
In 143 Test innings that Dravid and Sachin played together, they amassed 6920 runs at an average of 50.51 with 20 hundreds and 29 fifties while in ODIs, Dravid and Sachin batted together in 98 innings, aggregating 4117 runs at 44.26 with 11-century and 14-fifty stands.
As far as their individual cricket credentials are concerned – Tendulkar played 200 Tests and 463 ODIs for India during his 24-year-old career, scoring the world record number of runs (15921 in Tests and 18426 in ODIs) and centuries (51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs) whereas Dravid aggregated 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries during his 16-year long international journey.