Jul 25, 2011

Rahul Dravid - a legend in Test Cricket

Rahul Dravid is a fantastic cricketer, and a role model for younger generation - focused, hardworking and humble.

Dravid recently became the 2nd highest scorer in Test Cricket (Sachin Tendulkar is the leading scorer). His contribution to Indian cricket is enormous and his nickname, "The Wall", is a testimony to his concentration, skill and will that has given India tremendous success in Test cricket. 

Dravid isn't worshiped in India like Tendulkar. He has played his cricket under Tendulkar's shadow. This isn't because his skill, will or contribution to Indian success is second to anyone. Its just that he lives in the same era as another great cricketer - Tendulkar.

Indian test cricket will never be the same when Dravid retires.


  1. Rahul Dravid - The great wall of INDIA

    Rahul Dravid holds the record of playing most deliveries and staying at the crease as unbeaten batsman more than any other batsman in history of test cricket. here's a list.. data good as of March 2011

    Most balls faced in test cricket
    28492 balls faced = Rahul Dravid of India, 150 tests.
    27145 balls faced = Sachin Tendulkar of India, 177 tests.
    27002 balls faced = Allan Border of Australia, 156 tests.
    26418 balls faced = Jacques Kallis of S Africa, 145 tests.
    22461 balls faced = Steve Waugh of Australia, 168 tests.
    21263 balls faced = Shivnarine Chanderpual of WI, 129 tests.
    20827 balls faced = Ricky Ponting of Australia, 152 tests.
    20709 balls faced = Michael Atherton of England, 115 tests.

    Most minutes spent at crease in test cricket
    39005 minutes = Rahul Dravid of India, 31 century, 59 fifty.
    37928 minutes = Sachin Tendulkar of India, 51 century, 59 fifty.
    35639 minutes = Allan Border of Australia, 27 century, 63 fifty.
    35068 minutes = Jacques Kallis of S Africa, 40 century, 54 fifty.
    30297 minutes = Steve Waugh of Australia, 32 century, 50 fifty.

    Imagine a Cricket novoice asking Dravid - "What do you do for a living?" Dravid replying "I bat for a living"
    - What a batting record for 39005 minutes+ and counting!

  2. Hi Prasoon,

    Given our liking for R and cricket, I was wondering if we could cobble together a way to scrape Statsguru data from Cricinfo directly into R. I'm not sure they have an exposed API already.

    The guys at cricinfo do a lot of scoring, but your visualizations have been quite nice, and I always look forward to the next cricket-related blog.

  3. Hi
    just getting into R and using it with sport stats so am finding your blog of great interest
    Where do you get your cricket data from?

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  5. AnonymousJuly 27, 2011

    Dear friends, I seem to have stumbled upon a group of R fans here. We have a google group on R, at groups.google.co.in/group/r-sa.

    It would be great if you all can join and enrich the discussions.


    Saket Sarraf

  6. @abhijit, @pssguy, I've collected the data from public sources and now have test/odi/t20 results, batting and bowling data. So, I guess we've most of it available for analysis. Lets connect and discuss further. cheers!

    @jaspreet, thx for posting these figures. It is making me think how to calculate and compare win and drawn contribution of great batsmen in test cricket. Stay tuned, more to follow...