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Dravid, India’s greatest cricketer of all times ?

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Hmm…..this should provide fodder for much analysis, controversy, over-excited chest-thumping and  perhaps even a motion or two tabled in the parliament. I am expecting blogs and newsgroups to explode with raw emotional anger from hordes of fanatical keyboard warriors who are either die-hard Tendulkar or Dravid fans (could be a few Gavaskar or Ganguly fans there as well).

A cricketing website had performed some sort of an in-depth analysis of the performance of Indian cricket players in the last 77 years and come up with a ranking, which runs thus:

  1. Rahul Dravid
  2. Sunil Gavaskar
  3. Virender Sehwag
  4. Sachin Tendulkar
  5. Kapil Dev
  6. Bishen Bedi-BS Chandrasekhar-EAS Prasanna (as one bowling unit)
  7. GR Vishwanath
  8. Anil Kumble
  9. Vinoo Mankad
  10. VVS Laxman
  11. Sourav Ganguly
  12. Md. Azharuddin
  13. Dilip Vengsarkar
  14. Mohinder Amarnath
  15. Vijay Hazare
  16. Subhash Gupte
  17. Polly Umrigar
  18. Javagal Srinath

A very basic description of their rationale (detailed reading  requires registration):

So, here then are the parameters of our ranking.

  1. Overall consistency.
  2. Performances abroad, in matches away, outside the player’s comfort zone; in different pitch/ weather conditions.
  3. Performances in matches won – usually a good indicator to a player’s true value in a team.
  4. Match-winning ability – the solo contribution a player makes in winning efforts and how often he makes them.
  5. Match situations taken into account to determine how a player performs under pressure.

Let the fun begin.

Written by BongoP'o'ndit

February 7, 2009 at 8:39 pm

10 Responses

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  1. Great to know this but unfortunately his all the achievements have been underlined. I have to say my part at my blog and subject article can be read at:

    mahipal singh rawat

    February 9, 2009 at 12:51 pm

  2. wow..dravid’s my fave cricketer..that is not to say he is better than lord SRT!


    February 18, 2009 at 12:53 pm

  3. stumbled onto your blog from GreatBong’s comments section…

    liked what I’ve seen so far – but don’t you have a labels field? to help users navigate ur blog better, and click on topics of interest?

    btw, chose to comment on this post since I’m a huge Dravid fan (of course I’m also a huge SRT, Dada, VVS and Jumbo fan).

    My take on the man – written before the England series and his recent revival – can be found here:

    saurabh somani

    April 1, 2009 at 12:36 am

  4. Rahul truly is the greatest cricketer to have played for India. Without him India would not have been where they are today in tests and one day matches. But more often than not dravid’s contribution has been underestimated. Lets see how India plays when he retires from international cricket. he is the greatest. Greater than everyone else. He is a legend.


    November 3, 2009 at 6:56 am

  5. why sachin is at fourth place??


    February 20, 2010 at 2:50 am

  6. Rahul the most prolific & the most contributing player of india who had made india proud at several occasions & even today he is doing the same. He is one of the greatest player & a true ambassador of india in world cricket. Despite that his contributions are always underestimated . But now the time has come & i urge all the cricket lovers to stand for this mastreo batsman. Dravid we all love u, you are the best, even better than sachin.

    satish kumar

    May 9, 2010 at 6:58 am

  7. 1.sachin
    5.muhammed yusuf
    6.ambati rayudu
    8.mike hussey
    9.suresh raina


    May 29, 2010 at 8:41 am

  8. 1.sachin
    5.muhmmd yusud
    9.ambadi rayudu
    10.mike clarke


    July 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm

  9. Sachin is world’s doubt abt y de guys say like this..


    July 23, 2010 at 9:51 am

  10. Yes..ambadi rayudu is the most talented young cricketer,in the world now…master blaster was rightly noticed and undrstood his talent and gave him the chance to prvd him self for mumbai indians..


    July 23, 2010 at 9:59 am

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