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India has always produced several great batting legends, and Rahul Dravid is a certainty in the top notches of that list. Despite making his debut almost six years after Tendulkar, he did not take time to catch up with the Master Blaster. By the time Dravid was in his early thirties, he was already in the big league alongside the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and other batting greats in terms of run-making ability, ability to play long knocks and consistency. He is considered as one of the most technically sound batsmen of the modern era. A classical stroke player who effortlessly blends substance with style, it is a treat to watch him play those pulls and cover drives. Two traits that are associated most with Dravid are his sincerity and humility. As selfless as he is, he donned the keeping gloves for India when they struggled to find the right team combination. Saving Tests and winning them became second nature to Rahul. Unarguably India's best overseas batsman, Dravid has been the backbone of the Indian batting for almost a decade now. He successfully led his nation to Test series victories in West Indies and England adding to his creditable performances in every country he has toured. 'The Wall' shockingly resigned from captaincy in 2007 after a successful England tour.He was succeeded by MS Dhoni who took the team from strength to strength. Dravid's lack of form in a team bursting with aggressive new talent led to his axing from the 50-over format of the game. A string of poor performances in the Test arena did not help his cause as he repeatedly failed to notch up high scores. But the selectors persisted with him and after 21 innings without a century, Dravid finally got his act together with a hundred in late 2008. He followed that up with four half centuries in six innings on an away tour against New Zealand. Form had returned and this was evident when some brisk knocks from him helped his IPL franchise, Bangalore Royal Challengers reach the finals of the IPL 2009. To balance the experience of the side in the absence of the injured Virender Sehwag, the selectors recalled the in-form Dravid to the ODI side after a two year hiatus for the Champions Trophy 2009.