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200 Test catches: Dravid becomes a child again

The Silent Warrior became a child again! A double century of a different kind was tasted by Rahul Dravid, the first man to catch 200 Test catches at Kingsmead, Durban where India handed South Africa a tote of their own medicine.

The Silent Warrior became a child again! A double century of a different kind was tasted by Rahul Dravid, the first man to catch 200 Test catches at Kingsmead, Durban where India handed South Africa a tote of their own medicine.

In the midst of Zaheer Khan's variety and Harbhajan's straighters and the doosras which were rattling the Proteas, came a stunner of a catch from Dravid. Steyn, facing Harbhajan, played for the offbreak but the ball held its line and took a thin outside edge and was flying away well to the left of Dravid, standing at the first slip. In a flash The Wall dived and landed well behind wicket-keeper Dhoni holding with his outstretched left hand as if he caught the first Test match catch. He then got up and started running like a child who just caught the run-away kite in the street. The glee in his face was evident as Bhajji hoisted him up in the air.

200th catch in Test matches and the first man to have achieved the distinction. Dravid's celebration and emotional outbursts are seldom witnessed on the field, but this must have been a special one. There ought to be emotions stored inside the man, who very recently crossed the 12000 runs in Test cricket when the whole cricketing world seemed to be glued to Sachin Tendulkar's 50th Test ton. Both no mean achievements, rather monumentous ones. But Dravid, the gentleman in him, never complained. He just held on to his line and did what he does the best - perform on the field.

Two of the most riveted landmarks in cricket - 50 Test centuries and 200 Test catches are now in the hands of Indians. If emotion runs down your spine, then just let it flow. Let us be child again. Like Dravid - the Silent Warrior.

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he's the man the WC is missin
krishnasa1 on 19 Mar 2011, 08:05 AM
What a catch and how fitting for the 200th! This is one RD moment which I will never forget!
Jammy103 on 01 Jan 2011, 06:15 AM
really happy for my hero dravid.... a big congrates
kishor-chindam on 31 Dec 2010, 11:54 PM
ya i realy feel proud to be a fan of the great wall,he needs to complete 50 test centuries before he retires,go rahul.
goon on 31 Dec 2010, 10:19 AM
Yes he was always outlined, but happy to see him acheiving that milestone silently,we never saw him sitting in bench due to injuries,Great sportsman and true gentleman fo CRICKET.....
RedDiamonds on 31 Dec 2010, 09:36 AM
Congratulations to the great legend of the modern cricket... He proved that is the wall in many aspects, whether it is when fielding or batting>>
karntakakuvararu on 28 Dec 2010, 11:16 PM
Wow!what a catch from our man. RD Looks like a stunner.RD dived and grabbed it with just the lone hand.. marvelous… Congrats Rahul….
dravidyuva on 28 Dec 2010, 10:12 PM
Yes I saw it was a brilliant catch by him diving towards his left & taking the catch in one hand.
utsav-chirimar on 28 Dec 2010, 09:57 PM
Very Nice Article...Very Rare to find such Reactions from Dravid & it was truly a moment to savour!
rosskpirish on 28 Dec 2010, 02:42 PM
Excellent catch by Rahul Dravid.It was a treat to watch that catch being taken.
maddydravid on 28 Dec 2010, 11:19 AM
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