Video: when Rahul Dravid scored one of the fastest fifties in the history of ODI cricket
Rahul Dravid was never known as hard hitting batsman. Whatever a run a ball innings we have seen from Rahul Dravid mostly in Twenty20, especially in Indian Primer League. So, this Rahul Dravid made fans to go berserk on the way to his blitzkrieg innings in 2003-04 TVS Cup series involving India, Australia and New Zealand. Rahul Dravid was better known as a Test batsman. His ODI batting style on many occasions frustrated Indian spectators as he failed to meet their expectations. Once, 2004 Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka his sluggish batting denied India from a victory. Dravid was well settled then at the crease.
So, this Rahul Dravid surprised the Hyderabad cricket spectators. It was the ninth of the series. Captain Sourav Ganguly winning the toss opted to bat first. Two openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar murdered New Zealand bowlers. Daryl Tuffey and Jacob Oram faced the wrath of Tendulkar and followed by Sehwag. Both the openers built an 182 runs partnership and Tendulkar scored his hundred. As the maestro departed Sehwag started blasting on the way to his 130.
India was 283 with only three wickets down. Sourav Ganguly already left his promising 33 off 31 ball innings on the bay as Scot Styris scalped him. First Styris and then Kyle Mills gave New Zealand two consecutive breaks through as Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh got out. Five overs left, Indian fans lost their hope as they could not hope as next two batsman Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman hit the ball like Sehwag and Sachin, if not Ganguly.
Sachin (L), Sourav (M) and Sehwag (R) in the match against New Zealand
So, Indian fans were praying for 300 and a few runs. But, they were proved wrong as Rahul Dravid surprised everybody. He started hitting every ball and the ball was hitting the stands. Fans were looking at each other seeking confirmation that what they were watching Rahul Dravid hitting massive six was happening in real life. VVS Laxman was cleaned bowled in between by Tuffey. Mohammad Kaif joined Dravid. The wicket keeper batsman was not wary of consequence, he battered Kiwi bowlers. Five fours and three sixes came from Dravid hand a cameo innings was indeed. His innings also surprised Styris and Tuffey, whom Rahul punished most. People still were rubbing their eyes in disbelief. But, Rahul was in his mood, he did not even played a weird shot. He was struck to his technic and copy book cricket, the only thing he changed that was his approach of scoring runs. He hit a six over the off boundary, which is one fo the most difficult shots for a right handed batsman. However, this innings had put him on the page of history as he became the record holder of the one of the fastest half-centuries in the history of ODI cricket.
His innings also helped India to put a formidable 353 on board. Lou Vincent and Scott Styris tried to reduce the margin of defeat. But, Chris Cairns led New Zealand were bundled out by Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble and Murali Kartik. India defeated New Zealand by 145 runs. Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar demolished New Zealand counter attack by taking the first three wickets inside 48 runs.
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