New Delhi: Former Indian team opener Gautam Gambhir said that the great batsman Rahul Dravid is one of the most ‘underrated’ former captain of the country. He said that Dravid’s contribution is like that of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar but he did not get that much credit.
Gambhir said in a program, ‘It is very unfortunate that we do not give enough credit to Rahul Dravid for his captaincy. We only talk about Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, now we talk about Virat Kohli, but Rahul Dravid has been a great captain for India.’
Gambhir further said, ‘Even his records are excellent. His contribution as a cricketer was underestimated and he is probably the least rated player as a captain. We won in England, West Indies under his captaincy, we were successful in winning 14 or 15 matches in a row.’
He said, ‘I believe his influence has been immense. Sourav Ganguly always made a big impact in ODI cricket because of his aggressive innings, but Rahul Dravid’s influence in Indian cricket is probably more than anyone.
He said, ‘You can really compare his influence with a player like Sachin Tendulkar. His entire career was submerged in the aura of Sachin Tendulkar but the effect was probably the same. ‘ Gambhir, who was part of the Indian team that won the World Cup (2011) and T20 World Cup (2007), said that Dravid’s influence on Indian cricket is more than Tendulkar and Ganguly.
Let us tell you that Rahul Dravid captained 79 ODIs for India. Out of which the team won 42, in which they have a record of winning 14 consecutive matches. Dravid was the head coach for India’s Under-19 and A teams from 2016 to 2019 and is now the director of cricket operations at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
Apart from the great batsman, Dravid was also an excellent fielder and wicketkeeper. He dismissed 85 batsmen in 73 matches from 1999 to 2004 as a wicketkeeper. He also set a world record for most catches in Test cricket as a non-wicketkeeper fielder, taking 210 catches in 164 matches.