Cricket Viral Video: In 2003, Rahul Dravid displayed an uncommonly powerful stroke against New Zealand’s weak ODI defence during a crucial match in Hyderabad. Australia, the then-reigning TVS Cup champions, had already secured a place in the championship game. The final league match, held at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium between India and New Zealand, essentially served as a semifinal.
Rahul Dravid goes berserk
After Sourav Ganguly chose to bat, Virender Sehwag (130 runs in 134 balls) and Sachin Tendulkar (102 runs in 91 balls) provided India with a dynamic opening partnership, accumulating 182 runs at a brisk run rate. When Rahul Dravid took to the crease, India had reached a total of 283-3 in 43.4 overs, with Ganguly contributing 33 runs from 31 balls.
The batsmen had successfully shifted the momentum. Despite Yuvraj Singh getting caught by Kyle Mills on the first ball of the next over, Rahul Dravid retained the strike. Dravid’s first boundary was a flick off Scott Styris, and he followed it up by lofting a six over extra cover after two balls.
India’s score stood at 309-5 after 47 overs following the dismissal of VVS Laxman by Daryl Tuffey. However, Rahul Dravid then went on an aggressive spree. He smashed a delivery from Jacob Oram, which seemed to disappear into the distance, sailing over mid-wicket. In the following over, Tuffey conceded four runs as Dravid executed an impromptu paddle semi-flick for four and struck two more boundaries.
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In the final over, there was also an impressive six hit by Oram, clearing wide long-on. On the last delivery, which was overpitched and wide outside off, Dravid slid down on his front leg and square drove for two runs. Even the typically angry John Wright couldn’t resist smiling at Dravid’s celebrations. Dravid had achieved the joint second-fastest ODI fifty by an Indian.