Dravid equals Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test tons

Rahul Dravid has equaled the number of Test centuries made by Sunil Gavaskar following his excellent hundred against England on day two of the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Dravid, promoted to the top of the order in the absence of the injured Gautam Gambhir, scored his 34th Test ton and help India claim a first-innings lead of 67. He struck 15 boundaries in a 235-ball 117.

Dravid said, “As far as equalling Sunil Gavaskar’s record, I think it’s fantastic to share something with the legend. I don’t see myself or compare myself with Mr Gavaskar, I think he’s an absolute legend of the game.

“I grew up as kid in a generation where Gavaskar and (Gundappa) Viswanath were big heroes for us and in all my backyard games of cricket, I was either a Gavaskar or a Viswanath.

“So for me to be able to equal something that he’s done is truly fantastic.”

Dravid ranked this hundred as one of his finest innings.

“I think this is probably one of my better hundreds, it was quite satisfying really because it was a tough wicket to play on, it was a good quality bowling attack, the ball swung the whole day,” he said.

“Sure I had a bit of luck, I played and missed a few times, you need that on this kind of wicket because you can nick the first one.

“As long as I was there, I was determined to try and make it count and keep fighting away. It was a hard-working fighting hundred and one I really enjoyed. “

Dravid was disappointed with the way they played after tea but is happy India still have a fighting chance tomorrow.

He added: “Honestly, it’s a little disappointing to go from 267 for four to 288 all out but that’s the way it is, there’s not much we can do at the moment.

“Obviously, you look at the game and we had them 124 for eight at one stage, they got 221, we were 267 for four and we collapsed so in a tight game and on a tough wicket when you know it’s a going to be a low-scoring game, you know these things are important.

“But at least we are 50-50, it’s even stevens and we can give ourselves a chance by playing well tomorrow.”

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