In a poll conducted by Wisden India, the Former Indian batsman Rahul Dravid has beaten Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar to be voted India’s greatest Test batsman in the last 50 years.
Agreeing to Wisden India, the poll, on Facebook, saw almost more than 11400 fans taking part in the final stand-off between the two fabulous batsmen. Dravid got 52 percent of the total votes after he was behind in the beginning.
Between 1996 and 2012, Dravid has played 164 Tests and has scored 13288 runs at an average of 52.31. Little Master, Tendulkar, in the meantime, has played 200 Tests between 1989 and 2013 and has scored 15921 at 53.78. Tendulkar has 51 Test centuries; however, Dravid has 36 in his bag.
Overall numbers of Sachin Tendulkar are superior; however the former No. 3 seems to have earned a particular place in the hearts of his fans as a batsman for hard situations. Batting at No. 3, Dravid has frequently bailed India out of distress after early wickets.
Dravid has scored 7690 runs at 53.03 in 94 Tests away from home. As many as 5443 of those, at an average around 52, came in 64 Tests in Australia, South Africa, England, West Indies and New Zealand.
Tendulkar, in the meantime, has scored 8705 runs away from home at an average of 54.74 in 106 Tests. It comprises 29 Test tons. He averaged 49.79 in 56 Tests in Australia, South Africa, England, West Indies and New Zealand.
The poll witnessed 16 Indians facing off against each other. Tendulkar, Dravid, Virat Kohli and Sunil Gavaskar made it to the final four. While Dravid beat Gavaskar, Tendulkar beat Kohli to reach to the final round of the online poll.
The poll has witnessed Gavaskar beating present Indian skipper Kohli for the third place.