Rashid Latif, former Pakistan cricketer, heaped huge praise on Rahul Dravid as he claimed that ‘The Wall’ was one step ahead of all other Indian batters.
What impressed cricket fans about Dravid the most was his ability to handle pressure. He could withstand the greatest of bowling attacks in the world in the most challenging conditions and come out on top. His mental toughness tired the opponent bowlers out with his rigidity inside the crease.
Latif, hailing the impact Dravid had on the sport, said that although he played under the shadows of Sachin Tendulkar, he was one step ahead of all other Indian batsmen in the team.
“When it comes to technique and performing under pressure, Rahul Dravid was one step ahead of all those who have represented India. Like I had mentioned in case of Sehwag, Dravid also played under the shadows of Tendulkar,” Latif said in a YouTube show ‘Caught Behind’.
“Tendulkar had a lot of confidence in him to attack from the beginning. This is not to suggest that Dravid didn’t have that but he used to play a different role. When India lost a couple of early wickets, he was the main man, that’s why he was called the Wall.
“If you look at the partnerships then you will find Dravid’s name a lot of times with Tendulkar, Sehwag and Ganguly,” Latif said.