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From January 1, 2002, to now, Dravid is only behind Ponting and Hayden as the highest run-getter in world cricket

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Third Among Equals 
From January 1, 2002, to now, Dravid is only behind Ponting and Hayden as the highest run-getter in world cricket. The ranking is based on descending order of averages.       

Player Test Inns No Runs High Avg 100 50
                 
Ponting (Aus) 21 32 3 2279 242 78.59 10 6
Hayden (Aus) 22 36 4 2283 380 71.34 10 5
Dravid ( Ind ) 20 34 5 2019 233 69.62 7 7
Gilchrist (Aus) 22 29 7 1472 204* 66.91 5 6
Lara (WI) 16 27 1 1612 209 62.00 5 7
Smith (SA) 18 29 1 1639 277 58.54 5 4
S. Waugh (Aus) 22 30 5 1293 156* 51.72 5 5
S. Tendulkar (Ind) 20 33 1 1501 193 46.91 4 6
 
Dravid has scored 518 runs and three centuries more than Tendulkar since Jan ’02.
Source: Anant Gaundalkar

Sunny By Right
Dravid has played 73 Tests. How does he compare with other Indians at a similar point in their careers?

Player Inns No Runs High Avg 200 100 50
                 
Gavaskar 131 9 6630 221 54.34 3 24 29
Dravid 126 15 6276 233 56.54 4 16 30
Tendulkar 115 12 5841 217 56.70 1 22 23
Azharuddin 105 5 4459 199 44.59 0 14 15
Vengsarkar 120 11 4124 159 37.83 0 8 22 
 
Till this point, Dravid’s and Tendulkar’s averages are similar. But Tendulkar’s current average, after 109 Tests and 176 innings, is a tad lower at 55.75. 
Source: Anant Gaundalkar

 

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