Some observers seemed surprised by Rahul Dravid‘s innings of 92 off 63 balls as India won the second one-day international yesterday. Why? Dravid’s more than capable of doing this.

People get blinded by his careful approach to Test cricket, but he only plays like that because he thinks that’s the best way to score as many runs as possible. In Test cricket, scoring as many runs as possible is the best way for a batsman to influence the game.

In one-day cricket scoring as many runs as possible is also a good approach, but time is of the essence, so you have to try and cram as many as you can into a short span of time.

If we were Rahul Dravid, we’d rail at our being pigeon-holed as a ‘careful’ batsman. ‘It’s rubbish in this pigeon hole’ we’d say and everyone would listen; help us out of the pigeon-hole; and high-five us for no real reason.

Rahul Dravid should do that.

England should have played a spinner, by the way.

England v India, second one-day international at Bristol
India 329-7 (Sachin Tendulkar 99, Rahul Dravid 92, Andrew Flintoff 5-56)
England 320-8 (Ian Bell 64, Dimitri Mascarenhas 52, Piyush Chawla 3-60, Munaf Patel 3-70)

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