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Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid – Who Was The Better Test Batsman?

Take a look at the numbers of these two players at the different conditions to know about the batting strengths of these two players. A look at Sachin Tendulkar vs Rahul Dravid in Test Cricket.

Last updated: 29.11.2020
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There is always the debate over the comparison of two greatest players in the Indian Cricket History. If Sachin Tendulkar has more runs then Rahul Dravid has the unmatched impact which has taken the bail of team India from nowhere and put the team back into the driver seat. Both have played in the same era and decimated every bowling pair who had stood their way. Either it was home conditions or the overseas tours both have scored runs. 

In the section chase your sport brings you to take a look at the numbers of these two players at the different conditions to know about the batting strengths of these two players.



Career Runs:


Sachin Tendulkar – 200 Matches 329 Innings 15,921 runs 53.78 average 51 centuries 68 half-centuries


Rahul Dravid   164 Matches 286 Innings 13,288 runs 52.31 average 36 centuries 63 half-centuries


If we look at the career runs of these two players it is difficult to say who is better from the other. Sachin Tendulkar has played more tests than Rahul Dravid and has slightly better average compared to Rahul Dravid. If we assume the scenario that Rahul Dravid had played equal number of tests to Sachin Tendulkar he could've been equal or go ahead of Sachin Tendulkar numbers easily in terms of runs and average.


Even the centuries and half-centuries could've been almost equal or more Rahul Dravid had played an equal number of tests. In this battle of career runs it's tough to say who is better but still Rahul Dravid with the numbers in lesser games to Sachin Tendulkar is better.


Runs In The Overseas Conditions:


Sachin Tendulkar - 176 Innings 8705 Runs 54.75 average 29 centuries 36 half-centuries


Rahul Dravid – 166 Innings 7690 Runs 53.03 average 21 centuries 36 half-centuries


Probably the other parameter to know about the batting strengths of any batsman. Performing in overseas conditions is completely different from the home conditions for the player as he has not played first-class cricket in those conditions. Sachin Tendulkar had a slightly better average to Rahul Dravid in the overseas conditions.


But Rahul Dravid had an equal number of half-centuries compared to Sachin Tendulkar in less innings. It's tough to say who is better in the overseas conditions. In the hypothetical situation Rahul Dravid had played an equal number of innings he had better average or runs too.


Runs In The Home Conditions:


Sachin Tendulkar – 153 Innings 7216 Runs 52.67 average 22 centuries 32 half-centuries


Rahul Dravid – 120 Innings 5598 Runs 51.36 runs 15 centuries 27 half-centuries


It's not a tough task for a player to score runs in their own territory against any bowling pairs. Again looking at the numbers of two players it's tough to say who is the better player at the home conditions. Sachin Tendulkar has slightly better average to Dravid in more innings he has played and even the difference of centuries and half-centuries is not big from Rahul Dravid.


Although its tough call but innings margin is big of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid would easily go ahead in terms of runs, average, centuries and half-centuries in the equal number of innings Sachin Tendulkar had played.


Runs Against Sena Countries And West Indies:


Sachin Tendulkar:


Australia - 38 Innings 1809 Runs 53.21 average 6 centuries


South Africa – 28 Innings 1161 Runs 46.44 average 5 centuries


New Zealand – 18 Innings 842 Runs 49.53 average 2 centuries


England – 30 Innings 1575 Runs 54.31 average 4 centuries


West Indies – 14 Innings 620 Runs 47.69 average 1 century


Rahul Dravid:


Australia – 32 Innings 1166 Runs 41.64 average 1 century


South Africa – 22 Innings 624 Runs 29.71 average 1 century


New Zealand – 14 Innings 766 Runs 63.83 average 2 centuries


England – 23 Innings 1376 Runs 68.80 average 6 centuries


West Indies – 28 Innings 1511 Runs 65.70 average 3 centuries


Out of five, Rahul Dravid had a better average against West Indies, England and New Zealand than Sachin Tendulkar. Maybe the career runs of Sachin Tendulkar is better from Dravid but his performance against teams like West Indies, England and New Zealand is not good.


Although Sachin had a good record against teams like Australia and South Africa where Rahul Dravid was having tough times. But in terms of hundreds came in the victory cause Rahul Dravid is ahead of Sachin Tendulkar along with the winning percentage of those hundreds. In conclusion, maybe Sachin Tendulkar has more runs but the impact of Rahul Dravid either in the victories or scoring runs against quality teams is better and is very ahead of Sachin Tendulkar.

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