5 all-time slowest Test innings
Test matches are the longest format of cricket and the oldest one too. The format is actually a “test” of players’ quality, technique, strokeplay,control, and patience. In other words, Test matches bring out the best in every cricketer. Cricketers around the world have admitted that the feeling of a Test win can be compared to none.
In Test cricket’s long history, there are numerous innings where players have given hard-fought performances, playing long innings to help their respective teams come out of tricky situations. There are also certain circumstances in which batsmen stuck to the crease and held their wicket in the best possible way, scoring minimum runs and avoiding unnecessary risks.
Hence, let us have a look at 5 slow innings’ played in Test cricket:
1) Rahul Dravid (India vs England, the Oval 2007)
12 runs from 96 balls, strike rate: 12.50
Rahul Dravid is widely considered to be one of the Greatest Test players ever. “Jammy” played numerous match winning innings throughout his career which spanned 16 years and is one of few players in the history of cricket to score more than 10000 runs, in both Tests and One-Day Internationals.
The right-handed batsman once admitted the reason behind his nickname “The Wall” in an interview during a show called What the Duck. He said, “I can’t remember exactly the first time but I know where it sort of came out from, where it originated. I think, it probably came out after one of my long, typically maybe boring innings; when I saw the headline, (it read) ‘The Wall’.”
During the last Test match against England in 2007, he scored 12 runs from 96 balls in the second innings and the match ended in a draw after England scored 345 runs in reply to India’s mammoth 664 runs in the first innings.