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Fate enjoyed by Indian Captains in Test series in England

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2. Rahul Dravid, 2007

Victoria v India - Day 1

Team India had its best times in England since 1986 under the leadership of Rahul Dravid in 2007. Under Dravid, India managed to win the Test series 1-0, a feat that had been eluding India for the past 21 years.

The tour, however, did not start on a bright note for India, as they managed to somehow evade a defeat in the series opener at Lord's, thanks to Dhoni's resilience and the mercy showered upon by rain gods.

However, the second test saw India come out all guns blazing against England. Zaheer took full advantage of the seaming conditions as the English batsmen simply had no answers to his zipping deliveries and inswingers. Zaheer managed nine wickets in the match and helped India win quite easily by 7 wickets.

In the third Test, despite having an upper hand, Dravid refused to enforce the follow-on, a decision that raised quite a few eyebrows. Dravid defended himself by stating that his bowlers were tired. The match ended in a draw and India went to win the series 1-0.

On a personal front, Dravid though endured a poor outing, uncharacteristic of his standard. In 3 matches, he could manage only 126 runs in his kitty, at an average of 25. His tally included only a single half-century.

Surprisingly, Dravid soon stepped down from captaincy at the end of the tour. Given that he had managed an elusive Test series victory on English soil, this decision of his sent shock waves across the Cricket fraternity. Dravid, however, was firm in his decision and remained unperturbed.


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