In the first test against visitors Sri Lanka, at Motera, Ahmadabad, India started disastrously losing Gautam Gambhir, Virendra Sehvag, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman and was reduced to 32 for 4 after paceman Chanaka Welegedara’s triple strike.
Rahul Dravid had a century partnership with Yuvraj Singh (68) and a double-century stand with his captain MS Dhoni. Rahul Dravid (177 not out) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (110) hit centuries as India came back to put up an impressive 385-6 at the end of first days play.
The elegant right-handed Dravid, also known as the “Wall” for his temperament, completed 11,000 runs in Test matches and hit 26 boundaries and a straight six in yet another 251-ball knock and remained not out. He joins Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and Allan Border in the 11,000 test runs club.