Mental strength is one of the most appreciated and sought after qualities in batsmen in any format of the game. Winning matches is mostly about negotiating the difficult circumstances which the opposition presents to you. Such negotiation is not possible unless the players have strong enough minds to fight the adversities. In this article we take a look at the top 5 mentally strong batsmen of the last generation.
#1. Rahul Dravid
A veteran of 164 tests and 344 ODIs, India’s Rahul Dravid occupied the ‘difficult to bowl to’ lists of bowlers like Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar and Glenn McGrath almost throughout his career. Armed with a well nigh unbreachable defense, Dravid belonged to a generation of Indian cricketers who were not willing to take embarrassing defeats away from home, lying down. It was a marathon knock of 180 at Kolkata in 2001 that set Dravid on the path to eternal glory. His 233 against Australia at Adelaide in 2003 was momentous in more ways than one, as India managed to win that historic test even after conceding more than 550 in the 1st innings. When India visited Pakistan in 2004, Dravid’s 270 at Rawalpindi led many to conclude that he is perhaps one of the rarest of specimens of classical test cricket. In the twilight of his career, during India’s tour to England in 2011, Dravid bagged 3 memorable centuries under circumstances which were debilitating enough to push India to a 4-0 series defeat.
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