Former Indian batsman-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra has recently launched his new book “Numbers Do Lie’ at a South Mumbai bookshop the last week on Wednesday. The book unveils 61 untold stories of cricket. It was launched by former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan and prolific cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle.
The book explains the impactful performances of a bunch of international cricketers. Even on a page, there has been a discussion of Indian legends, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.
Comparing the impact of these two legends, Chopra wrote, “In terms of Test cricket, rated ahead of him (Tendulkar) is Rahul Dravid. In the 1990s, when Sachin was just the lone ranger, nobody was supporting him. If I have to put it this way, Sachin never had Rahul to support him to win matches, but Rahul always had Sachin to support him to win matches."
He further elaborated, “Rahul absorbed more pressure because batting at No. 3 and No. 4 are two different things. So Rahul was invariably batting at 10 for one and had Viru (Sehwag) for the company. By the time Sachin came in it’s just that the pressure was not the same all the time. Also, Rahul’s overseas performances have been the clincher."
Despite the fact that the India team has always known for their 'Fab Four’ in the 2000s, the book reckons that pacer Zaheer Khan as the most impactful cricketer in the Indian team of then. Talking about the same, Varma said, “In the 85-year-old history of Indian Test cricket, the highest impact bowler in overseas conditions for India is Zaheer Khan. Between 2007 and 2012, you (Zaheer) were the second highest impact and the second-most consistent fast bowler in the world after Dale Steyn."