R. Dravid

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In 2011 India’s Rahul Dravid scored a first innings century against England to become the eight Indian batsman to get his name on the Lord’s Honours Board.

It was Dravid’s fourth Test match at the Home of Cricket and he knew it would in all likelihood be his last.

England had declared with 474/8 on the scoreboard during their first innings with Dravid entering the crease with India 63/1.

Despite the impressive display from England's bowling attack, Dravid stood strong, showing all the mastery that befitted a man of his stature in the game.

As Wisden recalled: “He countered the moving ball by reaching out calmly and driving, his feet almost always in the right place, front knee bent as per the coaching manual, hands swishing through with a flourish.”

When Dravid nudged a delivery from Chris Tremlett through the leg side to bring up his century the outpouring of emotion from a player nicknamed “The Wall” showed just how much this century, his 33rd in Test cricket, meant.

That feeling of emotion was felt throughout the Ground, as Lord’s rose as one to applaud a batsman who is widely considered one of cricket’s 'good guys'.

Unfortunately for Dravid and India, the innings was not enough to prevent England from cruising to a 196-run victory by the end of Day Five.