Dravid also kept wickets when the team needed. In the words of Ganguly, "Rahul has had a checquered One-Day career and it took a new turn once he decided to keep wicket in 2002. His decision was absolutely for the team as it helped reorganise the middle order and add more depth to it."
It later helped the team during the 2003 World Cup, when India came close to becoming the world champions for the second time, though they were outplayed by Australia in the final.
Though it took another eight years for India to win the World Cup a second time, Dravid was missing. He led the team in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, where India made a shocking first-round exit. By the time India got ready to host the World Cup at home, Dravid was no longer a serious One-Day player. That only made him greater Test cricketer.