10. Rahul 'The Wall' Dravid at Leeds, 2002:
By the time he came to England in 2002 Dravid had earned a name for himself as a technically sound batsman who could bat for hours thanks to his deep concentration and insatiable appetite for runs. But his batting at Leeds was superlative even by Dravid's high standards. It was the last word in technically crafted batsmanship made in adverse conditions and against a bowling attack that was reveling in the rarified atmosphere. The ball was swinging alarmingly, the bowlers got a lot of bounce from the helpful pitch and survival let alone scoring runs was the first target. Under the circumstances Dravid's display against the bowling of Matthew Hoggard, Andrew Flintoff, Andy Caddick, Alex Tudor and Ashley Giles was exemplary culminating in one of the finest knocks even the supreme technician has played in his long career.
India opting to bat lost Virender Sehwag in the seventh over. Dravid joined Sanjay Bangar and the two weathered the storm with a second wicket partnership of 170 before the latter fell for 68. Joined by Sachin Tendulkar Dravid reached an admirable hundred and by stumps was unbeaten with 110 in a total of 236 for two. On the second day conditions improved for batting and Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly basked in the sunshine to get hundreds.
But it was Dravid - finally out for 148 - who emerged as the hero for he had battled the conditions at their most adverse. Fittingly enough he was adjudged man of the match and his 429-minute tenure at the crease during which he hit 23 fours had a lot to do with India winning by an innings and 46 runs.
Image: Rahul Dravid hits a four from the bowling of England's Alex Tudor on the first day of the third test at Headingley in Leeds 22 August 2002.