Rahul Dravid was the greatest No.3 India had during the first half of the new millennium. In his 16-year international career, Dravid played a big part in India's wins in Australia, England, New Zealand as well as play some crucial roles in India's success in South Africa and Pakistan. Dravid notched up 13288 runs in Tests at an average of 52 while in ODIs, he hit 10889 runs at an average of close to 40. Now, Rahul's son Samit Dravid has gone on the footsteps of his father and is scoring plenty of runs in the local tournaments. Recently, during an inter-zonal under-14 state level match between Vice President's XI and Dharwad Zone, Samit shone with the bat as he smashed a magnificent 201 and responded with 94 in the second innings.
However, Samit did what his father had never done in his career and that is take more than two wickets. Samit picked up three wickets in addition to his double ton and fifty as the match ended in a draw. Rahul, in his whole career, took a combined total of just nine wickets in First Class and List A combined. This is not the first time Samit has shown the appetite for big runs.
In 2018, Samit took three wickets for just nine runs and then struck a half-century to help Aditi International School convincingly beat Cambridge Public School by nine wickets. In the same year, he struck 150 for his school in Karnataka State Cricket Association’s (KSCA) BTR Cup as his school beat Vivekananda School by 412 runs.
In 2015, Samit displayed his father's consistent trait as he notched up three fifties and helped his school Mallya Aditi International to victory in three games. In the next year, Samit, playing for Bangalore United Cricket Club, smashed 125 against Frank Anthony Public School and his double century stand helped his team win by a massive margin. One hopes that the likes of Samit, along with Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun Tendulkar make big strides in cricket and make India proud just like their fathers.