Rahul Dravid and Vinod Kambli played 27 one-day matches together over a four-year period. One made his debut at the age of 19, the half of the high-school duo that had “taken the stairs” while Sachin Tendulkar“took the elevator”. The other had played more than 50 first-class matches before getting the India cap. One’s stolid style was considered unsuitable for the slam-bang version of the game. The other, all flair and Caribbean-style flamboyance, seemed perfect for it. The natural finished with 2,477 runs at a modest average of 32.59, while the misfit has been recalled at the age of 36, having scored 8,000 runs more.
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