Dravid had a black alpha to his career authoritative his admission in one-dayers adjoin Sri Lankan candid aggregation in the Singer Cup in Singapore anon afterwards World Cup in March 1996, replacing Vinod Kambli. Subsequently, he was alone from the team, until he was best afresh for the bout of England.
He again fabricated his admission in the Additional Test adjoin England forth with Sourav Ganguly,when Sanjay Manjrekar got afflicted afterwards the aboriginal Test bout on that tour.
Rahul denticulate 95 and captivated his position on Manjrekar's acknowledgment for the Third Test, scoring 84 . Afterwards abstinent achievement in home alternation adjoin Australia and South Africa, Dravid bankrupt through on the 1996-97 bout of South Africa. He batted at No. 3 in the third Test in Johannesburg, scoring his beginning aeon with 148 and 81, the top account in anniversary innings to affirmation his aboriginal man of the bout accolade . He fabricated his aboriginal half-century adjoin Pakistan in the Sahara Cup in 1996, scoring 90 in his 10th ODI .
In the 18 months catastrophe in mid-1998, he played in an abroad alternation adjoin the West Indies, home and abroad alternation adjoin Sri Lanka and a home alternation adjoin Australia, he denticulate consistently, with 964 runs at an boilerplate of 56.7. He denticulate eleven half-centuries but was clumsy to catechumen them to amateur figures. He denticulate his additional aeon in backward 1998 adjoin Zimbabwe in a one-off Test match, top-scoring in both innings with 148 and 44, but was clumsy to anticipate an Indian defeat. He became the third Indian batsman afterwards Vijay Hazare and Sunil Gavaskar to account centuries in both innings of a bout during the 1999 New Year's Test bout adjoin New Zealand with 190 and 103* to force a draw . He had a abstinent division in the subcontinent in aboriginal 1999, scoring 269 runs at an boilerplate of 38.42 with one aeon afore scoring 239 at an boilerplate of 39.8 including a aeon adjoin New Zealand in backward 1999. This was followed by a poor abroad alternation adjoin Australia and addition poor home alternation adjoin South Africa, accumulating aloof 187 runs at an boilerplate of 18.7. He again denticulate 200*, his aboriginal bifold century, adjoin Zimbabwe in Delhi, which forth with 70* in the additional innings helped India to victory. It was the aboriginal time he had anesthetized 50 in 12 months and he followed this with a 162 in the afterward Test, giving him 432 runs in the two bout alternation at an boilerplate of 432