Some cricket fans call him the ‘WALL’ and some Call him ‘Mr. Dependable’, he is also called ‘Jammy’ by his fellow cricketers and friends. Yes, we are talking about Rahul Dravid as he turns 45 today here are some facts about one of the iconic players of his time. While the of world cricket has blossomed after players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Brain Lara, Sir Don Bradman, Kapil Dev and currently by players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid has his own special place.
Born on January 11 in 1973 Indore, India he redefined the meaning of cricket. It did not take much time for Dravid to realize that cricket is what he wants as he started playing cricket at the age of 12 and later went on to represent Karnataka at the under-15, 17, and 19 levels. Dravid made his international debut on April 3rd, 1996 in an ODI against Sri Lanka in the Singer Cup in Singapore. This was possible because of his promising performances in domestic cricket by which the selectors could not ignore him. Opposite to his ODI debut, his Test debut was a rather successful one. He made his Test debut at Lord’s on June 20th, 1996 against England.
Let’s have a sneak into Rahul Dravid’s mind-blowing cricketing career and relive some of the best highlights of his journey:
1. Rahul Dravid’s Test Debut at Lord’s:
It was 22nd June 1996 when Dravid faced his first every Test delivery at Lord’s the Mecca of cricket. India was up against England and there were two Indian batsmen Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly who were making Test debuts for India in this very match. While Dada went on to score a wonderful century, Dravid fell just short of his first Test ton by 5 runs. He scored promising 95 runs and faced 267 balls.
2. Rahul Dravid 50 in Just 22 Balls Amazing Innings:
Rahul Dravid played a superb innings against New Zealand in 2003 at Hyderabad. He played quite an uncharacteristic innings, reaching 50 runs in just 22 balls.
3. Epic Six by Dravid:
It was Standard Bank International One-Day Series, Feb 13, 1997 where Rahul Dravid’s hits an epic six to Allan Donald in the one-day match against South Africa at Kingsmead Durban. One of his best one-day innings.
4. Praises from across the border:
Pakistani ace Younis Khan credited Rahul Dravid for his great batting by saying “The tips and advice I got from Dravid at the early stages of my career helped me develop into a top batsman.”
5. Dravid’s 270 VS Pakistan:
A huge score of 270 by Dravid took India of 600, and a lead of 376, as India made sure that they build on the first two days of the deciding Test at Rawalpindi.
He is the current Overseas Batting Consultant for the Indian team, and the head coach for the Under-19 and ‘A’ teams shaping up some great young talent. He is one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.
Followed by the moments amazing moments he had in Indian Cricket, here are some interesting quotes on Rahul Dravid by none other than Harsha Bhogle: