Regarded as “The Wall” in the cricket history, Rahul Dravid is known for his mastery in defense in test matches that let bowlers hardly breaking through. He had faced the highest number of 31,258 balls in test matches and holds unique distinction of never going out for a Golden Duck.
Interestingly, he is considered as the only test player to have hit a century against all 10 test playing national teams.
On his birthday, here are the details about his life, cricket career and achievements.
Rahul Dravid was born on 11 January, 1973 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh to Sharad Dravid and Pushpa Dravid who belonged to the state of Maharashtra. His father worked at Kissan while his mother was a professor of architecture at Bangalore University.
Rahul Dravid did his schooling from St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School in Bangalore. Later, he graduated in in Commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce.
Rahul is married to Vijeta Pendharkar in 2003 who is a doctor by profession.
He is also a state level Hockey player.
His father’s love for cricket developed his liking for the sport as well and he started playing professional cricket at the age of 12.
Beginning Of The Cricket Career
At 12, right-handed Rahul played for Karnataka at under-15, under-17 and under-19 level.
In February 1991, he played in the Ranji Trophy against Maharashtra in Pune where he hit 82 runs and the match ended a draw.
In 1991-92, he played his first complete season in which he had scored 380 runs. Consequently, he was chosen in the Duleep Trophy to play for South Zone.
International Debut- Rise To Prominence
Rahul Dravid made his international debut in ODI match against Sri Lanka held in Singapore in 1996.
His first test debut was along with Sourav Ganguly against England.
Since then, he never looked back and scored his first test century against South Africa in the 1996-97 tour.
Playing for Sahara Cup, he scored a fifty in ODI match against Pakistan.
He is probably the third Indian batsman to hit a century in both innings of a test match following Sunil Gavaskar and Vijay Hazare.
He was the top scorer with 461 runs with two consecutive centuries in the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup. He received the Ceat Cricketer award at the tournament.
During 2003-2004, Dravid made three double centuries, against Australia, New Zealand, and Pakistan.
He was made captain of the Test Team of the International Cricket Council in 2006
In September 2011, he played his last ODI against England and last represented India in test match against Australia in January 2012.
He also played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL (Indian Premier League).
After Cricket Career
The former Indian captain, Dravid now dons the hat of the head coach of India A and U-19 team. Under his guidance, India U-19 team ended as the runner-ups of junior World Cup in 2016. The team had also won the 2018 trophy. He has also trained the players in India-A team like Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw.
He was honoured for ICC Test Player of the Year, ICC Player of the Year and received the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy in 2004.
Last year, he received ICC Hall of Fame.
Twitter Wishes Rahul Dravid
Indian Cricket icons like Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman took to Twitter to wish Rahul Dravid on his 46th Birthday.
Deewaron ke bhi kaan hote hain , is deewar ka bahut saaf Mann aur hriday bhi hai!( #TheWall too has ears, this one has a pure mind and a heart as well)
A joy to have played with him and made so many wonderful memories together #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid ! pic.twitter.com/eukPvSx0II
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2019
Many more happy returns of the day to my dear friend Rahul. I wish him all the happiness and love and hope that he continues serving Indian Cricket and continues to inspire not just budding cricketers but the youth of the country. #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/fzsQcy5D5I
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 11, 2019
Other Indian cricketers like Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif, R.P Singh and Shikhar Dhawan also pour wishes for him.
Happy birthday Jam..wish you all the happiness..keep continuing to flourish young talent under ur wings.. you are the best they can get..many great memories shared and many more to make #Thegreatwallofindia #legend #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/Ha9GYvHQ9n
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 11, 2019
Happy Birthday Rahul bhai ! They call it a Gentleman's game because legends like you played it. Sharing the dressing room with you was a privilege & an honor that I'll never forget. Friend, mentor, captain & always #TheWall. Have a great year ahead!! #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/1HOY2bYrC5
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 11, 2019
Many many happy returns of the day to a terrific human being, role model and an inspiration for many youngsters in the country. One of the most likeable cricketers ever , #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid bhai ! pic.twitter.com/V07D4Ci6A8
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 11, 2019
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) January 11, 2019
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 11, 2019
Here is what ICC and BCCI tweeted-
Wishing The Wall – Rahul Dravid a very Happy Birthday. His exploits in whites are well known but we thought we would relive one of his knocks in blue against Pakistan #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/gJ1sgt6Ird
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2019
24,208 international runs.
146 fifties.#U19CWC winning coach in 2018.
Happy birthday to India's Wall, the legendary Rahul Dravid! 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/mR5kFLqBXX
— ICC (@ICC) January 11, 2019
IPL Teams were also no behind to post their blessing on the social media platform.
🎂 Happy Birthday, Rahul Dravid – the man who's been making 🇮🇳 proud, through his playing days, and even post-retirement!
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) January 11, 2019
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) January 11, 2019
— RCB Bold Brigade (@BoldBrigade) January 11, 2019
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) January 11, 2019
(Note- All the photos have been taken from the Twitter handle of AIR and DD News.)