Rahul Dravid is a former Indian cricketer and captain. He is considered one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is known in the colloquial language as Dependable or Mr. Dependable, and the fads are often known by Indian cricket followers as The Great Wall or The Wall. He scored nearly 25000 runs in international cricket. He is an overseas batting consultant for the Indian team. He started playing cricket at the age of 12 and later represented Karnataka at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 levels.
In 2000, he was named one of the best five cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers Almanac, and in 2004, he received Player of the Year and Test Player of the Year award at the inaugural ICC Awards ceremony. He has done a unique record of never playing for the Golden Duck in 286 Test innings. He has faced 31,258 balls, which is the highest number of balls faced by any player in Test cricket. Rahul Dravid was honored with Glenn McGrath during the seventh annual Bradyman Awards ceremony in Sydney on November 1, 2012. He has also been honored with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. In July 2018, he became the fifth Indian cricketer to join the ICC Hall of Fame.
Personal life :-
Rahul was born on January 11, 1973 in a Brahmin family of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. His father’s name is Sharad dravid, He worked for a company which jams and conserves. While his mother’s name is pushpa dravid , she was a Professor of Architecture at the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) in Bangalore. He has a brother named vijay dravid. He studied from St. Joseph’s Boys High School, Bangalore. Then He took a degree in Commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore. He was selected in the national cricket team of India during the MBA course in St. Joseph’s College of Business Administration. He is fluent in many languages, Marathi, Kannada, English and Hindi.
If you talk about rahul’s love life then he married Vijeta Pendharkar. She ia a surgeon. They have two sons named Samit Dravid And Anvay Dravid.
He started playing cricket at the age of 12, and represented Karnataka at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 levels. He made a hundred for his school team. He also played in the form of wicket-keeper. In February 1991, he started the Ranji Trophy while participating in the college. He scored a century against Bengal and then scored three centuries. he had his first full session in 1991-92 when he scored two centuries and scored 380 runs at an average of 63.30. In 1994-95, with his good performance for India A in the domestic series against England A, he caught the eye of the selectors of the national team.
International career :- In October 1994, Rahul received his first national call for the last two matches of the Wills World Series. When the selectors announced the Indian team for Dravid for the 1996 World Cup, an Indian daily newspaper gave a title – “Rahul Dravid gets a raw deal”. Then He made his international debut at the Singer Cup held in Singapore in place of Vinod Kambli in the one-day match against Sri Lanka. He was not particularly effective with the bat by making just three runs before Muttiah Muralitharan was out, but he got two catches in the match. He scored just four runs before being run out against Pakistan and got another failure in the next game.
Rahul Dravid was selected for the England tour of India on the backdrop of consistent performance in domestic cricket for five years. He did not get a place in the team for the first Test. In the second Test of the series against England on 20 June, 1996, he debuted his Test debut at the cost of senior batsman Sanjay Manjrekar. he made important partnerships. After the first debut, he got the first innings lead for Saurav Ganguly and then with the Indian lower order. He scored 95 before being dismissed by Chris Lewis. He caught his first catch in Test cricket in this match and dismissed Nasir Hussain on a Srinath ball. In the next tour game against British universities, Dravid scored a hundred. He made another half-century in the first innings of the third Test.
Test career :-After a successful Test debut in England, Dravid played in One-Off-Test against Australia in Delhi. This was his first Test match in India. He scored 40 runs in the first innings. In the first Test of the three-match domestic series against South Africa in Ahmedabad in November 1996, for the first time, he did not perform well in the series by scoring just 175 runs at an average of 29.16. India toured South Africa for the three-match Test series. Rahul was the only Indian batsman to reach double figures in the innings, with an unbeaten 27 runs. In the second innings of the second Test, he won the match for India with his first Test century, in which he scored 148 in the first innings. Rahul’s performance in this Test gave him his first Man of the Match award in Test cricket.
He continued his good work in the next season, scoring seven fifties in eight test matches, which consisted of six half-centuries (three-three against Sri Lanka and Australia) in six innings. By the end of the Test Season of 1997/98, he had 15 fifties in 22 Test matches, which included four scores in the nineties. He scored 752 runs at an average of 62.66 in seven Tests, raising the bar of his performance which included four centuries and one half century and was in the process at the top of the run chart for India. The series started for Rahul in the first innings of the second Test with the first duck of his Test career and ended with a century in both innings of the third Test in Hampton. He scored 190 and 103 in the first and second innings respectively.
India played a two-Test series against Pakistan. India lost the first Test, but won the second Test in Kumble’s historic 10-wicket haul in Delhi. Rahul Dravid played his role in the 10-wicket haul with Mushtaq Ahmed caught by Mushtaq Ahmed to dismiss Mushtaq Ahmed, who was the eighth victim of innings. After the 1998-99 Asian Test Championship, the Indo-Pak Test Series. India went to Sri Lanka to play the second Test of the championship. In the first innings of the match, Dravid scored his fourth century in Colombo. He did not come to bat in the second innings due to injury. This match ended in the draw as India failed to qualify for the finals of the championship.
ODI :- In April 1996, he debuted his ODI. In the difficult situation of Toronto in 1996, Ruhal Dravid achieved the first success of his ODI career in the ‘Friendship’ Cup against Pakistan. He emerged as the highest scorer of the series by scoring 220 runs in five games with an average of 44.00 and a strike rate of 68.53 and 80. He won his first ODI Man of the Match award for 46 runs in the third game of the series with a low score. He scored the highest score for India in Standard Bank International One-Day Series 1996/97 in South Africa. Dravid’s ODI Renaissance began on the 1998/99 New Zealand tour He scored double centuries in the bilateral ODI series and scored a run-ball century in the first ODI, giving him his third Man of the Match award.
he scored a century in the Pepsi Cup against Sri Lanka in 1998/99 and added 236 runs for the second wicket with Ganguly, which also scored a century in the match. In the next match against Pakistan, he bowled four overs and took Saeed Anwar’s wicket, caught by wicketkeeper Nayan Mongia. Before the Indian team left for England to participate in the 1999 World Cup, he played a friendly game with the 1983 World Cup winning team. Although he scored only 20 runs, he took two wickets while Dilip Vengsarkar and Roger Binny were dismissed.
In 2009 Rahul Dravid was dropped from the ODI team, but in 2011 he was re-selected for the one-day series in England. but He announced that he will retire from one-day cricket after the series. He announced his retirement before playing his first T20I match. He announced his retirement from Test and domestic cricket on March 9, 2012 after Australia’s tour of 2011-12, but he said that he would be the captain of Rajasthan Royals in the 2012 Indian Premier League.
He has won many award for his better performance such as Arjuna Award, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, CEAT International Cricketer of the World Cup, NDTV Indian of the Year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and others.
|Name||Rahul Sharad Dravid|
|Profession||Former Indian Cricketer|
|Debut||ODI- 3 April 1996 Vs Sri Lanka At Singapore|
Test-20 June 1996 Vs England At Lord’s
|International Retirement||ODI- 16 September 2011 Vs England At Cardiff|
Test- 24 January 2012 Vs Australia At Adelaide
|Likes To Play Against||Australia|
|Favorite Shot||Cover Drive|
|Domestic /State Team||Kent , Karnataka , Royal Challengers Bangalore, Canterbury, Rajasthan Royls|
|Age||46 Years (As In 2019)|
|Height||In Feet Inches 5’11|
|Date Of Birth||11 January 1973|
|Birth Palace||Indore , Madhya Pradesh , India|
|Hometown||Bangalore , Karnataka , India|
|School||St. Joseph’s Boys High School, Bangalore|
|Collage||St. Joseph’s Collage Of Commerce , Bangalore|
|Education Qualification||Degree In Commerce|
|Father Name||Sharad Dravid|
|Mother Name||Pushpa Dravid|
|Brother Name||Vijay Dravid|
|Wife Name||Vijeta Pendharkar|
|Children’s||Sons-Samit Dravid And Anvay Dravid|
|Hobbies||Listening To Old Music , Playing Hockey|
|Favorite Actor||Aamir Khan|
|Favorite Actress||Demi Moore|
|Favorite Cricketer||Sachin Tendulkar|
|Favorite Film||Ghost , Pk|
|Favorite Food||Chicken Tikka|
|Net Worth||Not Known|
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