Rahul Dravid

Birth Name : Rahul Dravid

Full name : Rahul Sharad Dravid

Nickname : The Wall, Jammy, Mr. Dependable

Born : January 11, 1973

Born Place : Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Height : 5’ 11” (1.80 m)

Playing Role : Top-order batsman

Batting Style : Right-hand bat

Bowling Style : Right-arm offspin

Fielding Position : Occasional wicketkeeper

Major Teams : India Cricket Team, ICC World XI, Asia XI, Karnataka, Marylebone Cricket Club, Kent, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals.

About Rahul Dravid

Who is Rahul Dravid ?

Rahul Dravid (also known by his nickname :- The Wall, Jammy, Mr. Dependable) is a former Indian cricketer which captained the national ODI (One Day International) and Test teams. Rahul Dravid was born on January 11, 1973 in a Marathi family. He at the age of 12 started playing cricket and later represented the team of state with levels the under-15, under-17 and under-19. Dravid has been described Hailed as The Wall as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.

Rahul was named one in every of the best 5 cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2000. He received awards of the Player of the Year and also the test Player of the Year at the awards ceremony of the inaugural ICC in 2004. He became the first non-Australian cricketer in December 2011 in Canberra to address at the Bradman Oration.

Dravid is that the third-highest run scorer as of October 2012 in cricket of the test, after Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar, and is among 3 cricketers in India to score 10,000 runs each in ODIs and in Tests. Wisden graded him the third greatest batsman of all time in Test after Sachin Tendulkar and Don Bradman. He became in April 2009 the only cricketer to score a century in all the ten countries of Test-playing. He holds the record as of October 2012 for the most number of catches taken by a player (non-wicket-keeper) with 210 runs in Test cricket. After receiving a surprise call in August 2011 in the series of ODI against England, Dravid declared his retirement from One Day Internationals (ODIs) as well as Twenty20 International (T20I), and he declared his retirement in March 2012 from first-class and international cricket.

Dravid appeared in the IPL (Indian Premier League) in 2012 as the captain of the Rajasthan Royals. Rahul Dravid, along with Glenn McGrath honored during the seventh annual function of Bradman Awards in Sydney on 1 November 2012. Dravid has also been honoured with the award of Padma Bhushan and the award of third highest civilian of India.

Rahul Dravid's Early life and Domestic Career :

Dravid was born in Indore in a Maharashtrian Deshastha Brahmin family in Madhya Pradesh. His family later moved, where he was raised in Bangalore in Karnataka. Dravid's father worked for a company which makes jams and preserves it and later giving rise to the nickname Jammy. His mother's name was Pushpa which was an architecture professor at the UVCE (University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering), Bangalore.

Dravid's younger brother's name is Vijay. He did his schooling in Bangalore at St. Joseph's Boys High School. He earned a commerce degree in Bangalore from Commerce College of St. Joseph. Dravid at the age of 12 started playing cricket and represented Karnataka with levels at the under-19, the under-17 and the under-15. Keki Tarapore (which Former cricketer) first noticed the talent of Dravid while coaching at a camp in the summer in the Stadium of Chinnaswamy. He played as wicket-keeper but later stopped keeping wicket on the recommendation of former Test players Brijesh Patel, Gundappa Vishwanath, Roger Binny and Tarapore.

Dravid made his debut of Ranji Trophy in February 1991 while he was still in the college. Playing alongside future teammates of India (Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble) in Pune against Maharashtra, he scored 82 runs within the match, which led to a draw. His first full season was when he scored two centuries in 1991–92 and ended up at an average of 63.3 with 380 runs, getting selected for the cricket team of South Zone in the Duleep Trophy.

Rahul Dravid's Personal life :

Rahul Dravid married Vijeta Pendharkar (a surgeon from Nagpur) on 4 May 2003. They have 2 kids, Samit (born in 2005) and Anvay (born in 2009).

Rahul Dravid's Cricinfo and International career :

Number three slot in ODIs and debut World Cup success :

Dravid continued to bat at number three in One Day Internationals (ODIs). He was selected for the World Cup of 1999 in the team of India. He played 7 matches with making 461 scores and ended up with the leading run-scorer. Dravid is the only Indian cricketer to make score in a World Cup with two consecutive centuries. He made 110 runs against Kenya and followed it in Taunton with 145 against Sri Lanka, during a match wherever he conjointly unbroken wicket.

He was involved with Sourav Ganguly in a partnership of 318 runs, and then made a world record in all types of cricket. He was appointed the vice-captain during the World Cup of 2003, during which India reached the finals, playing as a cricketer batsman to accommodate an extra batsman, a technique that discovered well. Dravid was nominated as the captain for the team of India for World Cup in 2007, wherever India had not a successful campaign.

Rahul Dravid after 2000 :

Dravid had a partnership in the second Test of a series of three-match with VVS Laxman in 2001 at Eden Gardens against Australia which led to a return victory for India. India was followed on and that they achieved a 376-run in the second innings with a fifth wicket partnership, Dravid makes a score of 180 and Laxman 281. He made 87 score later that year in the second innings in Port Elizabeth against South Africa, contributing to a draw.

Dravid started in 2002 to establish himself like one of the India's premier batsmen in Test. He scored 144 not out in the first Test match of the series on April 2002 in the first innings once being hit by one in every of Mervyn Dillon's deliveries against the West Indies Georgetown. He made four centuries in consecutive, later that year, and one against the West Indies and three against England. He made 148 scores in August 2002 in the first innings at Headingley Stadium, Leeds, in the third Test against England. He led to win the India and making him the man of the match. He made 602 runs total in the series of four-Test against England also got him the award of man of the series.

Dravid made three double centuries in the season of 2003–2004: one each against Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand. India reached 85–4 In the first innings of the second Test in reply to Australia's 556 against Australia at Adelaide, when for the fifth wicket Dravid and Laxsman scored 303 runs. Dravid went on make 233 and Laxman dismissed for 148, at that time the highest scored by batsman of India outside India. He in the second innings, scored 72 not out for India won. Dravid made 619 runs in the series of four-match with an average of 103.16 against Australia, won the award of man of the series.

Dravid led India to its first test victory in the absence of Ganguly during the later part of the season over Pakistan in their home match at Multan Cricket Stadium in the first test. Dravid scored 270 runs in the third and final match of the series at Rawalpindi for helping India to the series win. During an unsuccessful tour of India in 2011 of England, in which their 4–0 loss cost them the top rank, Dravid scored three centuries in Test Cricket.

Rahul Dravid's Retirement :

Rahul Dravid was dropped in 2009 from the ODI (One Day International) team but was selected again for a series of a One Day International in 2011 in England, surprising even Dravid himself since, though he had not formally retired from One Day International (ODI) cricket, he hadn’t expected to be remembered. He announced after being selected that he would retire after the series from One Day International (ODI) cricket. He played his last ODI innings on 16 September 2011 at Sophia Gardens against England, Cardiff. Before being bowled by Graeme Swann, he made 69 runs against 79 balls.

His last international match with limited-overs was his debut of match T20I; before his first match of T20I playing, he declared his retirement. Dravid declared his retirement 9 March 2012 from Domestic and Test cricket on, after the Australia tour of 2011–12 but he said he would captain in the Indian Premier League (IPL) of 2012 of the Rajasthan Royals. He became the second-highest run scorer. He has taken in Test cricket the highest number of catches at the time of his retirement

Rahul Dravid's Achievements and Records :

Test Matches :- 

Opposition

Span

Matches

Won

Lost

Tied

Draw

 Australia

2004-2004

2

1

1

0

0

 Bangladesh

2007-2007

2

1

0

0

1

 England

2006–2007

6

2

1

0

3

 New Zealand

2003-2003

1

0

0

0

1

 Pakistan

2004–2006

5

1

2

0

2

 South Africa

2006–2007

3

1

2

0

0

Sri Lanka

2005-2005

2

1

0

0

1

 West Indies

2006–2006

4

1

0

0

3

Total

2003–2007

25

8

6

0

11

ODI Matches :-

Opposition

Span

Matches

Won

Lost

Tied

NR

 Australia

-

6

1

4

0

1

 Bangladesh

-

3

2

1

0

0

 Bermuda

-

1

1

0

0

0

 England

-

13

9

4

0

0

 New Zealand

-

2

0

1

0

1

 Pakistan

-

9

5

4

0

0

 Scotland

-

1

1

0

0

0

 South Africa

-

9

4

5

0

0

 Sri Lanka

-

16

8

6

0

2

 West Indies

-

16

8

8

0

0

 Zimbabwe

-

3

3

0

0

0

Total

-

79

42

33

0

4

Other Records and Trivia :

Rahul Dravid dropped 453 wickets while in a Test Career batting at the other side of the crease- the most by in a Test Career of a batsman.