Rahul ‘The Wall’ Dravid turned 44 on Wednesday, January 11. One of the great ambassadors to the gentleman’s game, Cricwizz takes a look at some of the fun facts about the birthday boy.
Rahul Dravid is not a Kannadiga. He was born in a Marathi family in Indore, MP, but he was raised in Bangalore. He represented Karnataka in domestic cricket.
Rahul Dravid is known as Jammy as his father worked for a company that made jams and preserves. Rahul has a commerce degree and was also studying MBA when he received the call for selection in the national team.
Rahul Dravid has never been out for a Golden Duck or a first-ball duck in his 286 Test innings of his career.
Rahul Dravid is the first non-Australian cricketer to deliver the Bradman Oration in Canberra in December 2011.
Rahul Dravid is the first cricketer to score a ton against all Test-playing nations. Sachin Tendulkar missed out in hitting a ton against Zimbabwe.
Rahul Dravid made his Test debut only when first-choice Sanjay Manjrekar failed the fitness Test on the morning of the Lord’s Test in 1996. Dravid scored 95 and was just 5 runs short of a memorable debut ton at Lord’s.
Rahul Dravid was always questioned about his batting in limited-overs cricket. But The Wall scored 10889 runs in 344 ODIs @ 39.16. He has also scored a fifty off 22 balls in an ODI against New Zealand. This was joint second fastest fifty by an Indian cricketer.
Rahul Dravid has taken one wicket in Test cricket. He took the wicket of Ridley Jacobs of West Indies at St John’s Test in 2002.
Few of Dravid’s brilliant tons have been overshadowed by his teammates. Dravid’s 180 was overshadowed by VVS Laxman’s 281 against Australian at Kolkata in 2001. Dravid’s 153 at Hyderabad in 1999 against New Zealand was overshadowed by Sachin Tendulkar’s 186*. And once again, Sourav Ganguly’s 183 against Sri Lanka at Taunton in 1999 had the upper hand over Dravid’s 145.
Dravid was an excellent slip fielder. He has taken 210 catches in 164 matches, the most by any fielder in Test cricket history.