“If I wanted someone batting for my life, it would be Rahul,” referring to Rahul Dravid’s patience as a batsman, Brain Lara once famously mentioned these words.
The elegant right-hander from Bengaluru, is one of the most dependable cricketers the world has ever seen. Born on January 11, 1973 in Nagpur, Dravid, who is famously known as ‘The Wall’, turned 44 on Wednesday.
Dravid is probably the most classical and technically sound batsman India cricket has ever produced. His prowess against both spin and pace irrespective of the wicket and conditions along with 13288 and 10889 Test and ODI runs respectively under his belt, Dravid is deservingly categorised as one of the legends to serve Indian cricket.
Undoubtedly, he is the greatest number three batsman for India in Test cricket. Who can forget those famous knocks of his in Kolkata, Adelaide, Rawalpindi, Johannesburg, Hamilton, London and many other corners of the world? Apart from Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, Dravid is the only Indian cricketer to score five double hundreds in Test cricket.
Dravid was a perfect team man; and even played the role of keeper-batsman for a long time under Sourav Ganguly’s leadership in order to accommodate another batsman in the side. He is also regarded as one of the safest slip-catchers. Dravid took 210 catches in Tests in 196 in ODIs along with the 14 stumpings as a keeper in 50-over cricket career.
Besides all his heroics as an individual cricketer, Dravid is also an underrated captain. Taking charge of the team following Sourav Ganguly’s axing in 2005, Dravid during his two-year stint as a captain had registered series wins in England and West Indies for the first time in a generation.
Following a poor run of form in the 2011-12 tour of Australia, Dravid retired from International cricket in 2012.
Dravid now a days is looking after the supply line of India cricket. He is doing a commendable job as coach of India A and India Under-19 teams. Under his guidance, the likes of Karun Nair and KL Rahul have been groomed and now they are ready to carry forward Dravid’s legacy.
Cricwizz wishes Rahul Dravid a very happy birthday.