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Rahul Sharad Dravid

Rahul Sharad Dravid was born on 11 January 1973 is a cricketer in the Indian national panel, of which he has been a standard member ever since 1996. He was selected as the skipper of the Indian cricket squad in October 2005 and reconciled from the place in September 2007. Dravid was privileged as one of the top-five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000. Dravid was also rewarded the ICC Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year at the initial awards ceremony held in 2004. Dravid also holds the evidence of having taken the most number of grasps in Test cricket.

Prevalently sleeted as "The Wall", Dravid is recognized for his skill to bat for a long era of time. Dravid clutches numerous cricketing records. He is the second Indian batsman, following Sachin Tendulkar, and the third international player to attain 12,000 runs in Test cricket. On 14 February 2007, he became the sixth player over the entire and the third Indian (subsequent to Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly), to gain 10,000 runs in ODI cricket in cricketing history. He is the first and only batsman to score a century in all ten Test playing nations. With more than 200 catches, Dravid at present holds the world record for the most amounts of catches in Test cricket. Dravid has also been implicated in more than 80 century partnerships with 18 diverse partners and has been

Early life and family

Dravid was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh into a Maharashtrian Deshastha folks existing in Karnataka. His affectionate relatives were Iyers from Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. He was heaved in Bangalore, Karnataka. He has a younger brother, Vijay. Dravid' s father toiled for Kissan, a group branded for producing jams and preserves and thus he got the nickname Jammy from his teammates at St. Joseph's Boys' High School. His mother, Pushpa, was a professor of structural design at Bangalore University. Rahul Dravid has a grade in commerce from St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore.

Dravid started playing cricket at the age of 12, and signified the state at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 level. Rahul's talents were first stippled by former cricketer Keki Tara pore who was training at a summer coaching camp at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. He went on to attain a century on unveiling for his school side. By the side of with the batting, he was keeping wickets. Conversely, he later on stopped keeping wickets on counsel from ex- Test players Gundappa Vishwanath, Roger Binny, Brijesh Patel and Tara pore.

He was elected to make his Ranji Trophy first appearance in February 1991 in opposition to Maharashtra in Pune (although still attending college at St. Joseph's College of Commerce in Bangalore), along with upcoming Indian teammates Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath, scoring 82 in a drawn game after batting in the No. 7 position. His first full period was in 1991-92, when he scored two centuries to close with 380 runs at a standard of 63.3, and was elected for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy.

On 4 May 2003, he married Vijeta Pendharkar, a general practitioner from Nagpur. They have two children, Samit (born 2005) and Anvay (born 2009)

Test and ODI Debut

Rahul made his first appearance in One Day International (ODI) Cricket with an ODI match stuck between India and Sri Lanka, played at Singapore on 3rd of April, 1996. He scored just 3 runs in the game. His entrance in the Test Cricket was made on the June 20th, 1996 with a Test game in opposition to England, and he scored 95 runs in the game.

Remarkable Achievements

He got his first Man of the Match award in a Test match in opposition to South Africa in the year 1996-97. He scored 148 and 81 runs, which were top score in both the innings in that order. Also, in the New Year Test game played in opposition to New Zealand in the year 1999, he scored 190 and 103 (Not Out) runs in that order, achieving the rare deed of scoring a century each in both the innings of a Test game. Till then, this feat had been talented by only 2 Indians, viz. Sunil Gavaskar and Vijay Hazare.

In the year 2001, Dravid conveyed his finest performance in partnership with V.V.S. Laxman in a Test game in opposition to Australia. The couple together added 376 runs for the 6th wicket, out of which 180 were scored by Dravid while 281 were attained by Laxman.

Dravid scored 4 successive centuries in opposition to England (3 centuries) and West Indies (1 century) in the year 2002. In the year 2003-2004, he raked in 3 double centuries in opposition to New Zealand, Australia and Pakistan. He also got India its first Test game triumph over Pakistan in Pakistan itself in the year 2003-2004. In the last match of the Test sequence being played at Rawalpindi, Dravid added 270 runs to the total, making India successful upon Pakistan in the country itself for the first time.

Rahul Dravid made the highest total achieve in the ICC World Cup Cricket 1999, with 461 runs. He was the skipper of the Indian squad for the duration of ICC World Cup Cricket 2007, even though his performance like other teammates in this tournament didn't meet the prospect of the nation. In person, Dravid scored 14 runs in opposition to Bangladesh, 7 not out in opposition to Bermuda and 60 against Sri Lanka in the contest.

He was also the Captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore side in the IPL Twenty-20 Tournament 2008, though in the 2009 he was replaced by Kevin Pietersen.

Dravid attained 314 runs in the Test Series in opposition to New Zealand played in the year 2008-09.

Overall Performance

In his overall Test Cricket career, Rahul Dravid has played 134 Test games till April 2009. In these matches, he has attained 10823 runs with a standard of 52.53 runs and the highest score of 270 runs. Whereas in ODI Cricket, he has played 333 ODI matches till April 2009 and has scored 10585 runs with a standard of 39.49 runs. His highest ODI achieve is 153 runs.


Rahul Dravid has 2 biographies written on his profession:

  • Rahul Dravid - a Biography written by Vedam Jaishankar (ISBN 81-7476-481-X). Publisher: UBSPD Publications. Date: January 2004
  • The Nice Guy Who Finished First written by Devendra Prabhudesai. Publisher: Rupa Publications. Date: November 2005.

Endorsements :

  • Reebok: 1996 - present
  • Pepsi: 1997 present
  • Kissan: Unknown
  • Castrol: 2001 - present
  • Hutch: 2003
  • Karnataka Tourism: 2004
  • Max Life: 2005 - present
  • Bank of Baroda: 2005 - present
  • Citizen: 2006 - present
  • Skyline Construction: 2006 - present
  • Sansui: 2007
  • Gillette: 2007 - present
  • Samsung: 2002- 2004

Social Commitments:

  • Children's Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA)
  • UNICEF Supporter and AIDS Awareness Campaign

Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 157 273 32 12775 270 53.00 30090 42.45 35 60 1602 19 207 0
ODIs 344 318 40 10889 153 39.16 15284 71.24 12 83 950 42 196 14
T20Is 1 1 0 31 31 31.00 21 147.61 0 0 0 3 0 0
First-class 291 484 67 23281 270 55.82 67 114 350 1
List A 449 416 55 15271 153 42.30 21 112 233 17
Twenty20 69 62 6 1605 75* 28.66 1369 117.23 0 7 178 25 14 0

Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 157 5 120 39 1 1/18 1/18 39.00 1.95 120.0 0 0 0
ODIs 344 8 186 170 4 2/43 2/43 42.50 5.48 46.5 0 0 0
T20Is 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 291 617 273 5 2/16 54.60 2.65 123.4 0 0
List A 449 477 421 4 2/43 2/43 105.25 5.29 119.2 0 0 0
Twenty20 69 - - - - - - - - - - - -