When Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, stroke player VVS Laxman and aggressive player Sourav Ganguly failed to stand up in an innings, it happened with one man who stood in the crease like a wall, who is fondly called as 'Great Wall of India' Rahul Dravid.
Mr Dependable had played each and every shot presents in the cricket book. Some of his favourite shots are - orthodox pull, hook, wristy flick, classic cover drives, stroke plays, etc. It was always a pleasure to watch when the former No 3 Test batsman would hit the ball. Maybe the ball couldn't reach the boundary but it would make the bowlers tired and sweaty. Rahul Dravid had a fantastic cricket year in 2004, where he had hit a ton against every Test playing country.
The great wall of India was born on January 11, in 1973. He is celebrating his 46th birthday. On this occasion, let's memorise some of his great achievements on & off the 22-yard circle.
The Karnataka player made his international ODI debut on April 3, 1996, against Sri Lanka at Singapore. Former India's mainstay batsman played 344 limited-over games and scored 10,889 runs, including 12 centuries and 83 half-centuries. His career-best score of 153 came against New Zealand.
Two months later he forayed into Test cricket and made his debut on June 20, 1996, against England at Lord's cricket ground. At the age of 22, he started his cricket career and showed a lot of maturity and confidence in his batting. Rahul Dravid scored 95 runs in his first longest format of the game. On the same day, his teammate and Prince of Kolkata Sourav Ganguly also made his Test debut.
The former No 3 batsman played 164 Test matches and scored 13,288 runs, including 36 tons and 63 half tons. He registered an average of over 50 in the Test cricket, which shows his stamina and strength that Rahul Dravid loved to stay in front of the wickets for longer durations.
Some of his terrible knocks include - 270 in 2004 against Pakistan at Rawalpindi, a superb match-winning innings of 180 and registered a record 376 partnership with VVS Laxman (281) in 2001 at the Eden Gardens, a classical batting of 217 against the cricket born country in 2003 at the Oval cricket ground and an extraordinary innings of 233 against the Aussies in 2003 at the Adelaide.
Rahul Sharad Dravid (24,177) is 6th in the list scored 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs. Before him- Jacques Kallis (24,868), Mahela Jayawardene (24,464), Kumar Sangakkara (26,634), Ricky Ponting (27,082) and Sachin Tendulkar (34,347) are top in the batting records.
Apart from his classic batting, the Indore-born-player was also an electrifying fielder at the slips. He was the most successful slip catcher in the world cricket by taking 210 catches (in 164 Tests) and raised him on the top of the list.
The Indian Government bestowed Rahul Dravid with 'Arjun Award' in 1998, 'Padma Shri' in 2004 and 'Padma Bhushan' in 2013. He also achieved 'Wisden Cricketer of the Year' in 2000, 'ICC Cricketer of the Year' (the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) and 'Test Cricketer of the Year' in 2004.
The 46-year-old hanged his boots on March 9, 2012 and played his last Test match against Australia at the Adelaide cricket ground in January 2012.
EeYuva Wishes the coach of India A & India U-19 team Rahul Dravid a wonderful happy birthday.