Rahul Dravid | Epitome of simplicity | The Best Number No 3 Batsman for India

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Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid is a Former Indian captain and current Director of Cricket Operations at  National Cricket Academy. He has always been known for his patience, resilience and class. Rahul Dravid was the one of member of Fab 4 which included Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

Rahul Dravid was born in Indore and brought up in  Bangalore. He is also known as The Wall due to his rock solid defence which was unbreakable in his playing days. Even Shoaib Akhtar once shared that It is more difficult to dismiss rahul Dravid than Sachin Tendulkar.

Rahul Dravid Career:

He started playing cricket at the age of 12 and later represented Karnataka at U-15, U-17 and U-19 levels.

Test debut: England v India at Lord’s, Jun 20-24, 1996
ODI debut: India v Sri Lanka at Singapore, Apr 3, 1996
Only T20I: England v India at Manchester, Aug 31, 2011

Rahul Dravid is the fourth highest  run  scorer in Test cricket after  Sachin Tendulkar ,Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis with 13288 runs. He has faced 31258 balls, which is the highest number of balls faced by any player in test cricket. He has also spent 44152 minutes at the crease, which is the highest time spent on crease by any player in test cricket.In 2004, after completing his century against Bangladesh in Chittagong, he became the first player till date to score a century in all the ten Test-playing countries.

He was initially not regarded as good ODI player, but he Proved wrong everyone and scored 10889 in 344 matches with 83 Half century and 12 century. He came forward and took responsibility of Keeping  wickets when India have not found like of Dhoni and Dinesh Kartik. 

Rahul Dravid Captaincy:

Rahul Dravid had a mixed record while leading India. During Rahul Dravid‘s captaincy Indian team broke the record for most consecutive victories batting second in One-Day Internationals previously held by West Indies (14 matches). For this 17 match run, Dravid was the captain for 15 matches and Sourav Ganguly was the captain for 2 matches.

One of Dravid’s most debated decisions was taken in March 2004, when he was standing in as the captain for injured  Sourav Ganguly . India’s first innings was declared at a point when Sachin Tendulkar was at 194 runs not out with 16 overs remaining on Day 2. 

 Played     Won Lost Drawn Won%
    25          8         6       11     32.00
    79         42       33       4      53.16

 

Rahul Dravid IPL

He scored 2174 runs in 89 matches with highest score of 75 with strike rate of 115.52.

He was icon player for RCB in 2008 IPL. He was criticised by Vijay Mallya for not picking team with right balance.

He later want on and played for Rajasthan Royals and coached them later. 

Rahul Dravid Retirement:

He announced his retirement from Test on 9 March 2012, after the  2011–12 tour of Australia but he said that he would captain the  Rajasthan Royals  in  2012 Indian Premier League . 

He played his last ODI innings against England at  Sophia Gardens , Cardiff, on 16 September 2011, scoring 69 runs from 79 balls before being  bowled  by  Graeme Swann .

His last limited-overs international match was his debut T20I match; he announced his retirement before playing his first T20I match.

After Retirement he quoted:

“My approach to cricket has been reasonably simple: it was about giving everything to the team, it was about playing with dignity, and it was about upholding the spirit of the game. I hope I have done some of that. I have failed at times, but I have never stopped trying. It is why I leave with sadness but also with pride.”

Rahul Dravid Awards

  1. Rahul Dravid got honoured during the seventh annual Bradman Awards function in Sydney on 1 November 2012.
  2. He has also been honoured with  Padma Shri  and Padma Bhushan  award
  3. He became the fifth Indian cricketer to be inducted into  ICC Hall of Fame on July 2018,
  4. He was named one of the best five  cricketers of the year  by Wisden Cricketers in 2000
  5. He received the  Player of the Year  and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony in 2004.
  6. He became the first non-Australian cricketer to deliver the  Bradman Oration in  Canberra on December 2011.
  7. He received Arjuna Award in 1998.

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