Rahul Sharad Dravid
|Date of Birth||
January 11, 1973
India, Kent, Karnataka, Scottish Saltires, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, ICC World XI, Marylebone Cricket Club, Scotland, Asia XI, and Canterbury
Rahul Dravid is a legendary international cricketer of India who served Indian National Cricket Team from 1996 to 2012. He has played as an occasional wicketkeeper of the team and provided his captaincy as well for a couple of years.
Dravid is one of the greatest batsmen of all time, who currently elected as the Overseas Batting consultant of the Indian National team. He is also the head coach for the Under19 Indian squad and ‘A’ team. He started playing cricket at the age of 12 and began professional cricket career since his teenage with the Indian Under 15 team. He has also played for the U-17 and U-19 teams during his domestic days before got selected for the national team.
His consistent performance in domestic career soon led him to the door of Indian national cricket team in 1994. However, the team didn’t use him at that time and he had to wait for 2 more years for his international debut.
In April 1996, Dravid began his international career through an ODI match against Sri Lanka and test debut in June in the same following year. Dravid proved himself a much better beginner in the test format than ODIs. Since then he had been one of the best batsmen in the history of Indian cricket with his dependable consistency.
It is his steady performances in the international cricket that helped him to won the nickname of ‘Mr. Dependable’ for his team. He is a calm yet defensive batsman, who mostly praised for his balancing techniques and the natural instinct of playing shots. He was one of the most popular batsmen of his time and earned a huge number of fan-following not only in India but, from across the world.
Apart from a brilliant cricketer, he is also a great human being who has established a sports foundation institute name GoSports to give support to the emerging athletes of India. He was recently appointed the Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy.
Debut Test Match: at Lord’s Stadium Vs England on 20th of June in 1996
Last Test Match: at Adelaide Oval Stadium Vs Australia on 24th of January in 2012
Debut ODI Match: at Padang Stadium Vs Sri Lanka on 3rd of April in 1996
Last ODI: at Sophia Gardens Stadium Vs England on 16th of September in 2011
Only T20I Match: at Old Trafford Stadium Vs England on 31st of August in 2011
Debut IPL Match: at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium Vs Kolkata on 28th of April in 2018
Last IPL Match: at Eden Gardens Vs Mumbai on 24th May in 2013
He has scored 13288 runs in 164 matches in 16 years of Test career at an average of 52.31 and strike rate of 42.51 including 36 hundreds and 63 fifties
Wicket Keeping/Fielding Stats:
He has 210 catches and 8 run outs in 164 matches in 16 years of Test career
|Achievements/Records Associated With||
The fourth-highest run scorer in test cricket in 2016