Rahul Sharad Dravid, also known as by various nicknames like ‘The Wall, ‘Mr. Dependable’ etc. He was always regarded as one of the best and most trustful international batsman of all time. He had the strong stamina to go for the long test innings, which distinguished him as the most successful batsman in test cricket. Today we have some amazing facts about Rahul Dravid biography, which you really wants to know. So without wasting a moment, let’s go for it.
Rahul Dravid biography
- Rahul Dravid biography: Rahul Dravid was born on 11th of January in 1973 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
- He belongs to a Marathi family, thus his mother tongue is Marathi.
- Rahul is a former Indian international cricket player, having the excellent classical batting skills.
- He had also captained the Indian team for some years in both test and ODI cricket.
- After his birth, Dravid family moved to Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka state, where child Rahul was raised.
- Rahul’s father Sharad Dravid working in a jams making company that’s the only reason Rahul later got nickname also as ‘Jammy’ along with ‘The Wall, Mr. dependable’ etc.
- Pushpa Dravid, his mother was a professor of Architecture at the University of Bangalore.
- Rahul has also a younger brother Vijay Dravid.
- At St. Joseph’s Boys High School in Bangalore, Rahul Dravid did his schooling.
- He had also a degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce in Bangalore.
- When Rahul Dravid got a place to Indian national cricket team, he was pursuing his MBA.
Initially, Rahul Dravid started playing cricket just at the age of twelve.
- Rahul Dravid biography: He played in the under-15, the under-17, and the under-19 age-groups.
In a coaching camp in the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Former cricketer Keki Tarapore first noticed Dravid’s talent.
- During his school time, he scored a hundred for his school team.
- Dravid played his debut Ranji Trophy match against Maharashtra in Pune in February 1991 and made 82 runs.
- When Dravid made his Ranji debut, he was still attending his college classes.
- Dravid got inside the South Zone cricket team for the Duleep Trophy, after his excellent batting performance including 2 hundred in his first full Ranji season in 1991–92.
Rahul Dravid: At International level
- Rahul Dravid biography: On 3rd of April 1996, in an ODI Rahul Dravid his first ever international match against Sri Lanka in Singapore in the Singer Cup. He scored just 3 runs and took 2 catches in this match.
- Dravid had successful test debut, as compared to his ODI debut. He finished his debut test inning, which was more than 6 hours long, at 95.
The story of his inclusion in the test team was also quite interesting. He was in the Indian test team touring England in 1996 after his consistent performance in Ranji cricket for more than five years. In England, he was not in playing 11 for the first test, even after making two 50s in the practice matches.
- Finally at Lord’s, he made his Test debut on 20 June 1996 in the Second Test of the series because the senior batsman Sanjay Manjrekar got injury. He would have to go through a fitness test on the first day morning of the Second Test. Dravid had to be in the team if Sanjay failed the fitness test. As Dravid’s fate, Sanjay Manjrekar failed the fitness test.Sandeep Patil, then head coach of Indian team coach, went up to Rahul Dravid just10 minutes before the toss. He informs Dravid that he has to play today.
- Rahul Dravid finished his successful debut test series with an amazing average of 62.33 from two matches.
Some Statistical facts about Rahul Dravid
- Rahul Dravid biography: Dravid was among the best 5 cricketers of the year honor by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2000.
- Rahul Dravid received the test Player of the Year and overall Player of the Year awards in the year 2004.
Dravid is also the first non-Australian international cricketer to deliver the Bradman Oration in 2011 in Canberra.
- Rahul Dravid is the 4th highest total of test runs, after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis as on December 2016.
- He is the first and the only international batsman to score a hundred in all the 10 Test-playing countries till date.
- Rahul Dravid biography: Dravid possesses a unique record of never getting out for a Golden duck in his total 286 Test innings.
- Rahul Dravid is the only test player who has faced 31258 balls in his whole test career.
- He is also the only cricketer who spent 44152 minutes at the crease in test cricket.
- Rahul Dravid declared his retirement from ODI and T20 international cricket in August 2011, and from first-class cricket, in March 2012.
- He played in the IPL- 2012 as captain of the Rajasthan Royals team.
- On 1 November 2012, Rahul Dravid was honored in the 7th annual Bradman Awards function in Sydney along with Australian pacer Glenn McGrath.
He is also honored with India’s 4th and 3rd highest civilian awards, i.e. Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan respectively.
- Dravid played IPL tournament for RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and then he played for Rajasthan Royals.
- Rahul Dravid is a husband to Vijeta Pendharkar, a surgeon from Nagpur on 4 May 2003. They have two children- Samit and Anvay.