The Wall Turns 47

Happy Birthday Dravid!

The wall of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid turns 47 today. With over 24000 international runs and 489 centuries, Dravid is right up there on the list of India’s greatest cricketers. Since making his debut against England at Lord’s in 1996, Dravid is and continues to be a flag-bearer of Indian cricket.

He is been fondly called ‘The Wall’ for his immense amount of contribution to the Indian cricket team. Dravid is the first batsman to register hundreds in all 10 Test-playing nations. There is a reason Dravid made the No. 3 position in Test cricket his own. From 219 innings, Dravid has scored 10524 runs batting with an average of 52.88. This includes 28 centuries and 50 half-centuries from the position.

After finishing as a cricketer in 2012, bringing an end to a 16-year-long career, he continued to serve Indian cricket first as coach of India A and Under 19 teams and currently as the director of the National Cricket Academy. Under his tutelage, India won the ICC Under19 Cricket World Cup for the fourth time in 2018.

For his prolific form, Dravid was named ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2004 and has been a recipient of the Arjuna Award in 1998, Padma Shree in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2013. Rahul Dravid is one of the greatest players the Indian cricket team had and he was the fantastic captain and team player as well. The amazing batsman is known for his humbleness and simplicity.