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Rahul Dravid's Biography

A man who scored tirelessly for India and kept his country above all personal
achievements, Rahul Dravid is regarded as “The Wall” of Indian cricket. One who
has faced the most number of deliveries in Test Cricket, Rahul Dravid is,
undoubtedly, one of the greatest Indian batsmen ever to play the game.
Dravid is one of the few Indian batsmen who have scored a century in all test playing
nations. In his illustrious career, he has scored nearly 25,000 international runs.
Facing the new-ball with ease and thereby soaking all the pressure was Dravid’s
biggest strength. Rahul Dravid was as a good a batsman in sub-continent conditions
as overseas.

Rahul Dravid's Personal Information


Rahul Dravid Age: Rahul Dravid is currently 47 years old. He made his
international debut at 23 years of age and played for 15 years at the highest level. He
played his last Test match on 24th January 2012.

Rahul Dravid Birthday: Hailing from Karnataka, Rahul Dravid was born on 11th
January 1973. This year marked Rahul Dravid’s 47th birthday.
Rahul Dravid Height: Standing at 5’11 inches, Rahul Dravid was one of the fittest
cricketers in Indian cricket during his time. Dravid’s adequate height always helped
him in playing tall bowlers comfortably.
Rahul Dravid Education: Rahul Dravid completed his education from St. Joseph’s
Boys’ High School, Karnataka. He did his graduation from St. Joseph’s College of
Commerce, Bangalore University, Karnataka.

Rahul Dravid's Family Information

Rahul Dravid was born on 11th January 1973 in a Marathi Family. His father, Sharad
Dravid worked in a company that makes jams and preserves, while his mother,
Pushpa worked as a professor of architecture at the University Visvesaraya College
of Engineering, Bangalore.
Rahul Dravid is married to Vijeta Pendharkar, a surgeon from Nagpur. The duo has
two children. To know more about Rahul Dravid’s family and his love story with
Vijeta: Click Here

Rahul Dravid's Career Stats

Domestic Cricket: Rahul Dravid made his Ranji Trophy debut in February 1991.
He exhibited a stellar performance in the 1991-91 season, scoring 380 runs at an
average of 63.30. The excellent performance meant he was selected for the South
Zone Cricket Team in Duleep Trophy. Dravid performed consistently in the first-
class cricket for the next few years; however, what caught everyone’s attention was
his performance for the India-A team against England-A in 1994-95. As a result, on
20th June 1996, he made his international debut against England.
International Cricket: Rahul Dravid’s first step in international cricket was during
the India-England Test series in 1996. He made his Test debut on 20th June 1996
against England and exhibited his class in only his first innings of his international
career. Coming in a difficult period, Dravid struck a well compiled 95 before getting
out of Lewis. His knock made sure India register a substantial lead in the first
innings.
He made his One-Day International debut on 3rd April 1996 against Sri Lanka. He
didn’t take too long to become a mainstay in the Indian team across formats. In his
illustrious career, Rahul Dravid has not only scored in sub-continent conditions but
was also a rock-solid player in overseas as well.
In his illustrious career, Rahul Dravid has scored nearly 25,000 international runs.
To know about his journey from his junior cricket days to international cricket: Click
Here

Rahul Dravid Awards & Achievements

Achievements:

1. Dravid was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1999 for his precious
contributions towards Indian cricket.
2. Dravid was honoured with the “Man of the Tournament award” in the 1999 World
Cup.
3. He was also been rewarded with the ICC Player of the year award in 2004 (also
known as Sir Garfield’s sobers trophy).
4. Dravid received the Padma Shri Award in 2004.
5. He was also been named as the captain of the ICC test cricket team of the year.
6. Along with late Dev Anand, he was honoured with NDTV Indian of the year
Lifetime achievement award in 2011.

Records:

1. Rahul Dravid holds the record for the highest numbers of balls faced along with
the longest time spent on the pitch as a batsman. In his career, he has faced 31,258
deliveries and spent 44,152 minutes on the crease.
2. Rahul is among the few Indians to have scored a century against all the Test-
playing nations.
3. Rahul Dravid is the only player to score more than 10,000 runs at number three
position in Test cricket. He has scored in total 10524 runs in the 219 test innings,
studded with 28 centuries and 50 half-centuries.
4. Dravid also holds the record for the highest number of partnership runs i.e. 32,039
and also holds the record for the most number of runs shared with Sachin Tendulkar
in a partnership of 6920 runs which included 20-century stands as well.
5. Rahul Dravid holds the record for taking the most number of catches in
international cricket. He has 210 catches to his name in international cricket.

Rahul Dravid's: Lesser Known Facts

1. Dravid’s father used to work in a jam factory and that was the same company
(Kissan) which went on to hire Dravid as their brand ambassador whilst giving him
the name “Jammy”.
2. He is the only Indian to score 4 consecutive hundreds.
3. He is the only non-Australian player to address the Bradman oration on December
14, 2012, at the war memorial in Canberra.
4. He was recognized as the sexiest personality in sports in India by an online survey
in 2004-05 where Yuvraj Singh and Sania Mirza were other players in contention.
5. Whilst he has always been recognized as a seasoned player for India, not many
people know that he got a passion for hockey and also featured for his team in junior
state hockey before heading towards cricket.
6. It was once been said by the great Aussie bowler Glenn McGrath, “If there’s any
player who can feature in the great Australian team of the 90s, it’s Rahul Dravid”.
7. He also holds a record for being the only player to stay not out for 120 innings
even without scoring a single run in the process.

Rahul Dravid's Controversies


1. When Rahul Dravid declared the innings with Sachin batting on
194: Unarguably, this is the biggest controversy in Rahul Dravid’s career. The
Multan Test in 2004 is famous for Virender Sehwag’s 309. However, what followed
after that knock in that test became a huge controversy. Post Sehwag’s heroics,
Sachin Tendulkar got hold of the innings and smashed Pakistan to all parts, taking
India past 600-run mark. Sachin Tendulkar was batting at 194 and Yuvraj Singh fell
in the form of the fifth wicket. To everyone surprise, stand-in captain Rahul Dravid
declared the innings, leading to a huge controversy. By his own admission, Rahul
Dravid has been questioned his decision to declare for more than 1000 times in his
career.
2. Ball-Tampering in 2004: Rahul Dravid was accused of ball-tampering during the
Australia series in 2003. In the game against Zimbabwe, Rahul Dravid was caught
on TV, rubbing a cough lozenge on the shiny side of the white ball. But with the
evidence on camera going against, Lloyd decided to take action against Dravid under
clause 2.10 of the ICC’s code of conduct. The coach John Wright, however, had
backed him later stating that it was unintentional from Dravid.
3. Greg Chappel Controversy: Although Dravid hasn’t been someone who has been
involved in many controversies during his career, it was one of those rare events
when Greg Chappell was been slammed by Sachin Tendulkar for being a “Ring
Master” in the team and Dravid maintained his silence over the whole issue.

Rahul Dravid's Net Worth


1. Rahul Dravid’s net worth is estimated to be around $23 million.
2. Dravid reportedly earned around 5 crores per annum in the last 2 years of his stint
as the head coach of the India A and India Under-19 teams.
3. Having become the head of NCA, he draws a much higher check.
4. Dravid boasts of some good luxury cars like Benz, BMW, and an Audi which are
worth 6 crores in total.
5. The current value of his luxury house in Indira Nagar Bengaluru is estimated to
be around 4.2 crores.
6. A lot of his income comprises of brand endorsements which include big brands
like Reebok, Pepsi, Kissan, Castrol, Hutch, Karnataka Tourism, Max Life, Bank of
Baroda etc.

Rahul Dravid's Social Media

While his compatriots like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman are on
all social media, Rahul Dravid prefers to stay out of it. Rahul Dravid isn’t very active
on social media platforms. He has a Facebook account that has more than 1 million
followers but doesn’t post a lot of stuff there.
Click Here to know some of his lesser-known social media activities and why he is
not on social media.

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