Indian batting maestro Rahul Sharad Dravid turns 43 today. Known as ‘The Wall’ for his compact and solid batting style which enabled him to best the most fearsome bowling attacks, Rahul has conquered many peaks of the game of cricket. Apart from his stellar performance with the bat, Rahul is also known as a perfect gentle man in and outside the field.
Rahul was born on 11th January in 1973. He started playing cricket at the age of 12 and made his India test debut in 1996 against England. With a great temperament and copybook technique, He went on to amass more than 10,000 runs in both test and ODI matches before retiring in 2012. He also captained India to test series victory on Pakistan soil. As a fielder, he holds the record for most number of catches as non wicketkeeping player with 210 catches. He is also the only player to have scored a century in all the 10 test playing countries. The testimony to his capability of playing long innings is cemented by his record of watching the second most number of wickets fall at the other end, a total of 453!
Apart from Indian cricket, Dravid has been the coach, mentor and captain of the Rajasthan Royals in IPL. He is currently the coach on U-19 Indian Cricket team. Rahul Dravid won both the ICC Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year during its inauguration in 2004. Steve Smith replicated this achievement in 2015. He has been awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by India. In 2011, Rahul became the first non-Australian person to deliver the Bradman oration.
Rahul is known as a calm and composed person with a friendly attitude. Due to his ability to never get into a controversy and play the cleanest brand of cricket possible, many hail him as the perfect example of a gentleman cricketer. Perhaps the greatest quote about his attitude is that from Brett Lee, “If you can’t get along with Dravid, you’re struggling in life.”