Biography of Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid is one of the greatest ever legendary batsman of India of all times who brought great laurels to India through his batting, Wicket keeping and fielding prowess.He has done so much for Indian cricket. Not just as a batsman, but as a captain as well. His versatility is unquestionable, with his numbers, his countless innings of glory – 93 in the Perth victory of 2008, 233 and 72* at Adelaide, 270 at Rawalpindi (out reverse-sweeping to a part-timer just to up the scoring rate, with no regard to a potential 300) and the list goes on.
Born: Jan 11, 1973 (45 years)
Birth Place: Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Batting Style: Right Handed Bat
Bowling Style: Right-arm offbreak
Rahul Dravid's Family Life
Rahul Dravid was born to Sharad Dravid and Pushpa Dravid on 11 th January, 1973 in Indore of Madhyapradesh State. Later their family was shifted to Banglore, Karnataka. His father worked in Kissan Jams Company and because of this his teammates used to call him as 'Jammy'. His mother Pushpa Sharad worked as a Professor of Architecture in Bangalore University. Rahul had a younger brother Vijay also a cricket player and he has chosen the option of Engineering as his occupation. Rahul had his school study in St.Joseph's Boys School, Bangalore. He did his Degree in Commerce in St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore.
Cricket career of Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid started his cricket career from 12 years age on wards. He represented the Karnataka State under-15, under-17 and under-19 level teams. Former cricketer of India Keki Tarapore is his cricketing coach. In his debut match of his school team he slammed a century and got great confidence in his prowess. In 1991 he was selected to Ranji team of Karnataka while he still studying Commerce Degree course in St. Joseph's College of Commerce.
Rahul Dravid after proving his mettle in Ranji and Duleep Trophy matches he was selected to the National team to play against Srilanka in one day Singer's cup at Singapore in 1996. He was dropped from the team for the poor performance in the Singer's cup. Later in the same year he was again picked for the test series against England tour. He got his first debut on this tour in the second test match when Sanjay Manjrekar got injured and to replace him he was selected. He performed well in that series by scoring 95 in second test and 84 in the third test which got him established in the Indian team. This is the time where Indian team hopelessly waiting for a player to play in the opening slot as well as 1 st down position. Rahul Dravid by his worth grab that chance and established himself as a technically perfect playing one down batsman. He was made captain of the Indian team after the failure of Indian team at world cup under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly in 2005, October. He proved his worth in captaincy cadre also by winning some memorable winning matches in India as well as abroad. In his captaincy India won against England and West Indies series. After Indian teams failure in 2007 World Cup, Rahul Dravid simply rejected to captain any further and he continued as a brave player of Indian team. He played only one match in T-20 Format in the Australian series. In Rahul Dravid's illustrious cricket career Australian cricket series is the lost one and even he played a one day match after 2009Rahul Dravid's marriage life
Along with cricketing career Rahul Dravid working as a Deputy General Manager of Indian Cements. In the year 2003 he got married to a Doctor Vijetha belongs to Nagapur. She gave birth to Samith in 2005 and Anvay in 2009. Rahul always praises her wife the pains she took in the upbringing of their child in his absence in most of the time and also he shows his gratitude towards her in throwing away her profession for the sake of their child. They are known to be one of the perfect couples in legendary world.
Fast Facts about Rahul Dravid
Given below are some interesting facts about this gentleman cricketer:
- Dravid has the record of playing in 93 successive test matches (five day) for the Indian cricket team
- Rahul Dravid is the first batsman to make a hundred against all test playing countries.
- Rahul Dravid holds the feat of the maximum number of catches in Test match cricket as a non-wicketkeeper.
- Dravid is the first batsman who scored 10,000 runs batting at number 3 position.
- Rahul Dravid has the record of not being out without scoring a run for 120 successive one-day innings.
- In terms of time, his highest score of 270 runs is the most extensive innings by any Indian cricketer.
- Rahul Dravid is the sole second cricketer of non-English origin who scored three or more number of hundreds in two separate test series in England, and the other being the great Australian Donald Bradman.
- On November 24, 2011, Dravid became the 2nd international cricketer to score 13,000 runs in test match cricket only following Sachin Tendulkar.
- Dravid has been a part of over 80 hundred run partnerships with 18 separate batsmen and has been a part of 19 hundred run partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar which is an unparalleled feat.
- Dravid has been dismissed on 55 occasions in test cricket, surpassing Allan Border’s earlier feat of 53.
- On December 14, 2011, Rahul Dravid became the first non-Australian player to deliver a speech at the Bradman Lecture in Canberra.
List of International centuries by Rahul Dravid
Given below is a list of the international centuries scored by Rahul Dravid (both test and one day matches):
Test Centuries by Rahul Dravid
- 148 Versus South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
- 118 versus Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare
- 190 versus New Zealand at WestpacTrust Park, Hamilton
- 103 not out versus New Zealand at WestpacTrust Park, Hamilton
- 107 against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
- 144 against New Zealand at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
- 162 versus Zimbabwe at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
- 200 not out versus Zimbabwe at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
- 180 versus Australia at Eden Gardens, Kolkata
- 144 not out versus West Indies at Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana
- 115 versus England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
- 148 versus England at Headingley, Leeds
- 217 against England at Kennington Oval, London
- 100 not out against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
- 222 versus New Zealand at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
- 233 versus Australia at Adelaide Oval
- 270 against Pakistan at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
- 160 versus Bangladesh at MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
- 110 against Pakistan at Eden Gardens, Kolkata
- 135 versus Pakistan at Eden Gardens, Kolkata
- 128 not out against Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
- 103 versus Pakistan at Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
- 146 versus West Indies at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St. Lucia
- 129 against Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
- 111 versus South Africa at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
- 136 versus England at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
- 177 against Sri Lanka at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
- 144 against Sri Lanka at Green Park, Kanpur, India
- 111 not out against Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Mirpur Thana, Dhaka
- 104 against New Zealand at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
- 191 versus New Zealand at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur
- 112 versus West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
- 103 not out against England at Lords, London
- 117 against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
- 146 against England at The Oval, London
- 119 versus West Indies at Eden Gardens, Kolkata
One Day International Centuries by Rahul Dravid
- 107 against Pakistan at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
- 123 not out against New Zealand at Owen Delany Park, Taupo
- 116 against Sri Lanka at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
- 104 not out against Kenya at County Ground, Bristol
- 145 against Sri Lanka at County Ground, Taunton
- 103 not out against West Indies at Kallang Ground, Singapore
- 153 against New Zealand at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad, Deccan
- 109 not out against West Indies at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
- 104 versus United Arab Emirates at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
- 104 against Pakistan at Nehru Stadium, Kochi
- 103 not out against Sri Lanka at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
- 105 against West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica