Rahul Dravid Biography

Rahul Dravid, nicknamed as the Wall of Indian cricket, Jammy, and Mr. Dependable, is a former cricketer who represented the Indian national cricket team. Other than being a stylish batsman in the top order of the Indian cricket team, Rahul Dravid has the record of taking the maximum number of catches in test cricket. He retired from all forms of international cricket on March 9, 2012 with an illustrious career which spanned 16 years.

Early life of Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid was born on January 11, 1973 to Maharashtrian parents Sharad Dravid and Pushpa Dravid in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. His father was an employee of Kissan and his mother Pushpa was employed as a professor of architecture at Bangalore University. He has a younger brother whose name is Vijay Dravid. During the early days of his student life, Rahul Dravid studied at St. Joseph's Boys' High School in Bangalore. He did his graduation in Commerce from St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore.

Early Cricketing Career of Rahul Dravid

Rahul began playing cricket when he was just 12 years old. He played for the state of Karnataka at different levels such as under-15, under-17 and under-19 level. A former member of the Indian cricket team, Keki Tarapore identified his batting prowess when he was training budding cricketers at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. When Dravid first played for his school team, he made a hundred. Other than batting for his school team, he also did wicket keeping. Nonetheless, Dravid refrained from wicket keeping when he received tips from Roger Binny, Gundappa Vishwanath, Keki Tarapore, and Brijesh Patel who at different times represented the Indian cricket team.

Rahul Dravid He first played in the Ranji Trophy against Maharashtra in Pune in February 1991. At that time he was still studying in St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore. He had the opportunity to play with Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble who also represented the Indian national cricket team. He made 82 runs in a game which ended in a draw and he played in the number 7 position.

He played his first complete season in 1991-1992. During this period, he made two hundreds and ended up with scoring 380 runs with a commendable average of 63.3. As a result, he was chosen in the Duleep Trophy to play for South Zone.

International Career of Rahul Dravid

Dravid made his international debut against Sri Lanka in a one day series in Singapore in 1996. He made his test debut together with Sourav Ganguly versus England. He played prolifically and there was no looking back for this cricketer. He made his first test century against South Africa in the 1996-1997 tour. He scored his first half century in ODIs against Pakistan when he was playing for Sahara Cup. He is the third batsman of the Indian cricket team to make hundreds in both innings of a test match following Sunil Gavaskar and Vijay Hazare and he achieved the feat against New Zealand. In the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup, he finished top scorer with 461 runs. He is the only Indian batsman to score two consecutive centuries in this tournament. The 180 runs he scored against Australia in the second test at the Eden Gardens in 2001 is regarded as one of the most memorable innings that he played for India. During 2003-2004, Dravid made three double centuries, against Australia, New Zealand, and Pakistan. He played his last one day international against England in September 2011 and played his last test match against Australia in the 2011-2012 season. However, he will continue to play for the IPL (Indian Premier League) and represent the Rajasthan Royals Team.

Awards and achievements by Rahul Dravid

Given below is a list of the awards and achievements by Rahul Dravid which make him one of the most respected cricketers in India:

Fast Facts about Rahul Dravid

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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

One Day International Centuries by Rahul Dravid