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Rahul Dravid Biography: The Captain, The Wall, The Legend

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Rahul Dravid’s extraordinary skills and unwavering resilience have etched his name into the illustrious annals of sporting history. Endearingly nicknamed ‘The Wall of Cricket’ Dravid’s unyielding determination and flawless technique transformed him into an immovable force on the pitch. From his humble beginnings as a promising young talent to his captaincy, leading the Indian cricket team to numerous glorious victories, Dravid’s awe-inspiring journey serves as a profound testament to his unrelenting passion, exceptional composure in high-pressure situations, and unshakeable dedication to the game he holds dear. Embark with us on an enthralling expedition into the remarkable life of this cricketing legend, delving into the triumphs, obstacles overcome, and the indelible mark left by Rahul Dravid upon the world of cricket. For those who grew up in the 1990s, watching him bat was an absolute delight.

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With his prolific run-scoring on the field and his understated, modest and humble personality off the field, Rahul Dravid is more than a legend. He is the real proponent of the ‘Gentleman’s Game’. His genuine smile and stylish shots can are irreplicable. Here is story of the Great Wall of Cricket – Rahul Dravid.

About Rahul Dravid

Full Name Rahul Dravid
Role Batsman, Part-time wicket-keeper
Place of Birth Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80m)
Rahul Dravid Age 50 years (11 January 1973)
Nickname The Wall, The Great Wall, Jammy, Mr. Dependable
Rahul Dravid Wife Vijeta Pendharkar
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm off break
International Runs (ODI) 10,899 (344)
International Runs (Test) 13,288 (164)
FC Runs 23794 (298)
Head Coaching info
  • 2015–2021- India U-19
  • 2015–2021- India A
  • 2021– India
Major Teams Played For India, Scottish Saltires, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals

Early life

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Rahul at his early life (Source: Divya Marathi)

On January 11, 1973 Maharashtrian parents Sharad Dravid and Pushpa Dravid in Indore, Madhya Pradesh were blessed with a baby boy. His mother Pushpa was a professor of architecture at the Bangalore University. Rahul Dravid studied at St Joseph’s Boys’ High School in Bengaluru. He completed his graduation in Commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bengaluru.


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Love for cricket

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Calmness personified (Source: Cricket Country)

Rahul’s father Sharad was a cricket fan and used to take his two sons to watch cricket matches. That is where Rahul started bringing interest of playing cricket. At the age of 12, Dravid started his cricketing career. At just 15, he represented the Karnataka state team. He was a regular starter for Karnataka at under-17 and under-19 level. Dravid was spotted by the former cricketer Keki Tarapore while he was coaching at a summer camp in the Chinnaswamy Stadium. From here, Dravid never looked back and his love for cricket turned into passion.

Domestic career

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Rahul Dravid at Ranji Trophy (Source: Blogspot)

Rahul made his debut in the Ranji Trophy in 1991 where he made 82 against Maharashtra. He made his first ton in the Ranji Trophy against Bengal and as a result, he was selected in the South Zone team for Duleep Trophy. Dravid grabbed attention of selectors when he played for India A against England A in 1994–95.


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International cricket

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The domestic performance of Dravid forced Indian officials to select him in the international team. He made his debut in ODIs against Sri Lanka in April 1996. In the same year, Dravid made his debut against England in white jersey. His average was 62.33.

In 1996/1997, Dravid topped the international Test chart score by scoring 852 runs in 12 matches. At the end of 1997/1998, he made fifteen fifties in the 22 test matches.

In 2003 World Cup, he was deputy to Sourav Ganguly. In the same season, the performance of Dravid was excellent where he made three double centuries against Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia. Who can ever forget his innings and long run partnership with VVS Laxman in Australia? Throughout his career, he was extraordinary in Test but he impressed the world in a shorter format too. Dravid was top scorer in the 1999 World Cup (1999), bagging 461 runs.


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Rahul Dravid Career Stats

  • Batting & Fielding
FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Test 164 286 32 13288 270 52.31 31258 42.51 36 63 1654 21 210 0
ODI 344 318 40 10889 153 39.16 15285 71.23 12 83 950 42 196 14
T20I 1 1 0 31 31 31.00 21 147.61 0 0 0 3 0 0
FC 298 497 67 23794 270 55.33 68 117 353 1
List A 449 416 55 15271 153 42.30 21 112 233 17
T20 109 101 7 2586 75* 27.51 2271 113.87 0 13 311 34 23 0
  • Bowling
FORMAT Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Test 164 5 120 39 1 1/18 1/18 39.00 1.95 120.0 0 0 0
ODI 344 8 186 170 4 2/43 2/43 42.50 5.48 46.5 0 0 0
T20I 1
FC 298 617 273 5 2/16 54.60 2.65 123.4 0 0
List A 449 477 421 4 2/43 2/43 105.25 5.29 119.2 0 0 0
T20 109

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Rahul Dravid in IPL

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Who said, Rahul Dravid couldn’t impressed in a shorter format of the game? He was the icon player of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchisee of Bengaluru. Do you remember? He was the highest run scorer for the club in 2008 IPL. Later he played for the Rajasthan Royals. Dravid played total 89 games in the IPL and scored 2174 runs with an average of 28.23 and strike rate of 115.52. He has scored 11 half centuries in the IPL.

IPL Stats

  • Batting & Fielding Stats
YEAR MAT NO RUNS HS AVG BF SR 100 50 4S 6S CT ST
Career 89 5 2174 75* 28.23 1882 115.52 0 11 269 28 18 0
2013 18 1 471 65 29.43 425 110.82 0 4 64 5 3 0
2012 16 0 462 58 28.87 412 112.13 0 2 63 4 5 0
2011 12 1 343 66 31.18 314 109.23 0 1 45 2 2 0
2010 16 2 256 52 28.44 199 128.64 0 1 34 3 4 0
2009 13 0 271 66 22.58 234 115.81 0 1 28 3 2 0
2008 14 1 371 75* 28.53 298 124.49 0 2 35 11 2 0
  • Bowling
YEAR MAT BALLS RUNS WKTS BBM AVE ECON SR 4W 5W
Career 89 0 0 0 0 0
2013 18 0 0 0 0 0
2012 16 0 0 0 0 0
2011 12 0 0 0 0 0
2010 16 0 0 0 0 0
2009 13 0 0 0 0 0
2008 14 0 0 0 0 0

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Post Retirement

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After retirement, Rahul Dravid became the coach of the India U-19 and India A teams. He not only gave the training to the young guns but also polished them. Players like Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill are some of the ‘shishyas’ of this ‘Maha Guru’. The under 19 cricket team who won the World Cup was mentored by Rahul Dravid. Before coaching, he was seen as a commentator at various cricketing events.

In July 2019, after serving as coach for the junior teams for four years, Rahul Dravid assumed the position of Head of Cricket at the esteemed National Cricket Academy (NCA). His responsibilities encompassed a wide range of cricket-related activities, including mentoring, coaching, training, and inspiring players, coaches, and support staff associated with the NCA. During his tenure as NCA’s head, Dravid garnered praise for his efforts in bolstering the senior team and implementing effective fitness and rehabilitation programs for players. This earned him recognition for his significant contributions in improving the overall structure and performance standards of the team.

In November 2021, Rahul Dravid’s exceptional expertise and leadership were acknowledged once again, as he was appointed as the head coach of the Indian national cricket team.

Lesser Known Facts

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Rahul Dravid’s first love was hockey (Source: Vicinito)
  • His father, Sharad Dravid, worked in a company that made jams. That is the reason from where later Rahul got his nickname ‘Jimmy’.
  • Only handful people know that there is a local cricket tournament at the school level named after him. The ‘Jammy Cup’ is held in Bengaluru and the man-of-the-match gets the trophy of ‘Jammy of the Day.’
  • Dravid played hockey before he took to cricket.
  • At 13, he started to cry after he got out because he valued his wicket so much.
  • When India had a long lay-off in 2003, Dravid used that time to play for Scotland in the summer.
  • When Rahul was born, India and England were playing in Chennai and his father was listening on the radio.

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Family

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Rahul Dravid Wife and Children (Credit NDTI)

Rahul Dravid was born on 11 January 1973, to Sharad Dravid and Pushpa Dravid. Although was born in Madhya Pradesh, Rahul’s family later shifted to Bangalore, where he did his schooling and graduation.

Rahul is married to Vijeta Pendharkar in 2003. Vijeta is a doctor by profession. Both their fathers knew each other for over 35 years. They became friends and over the years it grew strong. Their parents later fixed their marriage in Nagpur, the hometown of Pendharkar.

Rahul Dravid Net Worth

According to reports, Dravid’s net worth is estimated to be around $23 million, which is approximately Rs. 172 crores in Indian currency. Dravid owns multiple brands of automobile namely Mercedes Benz, BMW, Hyundai, etc. He resides in a house located at Indira Nagar, Bengaluru. Some of the brands he’s endorsed over the years include Reebok, Pepsi, Kissan, Castrol, Hutch, Karnataka Tourism, Max Life, Bank of Baroda, Citizen, Skyline Construction, Sansui, Gillette, and Samsung.

Awards

  • Arjuna Award recipient for achievements in cricket (1998)
  • CEAT International Cricketer of the World Cup (1999)
  • Dravid was one of the five cricketers selected as Wisden Cricketer of the Year (2000)
  • ICC Cricketer of the year – the Highest award in the ICC listings (2004)
  • Padma Shri – India’s fourth highest civilian award (2004)
  • ICC Test Player of The Year (2004)
  • Captain of the ICC’s Test Team (2006)
  • NDTV Indian of the Year’s Lifetime Achievement Award with Dev Anand (2011)
  • Don Bradman Award with Glenn McGrath (2012)
  • Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award (2013)
  • Wisden India’s Highest Impact Test Batsman (2015)
  • ICC Hall of Fame (2018)

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Akshay Badwe
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