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Born January 11, 1973, Rahul Sharad Dravid, on Wednesday turned 44. Dravid is well known for his technical prowess and ability to stay in the middle for long hours. Dravid belongs to a spectacular generation of Indian cricketers that included the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag. Dravid has downed almost every role a player can in the team starting from opening the innings to keeping the wickets, to even coming into bat post No. 7. Dravid was India’s Test captain from 2005-2007, while also taking over the One-Day International reins during the same time span. Dravid, apart from leading India, also skippered Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

Dravid first donned India’s colours in 1996 playing against Sri Lanka while making his Test debut just a few months later in England. Dravid ended with 164 Tests for India, making 13,288 runs at 52.31. His ODI numbers were also impressive, knocking over 10,889 runs at 39.19. Dravid, however, had a history of being overshadowed throughout his career. His flamboyant 95 at Lord’s on debut was overshadowed by Sourav Ganguly’s 131. He hit a memorable 180 in the legendary Eden Gardens Test against Australia in 2001, but that was more of a supporting role to VVS Laxman’s 281, the latter’s magnum opus.

Dravid’s career spanned over a 16 years. His numbers are staggering when combined (Tests and ODIs): 508 matches, 24,177 runs, 48 hundreds and 396 catches. Dravid retired from all formats of the game in 2012, and since then has been successful as India’ Under-19 and India A coach.