India’s batting legend Rahul Dravid, known as ‘The Wall’, celebrates his 44th birthday on January 12. Dravid, known for his resolute batting technique is considered as one of the most respected cricketers of his era. Dravid, born in a Marathi family in Indore and hailing from Tamil Nadu, entered the cricket arena at the age of 12. He started representing Karnataka in Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 cricket. Dravid is fourth-highest run-scorer in Test cricket after Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis. He has also scored 10,000 runs both in Tests and ODIs. Cricketers across the globe poured in messages to wish Dravid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

His teammate then Virender Sehwag was the first to wish Dravid in his usual way. It was followed by Mohammad Kaif, Irfan Pathan, Virat Kohli and others. Dravid, who is known for his resilience in Test cricket, holds a unique record of never being dismissed for a golden duck in 286 Test innings which he has played. He batted for 835 minutes in Adelaide that India won in 2003. Dravid had then scored 233 and 72 not out. It was followed by 740 minutes at Rawalpindi to help India clinch the series against Pakistan.

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Dravid is also the only Indian cricketer to score century in all ten Test-playing nation. Dravid has led India for two years following Sourav Ganguly’s axing in 2005, which did not prove to be successful for him as a batsman. However, it was under Dravid’s captaincy that India won away Test series in England and West Indies.

His retirement from international cricket came after a poor series against Australia in 2011-12. He was criticised enough that pushed the dignified man to retire. Dravid held to cricket through IPL playing for Rajasthan Royals, eventually coaching the side. He remained a mentor until 2015 and was chosen as head coach for Delhi Daredevils (DD) in 2016.

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He was also chosen as the India A and India Under-19 head coach by BCCI in 2015. Under his guidance India U-19 team reached the final of ICC World Cup, which they lost against West Indies. Dravid added another feather in his cap when India A won the Quadrangular series that was held in Australia in 2016, and then the U-19 Asia Cup in the same year.