On the occasion of his 43rd birthday on Monday, Rahul Dravid posted a video on his Facebook profile page celebrating his journey as a young cricketer beginning with narration from his days in the Cooch Behar Trophy as a junior Karnataka cricketer and culminating at the moment of his international debut. The fact that Dravid himself is making the narration in the video illustrated by Satish Acharya gives it a special, personal touch. Dravid spoke of the significant moments of his younger days while also give tit-bits of personal, light-hearted details such as the how Ranji Trophy teams travelled back in those days. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, others wish Rahul Dravid on 43rd birthday

The video commenced with Dravid narrating his Ranji Trophy call up. He was playing the semi-final of the Cooch Behar Trophy against Uttar Pradesh and although his team lost, for him personally it transformed into a joyous day when Gundappa Vishwanath called him up to inform him of his selection in the Karnataka Ranji side. Dravid said it meant a great deal for him to be part of a team consisting Javagal Srinath, Syed Kirmani and Anil Kumble amongst others.

Dravid labelled himself a very annoying roommate as he stayed up till late in the night either reading or practising in order to soothe nerves ahead of a match. Dravid said his favourite book in those days was ‘Tough times never last, tough people do’ which explains his resolve on the field and off it. He thanked his roommates of those days for putting up with his habits.

Thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes. I was told today that 43 is the new 18. So let me share a story that started almost 25 years ago. – RD

Posted by Rahul Dravid on Monday, January 11, 2016

Dravid proceeded to narrate his love affair with Eden Gardens which by his own account blossomed at a very young age as that was the only ground where junior cricketers were offered unlimited free snacks and sodas. He said any disappointment he caused to his seniors by being greedy about the snacks and soda was alleviated when he went out and scored a hundred for his team.

The video went on to illustrate with Dravid’s narration in the background about what it personally meant to him to win the Ranji Trophy in 1995 and then in 1997. The video ended with Dravid describing the moment of confirmation that he would play for India at Lord’s.

“As I was walking up the steps after giving some catches to the guys who were part of the XI for that Test match, Azharuddin walked past me for the toss and said ‘Rahul, tum aaj khel rahe ho'” (Rahul, you’ll be playing today).

From there Dravid never looked back. He went on to be known as the wall for his watertight defense and scored 36 Test hundreds for India. His career lasted over 160 Tests and he is widely regarded as one of the best Test batsmen of all time.