Rahul Dravid | A Perfect Gentleman

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His Life: The Wall of Indian Cricket

  • Year 1973 – Born in Indore.
  • Year 1998 – Received the Arjuna Award.
  • Year 2003 – Married Vijeta Pendharkar.
  • Year 2004 – Was felicitated with the Padma Shri.
  • Year 2013 – Received the Padma Bhushan.

“Deep down, I am not comfortable with people praising me. It’s embarrassing at times.”

Rahul Dravid is a former Indian right-hand batsman and wicket keeper. He is widely known as the Wall of Indian cricket team for his stable and staunch gameplay. He currently serves as the head coach for the Under-19 and A teams of India.

Childhood

Rahul Sharad Dravid was born on January 11, 1973 in a Marathi Deshastha Brahmin family in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. His father Sharad Dravid was an employee of Kissan which makes jams and preservatives, and his mother Pushpa Dravid was a professor of architecture at the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in Bangalore. He has a younger brother named Vijay Dravid.

Personal Life

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Rahul Dravid studied from the St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School in Bangalore and did his graduation in Commerce from the St. Joseph’s College of Commerce in Bangalore.

He got married on May 4, 2003 to Vijeta Pendharkar who was a surgeon from Nagpur. They have two children named Samit, born in 2005 and Anvay, born in 2009.

Career Journey

Rahul Dravid started to play cricket when he was just 12 years old. When Dravid first started to play for his school team, he made a hundred and, other than batting he also did wicket keeping for his school team. He first played for the state of Karnataka at different levels, such as under -15, under -17 and under -19 level. Keki Tarapore, a former member of the Indian cricket team, identified his batting skills when he was training potential cricketers at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

He first played in Ranji Trophy against Maharashtra in February 1991 in Pune. At that time he was still studying in Bangalore at the St. Joseph’s College of Commerce. He made 82 runs playing alongside Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble in the game which ended in a draw. He played his first season in 1991-1992 and during this period he made two hundred and ended up with scoring 380. As a result, he was selected in the Duleep Trophy to play for the South Zone.

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David made his international debut in a One Day series against Sri Lanka in Singapore in 1996. He made his test debut with Sourav Ganguly against England. He played productively and with his skills he cemented his position in the team. He made his first test century in the 1996-1997 tour against South Africa and scored his first half-century in One Day Internationals when he was playing for the Sahara Cup against Pakistan.

He is the 3rd batsman of the Indian cricket team to make hundreds in both the innings of a test match following Sunil Gavaskar and Vijay Hazare. In the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup, he was the top scorer with 461 runs and he is the only Indian batsman to score two successive centuries in this tournament. From 2003-2004, Dravid made three double centuries against New Zealand, Australia, and Pakistan. He played his last ODI in September 2011 against England and his last test match in the 2011-2012 season against Australia. Now he is playing for the Indian Premier League and is representing the Rajasthan Royals team.

Awards and Recognition

Rahul Dravid got the Arjuna Award in the year 1998 and the next year he was awarded the Ceat Cricketers of the World Cup. He was also named among the best five cricketer in 2000 by the Wisden. The Government of India felicitated him with the Padma Shri Award in the year 2004.

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