Rahul Dravid Biography – A methodical and meteoric batsman, the Wall established himself as the vanguard of a contemporary and defiant era of cricket. Armed with an orthodox technique with sheer determination and equanimous talent, Dravid redefined the modish cricket period and help the Indian test team to revive its stalwart position in the white-jersey format.
Rahul Dravid is a proficient Indian right-handed batsman who formerly represented the national side and represented the Karnataka Team in domestic cricket. He was also a part of the Rajasthan Royals franchise at the IPL. Dravid made his debut against Sri Lanka at an ODI on 3rd April 1996. He is fondly known as the Wall or Mr. Dependable. He retired from all forms of international cricket in 2012.
Rahul Dravid Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Rahul Dravid was born in a Marathi Brahmin family on 11th January 1973 at Indore city in Madhya Pradesh. His family later shifted to Bangalore in Karnataka where he was nurtured and brought up. Rahul’s father Sharad Dravid worked as an executive in the preservatives industry whereas his mother Pushpa Dravid was a professor at the University of Bangalore.
Dravid was a child prodigy who excelled in academics. He has completed his post-graduation and has a Masters’s in Business Administration degree. He is fluent in many Indian languages and he had a keen interest in cricket since the very young age of 12.
Age: 48 Years
Weight: 69 kg
Alma Mater: St. Joseph’s Education Society, Bangalore
Coach: Keki Tarapore
Rahul Dravid Early Days
Rahul Dravid started to pursue a professional career in cricket at the modest age of 12. He represented the Karnataka state Cricket team in U-15, U-17, and U-19 levels. Playing for his school team St. Joseph’s Boys School, Dravid scored a century at the Chinnaswamy Stadium where he garnered the attention of former Indian cricketer Keki Tarapore.
Tarapore witnessed the elegant batting of Dravid and started training the classy youth for a brighter journey in cricket. He nurtured the extraordinary skills in Dravid and made him capable to play for the national team. Dravid performed brilliantly at the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy which facilitated the way for his first-class debut.
Rahul Dravid Domestic Career
Rahul Dravid made his debut for Karnataka at the Ranji Trophy 1991-92. The young talent got an opportunity to play alongside future Indian legend Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath. In his debut match against Maharashtra at Pune, Dravid went on to score an inning of 82 runs. His commendable effort led to a draw in the end.
He followed the reins of a maiden fifty in his debut by smashing another three successive half-centuries and his maiden century for his team. Dravid ended up with 382 runs at an average of 63.30. Dravid’s impressive performance led to his selection for the South Team Cricket team for the Duleep Trophy in 1992.
Dravid continued to hit massive knocks in the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons that led to his selection in the national team.
Rahul Dravid International Career
One Day International
Rahul Dravid knocked on the doors of the Indian National Cricket Team several times before finally earning his maiden national call-in October 1994 for the Wills World Series. He, unfortunately, did not make it into the XI but came back stronger in the domestic circuit by smashing harder knocks. A new day with brighter opportunities was indeed waiting for Dravid’s arrival.
In a mysterious moment for the raw talent, Dravid was picked up in the Indian Team for the ICC Cricket World Cup, 1996. Failing to qualify in a packed Indian side, Dravid made his debut against Sri Lanka at the Singer Cup in Singapore making up for the injured Vinod Kambli. He failed to make a run at the golden opportunity for him.
Dravid scored a string of low scores in the shorter format of the game which led to his inconsistency in the ODI squad. He revived his ODI career with a strong commitment against New Zealand where he scored over 300 runs in five matches. Dravid went on with excellent performances against Australia, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan at the bilateral series.
Dravid had a good 1999 World Cup campaign and was appointed as the captain after a match-fixing scandal in 2000. Dravid put on a fabulous show at the ICC knockout trophy in 2000, 2002 Champions Trophy, and 2003 World Cup. He was also a regular wicketkeeper for India in this golden ODI period for the team.
Rahul Dravid Test Career
In contrast to his ODI debut, Dravid had a rather satisfying Test debut. Dravid’s consistent performance at the domestic circuit for five years helped him to earn a place in the Test squad for the England tour. Following his splendid performance in practice matches, Dravid collapsed on his luck to make it in the XI.
Following Sanjay Manjrekar’s injury before the second test, Dravid got a chance to feature in the second test. The Wall made the best of the opportunity as he scored 92 runs in the match. His spectacular show continued to flourish in the series and he scored a magical century against Australia aftermath of the series.
Dravid continued to be a regular part of the Test team till his retirement. His heroics alongside VVS Laxman at the Sydney Cricket Ground is fondly remembered by every Indian as he registered the highest partnership for India in Australia (381 runs). Dravid played his last Test against Australia on 24th January 2012.
Rahul Dravid IPL Career
Rahul Dravid was picked by the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the 2008 IPL Auction. He was the highest run-scorer for the RCB franchise in 2008. He later led the Rajasthan Royals franchise and had a good run for the team. Though not being commanding in the shortest format, Dravid played 89 IPL matches and scored 2174 runs with an average of 27.52 and 11 fifties.
Rahul Dravid Post Retirement
Post his retirement, Rahul Dravid coached the Indian U-19 team and has nurtured and developed young talent including Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Shubhman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Sanju Samson, and many more.
Rahul Dravid Wife
Rahul Dravid married his family friend Vijeta Pendharkar at a private ceremony in Nagpur, 2003. Vijeta is a doctor by profession and their families knew each other for 35 years before the marriage. The two share a valuable bond and gave birth to two children namely: Samit Dravid and Anvay Dravid.
Rahul Dravid Net Worth
Rahul Dravid’s estimated net worth is Rs. 172 crores. Mr. Dependable has earned a considerable amount of wealth through his professional career for India and IPL franchises. He reportedly earned Rs. 5 crores in two consecutive years as India’s junior team coach. Dravid also endorses various brands including Reebok, Fast relief, etc. to multiply his wealth.
Dravid owns a luxurious bungalow in his hometown in Bangalore and has a luxurious collection of wheels including a Mercedes GLE, BMW 530 d, and Audi Q5 apart from an Rs. 2 Crore Range Rover Sports.
Rahul Dravid Facts
- Rahul’s father worked in Jam producing factory by which he got the nickname of Mr. Jammy.
- A local cricket tournament in Bangalore known as the Jammy Cup is named after the legend.
- Dravid played hockey before practicing cricket.
- Dravid had also played for the Scotland team while the Indian team was at a lay-off in 2003.
Rahul Dravid Records
- Most catches by a cricketer in Test Cricket (210).
- Second fastest batsman to score 9000 runs in Test.
- Most nineties in a career (14).
- The only player to score 5000 runs and lead 50 dismissals in Test.
- The only cricketer to score 200 runs and initiate 10 dismissals in series.
Rahul Dravid Awards & Achievements
- Arjuna Award 1998
- Padma Shri 2004
- ICC Test Player of the Year 2004
- Don Bradman Award 2010
- Padma Bhushan 2014
- ICC Hall of Fame 2018
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