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Rahul Dravid, the leader of the Indian cricket team who has surpassed and also created many remarkable records, is certainly man with a difference. Dravid was born on 11th January 1973 in the city of Indore in Madhya Pradesh, India. His complete name is Rahul Sharad Dravid though he is well-known with nicknames such as Jammy and The Wall, attributed to him for different reasons.
 
 
 

Rahul Dravid

(India)

 
Batting Style Right Hand Bat

Bowling Type

Right Arm Off Break
Tests ODI's
Matches 107 310
Runs Scored 9174 10044
Batting Average 57.33 40.01
100s/50s 23/46 12/77
Top Score 270 153
Overs Bowled 20 31
Wickets 1 4
Bowing Average 39.00 42.50
5 wickets in Innings 0 0
10 Wickets in match 0 N/A
Best Bowling 1/18 2/43
Catches /Stumpings 147/0 183/14

                As of Feb 17,2007

                Source:             Cricinfo.com

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Dravid's Records

  • Dravid is  the world record holder for the highest percentage of runs in the matches won under a single captain, where the captain himself has won more

    than 20 tests.

    In 2004 - he scores career best 270 ,against Pakistan at Rawalpindi.India wins the series.

     

     
    Dravid has been involved in two of the largest parnerships in ODI's: a 318-run partnership with Sourav Ganguly, thus becoming the first pair to combine for a 300-run partnership, and then a 331-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar, which is the present world record.

     

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  • He is, at present, ranked the 7th best Test batsmen by the ICC in world cricket and has the highest Test batting average of any Indian batsman in history
  • He is the fastest to reach 9000 runs in Test cricket. In all he took 176 innings to do this, bettering the previous record set by by 1 innings.
  • 9th batsman to score twin hundreds in a Test twice, and only the 2nd Indian to do so, after Sunil Gavakar.
  • 1st Indian to score 5 double hundreds, each bigger than the previous

    He was the leading run scorer in the 1999 World Cup with 461 runs

    Rahul Dravid is the first captain to lead India to victory against SA in south african soil 

     

    Rahul Dravid led India to a historic Test series win, against the West Indies in their home soil in 2006. Since 1971, India had never won a Test series in the West Indies. This is also their first prominent series win outside the Indian subcontinent (barring the win against Zimbabwe in 2005) since 1986.

     

    Has the highest ODI batting average as captain of 45.58 (as of 4/7/06), among all captains who have captained more than 10 ODIs.

     

     

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Achievements

 

 

He was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year 2000.

 

In 2004, Dravid was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. On 7 September, 2004, he was awarded the inaugural Player of the year award and the Test player of the year by the International Cricket Council, ICC (associated image below). Dravid's batting average of 95.46 in the past year has made him the only Indian to be in the Test team of the year. On 18th March, 2006, Dravid played his 100th Test against England in Mumbai.

In 2005, a biography of Rahul Dravid written by Devendra Prabhudesai was published, 'The Nice Guy Who Finished First'
Rahul Dravid is the first captain to lead India to victory against SA in south african soil 
Rahul Dravid led India to a historic Test series win, against the West Indies in their home soil in 2006. Since 1971, India had never won a Test series in the West Indies. This is also their first prominent series win outside the Indian subcontinent (barring the win against Zimbabwe in 2005) since 1986.

 

 

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Born in Indore, Dravid's family relocated to Bangalore, Karnataka, where his father

 

worked for Kissan, a company known for jams and preserves. This lead to him

 

earning the nickname Jammy from his teammates at St. Joseph's, Bangalore.

 

Dravid first came to prominence whilst attending a summer coaching camp at the

 

Chinnaswamy Stadium where his talents were spotted by former cricketer Keki

 

Tarapore who was coaching at the clinic . He went on to score a century on debut

 

for his school team and was selected for the U-15 Karnataka cricket team, scoring a

 

double century against the U-15 Kerala cricket team. Along with the batting, he

 

was keeping wickets. However, he later stopped keeping wickets on advice from

 

former Test players Gundappa Vishwanath, Roger Binny, Brijesh Patel and

 

Tarapore. He was selected to make his Ranji Trophy in February 1991 against

 

Maharashtra in Pune (while still attending college at St.Joseph's College of

 

Commerce in Bangalore), alongside future Indian teammates Anil Kumble and

 

Javagal Srinath, scoring 82 in a drawn match after batting in the No. 7 position . his

 

first full season was in 1991-92, when he scored two centuries to finish with 380 runs

 

at an average of 63.3 , and was selected for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy , for

 

whom he has been subsequently chosen annually. He had a stronger season in

 

1992-93, scoring 582 runs at an average of 83.1 including a double century but

 

managed only one game in the Duleep Trophy, scoring 14. In the following year, he

 

had another strong Ranji Trophy scoring 644 runs at an average of 80.5 including

 

two centuries  but again had a disappointing Duleep Trophy campaign, averaging

 

just 13.  However, in the 1994-95 season, Dravid played only once in the Ranji

 

competition, but he scored 191 in his only inningsand averaged 52 in the Duleep

 

Trophy . In the 1995-96 Ranji Trophy season, he scored 153 as captain against

 

Hyderabad in the semi-final [9] to advance to the final, in which he scored another

 

century against Tamil Nadu . In total he scored 460 runs at an average of 57.50 and

 

was the second highest run-scorer in the Duleep Trophy behind V. V. S. Laxman

 

as well as topping the averages . Dravid became a contender for International

 

duties after being selected for the India A team in a domestic tournament in the

 

1994-95 season and again in the 1995-96 season , where he top-scored for his team

 

in the match against India B and the final against the senior Indian team .

 

However, he was overlooked from the Indian team for the 1996 Cricket World Cup

 

held on the Indian subcontinent.

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His nickname of 'The Wall' in Reebok advertisements has now

become a tribute to his consistency. Dravid has scored 23 centuries in Test cricket at an average of 58.75, including 5 double centuries. In one-dayers though he has an average of 40.05, and a strike rate of 70.70. He is one of the few Indians who average more at away matches than at home, averaging over 10 more runs a match abroad than on Indian pitches. As of 9 August, 2006, Dravid's average in overseas Tests stood at 65.28 as against his overall Test average of 58.75, and his average for away ODI stands at 42.03 as against overall ODI average of 40.05. In matches that India has won, Dravid averages 78.72 in Tests and 53.40 in ODIs.