Social media has flooded with birthday wishes as former India captain and batting great Rahul Dravid turned 47 on Saturday.
Greatest Servant of Indian Cricket
There can be debates on who the greatest ever batsman of Indian cricket is or who the greatest bowler is, but there is absolutely no doubt on who the greatest servant of indian cricket is. It's none other than Rahul Dravid. He has done almost everything that is possible for the betterment of Indian cricket and has taken up various roles while playing and after that as well when the team needed.
He is possibly the most selfless player to have ever graced the 22 yards. He has batted at 6, Kept wickets, Opened the innings, Came back and played ODIs at 38 and literally did everything the team wanted him to do. After he was done playing he took to look after U-19 and India A boys when most people at his age preferred a comfortable chair in the Commentary box. And now he is at the helm of National cricket academy, trying to bring back the institution's lost glory.
Wishes pour in from all sides
Former India captain Rahul Dravid, turned 47 on Saturday with wishes pouring in from all parts of the world. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a video of Rahul Dravid's special knock against New Zealand when he achieved his highest ODI score of 153 in Hyderabad on November 8, 1999.
His former teammates like VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and well-known commentator Harsha Bhogle too tweeted along with numerous other fans, wishing the batting maestro on his 47th birthday.
VVS Laxman posted a picture of the duo to wish his “good friend” while another teammate Harbhajan Singh reffered to him as a “legend”.
Sehwag on the other hand took this opertunity to praise Dravid's grinding on the pitch.
His former IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals came up with a movie poster to celebrate his blockbuster performances . The former cricketer is nicknamed as ‘The Wall’ for his unbreachable defense, the franchise referred to Amitabh Bachchan’s movie ‘Deewar’ to celebrate Dravid’s “blockbuster performances.”
Fans shower praise upon the legend
Dravid is regarded as one of India's most successful batsmen, especially in the Test arena.
The right-hander played 164 Tests, scoring 13,288 at an average of 52.31 with 36 centuries and 63 half-centuries to his name. He also took 210 catches in the longest format of the game and is regarded as one of the best slip fielders ever.
Dravid also made 344 appearances for India in ODIs, scoring 10,889 runs at an average of 39.16 with 12 hundreds and 83 fifties. He took 196 catches and affected 14 stumpings. The former India captain has also played one T20I.