Rahul Dravid: Humble, courteous, stoic, selfless, classy, Mr. Dependable embodies everything the gentleman’s game stands for. Rahul Dravid is a former Indian cricket team captain currently the Director of Cricket Operations at National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru.
He continues to serve Indian cricket by monitoring the India A and India U-19 teams. In recognition of his achievements, the Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2013.
A thorough team man, Dravid is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the sport’s history. The resilient no.3 hardly had a weakness in his game and left the bowlers bruised when he was in his zone. All-time great Aussie spin legend Shane Warne made this remark describing his playing style, “Rahul Dravid being known as ‘The Wall’ is pretty much spot on. ‘The fortress’ could also describe Rahul. Because once, Dravid was set, you needed the bowling equivalent of a dozen cannon firing all at once to blast him down.”
Dravid represented Karnataka in the Indian domestic circuit. He earned his first ODI cap on 3 April 1996 versus Sri Lanka and made his Test debut against England two months later. He also captained the Indian team for two years, leading them in 25 tests and 79 ODIs. As a batsman, he was at his peak during 2002-06.
Steve Waugh once quipped, “Try to take his wicket in the first 15 minutes. If you can’t then only try to take the remaining wickets.” Dravid worked hard for his runs and had unparalleled concentration powers. To find the right balance for the team, he even kept wickets. He was also an excellent slip fielder. In the IPL, he has represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals.
Here are some truly inspirational quotes from the Wall:
Dravid married Vijeta Pendharkar in a traditional Maharashtrian ceremony on 4 May 2003. Vijeta is a medical surgeon by profession. She gave up her career later to look after the family. Click to know more about her
He was born on 11 January 1973 in a Marathi family in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Nicknamed Jammy, his father, Sharad Dravid, worked for a company that made jams. His mother, Pushpa, was a professor of architecture. He has a brother named Vijay. Rahul and Vijeta have two sons together, Samit and Anvay.
Rahul Dravid net worth is reportedly worth INR 172 crores. He earned most of his fortune through playing cricket, endorsements, and his work as a commentator and coach.
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