Rahul Dravid Biography | Career in Cricket, Age, Wife

About Rahul Dravid

Indian cricket history is full of many outstanding players as India produced many quality players in the entire history of cricket and Rahul Dravid is one of them. He was born on July 11, 1973. He is the former captain of the Indian International team and got his fame due to his extraordinary style and career in the history of cricket. Now he is the head coach of Indian team A and U-19. In 2000 he got the title among the five best cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and in the year 2004 he was awarded by the player of the year award by ICC. He was also the first non-Australian player who delivered the Bradman Oration in the month of December 2004.

Name Rahul Dravid
Full Name Rahul Sharad Dravid
Father's Name Sharad Dravid
Mother's Name Pushpa Dravid
Brother Name Vijay Dravid
Born On January 11, 1973
Birth Place Indore
Age (as in 2018) 45 Years
Marital Status Married
Wife Name Vijeta Pendharkar

After Sachin Tendulkar, Rickey Ponting and Jacques Kallis Rahul Dravid is the fourth batsman who acquired the mark of highest scores in the Test matches in the year 2016. He became the first batsman in 2004 that made century in every test playing country. He also holds the record of highest catches by a player other than wicketkeeper on October 2012 and the number of catches is 210. He had another unique record in the history of cricket that he never got out on the duck on the first ball in his entire career of test matches. He is the only player in the cricket history who faced highest number of balls in the test cricket with 31258 balls and he also spent the highest time on the crease in test matches with 44152 minutes. He also awarded with the Bradman award with Glenn McGrath on November 11, 2011. Indian third and fourth civilian awards were also awarded to the Dravid named Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri respectively. Dravid was the fifth player of India which got the honor of ICC hall of fame in July 2018.

Early life of Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid was born in the family of Brahmin in the city of Indore. Later on, his family was shifted to Bangalore Karnataka due to some reasons and he was grown there. The mother language of Rahul is Marathi. His father named Sharad Dravid was working in the jams company which is the cause of his nickname jammy. The mother of Dravid named Pushpa was the professor of Architecture at UVCE (University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering). Dravid has a younger brother also named Vijay. His schooling was from the St. Joseph’s Boys High school and he done his degree of commerce form the Joseph’s Commerce College. He has a grip on several languages like Marathi, English, Kannada and Hindi. He was selected in the national team of India when was in the MBA.

Domestic Career of Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid had an intense interest in the cricket from his childhood and he started playing in the U-15 and U-17 teams at the age of 12 and he also played for the U-19 team later. Keki Tarapore the former Indian cricketer noticed the talent of Rahul in the school match when he made a century in the Chinnaswamy Stadium. He also keeps the wickets at that time. He made his debut in the Ranji Trophy season 1991 where he made 82 runs and that match was drawn against the team of Maharashtra. He made his first century in the Ranji Trophy against Bengal and he made two centuries ended that season with 380 runs with the average of 63.30 runs and due to his excellent performance, he was selected in the South Zone team for Duleep Trophy. Dravid noticed by the Indian cricket officials when he performed against the team of England A during the year 1994-1995.

International Career of Rahul Dravid

The performance of Dravid forced Indian official to select him in the Indian international team and first time he was selected in the Indian team squad for the Wills World series in October 1994 but unfortunately he could not play in the playing eleven in any of the match and returned to the home. He then took part in the domestic career and started giving excellent performances. After the world cup of 1996, he made his first debut in ODIs against the team of Sri Lanka on 3 April 1996 and there he replaced Vinod Kambli. He cannot play well in that match but he was excellent in the field and took two catches. In the next game with Pakistan, he could not able to give an excellent performance and got only four runs. He played his Test debut match against the England team on June 20, 1996, where he was selected in the team due to the injury of Sandeep Patil and he made 95 impressive runs on his debut test match. In two test matches against England his average was 62.33.

In the end months of 1996, India played a series against South Africa where Indian batting collapsed and made only 66 runs in the first innings where only Dravid made 27 runs and that was the highest runner in the first inning. In the third match against South Africa he made 148 runs in the first inning and 81 runs in the second inning but that match was drawn due to the weather factors. He earned the first man of the match award in that series due to highest runs in the series with 277. In 1996/1997 test matches, Dravid topped the international chart score in tests by making 852 runs in 12 matches. Dravid made excellent performances after that season in tests matches as against the series of Australia and Sri Lanka each he made seven fifties in the eight test matches. At the end of 1997/1998, he made fifteen fifties in the 22 test matches. At the end of the century 1998/1999, he made 752 runs with four centuries and one fifty and he again topped the International chart score in the test of in those years. In the series against New Zealand Dravid got his first duck in the first inning of the second test match while he made a century in both innings of the third match against New Zealand. In that series, he was the top scorer but could not lead India to win the series.

Rahul played exceptional in the test matches but at that time he struggling with the performance in the ODI matches because continuous in and out from the team disturbed his performance. He made his performance excellent against Pakistan in the Friendship Cup in 1996 where he was the top scorer of the series with 220 runs. In 1996/97 he was the top scorer against the series with South Africa with 280 runs. In 1997 he made his debut ODI century against Pakistan in Pepsi Independence Cup. At the end of the year 1998 he played 65 ODIs and made only 1709 runs and these figures were showed that he was not excellent in the short format cricket but was the excellent test cricketer. He was begun to understand that the short format cricket was not easy for his batting style so he worked hard on his batting style and increase his attitude toward the short format cricket.

He showed his talent against the New Zealand team in 1998/1999 by making two centuries and earned his third man of the match award in that series. In that series, he was the top scorer with 309 runs. Dravid made another hundred in the ODI match against Sri Lanka in 1998/99. In the next game against Pakistan, he took his first wicket in the bowling and that wicket was Saeed Anwar. In the world cup of 2003, he was the vice-captain of India where they reached to the finals. In the season of 2003/2004, the performance of the Dravid was exceptional where he made three double centuries against Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia one double century against each nation. Against Australia, he made 619 runs in the four matches. In the absence of Ganguly, Dravid captained the Indian team against Pakistan and got the victory in the first test match. In the third and final match against Pakistan, he made 270 runs and led India to the victory with 2-0 in Pakistan homeland. In 2011 Dravid scored three centuries against England but India lost that series with 4-0. He made 461 runs in four matches against England. Throughout his career, he was the extraordinary player of the test matches but in short format cricket, his performance was less good than the Test matches. He made many records in the test cricket and also performed in the ODIs but he could not get his peak in the ODIs as compared to the test matches.

Retirement of Rahul Dravid

He played his last ODI match against the team of England on September 16, 2011. In his last match, he made 69 runs at Cardiff. He played only one T20 match and announced his retirement after playing that match from T20s. He got retirement from the domestic and Test cricket on March 9 during the year 2012 after the tour to Australia but after retirement, he said that he will do captaincy in the IPL 2012 for the team of Rajasthan Royals. He was the second highest scorer in the test format at the time of retirement.

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