Rahul Dravid is regarded is one of the greatest batsman of all times. His early life history, his various records & achievements & in return various awards he got for his excellence to his team will be discuss in this article. He is also known as The Wall for this outstanding batting performance.
Rahul Dravid early Life History & Education
The first portion of article is related to early life history of Dravid. Rahul Dravid was born on 11 January, 1973 in Madhya Pradesh. He was raised in Bangalore. His mother was a Professor of Architecture. Dravid has got his commerce degree from St. Joseph College of Commerce. He made his International debut in 1996 against Sri-lanka. He did not perform well in the first game & only score 3 runs but took 2 catches. He made his Test debut on 20 June, 1996. In that match, Sanjay Manjrekar got an injury & Dravid was told that if Sanjay did not pass the fitness test, then Dravid will have to play that match. The fitness result was declared & Dravid was made to play his debut at Lords. He showed great performance & scored 95 runs. He scored 84 runs in the second inning. He showed great batting average of 62.33 in just 2 test matches.
After the successful tour of England, Dravid was made to play against Australia. He made 40 runs in the first inning. In the 3 Test matches series against South Africa, Dravid scored 175 runs with an average of 29.16. Dravid got man of the match award while playing against South Africa where he scored 148 & 81 runs in the first & second innings seccussfully. He also got highest run scorer award for India in that series by making 277 runs with an average of 55.40. Dravid again remained highest runs scorer for India in the series against West Indies where he scored 360 runs in 5 Test matches with an average of 72. He remained highest runs scorer in 1996-1997 season with 852 runs in 12 matches which include 6 fifties & 1 hundred. At the end of 1997-1998 season, he scored 15 fifties in 22 Test matches.
Rahul dravid has not got good achievements in his opening ODI matches history where he struggled to score runs. Dravid scored 220 runs in 5 matches against Pakistan with an average of 44. Dravid scored 309 runs in the 5 matches ODI series against New Zealand with an aveage of about 77. In the 4th ODI, he had scored 51 runs which made Indian team victorious in that match.
Rahul Dravid Records & Achievements
- Under Dravid captaincy, India had played 25 Test matches out of which India had won 8 matches & lost 6 matches while 11 were drawn.
- Out of 79 matches under his captaincy, India won 42, lost 33 & 4 had no Result.
- Rahul Dravid has got 4 Man of the series awards in Test series. First one was in 2002 against England while the last one was also against England in 2011.
- He has got 11 times man of the match award in Tests. First one was in 1996-1997 while the last one was in 2011.
- Dravid has got 14 times man of the match awards in ODI. First one was in 1996 against Pakistan where he scored 46 runs. The last one was against England in 2007 where he scored 92 runs Not Out.
Some Other Records
- He is the 4th highest runs scorer in Test matches.
- Dravid has won 12 matches against Australia after Sachin.
- He was appointed as Vice Captain of ICC World XI.
Rahul Dravid Awards
Rahul Dravid gave excellence to his team being a wall against opponents. Many times, through crucial situations, he uplifted his team by giving perfect performances. He use to keep for a long time on pitch defending opponents bowlers that is why he is titled with “The Wall”. Some of the awards which he got are listed below.
- Rahul Dravid got Arjuna Award in 1998.
- In 1999, Dravid got CEAT International Cricketer of the World Cup.
- Got Wisden Cricketer of the year award in 2000.
- Got Padmi Shri award in 2004.
- Dravid also got ICC Test player of the year award in 2004.
- In 2006, Dravid was honored with captain of ICC Test cricket team.
- In 2012, Dravid got Don Bradman award.
- Dravid got Padmi Bhushan award in 2013.
- In 2015, Rahul Dravid has been awarded with Wisden Indian Highest Impact Test batsman.