Rahul Dravid celebrates his 45th birthday today. He has been a role model for youngsters as he has conducted himself well both on and off the field. On cricket field, he has set many records to be proud of. On his birthday, Cricwizz takes a look at the little-known things about The Wall.
31258 Did you know that Rahul Dravid holds the record of facing the most deliveries in Test cricket? He has faced 31258 balls in Test cricket and spent 44152 minutes at the crease, another world record.
Dravid was given the nickname Jammy as his father worked for a company that made jams.
Dravid is a commerce graduate. He was studying MBA when he was selected to play for India national team. It was cricket’s gain and MBA loss.
India lost the 2006 Mumbai Test to England. Rahul Dravid was the skipper of the team. But did you know it was Dravid’s 100th Test match and co-incidentally, India were bowled out for exactly 100 in the fourth innings?
Dravid had a controversy-free career. But he was once fined half of his match fee for ball tampering allegations. During an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2004, Dravid was found applying an energy sweet to the ball. Match referee Clive Lloyd found him guilty.
Dravid was a part-time off-break bowler. He has taken just one wicket in his Test career. It was of West Indian Ridley Jacobs.
Dravid had scored five double tons in his Test career. But each of his double ton score was higher than the previous one. Here’s his sequence of double tons (200*, 217, 222, 233, 270).
Dravid averages 102.84 in Test matches won under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. Dravid scored 2571 runs @ 102.84 with 3 tons including three double tons in 21 Tests won under Ganguly’s captaincy.
Dravid was deemed a Test specialist before he reinvented his limited-overs career. He even kept wickets to secure a place in the ODI line-up. Amidst all the criticism of slow batting, Dravid scored 10, 889 runs in ODI cricket. He has once scored a 22-ball 50* against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 2003.