Joyful Birthday Rahul Dravid: The Wall turns 48 however his influence on Indian cricket stays unwavering


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File picture of Rahul Dravid.

Name him the ‘The Wall’, a pioneer of a affected person and defensive batting, or a recently-turned mentor of younger Indian cricketers, Rahul Dravid on turning 48 at this time has proven within the final one 12 months that he’s but to present a lot again to the Indian cricket as he took over as the pinnacle of Nationwide Cricket Academy in his hometown Bangalore in a COVID-19 hit 2020. 

And to think about his fast influence on the Indian cricket crew touring Down Underneath is getting Rohit Sharma slot in time for the final two Check matches. In fact, his followers want to see him enjoying a lead position in future and who might blame them once you look again at his unequivocal contribution to the nationwide colors.

From making a gritty Check debut at Lord’s to successful a sequence as captain in England 11 years later, Rahul Sharad Dravid has been the pillar of Indian cricket and on Saturday, he turns 48 and continues to be going robust however now away from the hurly-burly and hustle.

Dravid’s introduction to cricket was someway overshadowed by Sourav Ganguly’s 131 in 1996 however the 267-ball 95 and 363 minutes on the crease gave India an concept of the hardwork, graft and talent of a person, who simply received higher and higher with time.

Born in Indore, Dravid’s contribution has been immense for his state as effectively and a bought method and sound Check sport introduced him to the worldwide fold, the place he scored a complete of 24,208 runs from 509 worldwide video games throughout all of the codecs. The now 48-year-old retired worldwide cricketer additionally has 48 centuries to his identify, out of which 36 got here in red-ball cricket.

Dravid is the fourth-highest run-getter for India in ODIs with 10,768 runs from 340 ODIs at a mean of 39.15. Solely Sachin Tendulkar (18,426), Virat Kohli (11,609) and Sourav Ganguly (11,221) are forward of him within the record. In Checks, nonetheless, he sits simply behind Tendulkar with 13,625 runs at a mean of 52.63 in 163 video games. Tendulkar has 15,921 runs to his identify from 200 matches. Total, he’s nonetheless India’s second-highest run-getter in worldwide cricket until now.

One other essential contribution of ‘Jammy’ and one thing that’s typically not talked about when taking his identify is his slip fielding. Dravid was a continuing in India’s slip cordon and in a day when gamers the place not diving round and as match as sprinters, Dravid’s catching and fielding stood out. A selfless man, who additionally donned the gloves for the crew, in order that an additional batsman will be fitted in, Dravid completed with 336 catches general with 210 of them coming in Checks — which is probably the most by a fielder in whites. He’s fourth within the record for general catches behind Mahela Jayawardene (440), Ricky Ponting (364) and Jacques Kallis (338).

Dravid’s document as a captain and chief nonetheless is probably the one factor he would really feel arduous accomplished by. He has captained India in 79 ODIs, successful 42 and shedding 33 of them and has a win per cent of 56. In Checks, he led India out in 25 video games, successful eight, shedding 6 and drawing 11 with a win per cent of simply 32.

However, it appears, what he could not do with the captain’s hat on, he’s making up for it as a coach. Now the pinnacle coach of the Nationwide Cricket Academy — India’s feeder line of expertise and because the former India U19 coach, Dravid’s impact on the kids have been immaculate.



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