Rahul Dravid is widely regarded as one of the masters’ in the game of cricket and till date there is yet to be a batsman who can be termed as The Wall in Indian cricket. On Thursday, Rahul Dravid turned 45. He is currently in New Zealand with the India U-19 team that is participating in the ICC U-19 World Cup. Regarded as the classical Test cricketer, Dravid also has records in ODIs and T20Is that many cricketers have play to reach.
Currently, Dravid is working with the India U-19 and ‘A’ teams as their head coach. The U-19 World Cup is beginning from January 14, Sunday and he will try and coach the young cricketers and lift the title for India. In 2016, India reached the final before losing to West Indies. Dravid was coach of that team as well.
Dravid is considered one of the greatest Test batsmen to have ever played cricket, with many of his contemporaries and seniors placing him on a higher pedestal than Sachin Tendulkar. In 164 Test matches, Dravid scored 13288 with an average of 52.31. Patience is regarded as one of the most important quality that a batsman playing Test cricket can possess. Dravid was the perfect role model of it.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 11 January 2018
There might be many strong walls around us but the greatest yet is the one and only, #RahulDravid. Happy birthday, Jammy! My best wishes for the U-19 World Cup. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/RICNJXzIWM
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 11 January 2018
Wishing a very happy birthday to the Great Wall of India.. #RahulDravid what a player..a song from Bollywood I wanna dedicate to u is NA KOI HAI NA KOI THA…..CRICKET MAI TUMHARE JAISA.. Class apart👊 outstanding batting skills and slip catcher👏🇮🇳🇮🇳🏏 pic.twitter.com/QW2qCfl8hR
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 11 January 2018
Happy birthday to India’s most loved & dependable cricketer.. #RahulDravid!
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) 11 January 2018
Happy Birthday to the legend #RahulDravid . I have learned a lot of skills from you and I consider myself so lucky to play under your leadership. #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid #TheWall pic.twitter.com/LbdjPTDlOb
— R P Singh (@RpSingh99) 11 January 2018
In Tests, Dravid has played 164 matches and amassed 13288 runs. He has scored those runs at an average of 52.31 and a strike-rate of 42.51. The runs also include the 36 centuries that he has hit in Test cricket and the 63 fifties as well. His highest score of 270 came against Pakistan.
Happy birthday, Rahul Bhai. A thorough gentleman who taught us the meaning of commitment and sacrifices. Getting my ODI and Test caps from you will always hold a special place in my heart.
Hope the boys make you proud in the upcoming U-19 World Cup. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/f9JqYvhn82
Dravid has played invaluable innings for India — sometimes saving the game, sometimes winning it for them. There have been times when he is the second fiddle but played a crucial part in the larger picture.