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Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid: Former India captain turns 45

Rahul Dravid, former India cricketer and current coach of India U-19 and 'A' teams, turns 45 on Thursday.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid at the launch of `India Now’ at the London Bridge in 2007. (Express File Photo)

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.

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.

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.

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