Rahul Dravid is widely known as the magnificent defensive batsman in the history of cricket. Now, he is the coach for the under 19 and A teams. He played more than 344 matches in ODI and 164 test matches.
He is from the Indore, Madya Pradesh, India. He started playing cricket in the early ages and represented in under-18 and under-19 levels. Dravid is Right Hand Batsman and right hand off spinner.
Rahul Dravid played his first international ODI match against Sri Lankan team in 1996. He didn’t score much in the first few matches. In India’s test match against England, Rahul Dravid showed his best performance, but that wasn’t recognized much.
Later, in the second test match, he showed his best batting skill and scored 95 runs. This play has given a significant place to Rahul Dravid in test matches. In the subsequent events, he showed a very impressive batting with an average of 62.33 and earned a prominent spot in Test games.
As a Successful Test Cricketer
In the home series against South Africa, Dravid was playing in position 3, but he didn’t get much chance to play well.
Later in three matches of India tour in South Africa, Rahul Dravid was playing in position 6. In the second match, he showed his best skills by scoring 148 runs. This play made Rahul Dravid as the man of the match with a score of 277 runs and 55.40 batting average.
In subsequent matches, he scored about 360 against West Indies with an average of 72.00 and awarded as the man of the match.
With years passing, Rahul Dravid becomes a successful international cricketer with the total runs of 852 from 12 matches and an average of about 55.40.
In the later matches against Sri Lanka and Australia, Dravid proved his skills with a good batting average.
In the tour of New Zealand, he met the first duck out in his test career. But in second innings, he scored 100 and ended the match well. In second and third matches he scored 190 and 103 runs.
During test game of India against Sri Lanka, Dravid scored his fourth hundred. Dravid played well not only in the test matches but also in the ODI. In 1996 Friendship cup, Dravid scored 220 runs of fives matches with a strike rate of 68.53. And also, he was awarded as the man of the match.
In the 1966 Pepsi Sharjah cup, Dravid had the failure with scoring only 14 runs from the two games. Also, in 1998 he performed poorly with a total score of about 1709 from 65 ODI’s.
He had a low strike rate and a weak average in one-day internationals. But in the test matches, he was performing very well. One of the notable ODI was the 1999 Pepsi cup, in which he scored a century of 116 runs from 118 balls.
The peaking years for Rahul Dravid is from 2002-2006, where he scored 144 runs against West Indies. It is helpful for India to beat the West Indies by 37 runs. In the 2003-2004 year, Dravid scored his three double centuries, which earned him as the captain for 2007 world cup. At the end of 2006, Dravid had scored about 4697 runs from 48 Test matches.
Rahul Dravid announced his retirement of ODI after the series against England in 2011. Later, he declared his retirement in test matches by 9 March 2012. He was captain for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL events.
Rahul Dravid got Arjuna award for achievement in cricket in the 1998 and Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan in 2004 and 2013 respectively.