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15 Unforgettable Moments of Rahul Dravid, the Cricketer

15 Unforgettable Moments of Rahul Dravid, the cricketer, when he competes his 15th year in International cricket

Kochi, 21 June 2011: Rahul Sharad Dravid (Nick named Jammy) born on 11th January 1973 at Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. He is a specialist right handed batsman and a part time wicket keeper.

1. Rahul Dravid, a classical test batsman, made his Test debut on Jun 20-24, 1996 at Lords against England, scoring 95 runs from 267 deliveries, spending 363 minutes, finding boundary only 6 times.

2. He scored his maiden century with 148 in first and 81 in the second innings of the testmatch, against South Africa at Johennasburg. It earned him his first man of the match award. He has played 151 test matches till now. He has 31 centuries and 59 half centuries. He holds the record of scoring centuries against all test playing nations, become the first player to achieve this.

3. At Rawalpindi, Dravid stroked a masterly 270, his highest test score, to take India to a historic test series win over Pakistan. He scored four consecutive centuries (115, 148, 217 & 100* ) against England and West Indies during 2002, becoming one among three to do this. Uniquely, each of his five double centuries in Tests was a higher score than his previous double century (200*, 217, 222, 233, 270).

4. Dravid has faced highest number of deliveries in test cricket, more than Allan Border's previous record of 27002 deliveries. He is nicknamed “THE WALL”.

5. Following on at Kolkata against Australia in 2001, Dravid and Laxman put on 376 runs for the fifth wicket in the second innings of the match. Dravid scored 180 while Laxman made 281 in Indias remarkable test victory. It remains one of his greatest performances till date. Again at Adelaide against Australia this pair put 303 runs, when in the first innings, India were looking down the barrel at 4 wickets down for 85 runs in reply to Australia's massive 556. Laxman was dismissed for 148 while Dravid went on make 233. Also his 87 runs against South Africa at Port Elizebath 87(241), 312 minutes.

6. Rahul Dravid is the third batsman in the world after compatriot Sachin Tendulkar and Australia's Ricky Ponting to reach the 12000-run milestone in test cricket.

7. At Rawalpindi, Dravid stroked a masterly 270, his highest test score, to take India to a historic test series win over Pakistan.

8. Later that year in Port Elizabeth against South Africa, he made a crucial match-saving 87 runs in the second innings to deny South Africa the win.

9. His ODI career began on Apr 3rd, 1996, against Sri Lanka at Singapore, where he scored only 3 runs. But till now, he has played 339 ODIs, scored 12 centuries and 82 half centuries, with a highest score of 153 against NZ. His first ODI century came 107(116) against Pakistan at Chennai on May 21st. 1997.

10. Though he is a known as a reputed Test batsman, he scored more than 10,000 runs in ODI cricket, with a decent strike rate of 71.17. (6th player and 3rd Indian to score more than 10,000 runs in ODIs)

11. Dravid has scored 50 not out in 22 balls(Strike Rate-227.27)vs NewZealand in Hydrabad on 15 Nov,2003,second fastest 50 among Indians.
12. Another interesting fact is that he is the only player to be involved in 2 partnerships of 300+ in ODIs. During the 1999 World Cup Sourav Ganguly (183) and Rahul Dravid (145) put 318 run stand for India v Sri Lanka in Taunton. The other higher stand in ODIs - 331 - involved Dravid andSachin Tendulkar in Hyderabad later in 1999 against New Zealand.

13. He is one of the few Indians who average more at away Test matches than at home, averaging about 5 more runs a match abroad than on Indian pitches. Dravid's average in overseas Tests stood at 55.53 as against his home Test average of 50.76. In matches that India has won, Dravid averages 66.34 in Test and 50.69 in ODI. He has taken 200 catches in tests and 196 catches in ODIs

14. He was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year 2000. In 2004, Dravid was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. During the same year, he was awarded the inaugural Player of the year award and the Test player of the year by the ICC .

15. Unfortunately, this Gentleman Cricketer in January 2004 was found guilty of ball tampering during an ODI with Zimbabwe. Match referee Clive Lloyd adjudged the application of an energy sweet to the ball as a deliberate offence although Dravid himself denied this was his intent. Indian coach John Wright came out in defence of Dravid, stating that "It was an innocent mistake". Wright argued that Dravid had been trying to apply saliva to the ball when parts of a losenge he had been chewing stuck to the ball; Dravid then tried to wipe it off. ICC regulations prevented Dravid from commenting about the issue, but former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly also stated that Dravid's act was "just an accident".

Compiled by Anoop Alampady

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