January 11, 1973 will go down as one of the greatest days in Indian cricket - the day Rahul Dravid stepped into this world. Considered one of the greatest ever to have played the game, Dravid's importance to Indian cricket cannot be overstated. The man, who is as renowned for his remarkable technique on the field as for his pearls of wisdom off it, is one of the most respected cricketers of his generation.
As the Indian team prepares to take on the mighty Australians in their home turf, one cannot help but think back to one of the most memorable cricketing moments in Indian cricketing history - the Test win in Adelaide, in 2003. The match was won under Sourav Ganguly's captaincy but the most lasting impact on the match was made by non other than the Wall himself, with the double-century in the first innings and an unbeaten win in the second - sealing the win for India with a cut shot to the point boundary from a short ball off Stuart Macgill, taking his off India cap and holding it high in celebrations.
Currently the coach of the Indian Under-19 and India A teams, Dravid will be overseeing his wards in the Under-19 World Cup beginning later this month in Bangladesh. On behalf of the entire cricketing community, here is hoping that The Wall wins a much-deserved World Cup, the one honour that eluded him as a player.
The cricket community shared their wishes as the 'Jam, Jam, Jammy' turned 43. Here's a selection of the best.
First up, the cricketers, starting with the Test captain Virat Kohli:
Happy Birthday Rahul Bhai. You are an inspiration always. Thank you for so many immortal cricket memories. #Legend
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 11, 2016
I remember d advice u gave me in Melbourne dressing room.only a GOOD human can give such advice.Happybirthday RahuL Bhai#RahulDravid#legend — Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 11, 2016
— Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) January 11, 2016
Ajinkya Rahane, the man who has been called the Dravid of this current generation, had some warm words to share as well, through a video message from Australia. "Wishing you a very happy birthday, Rahul Bhai. Be always fit and healthy for ever and ever. I have been really lucky to play alongside with you. Really learned a lot many things from you about batting and in general about my life. Thank you so much, whatever you input you gave me it is really helping me and will continue to help me in the future." There was an outpouring of wishes from his fans as well, meaning #HappyBirthdayDravid was one of the top Twitter trends in India.
— ICC (@ICC) January 11, 2016
— TheGoanPatiala (@TheGoanPatiala) January 11, 2016
— Happy birthday JAMMY (@BeingYuvNaseer) January 11, 2016
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2016