Rahul Dravid has been a regular member of the Indian cricket team since his debut in 1996. He was appointed as the captain of the team in October 2005 and resigned from the post in September 2007.
Popularly hailed as 'The Wall', the technically-sound Dravid has been the backbone of Indian batting for the last decade and half.
In 2004, Dravid was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
The 5th ODI against England at Cardiff will be Dravid's last game in the 50-over format.
Tests: Dravid has 12775 runs from 157 matches averaging a neat 53.00. He has 35 centuries and 60 half-centuries. Highest score: 270.
ODIs: Dravid has 10820 runs from 343 matches and averages 39.06. He has 12 centuries and 82 fifties. Highest score: 153.
T20s: Dravid scored 31 runs in the lone T20 match that he's played.
• Dravid was honoured as one of the top-five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000.
• Was awarded the ICC Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year at the inaugural awards ceremony held in 2004.
• Holds the record of having taken the most number of catches in Test cricket.
• He's the second Indian batsman, after Sachin Tendulkar, and the third international player to reach 12,000 runs in Test cricket.
• On 14 February 2007, he became the sixth player overall and the third Indian (after Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly), to score 10,000 runs in ODI cricket history.
• He's the first and only batsman to score a century in all 10 Test playing nations.
• With more than 200 catches, Dravid currently holds the world record for the most number of catches in Test cricket.
• He's the only Indian to score back to back centuries at the World Cup. He scored 110 vs Kenya and followed it with a brilliant 145 against Sri Lanka in Taunton (in a match where he kept wickets) during the 1999 World Cup.
Born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, on 11 January 1973, Dravid was raised in Bangalore, Karnataka. His father worked for Kissan, a company known for its jams, and thus Dravid earned the nickname Jammy from his teammates at St Joseph's Boys' High School. Dravid's mother, Pushpa, was a professor of architecture at Bangalore University.
A commerce graduate from Bangalore's St Joseph's College of Commerce, Dravid married Vijeta Pendharkar, a surgeon from Nagpur, in 2003. The couple has two children, Samit (born 2005) and Anvay (born 2009).
Dravid had a disappointing start to his career. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in the Singer Cup in Singapore immediately after the 1996 World Cup, replacing Vinod Kambli. Subsequently, he was dropped from the team, before being picked again for the tour of England.
Dravid made his Test debut in the second Test against England (along with Sourav Ganguly), as a replacement to the injured Sanjay Manjrekar. He scored 95 and held his place in the team on Manjrekar's return for the Third Test, scoring 84.
After moderate performances in the home series against Australia and South Africa, Dravid broke through on the 1996–97 tour of South Africa. He batted at No. 3 in the third Test in Johannesburg, scoring his maiden century with 148 and 81, the top score in each innings to claim his first man of the match award.
Updated Date: Sep 16, 2011 14:48 PM