55 Facts About Rahul Dravid

1. Rahul Dravid is colloquially known as Mr Dependable and often referred to as The Wall.

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2. Rahul Dravid was named one of the best five cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2000 and received the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony in 2004.

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3. Rahul Dravid holds a unique record of never getting out for a Golden duck in the 286 Test innings which he has played.

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4. Rahul Dravid appeared in the 2012 Indian Premier League as captain of the Rajasthan Royals.

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5. In 2014, Rahul Dravid joined the GoSports Foundation, Bangalore as a member of their board of advisors.

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6. In July 2018, Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian cricketer to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame.

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7. Rahul Dravid was born in a Marathi-Speaking Brahmin family in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

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8. Rahul Dravid was selected to India's national cricket team while working towards an MBA at St Joseph's College of Business Administration, Bangalore.

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9. Rahul Dravid is fluent in several languages: Marathi, Kannada, English and Hindi.

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10. Rahul Dravid started playing cricket at the age of 12, and represented Karnataka at the under-15, the under-17 and the under-19 levels.

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11. Rahul Dravid made his Ranji Trophy debut in February 1991, while still attending college.

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12. Rahul Dravid went back to the domestic circuit and kept knocking harder.

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13. Rahul Dravid took his first catch in Test cricket in this match to dismiss Nasser Hussain off the bowling of Srinath.

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14. Rahul Dravid scored another fifty in the first innings of the Third Test.

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15. Rahul Dravid concluded a successful debut series with an impressive average of 62.33 from two Test matches.

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16. Rahul Dravid continued his good run scoring seven fifties in the next eight Tests that included fifties in six consecutive innings, becoming only the second Indian to do so after Gundappa Vishwanath.

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17. Rahul Dravid played his part in the 10-wicket haul by taking a catch to dismiss Mushtaq Ahmed who was Kumble's eighth victim of the innings.

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18. Rahul Dravid effected a brilliant run out of Russel Arnold during Sri Lankan innings fielding at short leg.

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19. Rahul Dravid tasted first success of his ODI career in the 1996 'Friendship' Cup against Pakistan in the tough conditions of Toronto.

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20. Rahul Dravid learned to pace his innings cleverly without going for the slogs.

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21. Uncharacteristically, Rahul Dravid was the faster of the two scoring 116 of 118 deliveries.

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22. Rahul Dravid announced his form in England hitting consecutive fifties against Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire in the warm-up games.

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23. Rahul Dravid struck a fine fifty in the last group match as India defeated England to advance into the Super Six stage.

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24. Rahul Dravid kick-started his post World Cup Test season with a decent outing against New Zealand in the 3-match home series.

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25. Rahul Dravid featured in a 331-run partnership with Tendulkar, which was the highest partnership in ODI cricket history, a record that stood for 15 years until it was broken in 2015.

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26. In May 2000, while Rahul Dravid was busy playing county cricket in England, he was appointed as the vice-captain of the Indian team announced for the Asia cup.

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27. Indian team, coming out of the shadows of the infamous match fixing scandal, showed a lot of character under the new leadership of Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, beating Kenya, Australia and South Africa in consecutive matches to reach the Finals.

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28. Rahul Dravid failed in the first innings of the First Test but displayed strong resilience in Tendulkar's company in the second innings.

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29. Rahul Dravid was adjudged man of the match for his match winning knock.

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30. Rahul Dravid captained the team in the 'unofficial' Third test in the absence of injured Ganguly, which India lost by an innings margin.

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31. Rahul Dravid arrived in South Africa with the Indian squad to participate in the 2003 Cricket World Cup in the capacity of first-choice keeper-batsman as part of their seven batsmen-four bowlers strategy – an experiment that had brought success to the team in the past year.

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32. The idea was that making Rahul Dravid keep wickets allowed India to accommodate an extra specialist batsman.

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33. Rahul Dravid took the important catch of threatening Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was batting on 122, as India went on to win the match by five runs.

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34. Rahul Dravid, standing in only his second test as team's captain, took a bold and controversial decision during First Test at Multan that divided the cricket fraternity.

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35. Rahul Dravid slammed a double hundred in the Third Test at Rawalpindi – his third double hundred of the season.

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36. Rahul Dravid was appointed the captain for the Indian team for 2007 World Cup, where India had an unsuccessful campaign.

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37. Rahul Dravid received scant support from his teammates as India were bowled out for 286 and lost the test.

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38. Rahul Dravid was the second-highest run scorer and had taken the highest number of catches in Test cricket at the time of his retirement.

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39. Towards the end of his playing career, Rahul Dravid took on a role as mentor of the Rajasthan Royals IPL team, officially taking over in 2014.

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40. Rahul Dravid achieved immense success as coach, with the U-19s reaching the finals of the 2016 U-19 Cricket World Cup.

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41. Rahul Dravid was credited with bringing up future national team players including Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan and Washington Sundar.

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42. Alongside his coaching roles, Rahul Dravid took on several mentor roles, including at the Delhi Daredevils IPL team.

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43. Rahul Dravid was in charge of "overseeing all cricket related activities at NCA was involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA".

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44. The talks finally materialized and Rahul Dravid made his county debut for Kent in April 2000.

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45. The Indian team, Rahul Dravid included, fared poorly in the Asia cup and failed to qualify for the Final.

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46. Rahul Dravid made sure they stay put in the First Division by fetching that one bonus point with an inning of 77 runs.

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47. Rahul Dravid contributed to Kent's county campaign not just with the bat but with his fielding and bowling taking 14 catches and 4 wickets at an average of 32.00.

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48. Rahul Dravid is not like the other guys who love scoring off every ball, and there is no real weakness in his game either.

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49. Rahul Dravid was involved in two of the largest partnerships in ODIs: a 318-run partnership with Sourav Ganguly, the first pair to combine for a 300-run partnership, and then a 331-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar, which is a world record.

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50. In 2004, Rahul Dravid was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

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51. In January 2004, Rahul Dravid was found guilty of ball tampering during an ODI with Zimbabwe.

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52. Lloyd emphasised that television footage caught Rahul Dravid putting a lozenge on the ball during the Zimbabwean innings on Tuesday night at the Gabba.

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53. Indian coach John Wright came out in defence of Rahul Dravid, stating that "It was an innocent mistake".

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54. Rahul Dravid became the first Indian to score triple century in test cricket with a score of 309.

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55. Rahul Dravid was criticised by Vijay Mallya for not picking the team with right balance after his then IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore finished seventh out of the eight teams that participated in the 2008 season.

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