Rahul Dravid Biography: former Indian cricketer & captain of Indian National Team

Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Height, Family, stats, records, averages

Rahul Dravid is a former Indian cricketer & captain of Indian National Team. He is the current head coach of Indian national team.

He is probably one of the last classical Test match batsmen. Earlier, he was the senior men’s national team, Dravid was the Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), and the head coach of the India Under-19 and India A teams.

Under his guidance, under-19 team finished at runners up at U-19 cricket world cup in 2016 & won in 2018.

In the history of cricket, Rahul Dravid scored 24,177 runs in international cricket. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsman in Indian history. He is also known as The Wall & Mr, Dependable.

In 2000, he was named as one of the best five cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

In 2004, Rahul Dravid received the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony. He became the first non-Australian cricketer to deliver the Bradman Oration in Canberra in 2011.

He became the fourth-highest run scorer in test cricket as of 2016. In 2012, he created record for the most catches taken by a non-wicket-keeper player in test cricket with 210.

He is having a record of never getting out for a Golden duck in the 286 Test innings that he played. Currently, Dravid & Sachin Tendulkar are having highest scoring partnership in cricket history with 6920 runs while batting together for India.

In August 2011, declared his retirement from ODIs as well as Twenty20 International (T20I). He announced retirement from international & first-class cricket in March 2012. He appeared as the captain of Rajasthan Royals in 2012 IPL.

Rahul Dravid is honoured with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan award, India’s fourth and third highest civilian awards respectively.

He joined the GoSports Foundation, Bangalore as a member of their board of advisors. With that, he is mentoring India’s future Olympians and Para Olympians as part of the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Programme. Rahul Dravid became the 5th Indian cricketer to be included into ICC Hall of Fame in July 2018.

Early & personal life:

Rahul Sharad Dravid was born on 11th January 1973 in a Marathi Brahmin family in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.

His father Sharad Dravid was working for a company that makes jams & preservatives. His mother Pushpa was a professor of architecture at the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bangalore.

He has a younger brother Vijay. Rahul completed his schooling at St. Joseph’s Boys High School, Bangalore and received a degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore. While working towards MBA, he was selected to India’s national cricket team.

Rahul Dravid married Vijeta Pendharkar on 4th May 2003. She is a surgeon from Nagpur. The couple have two children named Samit & Anvay.

Domestic career:

At the age of 12, he started playing cricket & represented Karnataka at the Under 15, Under-17 & Under-19 levels. There he played as a wicket keeper also. In February 1991, he made his debut in Ranji Trophy.

International career:

In 1994, he received his first international call for the last two matches of Wills World Series. Then he went back to the domestic circuit & kept knocking harder.

On 3rd April 1996, Rahul Dravid made his international debut on in an ODI against Sri Lanka in the Singer Cup held in Singapore.

That was immediately after the 1996 World Cup, replacing Vinod Kambli. His test debut was successful in compare to ODI.

Rahul Dravid was selected for Indian squad touring England. On 20th June 1996, finally he made his test debut at Lord’s against England in the second test instead of Sanjay Manjrekar.

He came to bat at 7th number & scored 95 runs. He scored hundred in the next tour against British Universities. He concluded his successful debut series with the average of 62.33 from two test matches.

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After a successful test debut in England, Rahul Dravid played in the one-off-test against Australia in Delhi. That was his first test in India. He played at 3rd position for the first time. He played with the average of 29.16 runs.

After two weeks, India toured South Africa for three match series. He almost won the Third Test for India with his maiden test hundred in the first innings with the score of 148 runs and another 81 runs in the second innings.

His performance in the test gave him his first Man of the Match Award in Test cricket. He continued in the same vein in the West Indies by aggregating 360 runs at an average of 72.00 including four fifties.

With that series, he concluded a successful 1996/97 test season by topping international runs chart with 852 runs with the average of 50.11.

Rahul Dravid scored seven fifties in the next eight tests that in six innings, he became only the second Indian to do so after Gundappa Vishwanath. By the end of 1997/98 test season, he scored 15 fifties in 22 tests.

In contrast to his test career, he had to struggle a lot in ODIs. During 1996 to 1998, he found in & out of the ODI team.

His received his first success in ODI during 1996 ‘Friendship’ Cup against Pakistan. He scored 220 runs in five matches at an average of 44.oo & strike rate of 68.53. In that series, he won his first ODI man of the match award.

He has been branded as a Test specialist. He continued to score high in test cricket & his score in ODI was poor.

Rahul Dravid drew criticism for that also. He worked hard to fit in ODI cricket. As a result, during 1998-99 New Zealand tour, he scored run-a-ball hundred in first match of the bilateral ODI series & earned his third ODI man of the match award.

He was the top scorer of the series with 309 runs from five games with the average of 77.25 & strike rate of 84.65.

In the match against Pakistan, he bowled four overs & too a wicket of Saeed Anwar. That was his first wicket in international cricket.

World Cup

Rahul Dravid made his world cup debut against South Africa. Nevertheless, he scored just 13 runs against Zimbabwe.

He made partnership of 237 runs with Sachin Tendukkar against Kenya at Bristol. Once again, he had a record-breaking partnership worth 318 runs with Saurav Ganguli.

In 1999, India toured Australia for a 3-match test series & a triangular ODI tournament. He scored century against Tasmania in the practice match.

He had success in bilateral ODI series against South Africa. He scored 208 runs with the average of 41.60; it included 2-fifties and three wickets at an average of 22.66.

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After Tendulkar’s resignation in February 2000, he was appointed as vice-captain of Indian team in May 2000.

It was declared for the Asia cup. Dravid was declared as a captain of Indian team for the first time in the fifth match of bilateral ODI series against Zimbabwe.

It was decided due to Ganguli’s suspension. He led India to victory in his first ODI as Indian captain.

His career was on peal from 2002. During the season 2002 to 2006, he was the second highest scorer overall and top scorer for India across formats. He scored 8,914 runs from 174 matches at an average of 54.02, including 19 hundreds.

During 2003/04, Rahul Dravid topped the international runs chart by aggregating 1993 runs from 31 matches at an average of 64.29 including three double hundreds.

After Indian victory in the Adelaide Test, Saurav Ganguly said that Rahul batted like God.
In the absence of injured Ganguli, Dravid captained India in the first two tests in the. He led India to their first-ever Test victory in Pakistan.

Rahul Dravid

He was appointed as the captain of Indian team for 2007 World Cup. In that, India had an unsuccessful campaign. In 2011, during India’s unsuccessful tour to England, he made three centuries.

In 2009, he was dropped from ODI team. However, in 2011, he was again selected for an ODI series in England. He was surprised, as he did not expect to be recalled.

Rahul Dravid declared that he would retire from ODI after the series. On November 2011, he played his last ODI innings against England at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

He scored runs from 79 balls before being bowled by Graeme Swann. Before debuting his first limited overs international match, he declared retirement from T20 match.

Means his debut match was his last match. After 2011-12 tour of Australia, he announced retirement from Test & domestic cricket on 9th March 2012. He remains captain of the Rajasthan Royals in 2012 IPL.

At the time of his retirement, he was the second-highest run scorer & had taken the highest number of catches in Test cricket.

In 2014, he took a role of mentor of the Rajasthan Royals IPL team. At the same time, Rahul Dravid served as a mentor for Indian national team during their tour of England in 2014. 

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After the end of 2015, IPL season, he was appointed as the head coach of India U-19 & India A teams.

Rahul Dravid was a successful coach, as U-19 team reaches to final in 2019 U-19 Cricket World Cup. Two years later, they won the 2018 U-19 Cricket World Cup, beating Australia by 8 wickets.

He was credited for future national team players like Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan and Washington Sundar.

He was coaching Delhi Daredevils IPL team also. In 2019, following his four-year spell as coach of the junior teams, he was appointed Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). As head of NCA, he was widely praised for developing a steady supply of talent to the senior team.

Rahul Dravid was appointed as head coach of the Indian national cricket team in November 2021. Rahul was sponsored by several brands throughout his career. Some of them are… 

  • Reebok (1996 – present)
  • Pepsi (1997 present)
  • Kissan
  • Castrol (2001 – present)
  • Hutch (2003)
  • Karnataka Tourism (2004)
  • Max Life (2005 – present)
  •  Bank of Baroda (2005 – present)
  • Citizen (2006 – present)
  • Sansui (2007)
  • Gillette (2007 – present)
  • Samsung (2002 – 2004)
  • World Trade Center Noida (2013– present) etc.

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