Words will not be able to properly suffice the greatness of the original wall of Indian cricket – Rahul Dravid. Regarded as one of the best batsmen in the history of cricket, Dravid is celebrating his 46th birthday today. Apart from winning respect off nearly all his opponents and scoring heaps of runs on the cricket field, Dravid’s gentleman-like conduct is what separated him from the rest of the players. In his debut Test at Lord’s where Sourav Ganguly was also playing his first Test, Dravid enthralled everyone with an innings of 95 but nearly missed out on the coveted three-figure mark. He holds the record of hitting Test hundreds against every nation he played. also known as the ‘Mr Dependable – Dravid was known for his ability to stand tall in front of daunting attacks, especially overseas, and the way he many a time thwarted opponents thereby pulling his team out of trouble.
On his 46th B’day, many former and current cricketers took a moment to acknowledge the achievement of the master batsman, who aced every role he was asked to perform on the 22-yard strip. Here are some of the best wishes showered on ‘The Wall’ –
In the year 2000, Wisden named Dravid as one of the top 5 cricketers of the year while he was also adjudged the ICC Test Cricketer of the year in 2004. In December 2011, he became the first non-Australian to give the prestigious Bradman oratory lecture. Dravid is also the recipient of India’s civilian awards as in Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
In 164 Tests, Dravid scored 13,288 runs at an astonishing average of 52.31 including 36 hundreds and 63 fifties. In the white-ball format, he mounted 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs at an average of 39.16 including 12 centuries and 83 fifties. He was also considered one of the better fielders in the side especially in the slips as he took a world record 210 catches in that position.