The wall of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid turns 47 on Saturday. With over 24000 international runs and 489 centuries, Dravid is right up there on the list of India’s greatest cricketers. Since making his debut against England at Lord’s in 1996, Dravid remains a flag-bearer of Indian cricket.
After finishing as a cricketer in 2012, bringing an end to a 16-year-long career, Dravid continued to serve Indian cricket – first as coach of India A and Under 19 teams and currently as the director of the National Cricket Academy. To celebrate Dravid’s birthday, we look at some of his accolades.
1. Dravid holds the record for facing the maximum deliveries in Test cricket. In 164 Tests, Dravid has faced a total of 31,258 balls, almost 3000 deliveries more than the one next in line Sachin Tendulkar. He has also spent 44,152 minutes at the crease in in Tests which equals to almost 736 hours, the most by any Test cricketer.
2. Dravid is the first batsman to register hundreds in all 10 Test playing nations. He has scored centuries in Australia, England, West Indies, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and India.
3. There is a reason Dravid made the No. 3 position in Test cricket his own. From 219 innings, Dravid has scored 10524 runs batting at No. 3 with an average of 52.88. This includes 28 centuries and 50 half-centuries from the position.
4. Dravid led India to Test series wins in England (2007) and West Indies (2006).
5. With 210 catches, Dravid holds the record for completing the most number of catches by a non-wicketkeeper in Tests.
6. Dravid is the only cricketer to be involved in two 300-plus partnerships in ODIs. In 1999, he and Sourav Ganguly added 318 runs for the second wicket in a World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Taunton and few months later in November, Dravid, batting with Tendulkar put on a 331-run partnership against New Zealand, also for the second wicket in Ahmedabad. These partnerships are the third and fourth highest in ODI cricket.
7. Dravid is the fourth-highest run-getter in Test cricket behind Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis. Dravid has scored 13.288 runs at an average of 52.31 with 36 centuries and 63 fifties.
8. Dravid has the most runs by a Test batsman in partnerships – 32, 039. He has been involved in 88 century-plus stands and 125 half-century partnerships. Having added 6920 runs, Dravid and Tendulkar have the most runs by a pair in Test cricket, including 20 century stands, also a record.
9. Under the tutelage of Dravid, India won the ICC Under19 Cricket World Cup for the fourth time in 2018 when Prithvi Shaw’s men downed Australia in the final.
10. For his prolific form, Dravid was named ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2004 and has been a recipient of the Arjuna Award in 1998, Padma Shree in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2013.