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The Great Wall of India: Rahul Dravid

August 25, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

India has given numerous legends to the cricketing scene, and Rahul Dravid is one of them. The previous Indian wicketkeeper-batsman is presently the tutor of the Indian under-19 group. He is known for his without a care in the world method of batting that earned him the tag of "The Great Wall".

Dravid has likewise instructed the Indian Under-19 group, and under his direction, India won the 2018 World Cup.

The beginning

Rahul Dravid was conceived on 11 January 1973 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Dravid began playing cricket at 12 and spoke to Karnataka at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 levels. He appeared in the test coordinate in 1996 against England. He before long picked up the popularity for his one of a kind batting style. The wicket-keeper batsman was granted player of the year and Test player of the year in 2004. He is the fourth-most elevated run-scorer in test cricket on the planet. Rahul Dravid likewise assumed the job of wicket-attendant for the Indian side.

Dravid dazzled everybody with his enchanted exhibitions in Test for India on unfamiliar terrains. He was driving run-scorer in numerous respective arrangements during the 1996-2000 stages. He liked to play at no. 3, given his amazing strike rate. In 2004 he turned into the main player to score a century in every one of the ten test-playing countries.

Making a mark in ODIs

As compared to Test, it was difficult for Dravid to make a mark in ODIs. The ODI success started from 1996 to 97 bilateral series against Pakistan. His ODI success got hid behind his failures in that format. By the end of 1998, Dravid scored 1709 runs in 65 ODIs at a decent average of 31.64 with a reduced strike rate of 63.48.

By 2000, they named Dravid as Test specialist because of his consistent performances in the Test with his bat. But Dravid always helped the Indian side during a batting turmoil with his calm batting style. Dravid’s debut World Cup came in 1999. He played his debut World Cup match against South Africa, which didn’t go well for him. But, in the third game, he made up a 237-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar and led India to a 94-run victory. His performances improved with every match he played. It was in this World Cup that Dravid played his first match as a wicket-keeper. He emerged as the top scorer in that World Cup with 461 runs in just eight games.

Captaincy

 Dravid played his first test match against Pakistan when the permanent captain, Ganguly was suffering from an injury. Dravid had many memorable matches as a captain and led the Indian side to many brilliant victories. He also captained India in the 2007 cricket World Cup, which was a good campaign.

Retirement

Rahul Dravid got the Arjuna Award in 1998, Padma Shri in 2004, and Padma Vibhushan in 2013. Dravid declared his retirement from Test and residential cricket on March 9 2012. In any case, he vowed to skipper Rajasthan Royals in IPL.

Dravid is one of the best player Indian cricket crew at any point, and now he is supporting the youthful abilities.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth