Former Indian captain and the current head coach of the Indian cricket team Rahul Dravid is celebrating his 49th birthday today, January 11. Dravid is one of the veterans of Indian cricket. He made his Test debut in June 1996 against England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground and played his last Test against Australia in Adelaide in January 2012. During a 16 year Test career, he scored 13288 runs in 164 Test matches at an average of 52.31 and made 36 centuries and 63 half-centuries. He scored a century against all the Test-playing nations.
Dravid made his ODI debut in April 1996 against Sri Lanka and hung up his boot after playing his last ODI against England in September 2011. Dravid made 10889 runs in 344 ODIs at an average of 39.16 and a strike rate of 71.23. He hit 12 centuries and 83 half-centuries during his ODI career.
Post retiring, Dravid took up the coaching role and worked with India A and Under 19 team. He is often credited for creating a strong bench strength for India. After India's dismal performance in the 20,-20 World Cup, Dravid was appointed as India's head coach.
Under Dravid’s coaching India defeated New Zealand in both T20I and Test series. The Indian team is currently playing a Test series in South Africa which is to be followed by an ODI series. India won the first Test match in Centurion and South Africa came back to win the second Test in Johannesburg. The ongoing Centurion Test will decide the fate of the series.
Before joining the Indian team, Dravid served as the director of the National Cricket Academy.
Here’s how the cricketing fraternity wished Rahul Dravid on his birthday:
A very happy birthday to you Jammy. Wish you the best of health and good luck for the 3rd Test. pic.twitter.com/88Y4vgbyWu
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 11, 2022
Captain, Opener, No.3, Wicket Keeper, ICC event winning coach, former NCA head, and now India coach. But above all a great human being.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 11, 2022
Happy Birthday to the deewar of Indian cricket. Wish you the best always Rahul Dravid pic.twitter.com/zcFO2uhkje
— Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli349) January 11, 2022
Happy birthday Rahul Sir🎂. Wishing you good health and happiness🤗 pic.twitter.com/a71mBE07sC
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) January 11, 2022
Happy birthday Rahul bhai 🤗 Wishing you immense success and joy this year 🎂 pic.twitter.com/f5wFvycuqW
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 11, 2022
Inspiration. Role Model. Legend. Wishing the great man, Rahul Dravid a very happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/xr3co2W1Wa
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 11, 2022
Birthday greetings to a thorough gentleman and a role-model for many youngsters, Rahul Dravid. Wishing Rahul ever more love and good fortune. pic.twitter.com/PmDNvgFYbi
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) January 11, 2022
— DK (@DineshKarthik) January 11, 2022
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 11, 2022
Happy birthday Rahul sir 🎂 pic.twitter.com/C3jTZS1AnH
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) January 11, 2022