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Rahul Dravid Birthday: Hockey was not cricket, Rahul Dravid’s first game

Rahul Dravid Birthday: Hockey was not cricket, Rahul Dravid’s first game


Today is the 50th birthday of Rahul Dravid, popularly known as The Wall and Mr. Reliable among those who play and watch cricket around the world.

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Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 12:56 [IST]

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Rahul Dravid Birthday interesting facts about Rahul Dravid career started with hockey

Rahul Dravid Birthday: Australia’s captain Steve Waugh once told his team to take Dravid’s wicket in 15 minutes. If you can’t do this, then try to get the remaining 10 players out. Similarly, former Pakistan cricketer and fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said about Rahul Dravid that Dravid was more difficult to bowl to than Sachin Tendulkar in those days. It was not easy to penetrate Rahul’s defence.

Rahul Dravid was a hockey player

You will be surprised to know that Rahul Dravid started his career not with cricket but with hockey. Yes, once Dravid went there to announce the 2015 Bengaluru Cup organized by the Karnataka Hockey Association. During that time he told that during school days he used to play hockey with Sandeep Somesh, former international player of India. He told that our coach Shiv Prakash had a lot of faith in me and fielded me at center half, but later I was made right half. That’s when I realized that hockey is not for me. I was lucky that I had the option of cricket.

Rahul, who was calm, got angry

It is a matter of 2004, during the Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan, Dravid lost his temper after colliding with star pacer Shoaib Akhtar. This incident surprised Akhtar as he had never seen Dravid like this. Star Sports shared a video before the clash between the two teams on 28 August in the Asia Cup 2022. In this, Shoaib Akhtar shared the story of Rahul Dravid being furious. Shoaib told in this video that Rahul Dravid came running towards me. We collided and I asked him to run towards them. In such a situation, Rahul Dravid got angry. Then I told Dravid, “Rahul how aggressive? I know the weather is changing, but didn’t know you can also fight?”

How did ‘The Wall’ get its name?

Many people would not know how Rahul got the name The Wall. Actually, what happened was that Nima Namchu and Nitin Berry were to make an advertisement for the Reebok company along with the players of Team India. All players in the ad were given a nickname that matched the player’s style of play. This is where Rahul was named The Wall. Not only this, Azhar was named The Assassin and Kumble was named The Viper in that ad. Since then, The Wall’s name has been forever associated with Rahul Dravid. During that time, if Rahul played the best game, then even the newspapers used to write The Wall Stands Tall for him. On the other hand, when the performance was not good, The Wall Collapses in Defeat was written.

The wall is made in the name of Rahul

Rahul has not only got the title of The Wall, but a wall has also been named after him. Isn’t it funny! So this wall has been built outside Chinnaswamy Stadium. This wall was built in honor of Rahul when he completed 10,000 runs in his Test matches. It was inaugurated by Sachin Tendulkar. The writing on the wall is commitment, class and consistency.

Stayed at the crease for 12 hours

Rahul Dravid spent 12 hours at the crease in his innings of 270 against Pakistan in Rawalpindi in 2004. Pakistanis can never forget this innings. Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu once said that Rahul Dravid is such a player who is ready to walk even on broken glass pieces. At the same time, in 2001, Rahul Dravid’s innings of 180 runs in a historic partnership with VVS Laxman at Eden Gardens, Kolkata is still remembered by cricket fans.

Superhit as a coach too

Dravid has played the role of coach, captain and mentor of the IPL team Rajasthan Royals (RR) in 2012-13. At the same time, he has been the coach of the Under-19 and India-A team. Under Dravid’s coaching, the Under-19 team did wonders and the Indian team finished runner up in the 2016 World Cup in Bangladesh. Rahul Dravid is currently the coach of the Indian national cricket team.

Information related to Rahul’s career

Rahul Dravid has scored 13288 runs in 164 Test matches for Team India. This includes 36 centuries and 63 half-centuries. At the same time, he scored 10889 runs in 344 ODIs, scoring 12 centuries. At the same time, you will be surprised to know that Rahul has played only one T20 match for India. Dravid is the third Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar to score more than 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Dravid has made 75 century partnerships with 18 different players, which is a world record. On the other hand, Dravid is the first batsman to score a century against all Test playing nations.

Rahul made many records

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Rahul has many records in his name. Rahul Dravid’s name is not only the record of scoring the most runs, spending time at the crease. Another unique record is registered in his name. Dravid is the non-wicket-keeper player with the most number of catches in Test cricket. He has taken a total of 210 catches in his career. Dravid is the only batsman in the world to have faced more than 30,000 balls in Test cricket. He has played 31 thousand 258 balls in his Test career. On the other hand, Rahul Dravid has spent 44 thousand 152 minutes i.e. 735 hours and 52 minutes at the crease in his entire Test career.

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Rahul Dravid Birthday interesting facts about Rahul Dravid career started with hockey

Story first published: Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 12:56 [IST]

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