|Full name||Rahul Sharad Dravid India Today|
|Names Earned||Jammy The Economic Times, The Wall CNN-News18, Mr. Dependable Indian Express Limited
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 11”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
|Body Measurements (approx.)||- Chest: 41 Inches
- Waist: 34 Inches
- Biceps: 13 Inches
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Hair Colour||Natural Black|
|International Debut||Test- On 20 June 1996 against England at Lord's
ODI- 3 April 1996 against Sri Lanka at Singapore
|Domestic/State Team||• Karnataka
• Marylebone Cricket Club
• Royal Challengers Bangalore
• Rajasthan Royals
|Coach/Mentor||Keki Tarapore and Gundappa Viswanath|
|Batting Style||Right-handed bat|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm off-break|
|Favourite Shot||Square Cut|
|Records (main ones)||• Most time spent at a crease in international cricket (735 hours and 52 minutes) India Today
• Most balls faced in Test cricket (31258 balls) The Statesman
• Most nineties in Test cricket (10) 100 MB
• Most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in Test cricket (210 catches) Scroll.in
• Most consecutive innings without a duck in international cricket (173) Crictracker.com
• Most consecutive ODI innings without a duck (120) 100 MB
• First Indian captain to win a Test match on South African soil in 2006 Circle of Cricket
• Only Indian batter to score four consecutive hundreds in Test cricket Circle of Cricket
• Most number of hundred runs partnerships in Test cricket (88) Circle of Cricket
• The second most runs by a batter away from home in Test cricket after Sachin Tendulkar (8705) Circle of Cricket
• Longest time spent at a crease by a Test cricketer (736 hours) CNN-News18
• The first batter to score 10000 runs in Test cricket while batting at number three CNN-News18
• The highest number of partnership runs (32039 runs) CNN_News18
• Only Indian cricketer to score hundred in four back-to-back innings CNN_News18
• Most runs in Tests which India won RapidLeaks
• Highest batting average by an Indian in a series across all formats (432.00)
• The first man to score centuries in all Test-playing nations RapidLeaks
• Most match-winning partnerships in Test cricket RapidLeaks
• Oldest player for India to debut in T20Is (38 years and 232 days old) Timesofsports.com
• Only Indian to score two back-to-back centuries at the World Cup Mid-Day
• Most number of hundred-run partnerships in international cricket Timesofsports.com
• First Indian to score five double centuries in Tests Zee News
• Fastest fifty by an Indian wicketkeeper against New Zealand in 2003 Crictracker.com
• The only batter to have 10 or more century stands with four other batters in international cricket Bleacher Report
• Most dot balls faced by a batter in Test cricket Sportsamaze.com
• Only Indian captain to win a test match in all six countries Stumpsandbails.com
• One of the two batters in Test cricket to score 7500 plus runs in away matches along with Sachin Tendulkar Outlook India
• One of the two batters who have scored 21 or more hundreds in away Test matches Outlook India
• The only fielder in Test cricket to take 50 plus catches of two bowlers Outlook India
• Second most appearances in a partnership with a single batter (143 matches) after Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge Outlook India
• Most half-century stands between two batters in Test cricket Outlook India
• Most fifty-plus runs partnerships in Test cricket Outlook India
• First cricketer to play his 100th Test while batting at number three on home ground Outlook India
• The most partnership runs for the third wicket in test cricket Outlook India
• The only batter to forge two partnerships of 300-plus runs in ODI cricket Outlook India
• Only pair in Test cricket to have put on 300 plus runs along with Sachin Tendulkar for the same wicket and against the same opposition on two occasions – once at home and another on away soil Outlook India
• Most occasions of bowled dismissals in Test cricket (54) Outlook India
• Second batter to score most fours in Test cricket (1654) Chaseyoursport.com
• Second fastest to 9000 runs in Test cricket Sportscrunch.in
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• Arjuna Award by the Government of India in 1998
• CEAT International Cricketer of the World Cup in 1999
• Wisden Cricketer of the year in 2000
• Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2004
• ICC Award for the Test player of the year in 2004
• ICC Cricketer of The Year in 2004
• MTV Youth of the Year in 2004
• Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy in 2004
• Sexiest Sportsperson in the year 2004
• Captain of the ICC’s Test team in 2006
• NDTV Indian of the Year’s Lifetime Achievement Award with Dev Anand in 2011
• Don Bradman Award with Glenn Mcgrath in 2012
• Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2013
• Wisden India’s Highest-Impact Test Batter in 2015
• Inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame in 2018
|Date of Birth||11 January 1973 (Thursday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||50 Years|
|Birthplace||Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India|
|Hometown||Bengaluru, Karnataka, India|
|School||St. Joseph's Boys' High School, Bangalore, Karnataka, India|
|College/University||• St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India,
• St Joseph’s College of Business Administration, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
|Educational Qualification||Degree in Commerce citation|
|Address||Indira Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka|
|Hobbies||Reading books, listening to music, and spending time with his friends and family.|
|Controversies||• During an ODI with Zimbabwe in January 2004, he was fined half of his match fees for ball-tampering. Hindustan Times
• He was criticized for declaring the Indian inning during the Multan Test in March 2004, when Sachin Tendulkar was at the crease with 194 runs with 16 overs remaining. Indian Express Limited
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||4 May 2003|
|Children||Sons- Samit Dravid and Anvay Dravid
|Parents||Father- Sharad Dravid (worked in a Kissan Factory)
Mother- Pushpa Dravid (Professor of architecture at the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore)
|Siblings||Brother- Vijay Dravid|
|Cricketer||Gundappa Viswanath, Michael Holding, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar|
|Cricket Ground||Eden Gardens (Kolkata) and Lord’s Cricket Ground|
|Food||Chicken Tikka Masala, Dal and Rice, Mango Milkshake|
|Actor||Tom Cruise, Aamir Khan|
|Actress||Demi Moore and Michelle Pfeiffer|
|Film||Hollywood- Braveheart and Ghost|
|Singer||Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen|
|Book(s)||‘Tough times never last, tough people do’ by Robert Schuller and Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach|
|Sports||Hockey, Football, and Badminton|
|Cars Collection||Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
Porsche 911 Carrera S
|Salary (approx.)||Rs. 10 Crore per annum as an Indian coach The Times of India|
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs. 172 Crore ($23 Million) (as in 2021) Crictracker.com|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rahul Dravid
- Does Rahul Dravid smoke?: No
- Does Rahul Dravid drink alcohol?: No
- He started playing Cricket at the age of 12 and scored a century for his school team.
- Although he lives in Karnataka, he belongs to a Marathi family, and his mother tongue is also Marathi.
- His father worked in a factory that produced jams which gave Rahul his nickname “Jammy”.
- His other moniker “The Wall” came from an advertisement by Reebok that mentioned him as “The Wall”.
- In his childhood, he was obsessed with Hockey and was, in fact, selected in Karnataka’s junior state hockey team.
- Dravid has had a very curious habit since childhood. During his playing days, he would tap the bats and do shadow practice in front of the mirror. His roommates were very cooperative and didn’t interfere in his practice late at night.
- Dravid once revealed the reason behind his jersey number 19. He said,
“It’s easy to remember my wife’s birthday.”
- In Bangalore, there is a local tournament at the school level named after one of his nicknames, “Jammy Cup” and the Man of the Match gets the title of “Jammy of the Day”.
- He is known for his techniques in batting and is considered the perfect batsman in the world of cricket.
- In an interview, he revealed that winning the Cottonian Shield inter-school cricket tournament is the best moment of his school life.
- He made his Ranji debut in February 1991. Gundappa Viswanath, then chairman of selectors saw his innings which he played in the semi-finals of the Cooch Behar Trophy, and called his team manager that Rahul is been selected in Ranji Trophy for Karnataka. In the first match, he scored 82 runs and in his second Ranji match, he scored a century against the Bengal team at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. In 1995, he captained the Karnataka team replacing Anil Kumble. His team reached the finals and defeated Tamil Nadu to lift the trophy. As he was gaining experience playing domestic games, everyone started asking him,
“When are you playing for India?”
- Remembering the Ranji Trophy, he told,
“Ranji Trophy is a hard school. You are always under pressure because you know that there are so many people playing for just two or three spots on the Indian team. The Ranji Trophy is a perfect finishing school for me. It taught me so much, both on and off the field, both technically and mentally.”
- After the 1996 Cricket World Cup, he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka where he could only score three runs. On 20 June 1996, he made his Test debut against England at Lord’s. In the first match, he held a crucial partnership with Sourav Ganguly and scored 95 runs. He came to the team after replacing Sanjay Manjrekar.
- In the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he emerged as the highest run-getter for his team after scoring 461 runs in eight games at an average of 65.85 and strike rate of 85.52.
- After the World Cup, he could only score 40 runs in four games of the Aiwa Cup in August 1999. His highest ODI score of 153 runs came against New Zealand in 1999 when he had a record partnership of 331 runs with Sachin Tendulkar at Hyderabad. In 1999, Dravid was the highest run-scorer in ODIs with 1761 runs in 43 games at an average of 46.34.
- In February 2000, Tendulkar resigned from the captaincy and Ganguly was appointed as the captain of India. Dravid was also promoted as the vice-captain. In the 2000 ICC KnockOut games, under the captaincy of Ganguly and Dravid, India defeated Kenya, Australia, and South Africa to reach the finals where they lost to New Zealand. His total score in that tournament was 157 runs in four games.
- He scored his first double century against Zimbabwe in a Test match which India won convincingly by nine wickets in the year 2000. He then captained his team for the first time in the fifth ODI match against the same team which India won by 39 runs.
- In 2001, a Test match took place in Kolkata where India was enforced a follow-on after scoring 171 runs in the first inning. Dravid was sent at number six to join Laxman on the third day. The duo held a partnership of 376 runs where Dravid’s contribution was 180 runs. Australia was given a target of 384 runs on the fifth day which they lost by 172 runs.
- During the tour of the West Indies in 2002, Dravid scored a hundred of the swollen jaw and helped India to avoid the follow-on. This match ended in a draw. In the triangular ODI series against England and Sri Lanka, Dravid scored 245 runs at an average of 49.00.
- Then came the 2003 Cricket World Cup, wherewith the help of Dravid’s 62 runs against England, 44* against Pakistan, and 50 runs against New Zealand, India reached the finals of the tournament. Dravid’s contribution was 318 runs at an average of 63.16 including 16 dismissals as a wicketkeeper.
- His second double hundred came against New Zealand in 2003 at Ahmedabad where he scored 222 runs in the first inning and earned the ‘Player of the Match’ award. He then led his side in the second Test in Mohali against the same team. The game ended in a draw.
- Although he is considered a test batter, he holds the record for the second-fastest 50 (in 22 balls) among Indian batters in ODI after Ajit Agarkar’s 67 runs of 21 balls. This knock came against New Zealand in a TVS Cup in 2003.
- One of his best knocks in Test cricket came against Australia in 2003-2004. India lost their first four wickets on the score of 85. Then Dravid held a partnership with VVS Laxman and scored unbeaten 233 runs. In the fourth inning, India was given a target of 230 runs which India won convincingly with Dravid contributing with unbeaten 73 runs. After that match, captain Ganguly remarked,
“Rahul batted like God.”
- In 2004, Dravid was given a captaincy in a Test series against Pakistan. India won the third match of that series where Dravid recorded his highest Test score of 270 runs at Rawalpindi. Under his leadership, India won the Test series for the first time in Pakistan.
- He then led his side in the 2007 ODI World Cup where India was knocked out from the tournament from Bangladesh in the league stage.
- In 2011, India toured England for a four-match Test series. In the first Test at Lord’s, India was given a target of 475 runs. Dravid scored 103 runs and was named on the Lord’s Honour board thus becoming the eighth Indian batter to do so. He again scored a century in the second Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham as an opening batter in place of injured Gautam Gambhir. However, he failed to score in the third Test and India lost the match by an inning and 242 runs. In the fourth Test at Oval, he scored 146 runs. India lost the Test series 0-4.
- He played his last ODI inning against England at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff in September 2011 where he scored 69 runs off 79 balls. On the same tour, he played his first and the last T20I game against England and scored 31 runs. On 9 March 2012, he announced his retirement from international cricket. However, he continued to play league cricket. In his retirement speech, he said,
“My approach to cricket has been reasonably simple: it was about giving everything to the team, it was about playing with dignity, and it was about upholding the spirit of the game. I hope I have done some of that. I have failed at times, but I have never stopped trying. It is why I leave with sadness but also with pride.”
- Post-retirement, he became the coach of the India Under-19 team and India ‘A’ team. Then he became the head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) Bengaluru. On 3 November 2021, the BCCI appointed Rahul Dravid as the Head Coach of the senior Indian men’s cricket team, and his innings commenced with the home series against New Zealand later the same month.
- Famous cricket journalist from England Christopher Martin-Jenkins once said about Rahul Dravid,
“If a Martian were to land on Earth now and be told that the best batter in the world was playing in this match, he would think it was Rahul Dravid and not Sachin Tendulkar.”
- His MTV Bakra episode became very popular. In the episode, after being interviewed by a female journalist, the journalist proposes to him; however, Dravid refuses her proposal and tries to leave the room; making the whole scenario very funny.
Well Hardik Pandya incident reminded me of a young Rahul Dravid who was bullied in MTV Bakra and how well he responded to it. You always can set the right example if you have it in you. Must watch! pic.twitter.com/5X4Py9LvR9
— Chandramukhi?Stark (@FlawedSenorita) January 9, 2019
- In 2003, Dravid played for Scotland in eleven games. Times Now After the culmination of the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, some senior players in the Indian national cricket team were given rest, and it was during this time that Gwynne Jones, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Cricket Union, approached the Indian team’s then-head coach John Wright, requesting him for a marquee overseas player. Although Gwynne Jones wanted Sachin Tendulkar to join Scotland’s Saltires, John Wright suggested him Rahul Dravid’s name. Wright said,
The person who is really going to do things for you, on and off the pitch, is Rahul Dravid.”
Dravid accepted the offer, and he ended up playing eleven fifty-over matches for Scotland in which he scored 600 runs at an average of 66.66. In 2007, while speaking about his stint with the Scotland team, Dravid said,
I enjoyed the friendships with players, officials, something I maintain till today. For both me and my wife it was a special three months to get love and warmth of the people of Scotland. I would have loved the game to have been at the Grains, though.”
- In 2007, when India was out from the 2007 Cricket World Cup after losing to Bangladesh, captain Dravid awarded his bat to their wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim and opening batter Tamim Iqbal.
- Dravid had represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals in IPL. Firstly, he had played for RCB from 2008 to 2010 then for Rajasthan Royals from 2011 to 2013. After playing his last T20 game in a Champions League in 2013, he retired from T20 cricket.
- There are two biographies dedicated to Rahul Dravid. One is ‘Rahul Dravid written by Vedam Jaishankar’ and another one is ‘Nice Guy Who Finished First written by Devendra Prabhudesai.’
- Rahul Dravid is the first non-Australian cricketer to deliver the Bradman Oration in Canberra.
- In April 2021, in an advertisement for Cred (a credit card bill payment app), Dravid, who is known for his calm and composed attitude, was shown as a person who had anger issues. In the commercial, Dravid battles the Bengaluru traffic snarls, and he rages behind the wheel; the commercial left people wondering:
Rahul Dravid ko gussa bhi aata hai?”
At the end of the commercial, Dravid screams in anger:
Indiranagar ka Gunda hoon main.”
The commercial went viral soon after it was aired on television.
- Rahul Dravid is a brand ambassador of some of the reputed brands in India like Plaeto, Piramal Realty, Practo, Aptech, InCred, Bengaluru FC, Manipal Hospitals, Arena Animation, CarDekho, etc. He is also endorsed by some of the brands in his career. These brands are Reebok, Pepsi, Kissan, Bank of Baroda, Max Life, Hutch, Sansui, Samsung, Gillette, etc.
- Rahil is known for his selfless attitude and is often praised by many. Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, in an interview, shared an incident involving Rahul Dravid and emphasized his exemplary behaviour. Shoaib described a situation from the time when he was travelling from Pakistan to New Zealand along with his team on the same plane as the Indian under-19 cricket team, which Rahul coached. He explained that Rahul was keen to have a conversation with him regarding comebacks and motivations. He, however, waited for nearly two hours as Shoaib was asleep. The Times of India Shoaib Malik went on to say,
So what I am trying to say through this is that he has no ego. He wanted to learn what you go through (while trying to make a comeback). In his own career he has seen lots of ups and downs. So he asked me and I told him. I liked that a lot. The learning process never ends and look where the Indian team is standing today (under Rahul Dravid).”