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Rahul Dravid
Personal information
Full name Rahul Sharad Dravid
Born 11 January 1973 (1973-01-11) (age 37)
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Nickname The Wall, Jammy
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off spin
Role Batsman, Wicketkeeper
International information
National side India
Test debut (cap 206) 20 June 1996 v England
Last Test 24 January 2010 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 95) 3 April 1996 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 30 September 2009 v West Indies
ODI shirt no. 19
Domestic team information
Years Team
1990 – present Karnataka
2003 Scotland
2000 Kent
2008-present Royal Challengers Bangalore
2009 Canterbury, New Zealand
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 138 339 268 442
Runs scored 11,367 10,765 21,628 15,041
Batting average 53.60 39.43 56.62 42.48
100s/50s 29/58 12/82 59/112 21/110
Top score 270 153 270 153
Balls bowled 120 186 617 477
Wickets 1 4 5 4
Bowling average 39.00 42.50 54.60 105.25
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/18 2/43 2/16 2/43
Catches/stumpings 186/0 196/14 324/1 230/17
Source: CricketArchive, 21 November 2009

Rahul Sharad Dravid (Kannada: ರಾಹುಲ್ ಶರದ್ ದ್ರಾವಿಡ, Marathi: राहुल शरद द्रविड) About this sound pronunciation (born 11 January 1973) is one of the most experienced cricketers in the Indian national team, of which he has been a regular member since 1996. He was appointed as the captain of the Indian cricket team in October 2005 and resigned from the post in September 2007.[1] Dravid was honored as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000.[2] Dravid was also awarded the ICC Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year at the inaugural awards ceremony held in 2004.[3]

Known as the Wall due to his ability to bat for long durations, and Jammy due to his endorsement for Kissan and also because his father worked in Kissan, a jam company, Dravid holds multiple world cricketing records. He is the second Indian batsman, after Sachin Tendulkar, and the fifth international player to have scored more than 11,000 runs in Test cricket.[4] On 14 February 2007, he became the sixth player in the history of world cricket and the third Indian, after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, to score 10,000 runs in ODI cricket.[5] He is the first and the only batsman to score a century in all ten Test playing nations.[6] With more than 185 catches, Dravid currently holds the world record for the highest number of catches in Test cricket.[7] Dravid has also been involved in more than 80 century partnerships with 18 different partners — a world record.[8]


Personal life

Dravid was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh[9] into a Maharashtrian Deshastha family [10] living in Karnataka. His paternal ancestors were Iyers from Thanjavur[11], Tamil Nadu.He grew up in Bangalore, Karnataka.[12] He speaks Marathi, Hindi and Kannada.[13] He has a younger brother, Vijay. Both the brothers grew up in a simple middle class atmosphere. Dravid's father worked for kissan, a company known for producing jams and preserves and thus he earned the nickname Jammy from his teammates at St. Joseph's Boys' High School, Bangalore. His mother, Pushpa, was a professor of Architecture at Bangalore University.[14] Rahul Dravid has a degree in commerce from St Joseph's College of Commerce Bangalore, Karnataka. On 4 May 2003, he married Dr. Vijeta Pendharkar, a surgeon from Nagpur[15] and on 11 October 2005, their son, Samit, was born[16]. On 27 April 2009, Vijeta gave birth to their second son,Anvay.[17]

Early years

Dravid started playing cricket at the age of 12, and represented the state at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 level.[18] Rahul's talents were first spotted by former cricketer Keki Tarapore who was coaching at a summer coaching camp at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.[19]. He went on to score a century on debut for his school team[12] . Along with the batting, he was keeping wickets. However, he later stopped keeping wickets on advice from former Test players Gundappa Vishwanath, Roger Binny, Brijesh Patel and Tarapore.

He was selected to make his Ranji Trophy debut in February 1991 against Maharashtra in Pune (while still attending college at St. Joseph's College of Commerce in Bangalore), alongside future Indian teammates Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath, scoring 82 in a drawn match after batting in the No. 7 position[20]. His first full season was in 1991-92, when he scored two centuries to finish with 380 runs at an average of 63.3 [21], and was selected for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy [22].

International career

Dravid in action during a Test match

Dravid had a disappointing start to his career making his debut in one-dayers against Sri Lankan cricket team in the Singer Cup in Singapore immediately after World Cup in March 1996, replacing Vinod Kambli. Subsequently, he was dropped from the team, until he was picked again for the tour of England.

He then made his debut in the Second Test against England along with Sourav Ganguly,when Sanjay Manjrekar got injured after the first Test match on that tour.

Rahul scored 95 [23] and held his position on Manjrekar's return for the Third Test, scoring 84 [24]. After moderate performance in home series against Australia and South Africa, Dravid broke through on the 1996-97 tour of South Africa. He batted at No. 3 in the third Test in Johannesburg, scoring his maiden century with 148 and 81, the top score in each innings to claim his first man of the match award [25]. He made his first half-century against Pakistan in the Sahara Cup in 1996, scoring 90 in his 10th ODI [26].

In the 18 months ending in mid-1998, he played in an away series against the West Indies, home and away series against Sri Lanka and a home series against Australia, he scored consistently, with 964 runs at an average of 56.7. He scored eleven half-centuries but was unable to convert them to triple figures[citation needed]. He scored his second century in late 1998 against Zimbabwe in a one-off Test match, top-scoring in both innings with 148 and 44, but was unable to prevent an Indian defeat[citation needed]. He became the third Indian batsman after Vijay Hazare and Sunil Gavaskar to score centuries in both innings of a match during the 1999 New Year's Test match against New Zealand with 190 and 103* to force a draw [27][28]. He had a moderate season in the subcontinent in early 1999, scoring 269 runs at an average of 38.42 with one century before scoring 239 at an average of 39.8 including a century against New Zealand in late 1999[citation needed]. This was followed by a poor away series against Australia and another poor home series against South Africa, accumulating just 187 runs at an average of 18.7. He then scored 200*, his first double century, against Zimbabwe in Delhi, which along with 70* in the second innings helped India to victory. It was the first time he had passed 50 in 12 months and he followed this with a 162 in the following Test, giving him 432 runs in the two match series at an average of 432[citation needed].

Dravid gestures while fielding during a Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2008.

In the second test of a three match test series against Australia at Kolkata in 2001, Dravid joined hands with VVS Laxman to produce one of the greatest comeback victories in the history of the game. Following on, the pair put on 376 runs for the fifth wicket in the second innings of the match. Dravid scored 180 while Laxman made 281.[29] Though Dravid ended up second-best, it remains one of his greatest performances till date. Later that year in Port Elizabeth against South Africa, he made a crucial match-saving 87 runs in the second innings to deny South Africa the win.[30]

2002 was the year, when Dravid started to emerge out of Tendulkar's shadow and established himself as India's premier Test batsman. In the month of April, at Georgetown, West Indies in first test match of the series, he scored an unbeaten 144 [31] in the first innings after being hit by a Mervyn Dillon delivery. Later that year, he raked up four consecutive centuries against England(3) and West Indies(1). In August 2002, against England at Headingley Stadium, Leeds in the third test match of the series, he scored a 148 in the first innings on a seamer-friendly to set up a famous Indian win.[32] He won the man of the match award for this performance. Dravid's astonishing aggregate of 602 runs in the four match test series against England also fetched him the man of the series award.

In 2003-2004 season, Dravid scored three double centuries, one each against New Zealand, Australia and Pakistan. Against Australia at Adelaide in second match of the four match series, the batting pair of Dravid and VVS Laxman proved to be Australia's nemesis again. In the first innings, India were looking down the barrel at 4 wickets down for 85 runs in reply to Australia's massive 556 when the duo joined hands. By the time their partnership was broken, the pair had put on 303 runs. Laxman was dismissed for 148 while Dravid went on make 233. At that time, this was the highest individual score by an Indian batsman overseas. By the time Dravid was done, India was only 33 short of Australia's first innings score. Dravid followed this with an unbeaten 72 under immense pressure in the second innings to set up a famous victory.[33] Dravid scored 619 runs in that four-match series against Australia at an average of 103.16 and won the man of the series award. During the later part of the season, Dravid, in Ganguly's absence, led India to its first test victory over Pakistan in Pakistan in the first test match at Multan. In the third and the final match of the series At Rawalpindi, Dravid stroked a masterly 270 to take India to a historic test series win over Pakistan.[34]

On 16 August 2009 Dravid was called back to the Indian ODI team following his good show at that years IPL and the struggle of the younger players' problems against the short ball.

Dravid in World Cups

Dravid was top run scorer in the 7th World Cup(1999), scoring 461 runs. He is the only Indian to score two back to back 100's in World Cup's.He scored 110 vs Kenya and followed it with a masterly 145 vs Sri Lanka in Taunton in a match where he kept wickets later.He was vice captain during 2003 World cup where India reached the final, serving his team in the dual capacity of batsman and wicket keeper to accommodate additional batsman, a move that paid huge dividends for India. Dravid was the captain during 2007 cricket world cup in West Indies, where Indian cricket team had a dismal campaign.


With a strong technique, he has been the backbone for the Indian cricket team. Beginning with the reputation of being a defensive batsman who should be confined to Test cricket, he was dropped from ODIs as he was slow in making runs. However, in a period of his career he began consistently scoring runs in ODIs as well, earning him the award of ICC player of the year. His nickname of 'The Wall' in Reebok advertisements has now become a tribute to his consistency. Dravid has scored 29 centuries in Test cricket at an average of 53.60, including 5 double centuries. In one-dayers though he has an average of 39.49, and a strike rate of 71.22. He is one of the few Indians who average more at away matches than at home, averaging over 10 more runs a match abroad than on Indian pitches. As of 9 August 2006, Dravid's average in overseas Tests stood at 65.28 as against his overall Test average of 55.41, and his average for away ODI stands at 42.03 as against overall ODI average of 39.49. In matches that India has won, Dravid averages 78.72 in Tests and 53.40 in ODIs.

Dravid's sole Test wicket was that of Ridley Jacobs in the fourth Test against the West Indies during the 2001-2002 series. While he has no pretensions to being a bowler, Dravid often kept wicket for India in ODIs. He has since delegated the wicket-keeping gloves, first to Parthiv Patel and more recently to Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Dravid is now purely a batsman, one who has averaged 63.51 in matches played since 1 January 2000.

Dravid was involved in two of the largest partnerships in ODIs: a 318-run partnership with Sourav Ganguly, the first pair to combine for a 300-run partnership, and then a 331-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar, which is the present world record. He also holds the record for the greatest number of innings since debut before being dismissed for a duck. His highest scores in ODIs and Tests are 153 and 270 respectively. Uniquely, each of his five double centuries in Tests was a higher score than his previous double century (200*, 217, 222, 233, 270).

Also, Dravid is the current world record holder for the highest percentage(%) contribution of runs scored in matches won under a single captain, where the captain has won more than 20 Tests.[35] In the 21 Test matches India won under Sourav Ganguly's leadership, Dravid played his part in every single one of those wins, scoring at a record average of 102.84 and piling up an astonishing 2571 runs, with nine hundreds - three of them double-centuries - and ten fifties in 32 innings. He contributed nearly 23% of the total runs scored by India those 21 matches, which is almost one run out of every four runs the team scored.

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Dravid's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

He was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year 2000. Though primarily a defensive batsman,Dravid has scored 50 not out in 22 balls(Strike Rate-227.27)vs NewZealand in Hydrabad on 15 Nov,2003,second fastest 50 among Indians.Only Ajit Agarkar 67 of 21 balls is faster than Dravid.

In 2004, Dravid was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. On 7 September 2004, he was awarded the inaugural Player of the year award and the Test player of the year by the International Cricket Council, ICC (associated image below). Dravid's batting average of 95.46 in the past year has made him the only Indian to be in the Test team of the year. On 18 March 2006, Dravid played his 100th Test against England in Mumbai.

In 2005, a biography of Rahul Dravid written by Devendra Prabhudesai was published, 'The Nice Guy Who Finished First'.

In the 2005 ICC Awards he was the only Indian to be named to the World one-day XI.

In 2006, it was announced that he would remain captain of the Indian team up to the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

After the England Series however, he stepped down as captain of India due to personal reasons. Mahendra Singh Dhoni took over as ODI captain. Anil Kumble replaced him in test matches.

In 2007, he was dropped from the Indian ODI Squad following poor series against Australia. Dravid went back to play for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy, scoring 218 against Mumbai.

In 2008, he made 93 in the first innings of the Perth test, the highest score of the match, to help India win and make the series 1-2. However, he was ignored by selectors for the subsequent one-day tri-series.

After a barren run in Test matches in 2008, Dravid came under increasing media pressure to retire or be dropped. In the Second Test against England in Mohali, he scored 136, putting on a triple-century stand with Gautam Gambhir.

After reaching 10,000 test runs milestone, he was quoted saying, "It's a proud moment for sure. For me, growing up, I dreamt of playing for India. When I look back, I probably exceeded my expectations with what I have done over the last 10 to 12 years. I never had an ambition to do it because I never believed - it is just a reflection of my longevity in the game."[36]

Personal Records



  • Dravid is the 3rd Indian (6th in World) to score more than 10,000 test runs.
  • Has been involved in the most century partnerships in Test history - 80 (03 Dec 2009).
  • Scored nearly 23% of the total runs put up by India (with a batting average of 102.84) in the 21 Test matches won under Ganguly's captaincy. This is the highest percentage contribution by any batsman in Test cricket history in matches won under a single captain where the captain has won more than 20 Tests.[35]
  • 2nd longest streak of consecutive Tests since debut (93 + 1 in ICC XI) missed 95th test at Ahmedabad due to fever, behind Adam Gilchrist (96).
  • Only player to score a century against every Test playing nation away from home.[37]
  • Involved in highest partnership made away from home for any wicket for India with vice captain Virender Sehwag of 410 runs vs Pakistan at Lahore in 2006 (also, the highest partnership between a captain and the vice captain). Only Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Mankad have scored more runs in a partnership for India, 413 vs New Zealand in Chennai (6-11 Jan 1956).
  • Dravid is one among the only three batsmen to hit Test centuries in four consecutive innings. The other two are Jack Fingleton and Alan Melville. Dravid achieved this by hitting scores of 115, 148, 217 and 100* in three successive matches against England and one against the West Indies. Only Everton Weekes, with centuries in five consecutive innings, has achieved a longer sequence of consecutive Test hundreds.[38]
  • With scores of 50 or more in 7 consecutive Tests Dravid is behind only to Tendulkar(8) among the Indian batsmen. IVA Richards holds the record for most with 11.
  • He is currently 2nd among batsmen who have scored most away runs in Tests (6430 as of April 2009). Only Sachin Tendulkar (7165) has scored more away Test runs.
  • He has played 150 innings of 94 tests at number 3. He has scored more than 8000 runs at this position. Both feats are world records.
  • 2nd Indian batsman to score twin hundreds in a Test twice, after Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar and Ponting are the only batsmen to score twin hundreds in a Test thrice.
  • One of only two Indians to score 5 double hundreds.(each bigger than the previous 200* vs Zimbabwe, 217 vs England, 222 vs New Zealand, 233 vs Australia, 270 vs Pakistan).
  • Dravid holds the record for the most number of catches by a non-wicketkeeper (188) in the world.
  • Partnering with Tendulkar, has scored more runs than any other pair, excluding opening pairs. They are the 3rd best in terms of total number of partnership runs scored by a pair in test cricket.[39]

One Dayers

  • Dravid is the 3rd Indian (6th in World) to score more than 10,000 ODI runs.

Partnership Records

  • The only batsman to have been involved in two ODI partnerships exceeding 300 runs.
  • First batsman to be involved in a 300 run partnership in a Cricket World Cup along with Sourav Ganguly in the 1999 World Cup match against Sri Lanka at Taunton.
  • Involved in all three highest 4th wicket partnerships against South Africa, two with Yuvraj Singh.
  • Involved in the highest partnership in the history of ODI cricket with a 331 run partnership along with Sachin Tendulkar vs New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999-2000.

World Cup Records

  • He was the leading run scorer in the 1999 World Cup with 461 runs.
  • Has the 2nd highest score (145) by a wicketkeeper in a World Cup behind AC Gilchrist(149).
  • He was only the second wicketkeeper-batsman after Zimbabwean Dave Houghton to score an ODI hundred in the World Cup.
  • He was the second batsman after Mark Waugh to score back-to-back hundreds in the World Cup

Captaincy Records

  • He is tied with Sachin Tendulkar in fourth place for having captained India in the most victorious matches

Other Records

  • Has the record of not being dismissed on duck for 120 consecutive ODI matches
  • 3rd Highest number of fifties, after Sachin Tendulkar (93) and Inzamam Ul Haq (83).



  • Rahul Dravid is the only other Indian to be the top scorer (first one is Sachin Tendulkar - twice - 1996, 2003) in a World Cup. He amassed 461 runs in the 1999 World Cup, the first World Cup he played.
  • Rahul Dravid led India to a historic Test series win, against the West Indies in their home soil in 2006. Since 1971, India had never won a Test series in the West Indies. This is also their first prominent series win outside the Indian subcontinent (barring the win against Zimbabwe in 2005) since 1986.
  • Under Dravid's captaincy the Indian team tied the previous record of most consecutive One-Day International wins for an Indian team thus equalling the record run that the Indian team had achieved under Sourav Ganguly in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa (8). This was later bested by Mahendra Singh Dhoni who led Indian team to 9 consecutive victories in 2008-2009.
  • During his captaincy the Indian team broke the 14 match West Indies record for most consecutive won matches in One-Day Internationals while chasing a total. For this 17 match run, Dravid was the captain for 15 matches and Sourav Ganguly was the captain for the other two. This streak was broken on 20 May 2006, when India lost to the West Indies by one run, at Sabina Park, Jamaica.
  • Rahul Dravid is the first captain to lead India to a Test match victory against South Africa on South African soil
  • He became only the third captain from India to win a Test series in England. This feat was achieved after 21 years. The other two captains being Kapil Dev (1986) and Ajit Wadekar (1971).
  • He has hit 10,000 runs in both tests and one day internationals, making him only the third batsmen after Tendulkar and Lara to achieve this feat. Ponting is the only other man to have done this.
  • He holds the record of maximum number of catches in test cricket by a non-wicket keeper


  • One of Dravid's most debated decisions was taken in March 2004, when he was standing in as captain for an injured Sourav Ganguly. The Indian first innings was declared at a point when Sachin Tendulkar was at 194 with 16 overs remaining on Day 2. Rahul was insisted by Sourav Ganguly to take this decision.[40]
  • Rahul Dravid has had a mixed record when leading India in Tests. India lost the Karachi Test in 2006, giving Pakistan the series 1-0. In March 2006, India lost the Mumbai Test, giving England its first Test victory in India since 1985, enabling Flintoff's men to draw the series 1-1. While the loss in Karachi could be put down to several Indian batsmen playing badly, the defeat in Mumbai was arguably the result of Dravid's decision to bowl first on a flat dry pitch which later deteriorated and ended with an Indian collapse in the run chase.
  • He was criticised by Vijay Mallya for not picking the team with right balance after the Bangalore Royal Challengers finished seventh out of the eight teams that played in the 2008 Indian Premier League.[41]
  • After India failed to qualify for the Finals of the DLF Cup, Indian skipper Rahul Dravid was criticised by former all-rounder Ravi Shastri who said that he was not assertive enough and let Greg Chappell make too many decisions[42]. When asked for a response, Dravid said that Shastri, while a 'fair critic', was 'not privy' to the internal decision-making process of the team [43].



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  • 1973 - Born 11 January 1973, in Indore
  • 1984 - Attended a summer coaching camp at KSCA's Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, where his talents were spotted by former cricketer turned coach Keki Tarapore (There was another Keki Tarapore [Mumbai, deceased] with whom people confuse this gentleman who also passed on.)
  • Scores his first century in an unofficial match for his school team St. Joseph's against St. Anthony's.
  • Scores a double hundred for the Karnataka schools team which he smashed against Kerala.
  • Selected for the under-15 Karnataka team.
  • Stops keeping wickets on advice from Gundappa Vishwanath, Roger Binny, Brijesh Patel and coach Keki Tarapore.
  • 1985 - Gets recognised in Bangalore as a prodigy after becoming the first ever to score a century in the Cottonian Shield inter school tournament (Juniors) for St. Josephs High School against Baldwin Boys' High School, in the final.
  • 1991 - Ranji debut against Maharashtra.
  • 1996 - Double century in Ranji finals, vs. Tamil Nadu.
  • 1996 - Test debut at Lords, England after Sanjay Manjrekar was injured and Navjot Singh Sidhu flew back home after a fracas with captain Azharuddin. Makes 95.
  • 1997 - Maiden Test hundred (148), vs. South Africa, third Test, Johannesburg.
  • 1997 - First one day hundred (107), vs. Pakistan, Independence Cup, Chennai.
  • 1998 - Dropped from One Day squad for the ODI tournament in Bangladesh.
  • 1999 - Hundred in both innings (190,103) against New Zealand in Hamilton.
  • 1999 - Makes 461 runs, including three 50s and two 100s in World Cup.
  • 1999 - Signs up with Kent for the 2000 English county season.
  • 2001 - Scores 180, while V. V. S. Laxman makes 281, in a fifth-wicket stand of 376 as India defeat Australia at Eden Gardens, ending 16 Test-winning streak by Australia.
  • 2004 - Career best 270 against Pakistan, at Rawalpindi.
  • 2005 - Succeeds Sourav Ganguly as Test and ODI captain.
  • 2005 - The Nice Guy Who Finished First by Devendra Prabhudesai, released by coach Greg Chappell.
  • 2006 - Scores first century as captain, at Lahore, vs. Pakistan.
  • 2006 - Contributed in a remarkable 410 runs partnership with Sehwag at Multan.
  • 2006 - Leads India to snatch their first ever test victory on South African Soil.
  • 2007 - Leads India in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, held in West Indies.
  • 2007 - After India's tour of England, resigns from Indian captaincy.
  • 2007 - Dropped from the Indian ODI Squad after poor series against Australia.
  • 2008 - Reached the landmark of 10000 Test runs, in the first Test of the series against South Africa in Chennai on 29 March
  • 2009 - Reached the catching record for a fielder in test cricket with 182 catches, in the third test against New Zealand in Wellington on 6 April.

Career highlights


Test Debut: vs England, Lord's, 1996

  • Dravid's best Test batting score of 270 was made against Pakistan, Rawalpindi, 2003-2004
  • His best Test bowling figures of 1 for 18 came against West Indies, St. John's, 2001-2002
  • He is only the third Indian to score over 10,000 Test runs, following Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.
  • He is the fastest batsman in the history of Test cricket to make 9,000 runs. The former Indian captain brought up the landmark in his 176th innings playing against West Indies in 2006 and broke the earlier record of Brian Lara
  • He has the most catches for a fielder in Test cricket with 184 catches, beating Mark Waugh's tally of 181 catches when he caught New Zealand opener Tim McIntosh in New Zealand's second innings of the third test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

One-Day Internationals

ODI Debut: vs Sri Lanka, Singapore, 1995-1996

  • Dravid's best ODI batting score of 153 was made against New Zealand, Hyderabad, 1999-2000
  • His best ODI bowling figures of 2 for 43 came against South Africa, Kochi, 1999-2000
  • 6th player and 3rd Indian to score 10,000 runs. He broke the barrier by scoring 66 against Sri Lanka and levelling the series 1-1.



Test Cricket Awards

Test Match - Man of the Series Awards:

# Series Season Series Performance
1 India in England Test Series 2002 602 (4 Matches, 6 Innings, 3x100, 1x50); 10 Catches
2 Border-Gavaskar Trophy (India in Australia Test Series) 2003/04 619 Runs (4 Matches, 8 Innings, 1x100, 3x50); 4 Catches
3 India in West Indies Test Series 2006 496 Runs (4 Matches, 7 Innings, 1x100, 4x50); 8 Catches

Test Matches - Man of the Match Awards:

S No Opponent Venue Season Match Performance
1 South Africa Wanderers, Johannesburg 1996/97 1st Innings: 148 (21x4); 1 Catch
2nd Innings: 81 (11x4); 1 Catch
2 West Indies Bourda, Georgetown 1996/97 1st Innings: 92 (8x4, 1x6)
3 England Headingley, Leeds 2002/03 1st Innings: 148 (23x4)
2nd Innings: 3 Catches
4 England The Oval, London 2002/03 1st Innings: 217 (28x4); 3 Catches
5 New Zealand Motera, Ahmedabad 2003/04 1st Innings: 222 (28x4, 1x6); 2 Catches
2nd Innings: 73 (6x4); 1 Catch
6 Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 2003/04 1st Innings: 233 (23x4, 1x6); 1 Catch
2nd Innings: 72* (7x4); 2 Catches
7 Pakistan Rawalpindi 2003/04 1st Innings: 270 (34x4, 1x6)
2nd Innings: 1 Catch
8 Pakistan Eden Gardens, Kolkata 2004/05 1st Innings: 110 (15x4, 1x6); 1 Catch
2nd Innings: 135 (15x4)
9 West Indies Sabina Park, Kingston 2006 1st Innings: 81 (10x4)
2nd Innings: 68 (12x4); 1 Catch

ODI Matches

ODI Matches - Man of the Match Awards:

S No Opponent Venue Season Match Performance
1 Pakistan Toronto 1996 46 (93b, 3x4)
2 South Africa Kingsmead, Durban 1996/97 84 (94b, 5x4, 1x6); 1 Catch
3 New Zealand Taupo 1998/99 123* (123b, 10x4, 1x6)
4 New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland 1998/99 51 (71b, 5x4, 1x6)
5 West Indies Toronto 1999 77 (87b, 6x4, 2x6); 4 Catches
6 Zimbabwe Bulawayo 2001 72* (64b, 7x4, 1x6)
7 Sri Lanka Edgbaston, Birmingham 2002 64 (95b, 5x4, 1x6); 1 Catch
8 UAE Dambulla 2004 104 (93b, 8x4); 1 Catch, 1 Stumping
9 West Indies Dambulla 2005 52* (65b, 7x4), 1 Catch
10 Sri Lanka Vidharba CA Ground, Nagpur 2005/06 85 (63b, 8x4, 1x6); 1 Catch
11 South Africa Mumbai 2005/06 78* (106b, 10x4)
12 Pakistan Abu Dhabi 2005/06 92 (116b, 10x4); 1 Catch
13 West Indies Sabina Park, Kingston 2006 105 (102b, 10x4, 2x6); 1 Catch
14 England Edgbaston 2007 92* (63b, 7x4, 1x6)


Ball-Tampering Incident

In January 2004 Dravid was found guilty of ball tampering during an ODI with Zimbabwe. Match referee Clive Lloyd adjudged the application of an energy sweet to the ball as a deliberate offence although Dravid himself denied this was his intent.[48] Lloyd emphasised that television footage conclusively showed the star Indian batsman intentionally applying a lozenge to the ball during the Zimbabwean innings on Tuesday night at the Gabba, which was in breach of clause 2.10 of the ICC's Code of Conduct.

Indian coach John Wright came out in defence of Dravid, stating that "It was an innocent mistake". Dravid did not comment on the incident due to ICC regulations, but former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly also stated that Dravid's act was "just an accident". Ricky Ponting had his own take on the incident, asserting "I don't think you'll see us doing anything like that," [49]


Rahul Dravid has 2 biographies written on his career:

  • Rahul Dravid - A Biography written by Vedam Jaishankar (ISBN 817476481X). Publisher: UBSPD Publications. Date: January 2004[50]
  • The Nice Guy Who Finished First written by Devendra Prabhudesai. Publisher: Rupa Publications. Date: November 2005[51]


Social Commitments:

  • Children's Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA)[62]
  • UNICEF Supporter and AIDS Awareness Campaign[63]


  1. ^ Resignation from India Cricket Captiancy
  2. ^ Cricketer of the Year, 2000 - Rahul Dravid
  3. ^ ICC Awards: Look no further Dravid
  4. ^ "Cricinfo - Records - India - Test matches - Most runs". http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/india/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?class=1;id=6;type=team. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Cricinfo - Dravid joins the 10,000 club". http://content-www.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/280373.html. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  6. ^ "Cricinfo, They came, they played, they conquered". http://content.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/400765.html. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  7. ^ Indian Dravid claims Test catch record
  8. ^ Dravid’s breaks a few records in Napier
  9. ^ "Cricinfo - Players and Officials - Rahul Dravid". http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/india/content/player/28114.html. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  10. ^ "Meet Rahul Dravid". http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/SUNDAY_SPECIALS/Special_Report/Meet_Rahul_Sharad_Dravid/articleshow/1675924.cms. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  11. ^ Jaishankar, Vedam (2004). Rahul Dravid A Biography. USB Publishers Distributers Ltd. ISBN 8174764828. 
  12. ^ a b "Rahul Dravid". http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/sports/rahul-dravid.html. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  13. ^ The Hindu : Keeping the windows
  14. ^ People | The Great Wall of India
  15. ^ "Dravid weds Vijeta Pendharkar". http://www.rediff.com/cricket/2003/may/04drav.htm. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  16. ^ "Dravid blessed with a baby boy". http://in.rediff.com/cricket/2005/oct/11dravid.htm. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  17. ^ "Dravid becomes a dad again". http://cricketnext.in.com/news/dravid-becomes-father-again/40339-13.html. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  18. ^ "webindia123-Indian personalities-sports-RAHUL DRAVID". http://www.webindia123.com/personal/sports/rahul.htm. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  19. ^ "Cricinfo - Coach Keki Tarapore reflects on pupil Rahul Dravid". http://content-www.cricinfo.com/england/content/story/103543.html. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  20. ^ "Maharashtra v Karnataka at Pune, 02-05 Feb 1991". http://www1.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1990-91/IND_LOCAL/RANJI/KNOCK-OUTS/MAHA_KNTKA_RJI-PQF2_02-05FEB1991.html. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  21. ^ "Batting - Most Runs (Ranji trophy 1991-92)". http://www1.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1991-92/IND_LOCAL/RANJI/STATS/IND_LOCAL_RJI_AVS_BAT_MOST_RUNS.html. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  22. ^ "South Zone squad 1991-92". http://www1.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1991-92/IND_LOCAL/DULEEP/SQUADS/DULEEP_1991-92_SOUTH-SQUAD.html. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  23. ^ Cricinfo - 2nd Test: England v India at Lord's, Jun 20-24, 1996
  24. ^ 3rd TEST: England v India at Nottingham, 4-9 Jul 1996
  25. ^ Cricinfo - 3rd Test: South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Jan 16-20, 1997
  26. ^ 2nd ODI: India v Pakistan at Toronto, 17 Sep 1996
  27. ^ centuries in both innings of a test match
  28. ^ 3rd Test: New Zealand v India at Hamilton, 2-6 Jan 1999
  29. ^ Cricinfo - 2nd Test: India v Australia at Kolkata, Mar 11-15, 2001
  30. ^ Cricinfo - 2nd Test: South Africa v India at Port Elizabeth, Nov 16-20, 2001
  31. ^ Cricinfo - 1st Test: West Indies v India at Georgetown, Apr 11-15, 2002
  32. ^ Cricinfo - 3rd Test: England v India at Leeds, Aug 22-26, 2002
  33. ^ Cricinfo - 2nd Test: Australia v India at Adelaide, Dec 12-16, 2003
  34. ^ Cricinfo - 3rd Test: Pakistan v India at Rawalpindi, Apr 13-16, 2004
  35. ^ a b Cricinfo - The Man Fridays
  36. ^ Dravid reaches Test runs landmark
  37. ^ Rahul Dravid – Firm on the path of greatness : Cricket COLUMNS : CricketZone.Com
  38. ^ Cricinfo - centuries in consecutive test innings
  39. ^ Cricinfo records page on max partnership runs made by a pair
  40. ^ The Hindu : Sport / Cricket : Multan declaration was a mistake: Ganguly
  41. ^ Cricinfo - Dravid regrets top-order failiure
  42. ^ The Hindu : Sport / Cricket : Shastri criticises Dravid
  43. ^ Zee News - Pathan's destiny is in his own hands: Dravid
  44. ^ "Rahul Dravid - Wisden Cricketer of the Year". Wisden Almanack. http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/154389.html. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  45. ^ a b "Dravid walks away with honours". The Hindu. 9 September 2004. http://www.hindu.com/2004/09/09/stories/2004090906561800.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  46. ^ "Rahul Dravid awarded Padma Shri". Deccan Herald. 1 July 2004. http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/july012004/i7.asp. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  47. ^ "ICC Test Team Captain 2006". Rediff. 3 November 2006. http://ia.rediff.com/cricket/2006/nov/03dravid.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  48. ^ Dravid ball-tampering incident SMH
  49. ^ John Wright defence of Dravid Cricinfo
  50. ^ "Book Review - Rahul Dravid, A Biography". http://thatscricket.oneindia.in/beyond/bookreview/1701dravid.html. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  51. ^ "Book Launch:The Nice Guy Who Finished First". Rediff. [2005-11-17]. http://us.rediff.com/cricket/2005/nov/17look.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  52. ^ "3 more ambassadors for Reebok". The Hindu Business Line. 7 May 2004. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2004/05/08/stories/2004050800580900.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  53. ^ "Rahul Dravid to be the brand ambassador of Pepsi". Rediff. 10 June 1997. http://www.rediff.com/sports/jun/10b.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  54. ^ "Rahul Dravid to be the brand ambassador of". The Tribune. 12 May 2002. http://www.tribuneindia.com/2002/20020512/spectrum/main1.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  55. ^ "Rahul Dravid to be the brand ambassador of Castrol". The Hindu Business Line. 16 February 2001. http://www.hinduonnet.com/businessline/catalyst/2001/02/16/stories/1916a053.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  56. ^ "Rahul Dravid to be the honorary brand ambassador of Karnataka Tourism". The Times of India. 23 February 2004. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-515305.cms. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  57. ^ "Rahul Dravid to be the brand ambassador of Max Life Insurance". Sify. 27 April 2005. http://headlines.sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13728610. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  58. ^ "Rahul Dravid to be the brand ambassador of Bank of Baroda". The Hindu Business Line. 7 June 2005. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2005/06/07/stories/2005060703020100.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  59. ^ "Rahul Dravid to be the brand ambassador of Citizen Watches". The Hindu Business Line. 9 May 2006. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2006/05/09/19hdline.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  60. ^ "Rahul Dravid to be the brand ambassador of Skyline Construction". Rediff. 10 November 2006. http://www.rediff.com/money/2006/nov/10sky.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  61. ^ "Rahul Dravid to be the brand ambassador of Sansui". The Hindu Business Line. 16 February 2007. http://www.blonnet.com/2007/02/16/stories/2007021603640700.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  62. ^ "Rahul Dravid to endorse CMCA". Deccan Herald. 27 January 2005. http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/jan272005/metro4.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  63. ^ "Rahul Dravid leads AIDS Awareness Campaign". Indian Television.com. 16 July 2004. http://www.indiantelevision.com/mam/headlines/y2k4/july/julymam45.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 

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Preceded by
Sourav Ganguly
Indian Test captains
Succeeded by
Anil Kumble
Preceded by
Sourav Ganguly
Indian One-Day captains
Succeeded by
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Preceded by
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy
Succeeded by
Andrew Flintoff & Jacques Kallis


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