Rahul Dravid ‘THE WALL’ bids adieu to ODI cricket


He may not have been among the flamboyant ones in ODI cricket, but Rahul Dravid’s determination and penchant to thrive under extremities made him a man for all seasons in the Indian team.

Having announced his retirement from the 50-over format following his surprise inclusion into the team for the tour of England(2011) after a hiatus of nearly four years, ‘The Wall’ stands tall with an aggregate of 10,820 runs in 343 matches. His Test records are equally phenomenal – scoring 12775 runs from 157 matches with an impressive average of 53.00.

As Dravid donned the Indian colours for the last time at the Sophia Gardens, he left a legacy that will inspire the youngsters and will be cherished for years to come.

Early life and family

Dravid was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh into a Maharashtrian Deshastha family living in Karnataka. He was raised in Bangalore, Karnataka. He has a younger brother, Vijay. 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. His mother, Pushpa, was a professor of architecture at Bangalore University. Rahul Dravid has a degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore.

Dravid started playing cricket at the age of 12, and represented the state at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 level. Rahul’s talents were first spotted by former cricketer Keki Tarapore who was coaching at a summer coaching camp at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. He went on to score a century on debut for his school team. 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.His first full season was in 1991–92, when he scored two centuries to finish with 380 runs at an average of 63.3, and was selected for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy.

On 4 May 2003, he married Vijeta Pendharkar, a surgeon from Nagpur. They have two children, Samit (born 2005) and Anvay (born 2009).

A Statistical Tribute

Dravid’s 69 in his final ODI made him the 50th ODI batsman to do so. He’s the sixth Indian to do it.Dravid completed 1000 ODI runs against England yesterday. He reached the milestone when he was on 57. His aggregate finally stands at 1012. He became the fourth Indian batsman to score 1000 runs against England. Others: Sachin Tendulkar {1455}, Yuvraj Singh {1187} and Virender Sehwag {1008}.

The Firsts

 He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Singapore on 03.04.96 under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin. Batting at No. 4 he scored 3 runs. He was caught behind by Romesh Kaluwitharana off Muttiah Muralitharan. His first ODI fifty was a 90 against Pakistan in Toronto on 17.09.96.  His first hundred was also against Pakistan at Chennai on 21.05.97, He scored 107 in this game, famous for Saeed Anwar’s 194.  His only score of 150 or more was against New Zealand at Hyderabad-LBS on 08.11.99. He made 153.

 Longevity & Record Runs

 Dravid is one of the seventeen ODI cricketers (and four Indians) to appear in 300-plus games. The list: Tendulkar {453}, Dravid {344}, Azharuddin {334} and Ganguly {311}.  Dravid is one of the eight ODI batsmen to aggregate 10000-plus runs – Tendulkar {18111}, Ponting {13602}, Jayasuriya {13430}, Inzamam {11739}, Ganguly {11363}, Kallis {11227}, Dravid {10889} and Lara {10405}.  Dravid is one of the four batsmen with the unique ‘double’ of 10,000 in Tests and ODIs: Tendulkar {14965 runs in Tests and 18111 in ODIs}, Dravid {12775 runs in Tests and 10889 runs in ODIs}, Ponting {12411 runs in Tests and 13602 runs in ODIs} and Kallis {11947 runs in Tests and 11227 runs in ODIs}

 Dravid aggregated 1000 runs in three separate calendar years – 1999 {1761 runs}, 2004 {1025 runs} and 2005 {1092 runs}.

 Dravid is one of six batsmen who have faced 15000 plus deliveries in one day games – Tendulkar {20980}, Ponting {16876}, Inzamam {15812}, Kallis {15426}, Ganguly {15416} and Dravid {15284}.  Dravid has aggregated 3000 runs each at home, away and neutral grounds. The following table shows his performance. Dravid is one of the 10 ODI batsmen to aggregate 1000 plus runs against six or more specific oppositions.

Partnership Records

 During his 153 against New Zealand, Dravid added 331 runs for the second wicket with Sachin Tendulkar, who made 186. It’s the only instance of two batsmen making 150 or more in one innings in an ODI.  The 331-run partnership is still a record.  Dravid and Sourav Ganguly added 318 runs for the second wicket against Sri Lanka in Taunton on 26.05.99 in the World Cup game of 1999.  These two partnerships are the only 300-run stands in ODIs. It’s to Dravid’s credit that he featured in both.

Dravid has partnered two batsmen in adding 4000-plus runs in ODIs. With Tendulkar he has added 4117 runs and with Ganguly, 4363 runs. He’s the third batsman to do so with two partners after Tendulkar and Ganguly. Tendulkar has 4000-plus runs with three partners – Ganguly {8227}, Virender Sehwag {4312} and with Dravid. Ganguly has done it with two partners – Tendulkar and Dravid.  Dravid has had 56 century partnerships. The wicket-wise break-up: first wicket {03}, second {13}, third {14}, fourth {15}, fifth {09} and wicket {02}.

As Captain

 Dravid has led India in 79 ODIs. His batting record: 79 matches, 75 innings, 12 not outs, 2658 runs, highest 105, Average 42.19, two hundreds and 25 half-centuries.  Dravid has assumed the dual role of captain-cum-wicket keeper in five ODIs. In those games, he played five innings, made 158 runs at 30.30 with one fifty. He had three dismissals – two catches and one stumping. Dravid is one of the four Indian captains who have scored 25 half-centuries – Azharuddin {37}, Ganguly {30}, Dhoni {26} and Dravid {25}.

 Wicketkeeping & Fielding

 Dravid has kept wickets in 73 ODIs and effected 84 dismissals – 71 catches and 13 stumpings. His batting record as wicket keeper batsman read thus – 64 innings, 12 not outs, 2300 runs, highest 145, average 44,23, four hundreds and 14 half centuries.

 Overall, Dravid has 196 catches and 14 stumpings.  Dravid is one of the 24 fieldsmen {excluding wicket keepers} with 100 or more catches in ODIs. Of them, the four Indian are Azharuddin {156}, Tendulkar {136}, Dravid {124} and Ganguly {100}.

 The Hundreds

 Dravid has twelve ODI hundreds. Four of them are in losing causes.

The Fifties

 Dravid, with 83 half-centuries, is among the four batsmen with 80 or more fifties. The others: Tendulkar {95}, Inzamam-ul-Haq {83}, and Jacques Kallis {82},  Dravid is one of the seven ODI batsmen to make 90 or more scores of fifty or more. The list: Tendulkar {143}, Ricky Ponting {111}, Kallis {99}, Sanath Jayasuriya {96}, Dravid {95}, Ganguly {94} and Inzamam {93}.  55 of Dravid’s fifties are in wins. He’s one of the 14 batsmen to make 50 or more winning fifties. Two are Indians: Tendulkar {91} and Ganguly {59}.

Twin Hundreds

 India has 22 ODI instances of two batsmen scoring hundreds in one innings. Dravid figures in six of them.

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