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Rahul Dravid

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Rahul Dravid was born on 11 January 1973 in a Marathi family in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. His family later moved to Bangalore, Karnataka, where he was raised. His mother tongue is Marathi. Dravid's father worked for a company that makes jams and preserves, giving rise to the later nickname Jammy. His mother, Pushpa, was a professor of Architecture at the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bangalore. Dravid has a younger brother named Vijay. He did his schooling at St. Joseph's Boys High School, Bangalore and earned a degree in commerce from St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore. He was selected to India national cricket team while studying MBA in St Joseph’s College of Business Administration.

 

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Career

Rahul began playing cricket when he was just 12 years old. He played for the state of Karnataka at different levels such as under-15, under-17 and under-19 level. A former member of the Indian cricket team, Keki Tarapore identified his batting prowess when he was training budding cricketers at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. When Dravid first played for his school team, he made a hundred. Other than batting for his school team, he also did wicket keeping. Nonetheless, Dravid refrained from wicket keeping when he received tips from Roger Binny, Gundappa Vishwanath, Keki Tarapore, and Brijesh Patel who at different times represented the Indian cricket team.

He first played in the Ranji Trophy against Maharashtra in Pune in February 1991. At that time he was still studying in St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore. He had the opportunity to play with Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble who also represented the Indian national cricket team. He made 82 runs in a game which ended in a draw and he played in the number 7 position.

He played his first complete season in 1991-1992. During this period, he made two hundreds and ended up with scoring 380 runs with a commendable average of 63.3. As a result, he was chosen in the Duleep Trophy to play for South Zone.

Dravid made his international debut against Sri Lanka in a one day series in Singapore in 1996. He made his test debut together with Sourav Ganguly versus England. He played prolifically and there was no looking back for this cricketer. He made his first test century against South Africa in the 1996-1997 tour. He scored his first half century in ODIs against Pakistan when he was playing for Sahara Cup. He is the third batsman of the Indian cricket team to make hundreds in both innings of a test match following Sunil Gavaskar and Vijay Hazare and he achieved the feat against New Zealand. In the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup, he finished top scorer with 461 runs. He is the only Indian batsman to score two consecutive centuries in this tournament. The 180 runs he scored against Australia in the second test at the Eden Gardens in 2001 is regarded as one of the most memorable innings that he played for India. During 2003-2004, Dravid made three double centuries, against Australia, New Zealand, and Pakistan. He played his last one day international against England in September 2011 and played his last test match against Australia in the 2011-2012 seasons. However, he will continue to play for the IPL (Indian Premier League) and represent the Rajasthan Royals Team.

 

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Personal Life

On 4 May 2003 he married Vijeta Pendharkar, a surgeon from Nagpur. They have two children: Samit, born in 2005, and Anvay, born in 2009. Dravid is fluent in Marathi, Hindi, Kannada and English.

 

Awards

2014:- Padma Vibhushan

2013:- Padma Bhushan

2004:- Padma Shri, Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, Test Player of the Year, Player of the year

2000:- Wisden Cricketers of the Year

1998:- Arjuna

 

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