Template:Infobox Cricketer Rahul Sharad Dravid (born January 11, 1973 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh) is an Indian cricketer, and the new captain of the Indian cricket team. He is one of the top-ranked batsmen in world cricket and started his international cricket career in 1996. He is married to Vijetha Pendharkar, a Nagpur-based doctor, with whom he has a son, born October 2005.
A right-handed batsman in the classical mould, Dravid produces elegant, technically correct strokes, seldom going through the air, and accumulates runs at a steady, moderate pace. He is a throwback to the batsmen of an earlier era who value correctness over flair. He has been nicknamed "The Wall" (borrowed from a sports goods' advertisement that he featured in early on in his career) by the media due to the solidity of his batting. He has scored 20 centuries in Test cricket at a phenomenal average of 57.86, including 5 double centuries, whilst in one-dayers he has an average of 40.06 at an acceptable strike rate of 69. He is one of those few batsmen who average more at away matches than at home, averaging about 10 more runs a match abroad than on Indian pitches. As on 28th Oct 2005, Dravid's average in away tests stands at 63.20 as against his overall test average of 57.62 and his average for away ODI stands at 42.95 as against overall ODI average of 39.60. In cricket a player is judged by his performances in unfamilar conditions. Rahul is best when he plays in unfamilar conditions, backed by his sound technique, tempermant and attitude. In matches India has won, Rahul Dravid averages a staggering 79.51 and 51.54 in Tests and ODI respectively.
Dravid's only Test wicket was that of Ridley Jacobs in the fourth Test against the West Indies during the 2001-02 series. Rahul Dravid is regarded as one of the brilliant thinkers of the game. He has a good cricketing brain and is a very calm and intense cricketer. He has almost always saved the Indian team from bad phases by performing at his best, as he is the most dependable and consistent player India has ever produced. Rahul with all these qualities has won several hearts in India and around the world. Rahul is a kind of player who matures over time by learning from mistakes each passing match. His test average is 67.56 in the matches played since 01-Jan-2000 (in the last 5 years) much above his overall average.
Arguably the best Indian batsman of his era, Dravid has been involved in two of the largest parnerships in ODI's: a 318-run partnership with Sourav Ganguly, thus becoming 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 holds the record for the longest unbroken streak for consecutive Tests from debut for any played. He also holds the record for the greatest number of innings since debut before being dismissed for a duck. His highest scores in ODI's and Tests are 153 and 270 respectively. Uniquely, each one of his five double centuries in Tests was a higher score than his previous double century (200, 217, 222, 233, 270).
Schooled at St. Josephs Boys High School, Bangalore, and college in St. Josephs College Of Commerce. He was coached by Keki Tarapore, Dravid has played English domestic cricket for Kent and Scotland.He also led Karnataka to the Ranji Trophy, scoring a double century in the process in the final. He made his Test debut against England at Lords in the 2nd Test match of India's Test tour of England in 1996, and his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Singapore in the Singer Cup tournament in the same year. He was named as one of the Wisden cricketers of the year 2000.
In 2004, Dravid was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. On 2004, 7 September 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. This had been due to his consistent performance in diverse pitches and playing conditions and his ability to handle pressure and quality bowling. His soft-spoken demeanour belies his steely nature, leading Steve Waugh to remark in a column that the only way to dismiss him was to pray for a mistake and ensure that he is not provoked by refraining from sledgeing. On July 2005, he became the captain of the Indian team replacing Ganguly. Dravid had captained the Indian team a few times in the absence of Sourav Ganguly, and also sometimes took on the added responsibility of being the wicket-keeper of the Indian team in the limited-overs version of the game.
After a poor string of performances during the last couple of seasons Saurav Ganguly was banned for 6 matches by the ICC match referee Clive Lloyd for slow over rates against Pakistan and therefore his tour to Sri Lanka for the Indian Oil Cup 2005 was uncertain. Under such circumstances, Rahul was made the captain for this tournament. Later Justice Alby Sachs reduced the punishment from 6 matches to 4 matches and Sourav could join the team as an ordinary player there. Ganguly has again been named the captain for the ensuing Zimbabwe tour in August-September 2005.
During his early career, he was given the nickname "Jammy" as his father worked for Kissan Jam.
- India (current)
- ACC Asian XI
- Karnataka (current)
- 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
- 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
- Cricinfo Player Profile : Rahul Dravid
- HowSTAT! statistical profile on Rahul Dravid
- PwC Batsman Rankings