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RAHUL DRAVID

[ Batsman, India ]

Fill Name- Rahul Sharad Dravid.
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Born- 11 January 1973. [Indore, Madhya Pradesh]
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Current Age- 38 years 261 days.
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Major Teams- India, Scotland, Asia 11, ICC World 11, Kent, Marylebone Cricket Club, Karnataka, Royal Challengers Banglore, Rajasthan Royals.
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Nickname- The w Wall.
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Batting Style- Right-hand bat.
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Bowling Style- Right-arm Offbreak.
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Education- St. Joseph's Boy's High School.
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Test debut- England v India at Lord's [20-24 June 1996]
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Last Test- England v India at The Ival [18-22 Aug. 2011]

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ODI debut- India v Sri Lanka at Singapore [3 Aprl. 1996]
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Last ODI- England v India at Cardiff [16 Sept. 2011]
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T20I debut- England v India at Manchester [31 Aug. 2011]
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Last T20I- England v India at Manchester [31 Aug. 2011]
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---Profile---
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Rahul Dravid is probably one of the last classical Test match batsmen. His progress into the national side may have been steady and methodical rather than meteoric, but once there, Dravid established himself at the vanguard of a new, defiant generation that were no longer easybeats away from home. Armed with an orthodox technique drilled into him by Keki Tarapore, he became the cement that held the foundations firm while the flair players expressed themselves. Yet, for a man quickly stereotyped as one-paced and one-dimensional, he too could stroke the ball around when the mood struck him.
Never a natural athlete, he compensated with sheer hard work and powers of concentration that were almost yogic. At Adelaide in 2003 when India won a Test in Australia for the first time in a generation, he batted 835 minutes over two innings. A few months later, he was at the crease more than 12 hours for the 270 that clinched India's first series win in Pakistan. Initially seen as a liability in the one-day arena, he retooled his game over the years to become an adept middle-order finisher. The heaves and swipes didn't come naturally, but by the time the selectors eased him aside in early 2008 , he had more than 10 ,000 runs to his name in the 50 -over game. There had also been a lengthy phase where he donned the wicketkeeping gloves, helping the team to find a balance that was crucial innnn
the run to the World Cup final in 2003 . However, it's his Test exploits that he will be most remember for. After impressing in a Lord's debut where he was eclipsed by Sourav Ganguly, Dravid's breakthrough innings arrived at the Wanderers a few months later, against a South African attack accustomed to bullying visitors. A brief slump followed, but he emerged from that with perhaps one of the most famous supporting acts of all, to VVS Laxman in an Eden Gardens Test that rejuvenated Indian cricket. The half decade that followed was a golden one with the bat, as tours of England and Australia realised more than 600 runs. A two-year stint as captain, following Ganguly's axing, was less successful, though he did lead the side to series victories in England and the West Indies for the first timeeeee
in a generation. Resigning the captaincy didn't free his batting from the shackles immediately, but by the time Sri Lanka arrived in 2009 , Dravid had regained the positivity that some thought he had lost forever. By then, he had gone past Mark Waugh to become the most successful slip catcher in history, and grown into his role as senior statesman of a team that was finally keeping pace with the expectation of the teeming multitudes.
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-Career Stats-
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[ Batting- Test Matches ]
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Innings- 273
Runs- 12775
High Score- 270
Average- 53.01
Strike Rate- 42.46
Centuries- 35
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[ Batting- ODI Matches ]
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Matches- 344
Innings- 318
Runs- 10889
High Score- 153
Average- 39.17
Strike Rate- 71.24
Centuries- 12
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[ Batting- T20I Matches ]
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Match- 1
Inning- 1
Runs- 31
High Score- 31
Average- 31
Strike Rate- 147.62
Centuries- 0
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[ Bowling- Test Matches ]
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Matches- 181
Balls- 4132
Runs- 2416
Wickets- 45
Average- 53.69


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