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Rahul Dravid
PTI
January 30, 2003
First Published: 10:54 IST(25/1/2003)
Last Updated: 00:21 IST(30/1/2003)
 Date of Birth: 11 January 1973, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
 Test Debut: Against England at Lord's in 1996
 ODI Debut: Against Sri Lanka at Singapore in 1995/96
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Right Arm Off Break
 
Rahul Dravid made his debut at Lord's in 1996 and straightaway showed the world what type of player he is. He stayed in the crease for six hours as if to make the most of his debut and scored 95 runs. He hasn't looked back since and is one of the best occupiers of the crease.

Theres no end better than Dravid to come to the crease when things are going wrong. There's no one worse than him to come to the crease when India is chasing a total. The result is that he finds it difficult to get a place in the one-day team and has had to don the wicketkeepers gloves to remain in the team.

Dravid has already etched his name among Indian cricket greats. An epic wall for Indian cricket, Dravid has been the permanent fixture in the Indian batting line-up for quite a long. He made his Test debut in England in 1996. His strengths have been the caliber to occupy the crease, his guts and determination, flair. He has often been criticised for his performance in the shorter version of game.

Dravid has provided stability to the Indian middle-order for over six seasons now. Occupancy of the crease is a major factor with him. Since then he has been consistently India's no 1 batsman overseas. He has the guts, flair, and orthodox technique that are necessary for success in bouncy pitches abroad. One of the four Indian batsman in the current team who have played county cricket in England, Dravid seems to be a safe bet for a good show in England.

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