Rahul Dravid turns 45 and wishes pour in for ‘The Wall’
Former cricketers, fans and twitterati wished Rahul Dravid on his 45th birthday as the former India captain’s name became a top trend on social media.cricket Updated: Jan 11, 2018 15:12 IST
For the generation that grew up watching Rahul Dravid bat and like most cricket crazy Indians who aspire to take up the sport as a career, there could possibly be no better tutor who gave away free tutorials on the pitch. A part of the golden generation that saw the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid perhaps edged them out when it came to being technically sound.
Be it at the Eden Gardens during the marathon knock of 180 coming down at No.6 or the stellar 233 coming on to bat at No.3 at Adelaide, those copybook strokes simply made it difficult to breach his defence, thus, also earning him the tag -- ‘The Wall’.
The only criticism that he faced throughout his career was perhaps that his strike rate was not quite as much as was required, but by the time he played his last ODI knock at home in Nagpur in 2007, he already had more than 10,000 runs against his name. His experience would still earn him calls on away tours though.
The former batsman, now the coach of the India Under-19 side which is taking part in the ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand, turned 45 on Thursday and quite expectedly fans and fellow cricketers across the globe took to social media to wish the living legend.
There might be many strong walls around us but the greatest yet is the one and only, #RahulDravid. Happy birthday, Jammy! My best wishes for the U-19 World Cup. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/RICNJXzIWM— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 11, 2018
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) led the way for the rest and summed up one of its greatest servants in the best way possible. “Commitment, Consistency, Class. Here’s wishing a very Happy Birthday to Former #TeamIndia Skipper Rahul Dravid #HappyBirthdayDravid,” it stated on its official Twitter account.
Happy birthday, Rahul Bhai. A thorough gentleman who taught us the meaning of commitment and sacrifices. Getting my ODI and Test caps from you will always hold a special place in my heart.— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) January 11, 2018
Hope the boys make you proud in the upcoming U-19 World Cup. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/f9JqYvhn82
First as a player, then as a coach and mentor.— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) January 11, 2018
Your contribution to the game is simply unmatched.
You truly are a gentleman amongst gentlemen.
A true Royal legend!
🌟 Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid 🌟#HappyBirthdayDravid #DravidTurns45 #HallaBol #Cricket pic.twitter.com/sV666qjiCG
Dravid was also the captain of the Indian side and led the team in 25 Tests and another 79 ODIs. Under him, the Test record was pretty modest with a win percentage of around 32 (won 8, lost 6, drawn 11), but the numbers in the ODI format were good — Won 42, Lost 33, Drawn 4.
1980s :: Young Rahul Dravid With Sunil Gavaskar pic.twitter.com/oocKK6JoP0— indianhistorypics (@IndiaHistorypic) January 11, 2018
Friendship isn’t about being inseparable but knowing and realising that inspite of not meeting regularly nothing will change. Wishing the very best to a dear friend, Rahul with whom I have shared some great memories #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/9BcLlN7wFF— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 11, 2018
13,288 Test runs— ICC (@ICC) January 11, 2018
10,889 ODI runs
48 international centuries
1 legendary career
Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid! pic.twitter.com/R1kdkFQH5w
If humbleness & simplicity were measured in bricks, Rahul Dravid would have made his own 'Great Wall' of China by now. Wishing him a very Happy Birthday and good luck for the #U19CWC 🎂 pic.twitter.com/e7eSp5SiAU— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) January 11, 2018
He was also a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and played for Royal Challengers Bangalore and then Rajasthan Royals.
While there were several cricketers to join the queue, his former teammate Harbhajan Singh, perhaps takes the cake for the most innovative birthday wish.
Wishing a very happy birthday to the Great Wall of India.. #RahulDravid what a player..a song from Bollywood I wanna dedicate to u is NA KOI HAI NA KOI THA.....CRICKET MAI TUMHARE JAISA.. Class apart👊 outstanding batting skills and slip catcher👏🇮🇳🇮🇳🏏 pic.twitter.com/QW2qCfl8hR— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 11, 2018
Rahul Dravid played for India from 1996 to 2012 in which he took part in 164 Tests, 344 ODIs and one Twenty20 International. He scored 13288 runs in Tests and 10889 in ODIs with a total of 48 international centuries.