Rahul Dravid's Career

  • The Legend is Born

    The Legend is Born
    Dravid was born in a Maharashtrian Deshastha Brahmin family in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Dravid makes his first class debut

    Dravid makes his first class debut
    Scorecard of the matchHe made his Ranji Trophy debut in February 1991 against Maharashtra in Pune, scoring 82 in a drawn match after batting in the No. 7 position.
  • ODI Debut against Sri Lanka

    ODI Debut against Sri Lanka
    Dravid had a disappointing start to his international career when he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in the Singer Cup, which was held shortly after the 1996 World Cup. He was then dropped from the team, and was not picked again until the tour of England.
  • Test Debut Against England

    Test Debut Against England
    HIghlights of his first test inningsAn injury to Sanjay Manjrekar gives Dravid his India cap at Lord's five years after his first-class debut. He and Sourav Ganguly then light up the arena with a 94-run partnership. Ganguly scores a memorable hundred, but Dravid misses out by five runs, walking on a thin edge. "I was a bit disappointed, sure, but not all that much. In the sense, I was happy I scored 95 runs, I looked at it as a cup half full, instead of half empty," Dravid says later.
  • Maiden Test Century

    Maiden Test Century
    Highlights of his innings at JohannesburgIndia enter the bullring for the third Test against South Africa at the Wanderers after being walloped in the first two. Dravid, batting at No.3, settles down after a nervous start and cuts, pulls, and drives his way to a masterclass. His 148, with 21 fours, helps India post a healthy 410, and in the second innings he hits 81, with 11 fours, as India make a sporting declaration. Despite a valiant effort from Srinath, bad light allows South Africa, eight wickets down, to escape with a draw. But D
  • First ODI Century

    First ODI Century
    Dravid scored his first ODI century (107) in the 1997 Independence Cup game against arch-rivals Pakistan in Chennai on 21 May 1997.
  • Scores a Century in both Innings

    Scores a Century in both Innings
    Wisden Almanack Report of the MatchBecomes the third Indian to score a century in each innings, against New Zealand in Hamilton. With another marathon effort - 490 minutes, 354 balls, and 31 fours - Dravid comes to India's rescue. From a shaky 17 for 2, Dravid, with Sachin Tendulkar, lifts India out of the hole. In the second essay, set an improbable 415, India stumble to 55 for 2 but Dravid stars again, with a 136-ball 103 and in the company of Ganguly helps India draw the game. Dravid becomes the third Indian after Vijay Hazare
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    ICC ODI World Cup 1999 (England)

    Dravid's 1999 World Cup performance at a glance1) Against Sri Lanka in Taunton during the 1999 World Cup, Dravid scores 145 out of a stand of 318 in 45 overs with Ganguly, which is the highest in any ODI. Dravid establishes himself as the pacemaker, reaching his second successive hundred at almost a run a ball. 2) Finished the ICC ODI World Cup held in England in May-June 1999 as the leading run-getter with 461 runs.
  • 331-run Record breaking partnership with Sachin

    331-run Record breaking partnership with Sachin
    Highlights of the partnershipAgainst New Zealand, Dravid makes his highest ODI score and helps break the record he and Ganguly made in the World Cup. Dravid, with a run-a-ball 153, partners Tendulkar and the pair adds 331 in 46 overs as India post their then-highest total of 376 for 2.
  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year

    Wisden Cricketer of the Year
    Dravid is named one of the Top 5 Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000.
  • Dravid hits his first Double Century

    Dravid hits his first Double Century
    After Andy Flower sweeps his way to 183 in Delhi, Dravid responds with 200, off 350 balls with 27 fours, and follows up with a breezy 91-ball 70 in the second innings, adding 110 runs for the third wicket with Ganguly, as India chase down the target of 190 in 37.3 overs with 9.3 overs and seven wickets to spare. Another century - 162 in the second Test and the fact that he was dismissed only once in the series, gives him an astounding series average of 432.
  • Laxman-Dravid script History

    Laxman-Dravid script History
    India's 2nd innings partnerships Highlights of the matchIn the second match of the three-Test series against Australia at Kolkata in 2001, Dravid and VVS Laxman scripted one of the greatest comeback victories in the history of the game. Dravid (180) and Laxman (281) added 376 runs for the fifth wicket in India's second innings, with the hosts following on.
  • Dravid gets his First and Last Wicket

    Dravid gets his First and Last Wicket
    Dravid's only wicketDravid was named one of the top-five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000.
    Dravid started playing cricket at the age of 12, and represented Karnataka at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 level.
    He also used to 'keep wickets at the school level, but he soon focussed solely on his batting on advice from former Test players Gundappa Vishwanath, Roger Binny, Brijesh Patel and his coach Keki Tarapore.
    He made his Ranji Trophy debut in February 1991 against Maharashtra in Pune, scoring 82 in a draw
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    The Great Run-Fest

    Four centuries on a trot. Three against England - 115 in the second Test , 148 in the third in a match India win, 217 - his first double hundred against England - in the fourth Test - and then follows them up with an unbeaten 100 against West Indies .
  • Wins the Padma Shri Award

    Wins the Padma Shri Award
    In 2004, Dravid was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
  • Becomes First Cricketer to score a Century in All Test Playing Nations

    Becomes First Cricketer to score a Century in All Test Playing Nations
    A 160 against Bangladesh in Chittagong, 2004 gives him a unique record - he is the first player to score centuries in all Test-playing countries. And until the ICC decides to give some new country Test status, Dravid's record can only be equalled, not broken.
  • Dravid is appointed as the Captain of the National Team

    Dravid is appointed as the Captain of the National Team
    After a dramatic period involving leaked emails and public spats, Dravid is appointed as the captain for the Test series against Sri Lanka. "It's time for us to look ahead," Kiran More, chairman of the selection panel, declared as the curtains came down on the captaincy saga of Ganguly.
  • Reaches 10,000 runs in ODI

    Reaches 10,000 runs in ODI
    With a drive to long-on for a single, Dravid becomes only the sixth player to get to 10,000 runs in ODIs. Of the batsmen who have reached the milestone, Tendulkar does it in the least number of innings - only 259 - while Dravid's 287 innings puts him in fourth place.
  • Dravid Resigns as Captain

    Dravid Resigns as Captain
    In a letter written to the Indian board, Dravid asks to be relieved of the captaincy before Australia's tour later in the month. Under his captaincy India win eight Tests, including series wins in the West Indies, Bangladesh and England. However, his ODI record is patchy: he begins on a winning streak, where India set a record for 16 consecutive successful chases. But then India exit the 2007 World Cup in the first round and lose the NatWest series to England 4-3.
  • End of An Era

    End of An Era
    Dravid announces his retirement from all international and first-class cricket.