Rahul Dravid -The Wall
Rahul Dravid was born on 11th of January 1973. He is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. Dravid was named one of the best five cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac in the year 2000 and received the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony in 2004. He was hailed as “The Wall” for his consistency in his performances. Dravid was born in a Maharashtrian Deshastha Brahmin family in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. His family later moved to Bangalore, Karnataka, where he was raised. Dravid’s father worked for a company that makes jams and preserves, giving rise to the later nickname Jammy. His mother, Pushpa, was a professor of Architecture at the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bangalore. He did his schooling at St. Joseph’s Boys High School, Bangalore and earned a degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore. He was selected to India national cricket team while studying MBA in St Joseph’s College of Business Administration.
This year Rahul Dravid joined the GoSports Foundation, Bangalore as a member of their board of advisors. He is mentoring India’s future Olympians and Paralympians in collaboration with GoSports Foundation as part of the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Programme. Dravid has also been honoured with the Padma Bhushan award, India’s third highest civilian award. He started playing cricket at the age of 12, and represented Karnataka at the under-15, the under-17 and the under-19 levels. It was former cricketer Keki Tarapore first noticed Dravid’s talent while coaching at a summer camp in the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Dravid scored a century for his school team. He also played as wicket-keeper. Dravid made his Ranji Trophy debut in February 1991, while he was still attending college. His first full season was in 1991–92, when he scored two centuries and finished up with 380 runs at an average of 63.3 getting selected for the South Zone cricket team in the Duleep Trophy.
Dravid announced his retirement from Test and domestic cricket on 9 March 2012, after the 2011–12 tour of Australia, but he said he would captain the Rajasthan Royals in the 2012 Indian Premier League. He was the second-highest run scorer and had taken the highest number of catches in Test cricket at the time of his retirement. On 4 May 2003 he married Vijeta Pendharkar, a surgeon from Nagpur. They have two children: Samit, born in 2005,and Anvay, born in 2009.