NEW DELHI: Legendary India batsman Rahul Dravid turns 45 today. A modern day great, Dravid established his reputation as a dependable top-order batsman during his international career that lasted 16 years. He was part of the formidable quartet comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly that made India one of the most powerful batting line-ups of the time.
He was born on January 11, 1973 in Indore Madhya Pradesh and made his India debut in April 1996 in an ODI against Sri Lanka. Two months later, he made a memorable entry into Test cricket scoring 95 on debut at Lord’s.
The rest, as they say, is history
Dravid played 164 Tests scoring 13288 runs including 36 centuries and 63 half-centuries and in 344 ODIs scored 10889 runs with 12 centuries and 83 fifties.
Dravid continues to enjoy popularity among the cricket fraternity as was evident from the dozens of tweets wishing him on his birthday.
Here are a select few:
I’ve always looked up to Rahul Bhai, not only for his cricket achievements but also for the way he leads his life w… https://t.co/mxHgyNLHzd
— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) 1515653648000
Friendship isn’t about being inseparable but knowing and realising that inspite of not meeting regularly nothing wi… https://t.co/akP0j1E1DG
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 1515649971000
There might be many strong walls around us but the greatest yet is the one and only, #RahulDravid. Happy birthday,… https://t.co/2UcWLL8cAE
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1515656493000
Wishing a very happy birthday to the Great Wall of India.. #RahulDravid what a player..a song from Bollywood I wann… https://t.co/F4n4WYr1c7
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 1515649081000
Happy birthday, Rahul Bhai. A thorough gentleman who taught us the meaning of commitment and sacrifices. Getting my… https://t.co/E7HyoOVGr9
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) 1515644680000
Many happy returns of the day Rahul. Good luck with the U 19 World Cup https://t.co/yToojJFWNN
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) 1515649865000
Commitment, Consistency, Class. Here’s wishing a very Happy Birthday to Former #TeamIndia Skipper Rahul Dravid… https://t.co/2zwlhJZjUx
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1515637471000
13,288 Test runs 10,889 ODI runs 48 international centuries 1 legendary career Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid! https://t.co/R1kdkFQH5w
— ICC (@ICC) 1515643200000
Birthday wishes Rahul Bhai hope you have a terrific year & best wishes for the under -19 World Cup, boys couldn’t a… https://t.co/8sExQvmHMu
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) 1515655450000
Happy Birthday to #TheWall of Indian Cricket! Have a great year Rahul bhai.🤗🎂🎂😊 #HappyBirthdayDravid
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) 1515650196000
Source : timesofindia