Rahul Sharad Dravid, popularly called as “The Wall” has been the backbone of Indian Test Cricket Team ever since his debut in 1996.Though, the start of his cricketing career was not that impressive, he’s made a mark at International level with his strong technique and defensive strokes.Post 2000, he’s an amazing average of above 60 in Test Cricket and has involved himself in many century partnerships.
Talking about his career, he’s the only player to have scored centuries against all test playing nations.He also holds the record of most number of catches in Test Cricket. He’s hit altogether about 31 centuries in Test Cricket which also includes five double hundreds.Initially, he’s a keeper and now he’s turned purely into a batsman. He plays No.3 in batting order and is considered as the best suited person for this spot.
The one thing which I personally like about Dravid is his composure while batting.He’s been involved in many partnerships with Virender Sehwag, an explosive batsman, where Sehwag would hit 70% of runs and Dravid will hit only 30% ,yet he will keep playing his natural game. He’s one Cricketer who’s not involved himself in any major controversy and he’s been a role model for many budding cricketers.
He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India and was also listed in Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the year 2004. I hope Dravid also ends his ODI and T20 career on a high and keep playing tests as long as he can and be a proud possession of Indian Test Cricket Team.