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Rahul Dravid Cementing India’s Future – Happy Birthday to the “Wall”

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It’s not easy to be Rahul Dravid

When” the wall”made the debut, at the home of cricket no less, he made 95 – then the eighth-highest score by an Indian at Lord’s (and even still the joint 12th-best). But it was second-best on the day, as Ganguly, the fellow debutant made 131.

Rahul Dravid got maiden Test hundred, six months later, on a first-day Johannesburg wicket facing a five-pronged pace attack led by Donald and Pollock, you made it a big one: 148, followed by 81 in the second innings. But rain arrived on Day 5 to prevent Mr. dependable from registering what could have been one of the finest hands in an Indian Test win away from home.

Coming out to bat after Sachin Tendulkar in ODIs meant you often found yourself booed when you walked out to the middle; when you donned the whites, any early dismissal would be greeted by the loudest cheer – because He was up next. 

Former Indian captain and legendary batsman Rahul Dravid is celebrating his 46th birthday today. Also famous as ‘The Wall’ for his astounding defense, Dravid was born in Indore in 1973. After his family shifted to Karnataka, his studies and upbringing were done in the Southern state itself. He was selected to play for India while pursuing an MBA from St. Joseph’s College.

Interestingly, he has also been a State-level hockey player. However, cricket was the gainer as Dravid debuted for India in 1996 against Sri Lanka in the Singer Cup.

Here is a compilation of quotes that explain why cricketers and fans shower unconditional love on him even after his retirement from the game.

Shoaib Akhtar, former Pakistan fast bowler

“Even though Sachin is great, I have always found Rahul more solid and hard to get out. He has a solid defence and plays less shots than others. When a batsman plays less shots then it is tough to get him as he makes less mistakes.”

Allan Border, former Australian captain

“Everyone has already exhausted superlatives so I would not bother myself with any additional praise but you could be sure my admiration for him has grown tremendously.”

Shane Warne, Australian spin great

“Rahul Dravid being known as ‘The Wall’ is pretty much spot on. ‘The fortress’ could also describe Rahul. Because once, Dravid was set, you needed the bowling equivalent of a dozen cannon firing all at once to blast him down.”

Brian Lara, West Indies’ batting great

“If I have to put anyone to bat for my life, it’ll be (Jacques) Kallis or Dravid.”

Chris Gayle, West Indies’ opener

“Dravid could play attacking cricket like me but I could never play like him.”

Here are the few wishes on Twitter

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