Rahul Dravid, the former Indian cricket team captain, turns 48 today (11 January). The cricketer began his journey in Team India with Sourav Ganguly in the year 1996 at Lord’s.
Dravid announced his retirement from international cricket in 2012. A brief broadcasting stint later, he got involved with grooming the next generation of Indian cricketers and is credited for guiding the U-19 team to World Cup win in 2018.
Dravid holds the world record for facing most balls in Test history, besides playing the longest Test innings for India when he batted for over 12 hours to score a career-best 270 against Pakistan in 2004.
More than 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs
194 fifty-plus scores
Most Test catches by a non-wicketkeeper
Most balls faced in Test cricket
Only player to be involved in two 300-plus ODI partnerships
Happy birthday to the incredible Rahul Dravid pic.twitter.com/YeSVrSwlbT
— ICC (@ICC) January 11, 2021
A host of sportspersons and politicians took to Twitter to wish the former Indian skipper.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wished shared the achievements of Dravid, one of the finest batsmen to have ever graced the sport.
509 international caps
24,208 international runs
48 international tons
Most catches (210) in Tests
Over 10,000 runs in both Tests & ODIs
Wishing Rahul Dravid – former India captain & one of the finest batsmen to have ever graced the game – a very Happy Birthday pic.twitter.com/X2E181x5jK
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2021
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari wished the former Indian cricketer and captain Rahul Dravid on his birthday.
Birthday greetings to the former Indian cricketer and Captain Rahul Dravid ji. May you be blessed with good health and long life. #RahulDravid
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) January 11, 2021
Wishing the former Indian skipper, Union Minister VK Singh wrote, “A true gentleman and an inspiration for billions when it comes to keeping the country before everything else. Happy Birthday to one of my favourite cricketers, The Wall – Rahul Dravid.”
A true gentleman and an inspiration for billions when it comes to keeping the country before everything else. Happy Birthday to one of my favourite cricketers, The Wall – Rahul Dravid.
— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) January 11, 2021
Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman took to Twitter to send his “warm wishes to a special friend”. Both cricketers have shared one of the most memorable partnerships at the Eden Gardens when India defeated Australia.
Warm birthday wishes to a special friend with whom I shared a lot of wonderful memories and who continues to inspire us. Wishing you a very special birthday and a wonderful year ahead Rahul. pic.twitter.com/S3hWufvD9r
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 11, 2021
“Wishing a great man and a great birthday #RahulDravid,” wrote Irfan Pathan.
Wishing a great man and a great birthday #RahulDravid
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 11, 2021
Yusuf Pathan also wished Dravid and wrote that he is “one of the finest batsmen India ever produced, a true gentleman, a brilliant mentor and an inspiration to many.”
Wishing Rahul Dravid a very happy birthday. One of the finest batsmen India ever produced, a true gentleman, a brilliant mentor and an inspiration to many. #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) January 11, 2021
Former Indian cricketer Dooda Ganesh wished his teammate from his Karnataka under-19 days and his childhood friend Rahul Dravid. “You’re the epitome of perfection,” he wrote in his wish.
One of my favourite teammates from my Karnataka U-19 days, my childhood buddy and above all, a great human being. Happy birthday, Rahul Dravid. You’re the epitome of perfection. Have a great year ahead, Jam #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/xtsKXMF93Z
— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) January 11, 2021
“One of the finest batsmen and more importantly an amazing human being. Happy birthday #RahulDravid sir,” wrote cricketer Shreyas Gopal.
One of the finest batsman and more importantly an amazing human being. Happy birthday #RahulDravid sir.
— Shreyas Gopal (@ShreyasGopal19) January 11, 2021
“Great Wall Of India” wishing you a very happy birthday Rahul bhai,” tweeted Pragyan Ojha.
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) January 11, 2021
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle also extended his wishes to Dravid. “A very happy birthday to Rahul Dravid. Good day to have you batting!” he wrote.
A very happy birthday to Rahul Dravid. Good day to have you batting!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 10, 2021
IPL franchise Mumbai Indians also wished a happy birthday to The Wall.
24,208 International runs
46,564 balls faced
194 fifty + scores
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 11, 2021
Another IPL team, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) also wished the legend of the sport on his birthday.
Here’s wishing the first-ever Royal Challenger and a legend of the sport, Rahul Dravid, a very happy birthday!
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) January 11, 2021
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) also wished the “Great Wall of India” the best of health and happiness on his birthday.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) January 11, 2021
Rahul Dravid played 164 Tests and 344 ODIs. He made 13,288 runs in Tests and 10,889 in ODIs.