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Top Sports Persons of India- Dravid (Rahul Sharad Dravid)

    Top Sports Persons of India- Dravid (Rahul Sharad Dravid)

Coming from a middle class family and playing terribly badly within the initial few matches, it was Rahul’s dedication, motivation and enthusiasm that created him improve his game and got him an irreplaceable place within the world of international cricket.

Rahul Sharad Dravid, usually called Rahul Dravid is an Indian Cricket player and has been the Captain of the team for some time. as a result of his long and steady innings at the crease, Dravid is typically spoken as "The Wall "by Indian media and fans.Except for Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid is the only Indian batsman who has scored over 10,000 runs in test Cricket, and therefore the 6th batsman in the world to have scored 10,000 runs in one day International (ODI) Cricket, although 2 other Indian batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly had achieved the feat before him. Dravid also has grabbed the largest variety of catches within the history of test Cricket with a total of 182 catches, and has partnered in 72 centuries with 18 different batsmen which is in itself a world record. childhood Rahul Dravid was born on the 11th of January 1973 at Indore, Madhya Pradesh and was brought up in Bangalore, Karnataka. 

He studied at St. Joseph's Boys high school, Bangalore and St. Joseph's college of Commerce, Bangalore. Dravid had begun taking part in Cricket at quite an early age, and made an area for himself within the State Cricket team at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 levels. within the year 1991 he created his debut in Ranji Trophy while playing against Maharashtra. He scored 82 runs in the match, which was eventually resulted in a draw. in the year 1991-12 he also represented South Zone within the Duleep Trophy. Test and ODI Debut Rahul created his debut in one day International (ODI) Cricket with an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka, played at Singapore on 3rd of April, 1996. He scored just 3 runs in the match. 

His debut in the test Cricket was created on the June 20th, 1996 with a test match against England, and he scored 95 runs in the match is an outstanding Achievement.He got his 1st Man of the Match award in a test match against south Africa within the year 1996-97. He scored 148 and 81 runs, which were top score in both the innings severally. Also, in the New Year test match played against New Zealand in the year 1999, he scored 190 and 103 (Not Out) runs respectively, achieving the rare feat of scoring a century each in both the innings of a test match. Till then, this feat had been accomplished by only 2 Indians, viz. Sunil Gavaskar and Vijay Hazare. In the year 2001, Dravid delivered his best performance in partnership with V.V.S. Laxman in a test match against Australia. The pair together added 376 runs for the 6th wicket, out of which 180 were scored by Dravid while 281 were scored by Laxman. Dravid scored 4 consecutive centuries against England ( 3 centuries) and West Indies (1 century) in the year 2002.

Within the year 2003-2004, he raked in 3 double centuries against New Zealand, Australia and Pakistan. He also got India its 1st test match victory over in Pakistan itself in the year 2003-2004. In the final match of the test Series being played at Rawalpindi, Dravid added 270 runs to the total, making India victorious upon Pakistan in the country itself for the first time. Rahul Dravid made the highest total score in the ICC World Cup Cricket 1999, with 461 runs. He was the Captain of the Indian team during ICC World Cup Cricket 2007, though his performance like other teammates in this tournament didnt meet the expectations of the nation. Personally, Dravid scored 14 runs against Bangladesh, 7 not out against Bermuda and 60 against Sri Lanka in the tournament. He was also the Captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the IPL Twenty-20 Tournament 2008, although in the 2009 he was replaced by Kevin Pietersen. Dravid scored 314 runs in the test Series against New Zealand played within the year 2008-09. 

Without doubt, Dravid is a legend and a perfect leader for hopeful cricketers. Moreover, he's an image of discipline and integrity and a living example of somebody who never rests on past success and constantly strives for improvement and he does not consider himself larger than the game.

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