Born on January 11, 1973, Rahul Dravid is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is the current head coach for the Under-19 and 'A' teams. Ravid Dravid scored nearly 25,000 runs in international cricket.
In pic: Rahul Dravid sports the Team India blazer during his younger days
Rahul Dravid was born in a Marathi Deshastha Brahmin family in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. His family later moved to Bangalore, Karnataka, where he was raised. His mother tongue is Marathi.
At age 12, Rahul Dravid began playing cricket. He went on to represent Karnataka at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 levels. Dravid was named one of the best five cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2000. In 2004, he also went on to win the Player of the Year and Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony.
In pic: Rahul Dravid with his wife Vijeta at an ICC awards function.
Rahul Dravid's father Sharad Dravid worked for a company that makes jams and preserves, giving rise to the later nickname Jammy. His mother, Pushpa, was a professor of Architecture at the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bangalore. Rahul Dravid has a younger brother named Vijay.
In pic: Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly practising for the New Zealand tour at India camp held at CCI
Rahul Dravid did his schooling at St. Joseph's Boys High School, Bangalore and earned a degree in commerce from St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore. He was selected to India national cricket team while studying MBA in St Joseph's College of Business Administration.
In pic: Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly during a training session
Rahul Dravid is famously nicknamed 'The Wall' and 'Jammy'. The Wall, for his resilient defence, while batting, and Jammy, since his father worked in a Jam factory.
In pic: Rahul Dravid with Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly sharing a light moment at Mohali
In December 2011, Rahul Dravid became the first non-Australian cricketer to deliver the Bradman Oration in Canberra.
In pic: Rahul Dravid with Virender Sehwag at a press conference organised by Britannia at Oberoi Hotel
Let's take a look at some interesting moments from Rahul Dravid's career on and off the field.
In pic: Rahul Dravid with Anil Kumble during a function organised by Colgate at a Hotel
Rahul Dravid with the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar during an ODI match
Rahul Dravid with VVS Laxman during a training session on the eve of their Irani Trophy encounter against Ranji Trophy winners, Mumbai at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai
Rahul Dravid waits for clothing to arrive before the start of a match at Wankhede Stadium
Rahul Dravid with veteran Indian cricketer, Kapil Dev
Rahul Dravid with Harbhajan Singh and VVS Laxman at M A Chidambaram stadium in Chennai ahead of a Test against Sri Lanka
Rahul Dravid with former Sri Lankan cricketer, Marvan Atapattu
Rahul Dravid with Inzamam-ul-Haq during the prize distribution ceremony of the second Allianz Cup series Test match between India and Pakistan at Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, Pakistan
Rahul Dravid with Andrew Flintoff after the toss during an ICC Champions Trophy match between India and England at Sawai Man Singh Cricket Stadium, Jaipur
Rahul Dravid and former Indian wicket-keeper Nayan Mongia
Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly exchange notes on batting during the nets in Eden Gardens Cricket Ground in Kolkata
Rahul Dravid with former India Coach John Wright
Rahul Dravid with Muttiah Muralitharan at Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Rahul Dravid greets Michael Clarke when India played Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 in Mohali
Rahul Dravid with Bollywood actor/director Arbaaz Khan at Mumbai Police Gymkhana during a benefit game played between film stars and cricketers
Rahul Dravid with Adman Prahlad Kakkar at Mid-Day's 25th-anniversary party at Oberoi Hotel
Rahul Dravid with TV actress Tassnim Shaikh
Rahul Dravid at the fitness test at Wankhede stadium
Rahul Dravid acknowledges the crowd at Motera after completing his century
Rahul Dravid playing one of his classic shots during a match
Rahul Dravid reacts after dropping a catch
Rahul Dravid ducking a bouncer during a Test match at Eden Gardens between India vs Pakistan
Rahul Dravid is all smiles in a traditional avatar at an event
Rahul Dravid during practice session
'The Wall' gazing at the sky!
India's most dependable former batsman, Rahul Dravid celebrated his 46th birthday yesterday. As he turned a year older, we give you a glimpse of some rare pictures from our archives captured of 'The Wall' throughout his illustrious cricketing career
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