Legendary India batsman Rahul Dravid is celebrating his 44th birthday today. Rahul Dravid has gone down in folklore as The Wall of Indian cricket. A master of technique, a paragon of patience, the ideal man to have to protect the innings against formidable foreign attacks.
Dravid was named one of the best five cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2000 and he received the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony in 2004. In December 2011, he became the first non-Australian cricketer to deliver the Bradman Oration in Canberra.
For someone whose playing style was thought to be suited only to Test cricket, finishing eighth on the list of most matches played, and with the seventh-highest number of runs in one-day internationals is no mean achievement.
Rahul Dravid never had the attacking ability of a Sachin Tendulkar or a Brian Lara, but it's a testament to his adaptability that he played 343 ODIs, scored 10,820 runs, and struck 12 centuries and 82 fifties, including one off 22 balls, which remains the second-fastest by an Indian.