Rahul Dravid was won admirers around the globe with his productive run-scoring on the field and his downplayed, modest and beguiling identity off the field. Over the traverse of a heavenly cricketing journey, he has prevailed upon most who have seen, heard or met him. The stunningness that he used to summon at the wrinkle with his pleasant grin and an executioner bat can never be imitated, his commitments for India can never be underestimated. Rahul Dravid was apparently the most in fact sound batsman India has ever delivered, and likely, as far as sheer effect of his exhibitions, has played more noteworthy thumps than this partner and extraordinary companion Sachin Tendulkar.
Let's take a look at 10 of the unknown facts about the man we chose to call by the name of "THE WALL" Rahul Dravid:
1. Rahul Dravid’s father used to work at the Kissan factory which makes Jams, which has earned Dravid the nickname ‘Jammy’. Dravid has also starred in an advertisement for Kissan.
2. Rahul Dravid holds the distinction of being the only Indian to score centuries in four consecutive test-match innings when he scored against West Indies at Mumbai. His previous three hundreds, 115,148 and 217 came during India’s tour of England in 2002.
3. Rahul Dravid won the ICC Test Player of the year and the Player of the year awards when the ICC awards were launched way back in 2004, which remains one of his greatest achievements.
4. Rahul Dravid is also the only cricketer to have scored a century in each test playing nation. He achieved this stunning feat with a century against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2004.
5. Rahul Dravid is the only non-Australian cricketer to address the Bradman Oration. He delivered the Bradman Oration on December 14,2012 at the War Memorial in Canberra. What an honor!
6. Rahul Dravid was the top scorer in the seventh ODI World Cup in England in 1999, with 461 runs, a perfect response to people who kept insisting he was a test match batsman.
7. Rahul Dravid was voted the sexiest sports personality in India in an online survey (2004-05). He left the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Sania Mirza behind.
8. Rahul Dravid is the only ever player in cricket history to have made his debut and retired in the same match. He made 31 off 21 in his T20 debut against England in the summer of 2011.
9. Much like Sourav Ganguly who also drifted to cricket after an initial obsession with football, Rahul Dravid played hockey before he took to cricket. With a natural flair for the sport, Rahul Dravid was selected for Karnataka’s junior state team.
10. Glenn McGrath once famously said that if there was one Indian cricketer who could earn a direct entry into the great Australian side of the late 90s, it would be Rahul Dravid.