Rahul Dravid has stood tall for Indian cricket ever since he made his debut in 1996. He bids good bye to One Day Cricket today, 16th Sep 2011.
Dravid was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh but brought up in Bangalore. He made his Ranji Trophy debut in 1991 with Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath. After an impressive year at the ranji’s, he was chosen for South Zone in Duleep Trophy.
Dravid’s international cricket career began with his selection in One day cricket team for Singer Cup in Singapore against Sri Lanka in 1996. But his real break came with Test cricket. He made his debut in Test cricket in the Second Test against England with Sourav Ganguly. His 95 was enough to show the world what he was capable of and ever since Dravid never looked back.
Dravid was not a part of ODI team for more than a year, but when he was recalled for the England series, he declared it to be his last series. After his retirement today from ODI, he will continue to play for India in test matches.
Rahul Dravid’s milestones in ODI:
1. Sixth player over all and third Indian to score 10,000 runs in ODI.
2. Was the top scorer in 1999 World Cup, scoring 461 runs.
3. Only Indian to score two back to back centuries in World Cup.
4. Holds the largest partnership world record in ODI, 331 runs with Sachin Tendulkar.
5. Dravid has scored second fastest 50 for India, 50 in 22 balls against New Zealand in 2003 at Hyderabad.
6. In 2005, he was the only Indian to feature in World one-day XI.