Rajneesh Gupta: India\'s most famous No.3 batsman was a model of consistency in a long career.
After Rahul Dravid called time on a 17-year international career today, we take a look at the highlights of his luminous career.
Rahul Dravid – career highlights
- Born January 11, 1973 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
- Scored 82 on first-class debut for Karnataka against Maharashtra in February 1991.
- Made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Singapore on April 3, 1996, scoring just three runs in an Indian win.
- Made 95 on Test debut against England at Lord's batting at No. 7 in June 1996.
- Scored his first Test century (148) against South Africa at Johannesburg in January 1997.
- Scored his first ODI century (107) against Pakistan at Chennai in May 1997.
- Finished the ICC ODI World Cup held in England in May-June 1999 as the leading run-getter with 461 runs.
- Recorded the highest ever partnership in ODIs with a 331-run stand for the second wicket with Sachin Tendulkar against New Zealand in November 1999. Dravid also posted his highest ODI score of 153 during this partnership.
- Named one of the Top 5 Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000.
- Joined English county side Kent in 2000 and topped the club’s averages with 1,039 runs at 49.47.
- Scored his first double-ton (200*) in Tests against Zimbabwe at Delhi in November 2000.
- Became the only Indian to score four Test centuries on the trot with innings of 115, 148, 217 and 100* against England (first three) and West Indies (last) respectively between August and October of 2002.
- Posted match-winning innings of 233 & 72* in the Adelaide Test of 2003 to give India their first Test victory in Australia in 23 years.
- Batted for 120 consecutive innings without a duck between 1999 and 2004 – a record for any batsman in ODIs.
- Batted for 173 consecutive innings in international cricket (Tests + ODIs) without a duck between 2000 and 2004 – the longest sequence for any batsman without duck.
- Posted his highest Test score of 270 in the Rawalpindi Test of April 2004, which gave India their first ever series win in Pakistan. It is also the longest ever innings played by an Indian in Test cricket.
- Became only the second batsman after Don Bradman to score double hundreds in three successive series by making 222 vs. New Zealand at Ahmedabad, 2003-04; 233 vs. Australia at Adelaide, 2003-04 and 270 vs. Pakistan at Rawalpindi, 2003-04.
- Awarded the ICC Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year at the inaugural ICC award ceremony held in September 2004.
- Became the first player to score a century in all Test-playing nations when he scored 160 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in December 2004.
- Has twice scored hundreds in each innings of a Test – v New Zealand at Hamilton in 1998-99 and v Pakistan at Calcutta in 2004-05. He's only the second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to have performed the feat of scoring twin-tons more than once.
- Appointed captain of the Indian team in November 2005.
- Became only the second Indian player to remain on the field throughout a complete Test match (v Pakistan at Lahore in 2005-06) after Sunil Gavaskar (vs West Indies at Georgetown in 1982-83).
- Led India to a Test-series win (1-0) in the West Indies after 35 years in 2006.
- Completed 10,000 ODI runs during an innings of 66 against Sri Lanka at Margao in February 2007.
- Led India to a Test-series win in England (1-0) after 21 years in 2007.
- Became only the third Indian to carry his bat through an innings, scoring an unbeaten 146 out of 300 during The Oval Test of August 2011.
- Retired from T20Is after a solitary appearance against England on August 31, 2011, during which he scored 31 runs.
- Played his last ODI against England on September 16, 2011, finishing as the seventh highest run-getter of all time with 10,889 runs at an average of 39.16 from 318 innings.
- Played his last Test against Australia at Adelaide between January 24 and 28, 2012 and finished as the second highest run-getter of all time with 13,288 runs at an average of 52.31 from 164 Test matches.
Other important records:
- With a tally of 210, Dravid has the most catches by a fielder in Test cricket.
- Out of his first 32 hundreds, only one came in a losing cause – 118 v Zimbabwe at Harare in 1998. (However, three of his last four hundreds were scored in Tests eventually lost by India. All three losses came during the tour of England in 2011).
- Has been involved in most century partnerships (88) in Test cricket.
- Missed a Test for the first time after playing 93 consecutive Tests for India – a world record until Adam Gilchrist beat it.
- Faced 31258 deliveries in Test cricket, more than any other batsman.
(Statistics compiled by Rajneesh Gupta)