The Wall of India turns 44 today. Yes, we are talking about Rahul Dravid, the most dependable batsman India has ever produced. With an era of Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Lara, Pointing, Dravid has made his own place in the cricketing history.
The Karnataka batsman selflessly served the Indian cricket from batting at different positions to keep wickets when needed.
The former Indian batsman made both his Test and ODI debut in 1996.
Dravid scored 95 runs in his debut Test match batting opposite fellow debutant Sourav Ganguly, another legend of the game.
In a career spanning spanning 16 years, he scored 48 centuries, including 36 in Test matches.
Dravid also holds the world record for the maximum number of catches taken by a regular fielder, other than the wicket-keeper, in Test cricket.
Along with Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman, Dravid formed the 'Fav 5' of Indian cricket, a group of individuals who dominated the 32 yards for years.
Dravid bid adieu the game in 2012 leaving a huge space to fill for Indian cricket.
After retirement from competitive cricket, Rahul Dravid has taking up coaching and is the present coach of the Indian U-19 team.
Under his wing, the boys have been to the final of the ICC U-19 World Cup, where they lost to West Indies in a thrilling contest, but own the recently concluded Asia Cup, defeating Sri Lanka at their own backyard.
At last, Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid.