Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid: Reminiscing ‘The Wall’s Greatest Milestones

Sports | Reuters | January 11, 2020, 11:32 am
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 On his 47th birthday, we list some of the milestones from Rahul Dravid illustrious career. Former Indian skipper has always proved his class time and again in an international career spanning more than one-and-a-half decades. (Image: PTI)
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On his 47th birthday, we list some of the milestones from Rahul Dravid illustrious career. Former Indian skipper has always proved his class time and again in an international career spanning more than one-and-a-half decades. (Image: PTI)

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 Rahul Dravid is the first Indian to score five double-hundreds in Test Cricket, each bigger than the previous (200* vs Zimbabwe, 217 vs England, 222 vs New Zealand, 233 vs Australia, 270 vs Pakistan). (Image: Reuters)
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Rahul Dravid is the first Indian to score five double-hundreds in Test Cricket, each bigger than the previous (200* vs Zimbabwe, 217 vs England, 222 vs New Zealand, 233 vs Australia, 270 vs Pakistan). (Image: Reuters)

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 He is also the first Indian to score a century against every Test playing nation and only player to score a century against every Test playing nation away from home (until the ICC decides to add more nations to the list of Test playing nations his record can only be equalled, not broken). (Image: Reuters)
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He is also the first Indian to score a century against every Test playing nation and only player to score a century against every Test playing nation away from home (until the ICC decides to add more nations to the list of Test playing nations his record can only be equalled, not broken). (Image: Reuters)

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 Dravid has been involved in the most century partnerships in Test history – 70. (Image: Reuters)
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Dravid has been involved in the most century partnerships in Test history – 70. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dravid is one among the only three batsmen to hit Test centuries in four consecutive innings. Dravid achieved this by getting scores of 115, 148, 217 and 100* in three successive matches against England and one against the West Indies in 2002. (Image: Reuters)
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Dravid is one among the only three batsmen to hit Test centuries in four consecutive innings. Dravid achieved this by getting scores of 115, 148, 217 and 100* in three successive matches against England and one against the West Indies in 2002. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dravid’s average is also the highest among all batsmen who have scored 5000 runs in away matches. (Image: Reuters)
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Dravid’s average is also the highest among all batsmen who have scored 5000 runs in away matches. (Image: Reuters)

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 In 2006, he scored at least a fifty in seven consecutive Tests, which bettered the previous Indian record of 50+ scores in 6 consecutive Tests for a single batsman. This record was shared by Vijay Hazare, Chandu Borde, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sadagoppan Ramesh. (Image: Reuters)
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In 2006, he scored at least a fifty in seven consecutive Tests, which bettered the previous Indian record of 50+ scores in 6 consecutive Tests for a single batsman. This record was shared by Vijay Hazare, Chandu Borde, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sadagoppan Ramesh. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dravid averaged more in away Tests (58.06) than at home in India (50.67). He is among few batsmen who have scored most away runs in Tests. (Image: Reuters)
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Dravid averaged more in away Tests (58.06) than at home in India (50.67). He is among few batsmen who have scored most away runs in Tests. (Image: Reuters)

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 Longest streak of consecutive Tests since debut (94) – a world record feat equalled by Adam Gilchrist. (Image: Reuters)
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Longest streak of consecutive Tests since debut (94) – a world record feat equalled by Adam Gilchrist. (Image: Reuters)

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 He scored nearly 23% of the total runs put up by India (with a batting average of 102.84) in the 21 Test matches won under Ganguly's captaincy. This is the highest percentage contribution by any batsman in Test cricket history in matches won under a single captain where the captain has won more than 20 Tests. (Image: Reuters)
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He scored nearly 23% of the total runs put up by India (with a batting average of 102.84) in the 21 Test matches won under Ganguly's captaincy. This is the highest percentage contribution by any batsman in Test cricket history in matches won under a single captain where the captain has won more than 20 Tests. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dravid involved in highest partnership away from home for any wicket for India with Virender Sehwag of 410 runs vs Pakistan at Lahore in 2006 (the highest partnership between a captain and the vice-captain). (Image: Reuters)
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Dravid involved in highest partnership away from home for any wicket for India with Virender Sehwag of 410 runs vs Pakistan at Lahore in 2006 (the highest partnership between a captain and the vice-captain). (Image: Reuters)

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 Dravid is ninth batsman to score twin hundreds in a Test twice, and only the second Indian to do so, after Sunil Gavaskar. (Image: Reuters)
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Dravid is ninth batsman to score twin hundreds in a Test twice, and only the second Indian to do so, after Sunil Gavaskar. (Image: Reuters)

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 He is one of the fielders who has taken most number of catches in Tests (163). Only Mark Waugh and Brian Lara have taken more catches in the field. (Image: Reuters)
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He is one of the fielders who has taken most number of catches in Tests (163). Only Mark Waugh and Brian Lara have taken more catches in the field. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dravid is the fastest to reach 9000 runs in Test cricket. In all, he took 176 innings to do this, bettering the previous record set by Brian Lara, by one inning. (Image: Reuters)
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Dravid is the fastest to reach 9000 runs in Test cricket. In all, he took 176 innings to do this, bettering the previous record set by Brian Lara, by one inning. (Image: Reuters)

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 Rahul Dravid holds the world record of not being dismissed on duck for 120 consecutive ODI innings. (Image: Reuters)
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Rahul Dravid holds the world record of not being dismissed on duck for 120 consecutive ODI innings. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dravid was also involved in the highest partnership in the history of ODI cricket with a 331-run partnership along with Sachin Tendulkar against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999-00. (Image: Reuters)
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Dravid was also involved in the highest partnership in the history of ODI cricket with a 331-run partnership along with Sachin Tendulkar against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999-00. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dravid is one of the batsmen to have been involved in two ODI partnerships exceeding 300 runs. (Image: Reuters)
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Dravid is one of the batsmen to have been involved in two ODI partnerships exceeding 300 runs. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dravid involved in three highest fourth-wicket partnerships for India against South Africa, two with Yuvraj Singh. (Image: Reuters)
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Dravid involved in three highest fourth-wicket partnerships for India against South Africa, two with Yuvraj Singh. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dravid was the leading run scorer in the 1999 World Cup with 461 runs. Held the record of playing highest individual innings as a wicketkeeper in a World Cup for eight years before Adam Gilchrist bettered his 145 against Sri Lanka at Taunt on in 1999 with his 149 against Sri Lanka in 2007 World Cup final. (Image: Reuters)
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Dravid was the leading run scorer in the 1999 World Cup with 461 runs. Held the record of playing highest individual innings as a wicketkeeper in a World Cup for eight years before Adam Gilchrist bettered his 145 against Sri Lanka at Taunt on in 1999 with his 149 against Sri Lanka in 2007 World Cup final. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dravid was only the second wicketkeeper-batsman after Zimbabwean Dave Houghton to score an ODI hundred in the World Cup. (Image: Reuters)
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Dravid was only the second wicketkeeper-batsman after Zimbabwean Dave Houghton to score an ODI hundred in the World Cup. (Image: Reuters)

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