New Delhi: That's right, Rahul Dravid completed 15 years in Test cricket on June 20, 2011. The Wall, as he's known, made his Test debut against England at Lord's on the very same day 15 years back. Today's Test against the Windies will be his 151st after having scored over 12000 runs at an average of over 52.
And as he achieved this milestone, we take a quick look at 15 interesting facts and stats:
1. Before taking up cricket, Rahul Dravid played hockey for four years for his school St Joseph Boys High School. First as a centre half, and later in the role of a right half. His school was a champion side and the students took this game very seriously. During his stint with hockey, he played alongside Sandeep Somesh and Anil Aldrin who later represented India in Olympics.
2. He made his first-class debut against Maharashtra in 1991 and scored 82 runs.
3. He made his Test debut against England in 1996 along side Sourav Ganguly. While Ganguly scored a century in his maiden Test, Dravid fell short by 5 runs. He scored 95 runs.
4. He's the only second Indian, after Sachin Tendulkar, to score over 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs.
5. Dravid is the second Indian to have played 150 matches in the Test career. Sachin leads the race with 177 Tests.
6. Dravid has played 93 consecutive Tests from 20 June 1996 to 10 December 2005. Sunil Gavaskar is the only Indian who is ahead of him with 106 consecutive Tests.
7. Dravid is the third highest scorer in Tests with 12063 runs. Only Sachin (14692) and Ricky Ponting (12363) are ahead of him.
8. Rahul Dravid has the most number of nineties in his Test career. He has scored in nineties ten times in his 15-year long career.
9. He has the record of not being dismissed on a duck for 120 consecutive ODI matches
10. Dravid has 90 half-centuries to his name, 20 less than Sachin.
11. Dravid's knock of 270 runs against Pakistan in 2004 is the longest by an Indian in terms of minutes.
12. Dravid took 206 innings to complete 10000 runs in Tests.
13. Dravid has taken most number of catches in Tests. He leads the pack with 200 catches in 277 innings.
14. Dravid was awarded the inaugural Player of the year award and the Test player of the year by the International Cricket Council in 2004.
15. He is only batsman to have been involved in two ODI partnerships exceeding 300 runs. The first one came during the 1999 World Cup when he was involved in a 300-run partnership with Sourav Ganguly Sri Lanka at Taunton. The second 300-run partnership was with Sachin in 1999-2000 against New Zealand. The pair scored 331 runs in Hyderabad.