Rahul Dravid celebrated his 41st birthday on Saturday (January 11, 2014). Here is a look at some of the highlights of his cricket career.
Ever since Dravid came to the Indian squad, he won hearts around the world with his brilliance with the bat. Off the field, Dravid has been the perfect ambassador for the gentleman's game. Players, experts and fans alike have hardly ever had a bad word for Dravid.
Rahul Dravid became the second man to cross the 13,000-run mark in Test cricket during India's first innings of the third Test match against West Indies.
Of the 36 tons Dravid has scored, India have not lost the match 32 times and of these, the team has gone on to win 15 matches.
Dravid also holds the record of having taken the most number of catches in Test cricket (210). He is the only player to have crossed the 200 mark.
Dravid, who failed to make it to India's 2011 World Cup winning squad was only the sixth player over all and the third Indian (after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly), to score 10,000 runs in ODIs in cricketing history.
On the 2011 England tour, Dravid, after being left out of the ODI team for almost 2 years, including the 2011 World Cup, made a comeback into the Indian side for the ODI series against England. The selection came on the back of his impressive showing in the Tests against England. Ironically, surprised at his inclusion in the ODI squad, Dravid chose the same day to announce his retirement from limited-overs international cricket.
Dravid has also had the honour of leading the Indian team. He had a mixed record as captain as India crashed out of the 2007 World Cup in the first round under him. However, right after the debacle, he led the team to a series win in England after 21 years. He resigned from the captaincy soon after.
He has also been involved in more than 85 century partnerships with 20 different partners and has been involved in 20 century partnerships with Tendulkar - a world record.
Dravid was involved in two of the largest partnerships in ODIs: a 318-run partnership with Sourav Ganguly, the first pair to combine for a 300-run partnership, and then a 331-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar, which is the present world record.
Dravid was awarded the ICC Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year at the inaugural awards ceremony held in 2004.