New Delhi: Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid on Monday turned 43. Widely regarded as one of cricket's finest gentlemen, Dravid is now the coach of the Indian U-19 cricket team.
The Madhya Pradesh-born batsman, was often lauded for his ability to tackle the most fearsome bowling attack, with the patience of a monk.
During his stellar career, Dravid played 164 Tests for India and scored 13, 288 runs at an impressive average of 52. 31. Not many batsmen ended their careers with such a formidable average.
Despite not being considered fit for limited-overs cricket early in his career, Dravid went on to play 344 ODIs for India and scored 10, 889 runs at an average of 39.16.
In whites, Dravid not only resurrected the Indian innings on several occasions, but in him, India had one of the safest fielders in the slip cordon. In ODIs and Tests combined, Dravid took 406 catches which is an extraordinary achievement.
Dravid announced his retirement from international cricket after India were thrashed 4-0 at the hands of Australia.