Rahul Dravid reveals who first coined his nickname 'The Wall'

So, who nicknamed him 'The Wall'? Was it a teammate, a fan, a friend or somebody else?

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2016, 09:21 AM IST
Rahul Dravid reveals who first coined his nickname 'The Wall'

New Delhi: Former India captain Rahul Dravid was widely regarded as the batsman with the most sound technique and temperament.

The Karnataka batsman's concentration levels were truly brilliant, helping him stay at the crease for long periods.

After his exploits against some of best bowling attacks in the longest format, Rahul, who at the time was called 'Jammy', had a new nickname - The Wall - thrust upon him.

The right-hander's father worked at the Kissan factory which made Jams. This led to Dravid being called ‘Jammy’. He also starred in a TV advert for the brand.

So, who nicknamed him 'The Wall'? Was it a teammate, a fan, a friend or somebody else?

Dravid himself revealed the answer during  a chat show 'What The Duck' with Vikram Sathaye.

"I can’t remember exactly the first time but I know where it sort of came out from, where it originated. I think, it probably came out after one of my long, typically maybe boring innings; when I saw the headline, (it read) ‘The Wall’.

"I think later on, a reflection after going through my career, I really thought that it was really clever boy or girl sitting on a desk in some newspaper office somewhere. Actually, (they were) looking into the future and sort of decided, okay, let’s name him ‘The Wall’ today in a really positive sense.

"But also we can flip that around for our future headlines, which could be ‘The Wall’ crumbles or another break in ‘The Wall’, or ‘The Wall’ fell down. As it happened, when I went through a bad patch, later on, I saw those headlines elsewhere in the newspaper. So I think someone really clever in a newspaper office somewhere sitting there decided you know this is a good one for the future," Dravid told the chat show host.