Internet Desk: India’s cricketing legend Rahul Dravid has turned 45 today. The former Indian captain was arguably the most technically correct batsman that the nation has ever produced, and probably, in terms of sheer impact of his performances, has played more significant knocks than this teammate and another cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. We all know about what he has done for India in cricket, but today on his birthday we will look at the 5 unknown facts about the man who is also called by the name of ‘The Wall’ of Indian cricket .
1. Dravid is the only cricketer who has a ton against each Test playing nation at their own backyard. He became the one and only cricketer to do so after he hit a century against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2004.
2. Rahul’s father used to work work at the Kissan factory during his early days which used to make Jams and that’s why his friends gave him a nickname named ‘Jammy’. Co-incidentally Dravid also did an advertisement for Kissan when he became a cricketer.
3. Dravid is the only cricketer in the World who made his international T20 debut and retired in the very same game. He scored 31 runs of just 21 deliveries in his T20 debut against England back in 2011 and it was his last T20I too for the nation.
4. Just like his teammate Sourav Ganguly who started playing cricket after an initial love about football, Dravid was a hockey player before he came to cricket. He was so talented that he was selected in his junior state team while playing hockey.
5. Earlier, we have already talked about Rahul Dravid’s nickname ‘Jammy’. But a handful of people know that a local cricket tournament in Karnataka is named after the legendary cricketer. The ‘Jammy Cup’ is played in Bangalore and the cricketer who gets the man of the match has been conferred with ‘Jammy of the Day.’