Born in Indore in 1973, Rahul Dravid had been a superb cricketer and the backbone of the Indian cricket team. He is popularly known as Jammy,
, Mr. Dependable, etc. because he always used to save the team from the most critical situations. He is a Marathi by birth. He was known as Jammy because his father worked for a company that makes jams. The family shifted to Bangalore and Dravid was raised there.
He had a younger brother as well and completed his graduation from the St. Joseph’s College of Commerce in Bangalore. He pursued his MBA but in between was selected for The Indian cricket team. He had started playing cricket when he was twelve, and his talent was first recognized by Keki Tarapore when he saw him playing so calmly. In the year 1991, Rahul made his debut in the Ranji Trophy. He had then played with
and Javagal Srinath and had scored eighty-two runs. The entire series, he scored two centuries and secured his place in the Duleep Trophy.
On April 3, 1996, he played his first International match against Sri Lanka, which took place in Singapore. He played as a replacement of
. His performance wasn’t that impressive as he could score only three runs but took two catches. Though he used to play good in test matches, he could win the trust of the coaches. Finally, his stars shined when in the test series at Lord’s, Sanjay Manjarekar could not play due to his poor ankle.
So Dravid was asked to replace him. He came to bat at number seven, but his partnership with Saurav Ganguly and Anil Kumble has been unforgettable even till now. Moreover, he was a player with values. He was just five runs away his debut century when he nicked a Lewis delivery to the keeper. He walked away even without seeing the umpire’s decision as he knew that he had played the offending shot.
He then played a match against Australia and did extremely well there. Seeing this, he got promoted to the opening slot of the team. Dravid topped the runs chart of International cricket for the year 1996 and 1997. In the year 2003, he was appointed the vice-captain for the World Cup and later he served as the captain of the team as well. He has plenty of match winning innings registered under his name. Even after his retirement, he continued his association with cricket as the coach in IPL.