The Great Wall Rahul Dravid turned 46 today, below are few facts of one of the greatest batsman India ever proceed. Former Indian skipper has always proved his class time and again in an international career spanning more than one-and-a-half decades
1. Rahul Dravid is the first Indian to score five double-hundreds in Test Cricket, each bigger than the previous (200* vs Zimbabwe, 217 vs England, 222 vs New Zealand, 233 vs Australia, 270 vs Pakistan).
2. Rahul Dravid is the first Indian to score a century against every Test playing nation and only player to score a century against every Test playing nation away from home (until the ICC decides to add more nations to the list of Test playing nations his record can only be equaled, not broken)
3.Rahul Dravid has been involved in the most century partnerships in Test history – 70
4.Rahul Dravid is one among the only three batsmen to hit Test centuries in four consecutive innings. Dravid achieved this by getting scores of 115, 148, 217 and 100* in three successive matches against England and one against the West Indies in 2002
5.Rahul Dravid’s average is also the highest among all batsmen who have scored 5000 runs in away matches.In 2006, he scored at least a fifty in seven consecutive Tests, which bettered the previous Indian record of 50+ scores in 6 consecutive Tests for a single batsman. This record was shared by Vijay Hazare, Chandu Borde, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sadagoppan Ramesh
6. Rahul Dravid averaged more in away Tests (58.06) than at home in India (50.67). He is among few batsmen who have scored most away runs in Tests
Dravid involved in highest partnership away from home for any wicket for India with Virender Sehwag of 410 runs vs Pakistan at Lahore in 2006 (the highest partnership between a captain and the vice-captain)
7.Rahul Dravid is ninth batsman to score twin hundreds in a Test twice, and only the second Indian to do so, after Sunil Gavaskar.
8. Rahul Dravid is one of the fielders who has taken most number of catches in Tests (163). Only Mark Waugh and Brian Lara have taken more catches in the field.