The now-retired former captain of the Indian cricket team, Rahul Dravid, has managed to win the hearts of many through his exceptional performances.
He comes from a very humble Marathi family and was raised in Bangalore. Since the age of 12, he has been playing cricket and, in his teenage years, has represented Karnataka at different levels. Rahul Dravid had been playing domestic cricket for many years and tried his level best to enter national cricket.
It was only in 1994 that he received a call to play national cricket in the final two matches in the Wills World series. Unfortunately, Dravid could not make it into the playing eleven. But, as determined as he was, he did not lose his heart and kept trying harder.
The first break that Rahul Dravid got to playing international cricket was when he got an opportunity to play ODI against the team Sri Lanka during the Singer Cup. The year was 1996; it was in Singapore that Dravid replaced Vinod Kambli and played in his stead. That’s how he started, and the rest is history.
Rahul Dravid has played innumerable international matches for India and contributed hugely to the win. After a very successful World Cup in 2003, where he scored 318 runs, the then head coach of India, John Wright, suggested that Dravid play for Scotland as an overseas batsman.
Dravid agreed to this proposal and signed a three-month-long contract with Scotland earning a total of 45,000 pounds. During this time, he played a number of matches and, during a touring game, played against Pakistan too. While many criticized him for this move, it definitely gave Dravid a fresh outlook on the game.
And in the following 2003-04 international season, he was in his best form!