The 11th of January marks a significant day in the history of Indian cricket. No, not because of a monumental World Cup triumph or toppling the Aussies down under, but for the birth of an exceptional talent, who went on to make unforgettable contributions to the sport.
On this very day in 1973, legendary Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid saw the face of the earth and the rest, as they say, is history. Hailed as the most generous cricketer to walk down the 22 yards, Rahul Dravid could step on broken glass for the sake of his team. His copybook cricketing technique and extraordinary levels of concentration hoisted him at the top of the mountain, in all formats of the game.
A staggering 24,000 runs in his repertoire and the numerous match-saving knocks that came from his willow, speak volumes about the character of the man.
And for you to make a clearer idea, here are some quotes on ‘The Wall’ of Indian cricket coming from the very bests of the game.
However, as Rahul Dravid turned 46 today, the entire cosmos came together to pay tribute to this genius of a batsman.
Happy birthday Jam..wish you all the happiness..keep continuing to flourish young talent under ur wings.. you are the best they can get..many great memories shared and many more to make #Thegreatwallofindia #legend #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/Ha9GYvHQ9n
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 11, 2019
Deewaron ke bhi kaan hote hain , is deewar ka bahut saaf Mann aur hriday bhi hai!( #TheWall too has ears, this one has a pure mind and a heart as well)
A joy to have played with him and made so many wonderful memories together #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid ! pic.twitter.com/eukPvSx0II
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2019
Many many happy returns of the day to a terrific human being, role model and an inspiration for many youngsters in the country. One of the most likeable cricketers ever , #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid bhai ! pic.twitter.com/V07D4Ci6A8
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 11, 2019
Happy Birthday Rahul bhai ! They call it a Gentleman's game because legends like you played it. Sharing the dressing room with you was a privilege & an honor that I'll never forget. Friend, mentor, captain & always #TheWall. Have a great year ahead!! #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/1HOY2bYrC5
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 11, 2019
India’s one of the greatest batsmen, legend, great human being and above all “The Gentleman” Rahul Dravid.. Wishing you a very happy birthday Rahul bhai 🎂 Have a great one… #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/FJInQOaUss
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) January 11, 2019
— ALL INDIA RADIO (@AkashvaniAIR) January 11, 2019
Someone I’ve looked up to ever since I began playing this beautiful game. A true example of a team player. My inspiration, and idol. Wishing Rahul Dravid Sir a very Happy Birthday. #thewall #myinspiration #myidol pic.twitter.com/xfodckpfWY
— Karun Nair (@karun126) January 11, 2019
Wishing The Wall – Rahul Dravid a very Happy Birthday. His exploits in whites are well known but we thought we would relive one of his knocks in blue against Pakistan #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/gJ1sgt6Ird
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2019
Happiest Birthday to Rahul Dravid Sir. A true inspiration to all the sportspersons out there! May almighty bless you with a long and happy life just like the innings you used to play! 😊#HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/TrA7RTeCTC
— Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) January 11, 2019
The sense of calm and composure that he brought to any side is unmatched.
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) January 11, 2019
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) January 11, 2019
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) January 11, 2019
Happy birthday, Rahul Dravid.
Has more than 10K runs in Tests, ODIs
Faced 31,258 balls in Tests-record
-Spent 44,152 mins batting in Tests which is equivalent to an entire month (via @MazherArshad)
-He’s serving Indian cricket even after his retirement#HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/IQ76xbQnuL
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) January 11, 2019
🎂 Happy Birthday, Rahul Dravid – the man who's been making 🇮🇳 proud, through his playing days, and even post-retirement!
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) January 11, 2019
His batting was truly poetry in motion!
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 11, 2019
24,208 international runs.
146 fifties.#U19CWC winning coach in 2018.
Happy birthday to India's Wall, the legendary Rahul Dravid! 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/mR5kFLqBXX
— ICC (@ICC) January 11, 2019
Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid, The Wall.
509 International Matches
146 Half Centuries
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2000
ICC Test Player of the Year 2004
ICC Player of the Year 2004
What's your fav moment of Mr Dependable? pic.twitter.com/TAB9FMldKO
— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) January 10, 2019
Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid. There won’t be another gem like you. 🙂