Rahul Dravid

Support staff changes could have been made after ODIs: Rahul Dravid

Rahul DravidNew Delhi: Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid has said that he would have preferred to wait till the end of India`s England tour to make changes to the support staff as such decisions could be "tough on everyone concerned".

Talking about the appointment of former India captain Ravi Shastri as Team Director after India lost the fifth and final Test against England in under three days to go down 1-3 in the series, Dravid said: "You don`t have problems if people want to make changes, it`s part of professional sport."

Dhoni right man to lead India, Virat's time will come: Rahul Dravid

Rahul-DravidNew Delhi: Former India captain Rahul Dravid said that there is no need to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni as suggested by former Australian skipper Ian Chappell because the team has "progressed" well under the able leadership of the Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman.

"Dhoni is the right man to take India forward as we have been making progress and going forward under him. A lot of people keep complaining about the past losses in England and Australia (2011-12). But now he has a young team and is doing a good job. As far as Virat (Kohli) is concerned, his time will come," Dravid told mediapersons via conference call from London.

Make spot and match-fixing criminal offence: Dravid

Rahul-DravidNew Delhi, Aug 7 : Former India captain Rahul Dravid wants match-fixing and spot-fixing to be made criminal offences so that it would act as a deterrent to potential fixers.

"I don't think only education can work, policing it and having the right laws and ensuring that people when they indulge in this kind of activities are actually punished. People must see that there are consequences to your actions. That will create fear for people," said Dravid.

Dravid, who is prosecution witness in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting scandal, also stressed the need for educating young cricketers.

Rahul Dravid bereaved

rahul-dravidBangalore, July 3 : Sharad Dravid (79), father of former India captain Rahul Dravid, passed away here Wednesday evening at his residence, according to a press release from the Karnataka State Cricket Association

Sharad Dravid is survived by wife Pushpa and sons Rahul and Vijay. It was learnt that the last rites would be performed Thursday morning.

The president, office-bearers and the members of the managing committee of the KSCA mourned the sad demise and offered their condolences to the aggrieved family. (IANS)

Dravid receives Padma Bhushan

Rahul-DravidNew Delhi, April 5  : Batting great Rahul Dravid received India's third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, from President Pranab Mukherjee during a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan's Darbar Hall Friday.

Former boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh and rower Bajrang Lal Takhar received the country's fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri.

"It was a great feeling. Surprisingly, it worked out all fine for me. Tomorrow, I am playing our IPL match here and today I got this award. I would have gone anyway to receive this award. I'm happy my family is here besides me," Dravid told reporters on receiving the award.

Lot riding on Australia series: Rahul Dravid

Rahul-DravidJaipur, Jan 26 : There is a lot riding on the upcoming India-Australia cricket series since it will help the selectors identify the next generation of players, Rahul Dravid, the team's mainstay till his retirement last yeaer, said at the Jaipur Literature Festival Saturday.

"Each series is significant like the series with England. But like India, Australia too has lost a lot of big players. So both teams are quite similar. But there is a lot riding on the teams. It will help them recognise the next generation of players," he told reporters here after taking part in a session.

Dravid retires with 118th place in ICC ODI rankings

 Dravid retires with 118th place in ICC ODI rankingsDubai, Sep 19: Indian batsman Rahul Dravid has signed off on an illustrious ODI career in 118th position in International Cricket Council (ICC)'s Player Rankings after playing his first series in two years.

Dravid had scored 128 runs in the recently-concluded five-match series against England, which earned him three places in the batting chart.

Bairstow sours Dravid's farewell; India end winless English summer

Bairstow sours Dravid's farewell; India end winless English summerCardiff, Sep 17 - India's nightmarish English summer came to an end Friday without a win as they lost the rain-affected fifth and the final ODI via the Duckworth-Lewis method, souring Rahul Dravid's farewell from the shorter version of the game.

It was debutant John Bairstow who ruined Dravid's final ODI as England chased a reduced target of 241 with 10 balls to spare and six wickets in hand and wrapped up a 3-0 series win over India.

Winning in India will be biggest challenge for World No.1-ranked England: Dravid

Winning in India will be biggest challenge for World No.1-ranked England: DravidLondon, Aug 22: Indian batsman Rahul Dravid believes that England's tour of India next year would be one of the biggest challenges for the new world number one-ranked Test team due to different playing conditions.

"The England team will come to India next year, and the Indian team playing at that point of time will be very keen to correct this series. Those will be our conditions, and it will be interesting to see how that series goes in our conditions," Dravid said.

Dravid recalled for England ODI series, Harbhajan dropped

 Dravid recalled for England ODI series, Harbhajan droppedChennai, Aug 6: Veteran batsman Rahul Dravid has made a surprise comeback into India's ODI squad after two years on the sidelines.

Dravid was named in the 16-man squad for the ODI series against England announced by a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee today.

The last time the 38-year-old played an ODI was in September 2009 against the West Indies during the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

The team, however, will be without off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and the injured Yuvraj Singh.

Dravid hit on the jaw, not likely to take further part

Rahul Dravid Rahul Dravid had to retire hurt on Monday after suffering an injury on the jaw. The incident occurred after a short ball from Shahadat Hossain struck him on the side of the helmet. Batting on 111, Dravid was immediately taken to the Square Hospital in Panthopath where he has been kept under observation.

Manager Arshad Ayub confirmed that Dravid had suffered a fracture in one of the facial bones and said it was unlikely that he would take further part in the match. “He has a severe sprain in his jaw and has been kept under observation at our ICU,” said Dr Fajlur Haque, under whose care Dravid is recuperating.

Dravid is fourth highest run getter in Tests

Rahul Dravid Kanpur, Nov 25 : Former India captain Rahul Dravid hit a classy 144 in the second Test against Sri Lanka here Wednesday and became the fourth highest scorer in Tests.

Dravid now aggregates 11,182 runs at an average of 53.50 from 136 Tests and surpassed Allan Border's aggregate of 11,174 runs from 156 Tests at an average of 50.56.

Sachin Tendulkar(12,917), Brian Lara (11,953) and Ricky Ponting (11,345) are the top three run-getters in Tests.

Dravid's 144 off 226 balls was his 28th Test hundred - his third against Sri Lanka.

The following are the other statistical highlights of the day:

Dravid guides India to 535/4 at lunch on second day

Dravid guides India to 535/4 at lunch on second dayKanpur, Nov 25 - Rahul Dravid compiled his 28th century and became Test cricket's fourth highest scorer, surpassing Allan Border, while guiding India to 535 for four at lunch on the second day of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka at Green Park here Wednesday.

Dravid's innings was cut short at 144 runs after adding 59 runs to his overnight score. He was run out after backing up a bit too far as left arm spinner Rangana Herath, while attempting to stop a V. V. S. Laxman (24 not out) shot off his own bowling, palmed the ball back to the stumps.

Dravid defies Delhi to give Karnataka first-innings lead

Dravid defies Delhi to give Karnataka first-innings leadNew Delhi, Nov 11 : Rahul Dravid struck a classy 78 even as Delhi fought their way back to restrict Karnataka first innings to 260 on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Super League match at the Roshanara club ground here Wednesday.

After whittling Karnataka's lead to 106 runs, Delhi quickly erased 93 of these for the loss of two wickets in the second knock. Vice-captain Shikhar Dhawan was batting 43, cracking seven fours in 80 balls, and Rajat Bhatia was 28 off 68 balls, when bad light ended play eight overs short on the second day.

Dravid happy to be playing Ranji ahead of Lanka Test series

Dravid happy to be playing Ranji ahead of Lanka Test seriesNew Delhi, Nov 9 : Rahul Dravid, gearing up for the Test series against Sri Lanka at home next week, feels the start of the Ranji Trophy Super League couldn't have been timed better.

Dravid, who is here to play the Ranji tie against Delhi, starting Tuesday, felt that for him the national championship matches ahead of the test series was important to be match sharp.

Dravid dropped, Sehwag comes back for Australia series

Chennai, Oct 15 - Former India captain Rahul Dravid was dropped while opening batsman Virender Sehwag made a comeback to the 15-member squad for the first two One-Day Internationals (ODI) of the seven-match series against Australia.

The opening match of the series will be played at Vadodara Oct 25 and Nagpur will host the second game Oct 28.

The national selection committee that met here Thursday at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium decided to call back medium pacers Munaf Patel and Sudip Tyagi in place of fast bowler Rudra Pratap Singh and spin all-rounder Yousuf Pathan. Out-of form fast bowler Ishant Sharma retained his place.

Rahul Dravid back after two-year gap

Rahul Dravid back after two-year gapBangalore, Aug 17 : Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid is to make a return to one-day international cricket after a gap of almost two years.

After being announced as ''selected'' on Sunday, Dravid gave made his first media appearance on Monday after his practice session at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

Dravid said that he was quite happy to be back in the team, and hope to do well in the upcoming series.

Dravid Included In The Champions Trophy Probables

Dravid Included In The Champions Trophy ProbablesFinally the Indian cricket team selectors has been looking to follow the theory of “Old is Gold” for the upcoming Champions Trophy  after the Indian batsmen failed to deliver in the ICC T20 World Cup and in the West Indies series, which has just concluded.

As a surprising move, the former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, also named as “The Wall”, has been recalled for the Champions Trophy as he has been included in the 30-member probables list for the Champions Trophy, which is scheduled to begin from 24th September in South Africa.

Dravid gets match ball for becoming the world record holder for test catches

Dravid gets match ball for becoming the world record holder for test catchesWellington, Apr. 7 : Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid received the ball that helped him to become the world record holder for catches in test cricket.

When Dravid went low and forward to his left to catch Kiwi opener Tim McIntosh off Zaheer Khan he became the outright holder of the record on 182, one ahead of Australian slip ace Mark Waugh.

"We advised him to keep the ball," the Dominion Post quoted team-mate Yuvraj Singh, as saying.

Dravid breaks world record for most outfield Test catches

Dravid breaks world record for most outfield Test catchesWellington (New Zealand), Apr. 6: Indian cricketer and former captain Rahul Dravid has broken the world record for the most number of catches in test matches by an outfielder.

When Dravid helped to dismiss the New Zealand batsman, Tim McIntosh, in Wellington, it was his 182nd catch in a test career going back to 1996, reports the BBC.

Dravid''s landmark was reached on the fourth day of India''s third Test match against New Zealand at Wellington.

The previous record holder was Mark Waugh of Australia.

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