Rahul Dravid is a former Indian cricketer, who captained the national Test and One Day International (ODI) cricket teams. He started playing cricket at the age of 12 and later represented the state team at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 levels.
Popularly nicknamed “The Wall”, he has been described as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He was named one of the best five cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2000 and received the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony in 2004.
In August 2011, after receiving an unexpected call to play in the ODI series against England, Dravid declared his retirement from ODIs as well as Twenty20 International (T20I), and in March 2012, he announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket. He appeared in the 2012 Indian Premier League as captain of the Rajasthan Royals.
As of October 2012, Dravid is the third-highest run scorer in Test cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, and the third Indian cricketer to exceed 10,000 runs both in Tests and in ODIs. Wisden ranked him the third greatest Test batsman of all time, after Don Bradman and Tendulkar.
Rahul Dravid, along with Glenn McGrath was honoured during the seventh annual Bradman Awards function in Sydney on November 1, 2012.