Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid: 10 unique cricketing records held by ‘The Wall’

Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid: 10 unique cricketing records

Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid, also known as The Wall, turned 46 on Friday. The iconic Indian cricketer is one of the best to have played the game.

The former Indian captain played 164 Tests scoring 13288 runs at an outstanding average of 52.31 with 36 centuries and 63 fifties. Dravid also scored 10,889 runs from 344 ODIs at an average of 39.16 including 12 centuries and 83 fifties. He is one of the best No.3 batsman and slip fielder the world ever seen.

On Rahul Dravid’s 46th birthday, here is a look at 10 of his unique records:

1. Most number of catches by a fielder in Test cricket

Rahul Dravid was a magnificent slip fielder. He took 210 catches in his 164-match long Test career- the highest by any non-wicketkeeper fielder.

2. Highest number of balls faced

Rahul Dravid faced the highest number of balls in his Test career spanning over 16 years. He has faced 31,258 deliveries during his Test Career, with the next closest batman being Tendulkar at 29,437 balls.

3. Longest time spent at the crease

Rahul Dravid holds the record for most time spent at the crease by a Test batsman, recording 735 hours and 52 minutes (44,152 minutes) on the pitch.

4. First batsman with 10000 runs at No 3 in Tests

Rahul Dravid is the first international cricketer to have scored more than 10,000 runs batting at no. 3 position – 10,524 runs from 219 innings at an avg. of 52.88 with 28 hundreds and 50 fifties and a highest score of 270.

5. 4 hundreds in 4 innings

Rahul Dravid is the only Indian cricketer to score a hundred in 4 consecutive innings. He achieved this feat in 2002 with scores of 115, 148, 217 (all against England) at Nottingham, Leeds and The Oval respectively and 100n.o. against West Indies at Mumbai

6. Rahul Dravid: The best partner

Rahul Dravid has more partnership runs (32,039) than any other batsman in Test Cricket. Dravid has more hundred run partnerships and more fifty run partnerships than any other batsman – 88 and 126 respectively. He was involved in 2nd most number of partnerships (738) behind Shivnarine Chanderpaul (750) in Test cricket history.

7. Rahul Dravid with Sachin Tendulkar

Dravid and Tendulkar have scored more partnership runs and have been involved in more hundred run stands than any other batting pair – 6,920 runs with 20 century stands – both are world records.

8. Two 300 plus partnerships in ODIs

The only batsman to have been involved in two ODI partnerships exceeding 300 runs. Dravid was also the first batsman to be involved in a 300 run partnership in a Cricket World Cup along with Sourav Ganguly in the 1999 World Cup match against Sri Lanka at Taunton.

9. Longest without a duck

Rahul Dravid has the record of not being dismissed on duck for the most consecutive ODI matches (120) to his name. Among all the batsmen who have scored more than 10,000 runs in Test cricket during their career, Dravid has been dismissed for a duck the least number of times – 8 times.

10. First cricketer to score centuries in all 10 Test playing nations

Rahul Dravid is the first batsman to have scored centuries in all 10 Test cricket playing nations. England, West Indies, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India were the 10 Test playing nations during his career.

11. Special mention: 50 in 22 balls

While Rahul Dravid was not famous for his quick batting but he made his way into the record books as the batsman with joint-second fastest fifty in ODIs for India when he slammed 50 in just 22 deliveries against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 2003

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