Rahul Dravid Birthday: Wishes come in on social media as great strides are made 48

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Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid turned 48 on Monday and fans flocked to social media to wish the batter big on his special day. In addition to their heartwarming wishes, some fans also took some interesting stats from his glorious playing career, while others praised him for always standing up to do the hard work for the team – including holding wickets and opening the batter when asked. Widely regarded as a test specialist, Dravid had a fantastic career in both ODIs and Tests as he finished his career with over 10,000 runs each in both formats.

Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman, who shared some memorable collaborations with Dravid, took to Twitter to send his “warm wishes to a special friend.”

The duo shared one of the most memorable partnerships at the iconic Eden Gardens when India beat Australia after enforcing a sequel.

“Warm birthday wishes to a special friend with whom I have shared many happy memories and who continues to inspire us. I wish you a very special birthday and a great year ahead, Rahul,” Laxman tweeted.

Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle also passed on his birthday wishes to Dravid.

“A very happy birthday to Rahul Dravid. Good day to getting hit!” Bhogle wrote on the micro0blogging site.

Dravid, who currently heads the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, is the fourth highest run-getter in Test cricket with 13,288 runs from 286 innings of 164 matches against an impressive 52.31 average.

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The middle order batsman was also a gun fielder and holds the record for the highest number of catches (210) in the outfield in the longest format.

He received the Arjuna award – the second highest sporting award in the country – in 1998, while in 2004 and 2013, respectively, he received the second and third highest civilian awards Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. He was also the recipient of the ICC Cricketer of the Year award in 2004.

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