2004 A Year Made For Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid was the first player awarded ICC player of the year as well as ICC test player of the year in 2004.
Rahul was named as the Sexiest Sportsperson of India the year in an online survey run by a magazine. He has voted ahead of the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sania Mirza.
Rahul Dravid, ‘The Wall’ of Indian Cricket, holds the record of spending most minutes at the crease by a batsman in Test Cricket. Throughout his 16-year Test career, Dravid possessed the unmatchable ability to be at the crease for a long time.
In his 164 Tests, he managed to stay at the crease for 44,152 minutes.
His longest Test innings (also longest test innings by an Indian) came against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in 2004.
In that match, he hung around for 740 minutes (twelve and a half hours approx.) and aggregated 270 runs off 495 balls with 34 boundaries and a six.
Throughout his Test career, Dravid has faced 31,258 deliveries – a world record. No other batsman has faced even 30,000 deliveries.
It’s actually great to see Rahul Dravid hold such records because it takes extreme mental toughness and character to create such kinds of records, which in fact can’t be broken easily.