Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid on Friday turned 46. Born on January 11, 1973, in Indore, Dravid, who was known as ‘The Wall’ during his playing days is one of the modest cricketers to have graced the game. Dravid is known for his work ethics as he currently coaches India U19 and A side. As it is his birthday, #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid and #TheWall were some of the trending topics on Twitter. Rahul Dravid Turns 46: Seven Quotes by the Ultimate Gentleman of Cricket.
From his former teammates to fans, everyone lined up to wish Dravid on his birthday. Leading the birthday wishes for Dravid was former Indian opener Virender Sehwag. Known for his wit and humour, Sehwag posted a unique birthday wish for Dravid.
“Deewaron ke bhi kaan hote hain , is deewar ka bahut saaf Mann aur hriday bhi hai ( #TheWall too has ears, this one has a pure mind and a heart as well) A joy to have played with him and made so many wonderful memories together. #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid,” tweeted Sehwag.
Deewaron ke bhi kaan hote hain , is deewar ka bahut saaf Mann aur hriday bhi hai!( #TheWall too has ears, this one has a pure mind and a heart as well)
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2019
Discarded Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh also tweeted a birthday greeting for Dravid. Harbhajan wrote, “Happy birthday Jam..wish you all the happiness..keep continuing to flourish young talent under ur wings.. you are the best they can get..many great memories shared and many more to make #Thegreatwallofindia #legend #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid.” Happy Birthday, Rahul Dravid! To The Man Young Cricketers Need to Take Lessons From, On And Off The Field
Happy birthday Jam..wish you all the happiness..keep continuing to flourish young talent under ur wings.. you are the best they can get..many great memories shared and many more to make #Thegreatwallofindia #legend #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/Ha9GYvHQ9n
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 11, 2019
And birthday wishes for Dravid dropped in from all corners:
Happy Birthday Rahul bhai ! They call it a Gentleman's game because legends like you played it. Sharing the dressing room with you was a privilege & an honor that I'll never forget. Friend, mentor, captain & always #TheWall. Have a great year ahead!! #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/1HOY2bYrC5
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 11, 2019
Happiest Birthday to Rahul Dravid Sir. A true inspiration to all the sportspersons out there! May almighty bless you with a long and happy life just like the innings you used to play! 😊#HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/TrA7RTeCTC
— Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) January 11, 2019
Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid.
At a time when Indian Cricket's poster boys are Hardik Pandya types, let us never forget what it means to be truly solid and humble.
Generations will come and go and Dravid will still be batting.😹#HappyBirthdayRahulDravid
— Adit¥∆ M∆€∆£ (@jhunjhunwala) January 11, 2019
#HappyBirthdayRahulDravid A case study of a selfless man who did whatever was asked of him and always put team's interest ahead of his (Even in his retirement and after that).
— Anuj Singhal (@_anujsinghal) January 11, 2019
Many many happy returns of the day to a terrific human being, role model and an inspiration for many youngsters in the country. One of the most likeable cricketers ever , #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid bhai ! pic.twitter.com/V07D4Ci6A8
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 11, 2019
Many more happy returns of the day to my dear friend Rahul. I wish him all the happiness and love and hope that he continues serving Indian Cricket and continues to inspire not just budding cricketers but the youth of the country. #HappyBirthdayRahulDravid pic.twitter.com/fzsQcy5D5I
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 11, 2019
— Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) January 11, 2019
A Tribute to Rahul Dravid
In 2016, Dravid rejected BCCI’s offer to coach the Indian cricket team. “I requested Rahul Dravid to coach the Indian team. He didn't say no, but said that he will work for the junior team. That is the good thing about Dravid. He didn't go for the senior team post, big money and all. He wanted to work for the junior cricketers and not the senior team. I can only do short-term assignments, I can't stay away from home for long periods of time, short assignments suit me better,” the then BCCI president Anurag Thakur was quoted as saying by Zee News.
In 2017, Dravid declined a Bangalore University Hon. degree, saying he would like to earn a doctorate by accomplishing some academic research in sport. Dravid truly is a gentleman that current Indian cricket needs! Happy Birthday, Dravid!