New Delhi: Indian batting stalwart Rahul Dravid, who is also known as "The Wall" of the Indian cricket team, turned 39 on January 11, 2012.
Born in a Maharashtrian Deshastha family in Indore on the 11th of January 1973, Dravid started playing the game of cricket when he was only 12. He represented Karnataka at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 level. Former cricketer Keki Tarapore spotted his cricketing talents when he scored a double-hundred for his school on debut. Rahul went on to make his Ranji Trophy debut in the year 1991 against Maharashtra in Pune.
It took just 5 more years for the talented young man to make his Test debut for the Indian team. Since then the flow of runs has continued from his bat. He was only the second batsman to score over 13,000 runs in Tests and the third Indian (after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly) to be a part of the elite club of over 10,000 runs in ODIs.