'The Wall' Rahul Dravid turns 43 today

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The Wall Rahul Dravid turns 43 today
Rahul Dravid

One of India's last classical Test match batsmen, Rahul Dravid often regarded as The Wall celebrates his birthday on January 11.

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Published: Mon 11 Jan 2016, 11:01 AM

Last updated: Tue 12 Jan 2016, 9:02 AM

Rahul was always inclined to cricket and is believed to have started playing when he was 12 years old. Soon the boy from Bangalore played for under-15, under-17 and under-19 teams at the state level.
He is currently the coach of India 'A' and U-19 teams and is busy in World Cup preparations with the latter in Bengaluru.
Apart from innumerable fans that his talent has gained over the many years of his career, international cricketers too look up to India's finest batsmen.

Via espncricinfo.com
Here's what they have to say:
Sachin Tendulkar: "Dravid is a perfect role model for youngsters. He has set a great example for all of us to follow. We are all trying to follow that path."
Mathew Hayden: "All this going around is not aggression. If you want to see aggression on cricket field, look into Rahul Dravid's eyes."
Navjot Singh Sidhu: "Rahul Dravid is a player who would walk on broken glass if his team asks him to."
Chris Gayle: "Dravid could play attacking cricket like me but I could never play like him."
Bran Lara: "If I have to put anyone to bat for my life, it'll be Kallis or Dravid."    
Shane Warne: "Rahul Dravid being known as 'The Wall' is pretty much spot on.'The fortress' could also describe Rahul. Because once, Dravid was set, you needed the bowling equivalent of a dozen cannon firing all at once to blast him down"

All you need to know about The Wall
Full name: Rahul Sharad Dravid
Born: January 11, 1973, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Education: St. Joseph's Boys' High School
Major teams: India, Scotland, Asia XI, Canterbury, ICC World XI,Karnataka, Kent, Marylebone Cricket Club, Rajasthan Royals,Royal Challengers Bangalore
Nickname: The Wall
Playing role: Top-order batsman
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position: Occasional wicketkeeper
Source: espncricinfo.com

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