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10 Unknown Facts about "The Wall" Rahul Dravid

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Rahul Dravid was won admirers around the globe with his productive run-scoring on the field and his downplayed, modest and beguiling identity off the field. Over the traverse of a heavenly cricketing journey, he has prevailed upon most who have seen, heard or met him. The stunningness that he used to summon at the wrinkle with his pleasant grin and an executioner bat can never be imitated, his commitments for India can never be underestimated. Rahul Dravid was apparently the most in fact sound batsman India has ever delivered, and likely, as far as sheer effect of his exhibitions, has played more noteworthy thumps than this partner and extraordinary companion Sachin Tendulkar.

Let's take a look at 10 of the unknown facts about the man we chose to call by the name of "THE WALL" Rahul Dravid:

1. Rahul Dravid’s father used to work at the Kissan factory which makes Jams, which has earned Dravid the nickname ‘Jammy’. Dravid has also starred in an advertisement for Kissan.

2. Rahul Dravid holds the distinction of being the only Indian to score centuries in four consecutive test-match innings when he scored against West Indies at Mumbai. His previous three hundreds, 115,148 and 217 came during India’s tour of England in 2002.

3. Rahul Dravid won the ICC Test Player of the year and the Player of the year awards when the ICC awards were launched way back in 2004, which remains one of his greatest achievements.

4. Rahul Dravid is also the only cricketer to have scored a century in each test playing nation. He achieved this stunning feat with a century against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2004.

5. Rahul Dravid is the only non-Australian cricketer to address the Bradman Oration. He delivered the Bradman Oration on December 14,2012 at the  War Memorial in Canberra. What an honor!

6. Rahul Dravid was the top scorer in the seventh ODI World Cup in England in 1999, with 461 runs, a perfect response to people who kept insisting he was a test match batsman.

7. Rahul Dravid was voted the sexiest sports personality in India in an online survey (2004-05). He left the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Sania Mirza behind.

8. Rahul Dravid is the only ever player in cricket history to have made his debut and retired in the same match. He made 31 off 21 in his T20 debut against England in the summer of 2011.

9. Much like Sourav Ganguly who also drifted to cricket after an initial obsession with football, Rahul Dravid played hockey before he took to cricket. With a natural flair for the sport, Rahul Dravid was selected for Karnataka’s junior state team.

10. Glenn McGrath once famously said that if there was one Indian cricketer who could earn a direct entry into the great Australian side of the late 90s, it would be Rahul Dravid.

posted Apr 12 by Divya Nayak

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Ashish Nehra had the potential to spearhead the Indian attack in major part of previous decade. In a career spanning over more than 18 years, Nehra's profession has been tormented with career threatening injuries. Throughout the years, he has been a victim of a few jokes and subject of a few web trolls, yet the reality remains that a fit Ashish Nehra is a resource for any side he plays for. 

1. Best bowling figures by an Indian in World Cup

In what was really one of the best bowling performances of all-times, Nehra knocked down some pins India to a triumph against England in Durban in World Cup 2003. His playing spell of 6 for 23, is scratched in the chronicles of Indian cricket always and is reviewed with awesome euphoria. He played well all through the World Cup, timing 90 mph reliably, and was one reason for India’s success in that campaign.

Actually, Nehra's figures remain the third best by an Indian bowler in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) after Stuart Binny (6 for 4 against Bangladesh in 2014) and Anil Kumble (6 for 12 against West Indies in Kolkata in 1993). It remains a best execution by an Indian bowler in a World Cup match.

2. International debut in 1999

Nehra made his debut for India in 1999 in the Asian Test Championship against Sri Lanka. Very few active cricketers, who have appeared in the earlier century, still are active international cricketers. Nehra surely is one. Virender Sehwag excessively showed up in India colours in 1999, only a couple days after Nehra's. Nehra is the second oldest international as of now playing in this IPL.

3. Friendship with Sehwag

Sehwag's current Nehra-ji tweets have taken the social media space by storm. Sehwag and Nehra have been colleagues for a long time — be it Delhi or India or in the IPL. In a meeting with Indian Express in 2009, the couple talked about each other. Sehwag stated, "There is a great deal of discuss how Gauti (Gautam Gambhir) and I are great companions, yet Nehra and I backpedal much more remote. Despite everything I recollect the two of us going to play matches sitting on a bike, one of us driving, the other holding the unit sack on the rearward sitting arrangement. He used to convey only a little sack, the greater one was forever mine. It's (the bike) is exceptionally extraordinary to me, a token of our holding." Nehra was cited as saying, "Viru toh yaaron ka yaar hai (Viru is an incredible companion)."

4. Only Indian to take six wickets in ODIs twice

Six wickets don't come simple in One-Day cricket and on the off chance that you believed Nehra's spell against England was only an irregular ponder, it was definitely not. In 2005, against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Nehra took six wickets once more, this time 6 for 59.

5. Represented five teams in IPL

Nehra has played for five groups in IPL. In the inaugural release, he was with Mumbai Indians and for the following two seasons, he was with Delhi Daredevils. In 2011 and 2012, he was with Pune Warriors, again taken after by another season with Delhi Daredevils. In 2014, he was gotten by Chennai Super Kings. From 2016 forward, he has been with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

6. Comeback and IPL triumph

Nehra staggered the cricket world when he made a rebound in the Australia visit, in 2015-16. India had a radiant keep running in T20Is present his arrival on the side. India beat Australia 3-0, won the Asia Cup and made it to the semi-last of the World T20 2016. Since his rebound, Nehra has played in 18 ODIs, guaranteed 21 wickets at 21.67. His economy rate peruses 7.22.

Later in 2016, Nehra featured in Sunrisers Hyderabad's IPL triumph. He played 8 matches, guaranteed 9 wickets at 22.11 at an economy rate of 7.65 preceding getting harmed.

7. N for Nehra. N for Nokia

Nehra is an immense hit via web-based networking media yet the pacer is uninformed of the reality. He once broadly told the press. "You are posing this question to a wrong individual since I am some individual who is not via web-based networking media. I am as yet utilizing my old Nokia; so I am not on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I don't read daily papers. Possibly I have a place with the old school of thought," Nehra told correspondents amid the India and Bangladesh in front of their ICC World T20 conflict. Later Nehra told that he is learning WhatsApp.

8. Reliable death bowler

In spite of the fact that Nehra is most associated with his last over against South Africa in the World Cup 2011 in Nagpur, where Robin Peterson took the required 13 from the over, it's a wrong idea that the bowler has regularly disappointed the side. He has been an object of jokes from that point forward however over and over, Nehra has turned out to be a splendid passing bowler. In 2004, against Pakistan at Karachi, Nehra protected nine off the last over with an in-shape Moin Khan and Naved-ul-Hasan at the wrinkle. Pakistan were pursuing 350.

Again in 2009, pursuing a huge 414, Sri Lanka required 11 from the last over with Angelo Mathews going solid. Nehra astounded a seven-run (which was not as much as their innings run rate). Even in the 2011 World Cup semi-last against Pakistan, Nehra wound up with the figures of 10-0-33-2 — the best knocking down some pins figures by any Indian bowler in the challenge.

9. Involved in a pub brawl?

In 2010, during the World Twenty20 Championship, it was accounted for that Nehra and five other Indian cricketers were involved in a pub brawl. A segment of fans told the players that it was frustrating to see them party after their poor on-field performances. Remarks like these are accepted to have impelled Nehra, and prompted a fight. In any case, the players and Nehra denied any such incident.

10. When Nehra the batsman won it for India

Nehra is not known for his batting, truth be told, from the get-go in his career, he battled with the bat yet once when it mattered, he hit the winning runs for India. The 2002-03 tour of India to New Zealand was awful for the hosts. They had lost both the Tests and then the first four ODIs. In the 6th ODI at Auckland, Indian were again nine down and Nehra, who was strike hit the triumphant runs. It came as a major surprise to all the Indian fans, obviously, a wonderful one.

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When one talks about India’s greatest match winners in the past 2-3 decades, the first name which pops up is perhaps Sachin Tendulkar. But unanimously, Anil Kumble comes a close second, ahead of even the likes of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid. Ignoring the stats, it is his ability to get crucial breakthroughs when things seem bleak was one of the most revered qualities of Anil Kumble.

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2. Kumble went to Holy Saint English School and completed his schooling from National High School in Bangalore. He didn’t let cricket disrupt his graduation and completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering.

3. All Kumble wanted to do in his childhood was to play cricket. ‘Jumbo’ joined Young Cricketers club at a tender age of 13.

4. The achievement of taking 10 wickets in an innings was commemorated by naming a traffic circle in Bangalore after him.

5. He was named Jumbo by his teammates not just because he was a tough bowler to face but also because his feet are quite big.

6. Kumble held the record of taking his first 50 wickets in only 10 matches, which was later broken by Ravichandran Ashwin who performed the feat in 9 matches.

7. Kumble as a batsman proved that he was a match winner for India by adding 52 runs for the ninth wicket and helping the team chase the target of 216 runs in the 'Titan Cup' against Australia, along with Javagal Srinath in October 1996.

8. The 45-year-old is the 3rd highest wicket taker in the history of Test cricket after Shane Watson and Muttiah Muralitharan. He is the 2nd Indian bowler to capture 400 Test wickets after Kapil Dev.

9. Kumble was bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1995. He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year in the year 1996. The Government of India presented ‘Jumbo’ with the Padma Shri in 2005.

10. He is only the 2nd bowler after England‘s Jim Laker to scalp all 10 wickets in a test innings. The 10 for 74 against Pakistan at the Feroze Shah Kotla in 1998 is hailed as the second best “Bowling performance of all time” by Wisden.

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2. Growing years

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3. Passionate father

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Subsequent to seeing the enthusiasm for the diversion, Hardik Pandya alongside his senior sibling Krunal Pandya were enlisted in the Kiran More International Academy at 5 years old and 7 individually.

5. Struggles in life

His dad needed to leave his place of employment in the wake of agony from heart assault thrice. Life ended up plainly harder for him after the sole provider of the family was bound to bed rest.

6. Education

Hardik Pandya fizzled ninth class and quit instruction to concentrate on his cricketing dreams.

7. Jack of all trades

Hardik Pandya is an all-rounder. His mentors recognize him as an ingenious player who is neither an ordinary batsman nor a sublimely gifted bowler. Be that as it may, he gives an affirmation that he can passage well in both viewpoints and create coordinate wining exhibitions which he has demonstrated in his past trips.

8. Nickname

Hardik Pandya has an exceptionally cool epithet in the Mumbai Indians changing areas. He is called "Rockstar" by his colleagues.

9. A leg spinner

Hardik Pandya was leg spinner before one day all of a sudden he changed to crease knocking down some pins. Once at the Kiran More International Academy, the group was one quick bowler short before a neighborhood coordinate. Kiran more requesting that he assume the liability. He promptly acknowledged the assignment and overwhelmed everybody by grabbing seven wickets in that match. This is the means by which he turned into a medium pacer.

10. Entry in the big league

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Ricky Ponting is potentially the best batsman that Australia has delivered since Sir Donald Bradman and his surprising record as a batsman in Tests and ODIs justifies itself with real evidence. This article gives you a more critical investigate the life and times of one of the best batsman that has ever played the game.

Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about 'The Punter' Ricky Ponting:

1. Playing with the brother in the backyard

Ricky Ponting is the eldest of three kin. His more youthful sibling Drew Ponting knocked down some pins to him in the patio, with Ricky batting for quite a long time. At the point when Drew would get his shot, Ricky would reject him soon enough to hold the bat again and continue.

2. Sporting family

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3. First earning through cricket

Ponting's first earning through cricket did not come because of the enchantment of his willow. However, as a young man, he was a piece of the scoreboard group at some Sheffield Shield amusements. For that activity every day, he used to be remunerated with A$ 20.

4. Batting with his father in a club game

Ponting played the greater part of his age gathering and introductory cricket for the Mowbray Cricket Club in Launceston, Tasmania. In one of the amusements, Ponting and his dad Graeme batted together. Be that as it may, to his failure, Ponting senior was rejected early while playing a forceful stroke.

5. Mentored by Ian Young

Ponting's mentor was Ian Young, whose child Shaun went ahead to play for Australia. Truth be told, Shaun Young and Ponting played a Test coordinate together against England on the 1997 Ashes visit to England. Ponting stayed near Ian, until his passing in 2010. Tragically, Ponting couldn't go to the burial service as he was in India, speaking to Australia in a Test coordinate.

6. Giving up school and Football

As a young boy, Ponting needed to settle on extreme decisions to seek after his cricketing tries. At 15 years old, he surrendered football in the wake of agony a damage to his elbow. He additionally dropped out of school in the wake of completing Class 10. "It was a major move I assume, however it was quite certain to everybody by then that cricket was the main thing I thought about," Ponting wrote in his book At Close of Play.

7. Working as a member of the ground staff at a school

As Ponting gave up school, he needed to get a job. His coach, Young organized an arrangement for him as an individual starting from the earliest stage at a school called Scotch Oakburn College. Ponting reviewed, "That job confirmed for me that a life in sport was what I really wanted."

8. First encounter with Sachin Tendulkar

In 1992, when Ponting was a part of the Australian Cricket Academy, he first observed Sachin Tendulkar. Having heard a ton about him, Ponting requested that the experts enable him to remain after practice to watch the Indian youth. "I needed to see Sachin Tendulkar who everybody was discussing, and I took up a position behind the nets while he had a bat. Any reasonable person would agree I would watch him bat for quite a while to come, yet that day I was examining his procedure, attempting to perceive what it was about him," Ponting wrote in his book. Ahead of the pack up to the 1992 World Cup, India played a practice diversion against the Australian Cricket Academy. Tendulkar scored 37 in that match and was gotten by Ponting. The Aussie thus scored 23.

9. Bonding with future teammates

Ponting first fortified with Adam Gilchrist and Glenn McGrath on a visit to South Africa in 1992, where they were speaking to the Australian Cricket Academy. Ponting and Gilchrist sat alongside each other on the flight to South Africa. Ponting got, "on the plane, I scarcely knew Gilly [Adam Gilchrist] yet when we arrived in Jo'burg we were best mates.

10. ‘Punter’ and the Shane Warne connection

During his time at the Academy in Adelaide, Ponting met Shane Warne, who was already a Test cricketer by then. Indeed, Ponting volunteered to bat against Warne at whatever point he needed to bowl and work on his system with Terry Jenner. Ponting's enjoying for puppy races and his propensity for wagering on them incited Warne to dedicate him as "Punter." It was a moniker that stayed with Ponting. Warne had attempted to take Ponting to clubs, yet he would figure out how to escape by concocting a wide range of reasons.

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The semi-final match between South Africa and New Zealand in 2015 World Cricket Cup was for sure an extraordinary match. South Africa lost to New Zealand yet they won our hearts. I'm not saying that New Zealand didn't win our hearts yet at the same time I needed South Africa to win simply because of one man – AB de Villiers. I'm a dry hard fan of Indian cricket team like the majority of you yet even that can't prevent me from being a fan of AB de Villiers. I mean this man is just the perfect leader. I won't talk much about his cricket-performances yet I'll tell every one of you how excellent he is beside playing cricket.

Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about 'The Champ' AB De Villiers:

1. Brilliant Student

He received “national medal” from late South African president, Nelson Mandela for doing a science project.

2. Playing Cricket In Childhood

He started playing cricket with his brothers in his childhood but the situation was not in his favour. He had to carry water for them for the whole day and only then he was allowed to bat for some time.

3. Badminton

He was the national champion in Badminton at under-19 level.

4. Childhood Ambition

He wanted to become a doctor like his father but as we know now that life had planned something else for him. But I’m sure that he would have been a kind-doctor too.

5. Rugby

He lead the junior national rugby team of South Africa.

6. Other Sports

He got shortlisted for South Africa’s junior national football team, holds many records in swimming, holds a record in 100m run in junior athletics.

7. He Made One Music Album Too

Making an music album was one of his childhood passion and he did an album with singer Ampie du Preez. The album was named as Maak Jou Drome Waar (Afrikaans for Make Your Dreams Come True). The theme of the album was “Follow Your Dreams.”

8. Funding The Poor

He also donates most of his earnings in a foundation called “Make A Difference Foundation.” This foundation helps brilliant but poor students to join good schools to study.

9. Need An Autograph?

He carries postcards with his own-signature on them and gives them to his fans.

10. Fastest 50 And Fastest 100 And Fastest 150

He carries the record for the fastest 50(16 balls), fastest 100(31 balls) and fastest 150(64 balls) under his name in ODIs.

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Mithali Raj is the captain of the Indian Women's cricket team in Test's and ODI. She is the second highest run scorer in women's international cricket and only second woman cricketer to surpass 5,500 run mark. She started to play the game at the age of 10 and at the age of 17, she was picked for the Indian team. Her ODI debut was against Ireland at Milton Keynes in the year 1999.

Let's take a look at 12 unknown facts about Mithali Raj the most successful captain of Indian Women’s Cricket Team:

1. Mithali Raj was born in Jodhpur on December 3, 1982 and is the daughter of an Air Force officer. She started playing the game at the age of 10.

2. In 2015, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, which she felt would help the cause of women’s cricket in India.

3. At 17, she made it to the Indian team and, in 1999, she played her first ODI against Ireland at Milton Keynes, scoring 114 runs.

4. In the domestic cricket scene, Mithali plays for the Railways.

5. On August 14, 2002, when she was 19 years old, she broke Karen Rolton’s record of highest individual test score.

6. In 2002, during the Women’s World Cup, Mithali came down with typhoid, which squashed India’s chances of winning.

7. In 2006, under her captaincy, the Indian women’s cricket team got their first Test and Series win in England.

8. In 2006, the Indian team again won the Asian Cup, for the second time in twelve months.

9. In 2003, she became the recipient of the Arjuna Award.

10. She has been described as a “dangerous cricketer” due to her composure at the crease and brisk scoring ability.

11. As a bowler, she can roll her arm over bowling leg-spinners, adding variety to her attack.

12. In 2013, Raj was the No. 1 cricketer in the ODI chart in the women’s division.

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Yuvraj Singh is one of the best ODI crickters India has produced in recent times. At his best, there is no player on the planet that you would rather than this stylish left-hander from Punjab. That silky flick through the on-side, that slap through mid-wicket that he plays with disdain, Yuvraj’s high bat-lift makes his game even more pleasant to watch.

1. Yuvraj Singh father Yograj Singh is a former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi movie actor.

2. Yuvraj Singh is the only Indian crickter after Sachin Tendulkar to have been signed by English county Yorkshire, an honor few overseas players are bestowed upon.

3. Yuvraj Singh was signed by Microsoft as a brand ambassador when the Xbox 360 video game console was launched in the Indian market way back in 2006.

4. He was an avid roller-skater as a child, and has also won the National Under-14 Roller Skating Championship.

5. Why does Yuvraj Singh wear the No. 12 shirt? He wears the jersey with number 12, since his birth date is on 12th of December which is also the 12th month of the year. Yuvi considers 12 to be his lucky number. Moreover, he also wears a black thread on his wrist when he comes in to play.

6. Yuvraj Singh is a huge Sachin fan since childhood. Yuvraj Singh cherishes those moments he spent on the crease with the master blaster, and rates that test in Chennai in 2008 when he had a crucial partnership with Sachin to win India the match as one of his greatest cricketing moments.

7. Yuvraj Singh used to study at Chandigarh’s DAV School. The Southpaw had the maximum attendance on the cricket pitch though, and it is said that Yuvraj broke a sign of the school’s name which used to be on the school’s wall with a barrage of huge sixes. Quite the naughty lad, eh?

8. When he was 7 years old, he kept insisting his mother to buy him a bicycle. When she finally agreed, Yuvraj Singh jammed the bicycle onto a rickshaw on the very first ride and ended up with 10 STITCHES.

9. When one of Yuvraj Singh’s friends brought an air gun when they were young, and nobody could figure out how it worked, Yuvi took the matter into his own hands and accidently shot his friend in the stomach! Thankfully no damage was done!

10. We all have heard about Yuvraj Singh’s battle with cancer, but did you know that Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer between his lungs, for which he underwent three cycles of chemotheraphy in the United States.

11. Yuvraj Singh has also done a Bollywood animated movie ‘Jumbo’. Yuvraj did a voice over in the movie produced by Akshay Kumar.

12. Yuvraj Singh has started a great initiative with ‘YouWeCan’, with which he plans to help cancer patients in their treatment. Excellent work Yuvi! 

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