— Newsd (@GetNewsd) January 11, 2017
Dravid’s name was among the trending topics on Twitter with celebrities and fans offering good wishes to the batsman
“Happy Birthday Rahul Bhai. Thank you for your encouragement & for being a great role model for all the budding cricketers out there,” wrote current Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
Happy Birthday Rahul Bhai. Thank you for your encouragement & for being a great role model for all the budding cricketers out there ?
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 11, 2017
The International Cricket Council (ICC) also lauded his contribution to cricket in its birthday wishes. “He was one of cricket’s greatest batsmen, with 24,208 international runs, the 6th highest of all time. Happy 44th Birthday to Rahul Dravid!” the world body said on its official twitter page.
He was one of cricket’s greatest batsmen, with 24,208 international runs, the 6th highest of all time. Happy 44th Birthday to Rahul Dravid! pic.twitter.com/Ea3yvN1Qav
— ICC (@ICC) January 11, 2017
Sports Minister Vijay Goel was also among those who wished Dravid.
“True gentleman & GREAT WALL of #Indian #cricket Wishing #RahulDravid a very Happy Birthday. DID YOU KNOW once he took 2 wickets in 2 balls!” he tweeted.
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) January 11, 2017
Happy Birthday #RahulDravid,” Sehwag tweeted.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2017
Former BCCI President Anurag Thakur, who had to step down following the Supreme Court order on Lodha Committee recommendations, was not to be left behind either.
“Happy Birthday #RahulDravid ! A legend who’s transformed the U-19 team & one of the finest cricketers the world hs ever seen!” he said.
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) January 11, 2017
He was part of the legendary ‘Fab-Five’ in Indian cricket, also comprising Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly.
He is currently coach of both the India A and Under-19 teams.