April 3, 1996
Dravid makes his one-day debut against Sri Lanka in Singapore
, making just 3 in an Indian win.
June 20-24, 1996
Distinguished Test debut
An injury to Sanjay Manjrekar gives Dravid his India cap at Lord's
five years after his first-class debut. He and Sourav Ganguly then light up the arena with a 94-run partnership. Ganguly scores a memorable hundred, but Dravid misses out by five runs, walking on a thin edge. "I was a bit disappointed, sure, but not all that much. In the sense, I was happy I scored 95 runs, I looked at it as a cup half full, instead of half empty," Dravid says later.
January 16-20, 1997
India enter the bullring for the third Test against South Africa at the Wanderers
after being walloped in the first two. Dravid, batting at No.3, settles down after a nervous start and cuts, pulls, and drives his way to a masterclass. His 148, with 21 fours, helps India post a healthy 410, and in the second innings he hits 81, with 11 fours, as India make a sporting declaration. Despite a valiant effort from Srinath, bad light allows South Africa, eight wickets down, to escape with a draw. But Dravid, adjudged the Man of the Match, restores India's pride.
May 21, 1997
Maiden ODI hundred in lost cause
In the famous Saeed Anwar match in Chennai
, Dravid sustains India with his maiden hundred in ODIs but his dismissal triggers the end.
January 2-6, 1999
Becomes the third Indian to score a century in each innings, against New Zealand in Hamilton
. With another marathon effort - 490 minutes, 354 balls, and 31 fours - Dravid comes to India's rescue. From a shaky 17 for 2, Dravid, with Sachin Tendulkar, lifts India out of the hole. In the second essay, set an improbable 415, India stumble to 55 for 2 but Dravid stars again, with a 136-ball 103 and in the company of Ganguly helps India draw the game. Dravid becomes the third Indian after Vijay Hazare and Sunil Gavaskar to achieve the feat.
May 26, 1999
Into the record books
Against Sri Lanka in Taunton
during the 1999 World Cup, Dravid scores 145 out of a stand of 318 in 45 overs with Ganguly, which is the highest in any ODI. Dravid establishes himself as the pacemaker, reaching his second successive hundred at almost a run a ball.
November 8, 1999
Against New Zealand
, Dravid makes his highest ODI score and helps break the record he and Ganguly made in the World Cup. Dravid, with a run-a-ball 153, partners Tendulkar and the pair adds 331 in 46 overs as India post their then-highest total of 376 for 2.
County cricket comes calling
Dravid turns out for Kent, and guess who the club's coach is? John Wright of course. There is a meeting of minds, and the rest is history. "The arrival of Rahul Dravid to enhance our batting is a major boost. It is great news to have a batsman of Dravid's class in the team," Wright declares. Dravid tops the Kent averages with 1,039 runs at 49.48.
November 18-22, 2000
After Andy Flower sweeps his way to 183 in Delhi
, Dravid responds with 200, off 350 balls with 27 fours, and follows up with a breezy 91-ball 70 in the second innings, adding 110 runs for the third wicket with Ganguly, as India chase down the target of 190 in 37.3 overs with 9.3 overs and seven wickets to spare. Another century - 162 in the second Test and the fact that he was dismissed only once in the series, gives him an astounding series average of 432
March 11-15, 2001
No Indian fan can ever forget Kolkata in 2001
. Dismissed by Shane Warne twice in three innings and demoted to No.6, Dravid has a point to prove. In the second innings, he joins VVS Laxman, with India still needing 42 runs to avoid an innings defeat, and lifts India from ignominy to incredible triumph. Warne is creamed for 41 runs in 51 balls.
The great run-fest
Four centuries on a trot. Three against England - 115 in the second Test
, 148 in the third
in a match India win, 217 - his first double hundred against England
- in the fourth Test - and then follows them up with an unbeaten 100 against West Indies
October 16-20, 2003
First taste of captaincy
Against New Zealand in Mohali
, Dravid stands in for the indisposed Ganguly. In the drawn first Test, he compiles a mammoth 222
but, in the second, fails with the bat (1 and 5) and generally has a nightmarish Test as a captain. Despite centuries from Laxman and Sehwag, India are forced to follow-on after four top-order centuries see New Zealand run away to 630. However, India manage to draw the game.
December 2003-January 2004
Bring on the Aussies
The Dravid and Laxman show hits the road again in the second Test
against Australia. After Australia amass 556, the duo come together just after tea on the second day and are not separated till the last over before tea on the third, by which time they add 303 for the fifth wicket
, and power India to 523. After Ajit Agarkar comes up with his best performance to lay the foundation for a win, Dravid again stars in the second essay, remaining unbeaten on 72, taking India to a famous win. He also hits 90 plus scores in the remaining two Tests to top the Indian averages - 619 runs at a staggering 123.80.
April 13-17, 2004
Fun in Pindi
After two quiet Tests he explodes in the third Test
with his highest score yet - a magnificent 270, paving the way for a series win against Pakistan.
November 3-7, 2004
Last man standing
A minefield awaits the two teams, with the series already in Australia's bag, in the last last Test
. While the Indian top-order is whipped by a rampaging Jason Gillespie, Dravid, leading the side, holds one end up. Groping with the demons in the pitch, he is the only Indian batsman to bat more than 100 deliveries and is left stranded on 31. Sparkling half-centuries from Laxman and Tendulkar in the second innings set up the game for Harbhajan and Murali Kartik to spin India to a thrilling 13-run win.
December 17-21, 2004
First man in history
A 160 against Bangladesh in Chittagong, 2004
gives him a unique record - he is the first player to score centuries in all Test-playing countries. And until the ICC decides to give some new country Test status, Dravid's record can only be equalled, not broken.
March 16-20, 2005
Pakistan run into the wall, again
He lights up Eden Gardens
again, with centuries in both innings (110 and 135) to charge India to a 195-run victory over Pakistan. A 122-run partnership with Tendulkar in the first innings and a stirring 165-run stand with Dinesh Karthik (93) in the second sets up an Indian win. In the second innings, Sehwag, Tendulkar and Ganguly fall early while Laxman retires hurt with a swollen left eyebrow, courtesy a snorter from Mohammad Sami, to leave India shaking at 156 for 4 before Dravid unleashes his special. He guides his young partner and they set up the game for Kumble, who sends Pakistan hurtling to a big defeat.
November 22, 2005
And... here comes the captain
After a dramatic period involving leaked emails and public spats, Dravid is appointed
as the captain for the Test series against Sri Lanka. "It's time for us to look ahead," Kiran More, chairman of the selection panel, declared as the curtains came down
on the captaincy saga of Ganguly.
January 13-17, 2006
First hundred as a captain
Hits a hundred in a run-fest in Lahore
, and is involved in a mammoth 410-run first-wicket stand with Virender Sehwag. He follows up with another century in the next Test.
June 30-July 2, 2006
Dravid's one-man show delivers the Holy Grail
At Sabina Park
, the colossal figure of Dravid - who passed 9000 Test runs along the way - sets the foundation for India's second series victory in the Caribbean, 35 long years after Ajit Wadekar and his men had seen off the challenge posed by Sir Garfield Sobers and friends. Without Dravid's two masterful efforts the result would probably have been reversed. If his 81 on the first day is executed with a shield - he dodges the dangerous deliveries and keeps out the straight ones - his second-innings 68 is played with a sword.
February 14, 2007
10,000 ODI runs
With a drive to long-on for a single, Dravid becomes
only the sixth player to get to 10,000 runs in ODIs. Of the batsmen who have reached the milestone, Tendulkar does it in the least number of innings - only 259 - while Dravid's 287 innings puts him in fourth place.
March 17, 2007
Ousted by Bangladesh
One of the toughest defeats of his career, as India go down by five wickets against Bangladesh
in the World Cup. Another defeat against Sri Lanka
- despite Dravid's 60 - against Sri Lanka a week later means India are dumped out of the World Cup.
An Indian summer
Under Dravid, India tour England
and win their first Test series in England since 1986, albeit 1-0. Just one fifty in six innings is average by any standards, more so if your standards are as high Dravid's. But as captain he is blessed with luck: winning the toss in two of the three Tests, one of which produces a decisive result.
September 14, 2007
Dravid resigns as captain
In a letter written to the Indian board, Dravid asks
to be relieved of the captaincy before Australia's tour later in the month. Under his captaincy India win eight Tests, including series wins in the West Indies, Bangladesh and England. However, his ODI record is patchy: he begins on a winning streak, where India set a record for 16 consecutive successful chases. But then India exit the 2007 World Cup in the first round and lose the NatWest series to England 4-3.
October 27, 2007
Dropped from ODIs
Dravid is left out of the squad to face Pakistan in a five-match series. His ODI career appears over.
December 20, 2008
Happy to be contributing again
Dravid ends a wretched 2008 with his 26th Test century, a dogged, stonewalling effort against England in Mohali
August 16, 2009
A call for help
In response to India's woes against short-pitched bowling in the summer of 2009, the selectors recall Dravid
after nearly two years for a tri-series in Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy. He is dropped less than a month later.
November 2009-February 2010
Dravid scores three centuries in seven innings versus Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, including two in consecutive Tests against Sri Lanka in November 2009.
July 2010-January 2011
Except for two centuries against a weak New Zealand attack, Dravid struggles for runs with only one half-century in 17 other innings. He ends the South Africa series with an average of just 20.
Back at his best
Standing tall amid a 4-0 drubbing in England, Dravid scores three centuries in a series in which no other Indian manages even one. Two of those hundreds are as openers, and in the fourth Test at The Oval he becomes only the third Indian to carry his bat, scoring an unbeaten 146 out of 300.
December 2011-January 2012
Disappointment in Australia
In eight innings in Australia, Dravid manages only 194 runs at an average of 24.25. It's to be his last Test series.
March 9, 2012
End of an era
Dravid announces his retirement from all international and first-class cricket.