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Royal Challengers Bangalore's Rahul Dravid celebrates after the run out dismissal of Chennai Super Kings' Mathew Hayden during the IPL 3 match at Chinnaswami Stadium in Bangalore. Robin Uthappa cracked a dazzling half-century, while R Vinay Kumar scalped four wickets to help Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings by 36 runs.

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Rahul Dravid, reacts after being hit on the face by Shahadat Hossain bouncer. His jaw broken, Dravid will not take further part in the ongoing second Test against Bangladesh and will also be a doubtful starter for next month's Test series against South Africa. Batting on 111, Dravid tried to duck a low bouncer that hit him on the ear guard of the helmet.

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Gautam Gambhir raises his bat after batting 50 runs as his partner Rahul Dravid, looks on during the second day of the second cricket test match against Bangladesh in Dhaka. Gambhir today equalled West Indian legend Vivian Richards' world record of most fifties in consecutive Tests during his 68-run knock on the second day of the second and final cricket Test against Bangladesh here today. Gambhir and Richards now have 11 fifty-plus knocks each in as many consecutive Tests.

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Harbhajan Singh, celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lankan Prasanna Jayawardene, as teammates Rahul Dravid, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Gautam Gambhir join him during the forth day of the second cricket test match between India and Sri Lanka in Kanpur.

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Rahul Dravid, acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century as Sachin Tendulkar looks on during the second day of the second cricket test match between India and Sri Lanka in Kanpur.

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Rahul Dravid reacts as he walks back to the pavilion after being bowled out by Sri Lanka's Chanaka Welegedara, during the second day of the first test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad.

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Rahul Dravid became the fifth highest run-getter and second Indian to complete 11,000 Test runs when he took a single to take his individual score to 177 (still batting) against Sri Lanka on Day 1 of the first Test in Ahmedabad.

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Day 23 - Mumbai Indians V/s Bangalore Royal Challengers:
Batsman Rahul Dravid, left, is run out by Mumbai Indians fielder Harbhajan Singh in the Indian Premier League cricket match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Mumbai Indians beat the Bangalore Royal Challengers by 16 runs.

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Bangalore Royal Challengers Kevin Pietersen and Rahul Dravid celebrate the wicket of Chennai Superkings Parthiv Patel. Bangalore Royal Challengers gave away too many boundaries for their comfort with the run rate rising more than 10 and CSK reaching 106 for no loss after 10 overs with the help of 11 fours and three sixes. Rahul Dravid (20), who hit an unbeaten 66 in last match, could not repeat his act today and was the last man out.

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Day 1: Rajasthan Royals Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers
Rahul Dravid struck a defiant 66 before Anil Kumble returned a brilliant five-wicket haul to set up Royal Challengers Bangalore's sensational 75-run win over defending champions Rajasthan Royals in the second match of the Indian Premier League here today. Dravid's third IPL fifty, studded with eight fours and one six, came at a time when when chips were down for his side as they were struggling four for 52 at one stage.

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Rahul Dravid, who extended his world record of slip catches to 183 against New Zealand on the 4th day of the 3rd international cricket test, at Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Smells like team spirt!

Rahul Dravid holds his 'Man of the Series' award following the abandonment of the 4th Test at the Oval, London. The Series between India and England was drawn at 1-1. Dravid had a series average of just over 100 runs per innings, and with his 217 in the 4th test, was also named as man of the match at the Oval.

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Rahul Dravid watches his bails fly after being bowled for 76 by New Zealand's Scott Styris on the first day of the first cricket test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand. India made 161 runs in the first innings.

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Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar share a light moment at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Monday, April 7, 2003.

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India's stand-in captain Rahul Dravid shares the trophy with New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming after the Mohali Test was drawn. V V S Laxman's 67 and Akash Chopra's 52 in the second innings saved the Indians from the ignominy of a series defeat on home turf.

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V.V.S. Laxman hugs Rahul Dravid after the latter completed his century during the first day of the first test match against New Zealand in Ahmedabad. India were 249 for three wickets at the end of the day's play.

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It was a familiar sight - India choking to Australia in a crunch game, though this time they struggled to grab defeat from the jaws of victory. Despite missed catches - as many as six, with three by Laxman - Indian bowlers did reasonably well to restrict the Aussies at 235 for 5, but the batsmen succumbed to the pressure and folded up for 198 in 41.5 overs.

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India's Mohd. Kaif and captain Rahul Dravid complete a run during the one-day international against New Zealand in Cuttack. Kaif top scored with 64 as India went out to make 246 for 9.

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Rahul Dravid plays a hook shot on the fourth day of play of the second Test in Adelaide. Dravid was later caught for 233 runs by Andy Bichel off Jason Gillespie with India being all out for 523. Ajit Agarkar's 6 for 41 has given the Indians a fair chance of beating the hosts, who were bowled out for 196 in their second innings, leaving the visitors with a target of 230.

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Virender Sehwag embraces team mate Rahul Dravid after reaching his centuary in the Melbourne Test. Sehwag hit a swashbuckling 195 as the visitors galloped to 329 for four on the opening day of the third Test against Australia. Sehwag's century also bettered Sunil Gavaskar's 118 in 1984 as the best knock by an Indian batsman at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Rahul Dravid is cleaned up by a Mohammad Sami delivery during the second one-day international of the Samsung Cup against Pakistan at Rawalpindi. India were bowled out for 217 in 49 overs while chasing Pakistan's 329.

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Sunday 21 March Rahul Dravid and Mohd. Kaif hug each other as Pakistan's Moin Khan looks on after India beat Pakistan in the fourth one-day international match of the Samsung Cup at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. In a do-or-die match, a 132 run partnership by Dravid and Kaif gave Team India a comprehensive win with five wickets and five overs to spare, levelling the series 2-2. India had earlier lost the matches at Rawalpindi and Peshawar.

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Rahul Dravid completes a run as Pakistan's Danish Kaneria looks on during the second day of third Test in Rawalpindi. An unbeaten 134 by Dravid helped India consolidate its position at 342 for four with an innings lead of 118 runs and has put the team on the road to a first ever series win against the arch-rivals on their home soil.

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Wednesday 30 JunePresident A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presents the Padma Shri award to cricketer Rahul Dravid at an investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Skipper Sourav Ganguly was also awarded with the Padam Shri. Former Chief Justice of India M N R Venkatachaliah, writer Amrita Pritam and astronomer Jayant Vishnu Narlikar were awarded with the Padama Vibhushan while film maker Gulzar, dancer Alarmel Valli, scientist G Padmanaban, journalist M V Kamath and economist C. Hanumantha Rao were among those who received the Padma Bhushan. The nation's highest civilian honour 'Bharat Ratna' was not announced this year.

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Rahul Dravid acknowledges the crowds after reaching his century as Mohammed Kaif looks on during the Asia Cup 2004 match between India and UAE in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. India defeated the UAE by 116 runs in their opening match of the six nation tournament.

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Wednesday 8 September Rahul Dravid kisses one of his two awards for Player of the Year and Test Player of the Year at the ICC Awards ceremony at Alexander Palace in London. The Indian vice-captain polled 82 votes to claim the Test Player of the Year honour, much ahead of Matthew Hayden (53), England's fast bowler Steve Harmison (38) and Sri Lankan off-spinner Muthiah Muralitharan (30). In the voting period from August 1, 2003 to July 31, 2004, Dravid scored 1241 runs in nine Tests at an average of 95.46 with three centuries. Irfan Pathan was another Indian to walk off with a huge honour of being accorded the Emerging Player of the Year award. Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were also named in the one-day team of the year announced by the ICC.

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Rahul Dravid walks towards the pavilion after being dismissed for 80 as South African players celebrate during the third day of the second Test at the Edens Garden, Calcutta. India managed to squeeze out a vital first innings lead of 54 runs to gain a slight advantage. The home team was at 359 for six with wicketkeeper Dinesh Kaarthick batting at 35 and Irfan Pathan at 21.

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Rahul Dravid plays a stroke as Bangladesh's Aftab Ahmed reacts during the first day of the second Test in Chittagong. India once again put themselves in a commanding position after centuries from Gautam Gambhir and Dravid ensured the visitors another huge total against the hosts. Dravid's18th Test century made him the first batsman ever to score centuries in all ten Test playing countries as India reached 334 for two at close.

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Monday 18 JulyRahul Dravid and Harbhajan Singh look on during a session at the nets at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Ending weeks of uncertainty, national selectors have named Dravid as the captain and included Sourav Ganguly subject to ICC clearance even as they inducted two uncapped players in the Indian squad for the cricket tri-series beginning in Sri Lanka on July 30. Young Uttar Pradesh all rounder Suresh Raina and Andhra batsman Venugopal Rao are the two new faces in the squad announced by BCCI Secretary S K Nair after a meeting of the selection committee.

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Rahul Dravid
A bad year for the most, his batting average fell steadily in 2008. But he did join the 10,000-run club and finally got to some sort of form with a century against England in Mohali late in the year.

K. Srikant was to later reveal: "A lot of players in the team, I cannot tell you the names, were in tears when he told them his decision. It was an emotional moment for the team and me." Here, even Rahul Dravid managed a smile.

Rahul Dravid's sudden decision to withdraw himself from contention when his contract for captaincy was up for renewal after a successful tour of England remained a mystery wrapped in enigma will have to rank as the biggest surprise or at least inexplicable decisions of the year in Cricket. But the man remained inscrutable, particularly when it was widely acknowledged that apart from the debacle at the World Cup, the team had performed creditably under him. Rumours of not getting along with the chairman of selection committee, Dilip Vengsarkar did the rounds, but the man just put his head down. And then in typical self-sacrificing fashion, offered to open the innings in Australia so as to be able to accommodate Yuvraj Singh in the team. In 9 Tests during the year, he only scored 585 runs at an average of 39.00, with one century and three half centuries, but these statistics hide the fact that he did not bat in easy conditions and often came down to bat as the captain. But the biggest shock for his fans was the decision to drop him from the ODI team against Pakistan despite a not too bad 823 runs in 31 matches at 37.40 with eight half-centuries in the year till then. Also See: The Fourth Umpire's Call

It bagan with hope, as Rahul Dravid (32) and Sachin Tendulkar (44), had a 60 run partnership during the first day of the 1st cricket test match against South Africa at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 15, 2006.

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Rahul Dravid: Jam Tart
And you can’t even have him! Jammy—MTV Youth Icon of 2004—endorses Citizen watches and looks like the ‘citizen’ we want our men to be. Stoically sweet, regular, good boy you could have taken to mama if you had woken up in time. USP: attractive hands with long tapering fingers. God made his hands with His own hands.

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Rahul Dravid
Dapper at the nets in his whites or casually cool in his trademark collared T-shirts and jeans when he’s off field, Dravid gets our vote as India’s best-dressed player and gentleman.

Saibal Das

Rahul Dravid
Dapper at the nets in his whites or casually cool in his trademark collared T-shirts and jeans when he’s off field, Dravid gets our vote as India’s best-dressed player and gentleman.

Saibal Das

Rahul Dravid
Dapper at the nets in his whites or casually cool in his trademark collared T-shirts and jeans when he’s off field, Dravid gets our vote as India’s best-dressed player and gentleman.

Saibal Das

Rahul Dravid, Cricket player: 8.18

Achievement: 8.2
Sex appeal: 8.1
Personality: 8.0
Overall appreciation: 8.4

Rahul Dravid’s image as a perfectionist was reinforced through all of 2005. His crowning glory—a century in each innings of the Calcutta Test against Pakistan. When Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy was under siege, Dravid never once came across as a man in a hurry to grab the chair. "Captaincy is an honour that is accorded to you; it is not something you seek or snatch," he told Outlook in April. The new captain has, in the series against Sri Lanka and South Africa, been able to dispel any lingering doubts about his ability to handle more mercurial players like Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh. Not putting a step wrong, Dravid has endeared himself to players, officials and fans—male and female.

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The Indian vice-captain becomes the first player to appear in 85 consecutive Tests since debut. Mr Dependable ended the year with a healthy 63+ test average and a career best 270.

A jubilant Rahul Dravid holds up his bat and a stump after scoring the winning run. Man-of-the-match Dravid remained unbeaten on 72 as India overhauled the target of 230 to win by four wickets.

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Rahul Dravid raises his bat after completing his double century. He went on to make 233 which helped India post 523 on the fourth day.

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V.V.S. Laxman celebrates his century with Rahul Dravid. Laxman went on to make 148 and in the company of the vice-captain took his side to safety as India ended the third day at 477-7

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Australian players celebrate the fall of Parthiv Patel's wicket on the final day. The dismissal came a little too late as India needed just one run to complete a win on Aussie soil after 22 years.

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Preserver: Rahul Dravid
No. of ODIs: 196
Runs: 6181
100s: 8
50s: 42
Average: 38.39
Strike Rate: 68.40
More than the Wall, he’s the Foundation

Atul Kasbekar

Monday August 11, 2008
So India capitulated to Sri Lanka -- though perhaps it was all because of  unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis, who remained an unfathomable mystery for the famed Indian batting line-up failing in the series they lost by 2-1. The 23-year-old army officer made a new world record by capturing 26 wickets -- the best by any bowler in a debut three-Test series, surpassing Englishman Alec Bedser's 24-wicket haul, which was also against India in 1946. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Venkatsai Laxman could manage just three half-centuries among them. Tendulkar, who was 172 short of breaking retired West Indies captain Brian Lara's world record of 11,953 Test runs before the series, could manage just 95 in six innings without a half-century. Laxman impressed only in patches as he scored 215 runs, while Dravid made 148 and Ganguly 96. Openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were the only batsmen who could salvage their reputations, playing key roles in their team's victory in the second Test in Galle. Sehwag smashed an unbeaten 201 and 50, while Gambhir made successive half-centuries to give solid starts.

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Sunday March 30, 2008
Once they were the captain and his deputy. When Sehwag had scored his first triple century in Multan in 2004, Dravid had been the officiating captain. But the drawn Chennai Test would be best remembered for two important milestones by these two-- Sehwag hitting the fastest triple century ever in Test history, and also becoming the third person ever to have scored two triple centuries (he's the only Indian to have scored a triple) and Dravid completing 10,000 Test runs, the third Indian and the sixth ever in Test history.  Also See: Savage Sehwag

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Indian cricket players Sourav Ganguly, left and Rahul Dravid, are seen during a practice session in Calcutta on Wednesday. India and Pakistan will play the second cricket test match in Calcutta starting Novemvber 30. Another controversy surrounded Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar tonight following reports that he had been directed to select India's team for the third cricket Test against Pakistan after discussions over telephone, a move he says has humiliated him.

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Tuesday 31 July
Indian skipper Rahul Dravid punches the air after India beat England in the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England. India overcame minor hiccups before wrapping up proceedings with a seven-wicket victory to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and put themselves on course for a rare overseas series triumph. Needing just 63 runs to clinch victory on the final day, the Indians cruised home comfortably to register only their fifth Test win on English soil.

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Indian skipper Rahul Dravid punches the air after India beat England in the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England. India overcame minor hiccups before wrapping up proceedings with a seven-wicket victory to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match rubber and put themselves on course for a rare overseas series triumph. Needing just 63 runs to clinch victory on the final day, the Indians cruised home comfortably on a sunny morning to register only their fifth Test win on English soil. Dinesh Kaarthick (22) and Wasim Jaffer (22) blunted a spirited bowling by England, and although Sachin Tendulkar (1) fell cheaply, India's victory was never in doubt. The winning runs came from a bye four off Chris Tremlett, symptomatic of England's luck in the match, and triggering scenes of celebrations in the Indian dressing room. The last time India won a Test match on English soil was at Leeds in 2002 when they had defeated the hosts by an innings and 46 runs.

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Indian skipper Rahul Dravid shakes hands with Bangladesh batsman Rajin Saleh at the end of the first Test at the Bir Sreshta Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium in Chittagong. The rain-shortened Test ended in a draw on the fifth and final day. Set a victory target of 250 in 43 overs, the hosts were never close to the required run rate and were 104 for two when the match was called off with 15 overs still to be bowled. This is Bangladesh's only fifth draw in the 45 Test matches they have played, which includes the lone win against Zimbabwe.

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Indian captain Rahul Dravid stretches as Bangladeshi cricketers practice in the background, at the Mirpur stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. India will play the first ODI against Bangladesh on May 10.

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Indian skipper Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly look through the bus window as the team leaves for the West Indies for the World Cup, late Wednesday night in Mumbai. The Indian team left with high hopes of regaining cricket's showpiece title after a gap of nearly a quarter century. The team would reach Jamaica and commence their preparations for their opening Group B encounter on March 17 against Bangladesh after playing warm-up games against The Netherlands (March 6) and hosts West Indies (March 9) at Trelawny.

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Indian skipper Rahul Dravid acknowledges the crowd after his dismissal for 66 during the third ODI against Sri Lanka at the Nehru Stadium in Goa. Chasing 231 to win, India romped home with five wickets in hand and 21 balls to spare and levelled the four-match series 1-1. The Indian chase was anchored by an aggressive start provided by Sourav Ganguly (48) and was followed by a scintillating 133-run partnership between Dravid and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (67 not out). Dravid, needing 22 runs at the start of his 309th ODI, became the sixth player in the world and the third from India after Tendulkar and Ganguly to reach the 10,000-run landmark. Earlier, Zaheer Khan blasted out the Sri Lankan top order in a sensational opening spell when he had 3-4 in his first three overs. He then returned in the closing stages to pick two more for his first-ever five-wicket haul.

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Wednesday 7 February
Rahul Dravid was suddenly in the centre of two storms. First, the Left parties which had earlier been gunning for him because of l'affaire Ganguly, created a stir by charging that the Indian captain should not have inaugurated a yoga function for schoolchildren in Nagpur since it was organised by Vidya Bharati, an RSS-affiliated body that runs schools. This was three weeks after Dravid addressed the students, asking them to perform 'suryanamaskar' daily as a cleansing exercise. His presence at the function came in to the notice of the Left parties only when the RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya carried an article on the event, complete with a picture of Dravid flanked by RSS members, addressing the audience. Dravid tried to downplay the issue saying he has no political leanings and he had no idea that this could be used for political purposes, the RSS and the BJP came out in his defence saying "Dravid's presence at the January 20 event was a sign of the 'growing clout' of the Indian culture" and "if 'suryanamaskar' attracts the likes of Rahul Dravid, a day will come when all those criticising such acts will themselves make a beeline for these good activities". The Indian skipper again landed in fresh controversy after an uncharacteristic outburst in Kolkata, where he dismissed Chetan Desai, the Indian cricket team's manager on the recent South African tour, as someone without a "standing" in the game. Darvid ,while refusing to comment on the tour report of Desai which is reportedly critical of Virender Sehwag's attitude towards the game, said "I expect you to ask questions about people who have at least played the game and have some standing in the game and have been involved with the game in some capacity". Taking prompt action over Dravid's comments, the BCCI has launched an inquiry into leaks of Chetan Desai's confidential report, and also asked for an explanation from Dravid. Meanwhile, Virender Sehwag and all-rounder Irfan Pathan have been included in India's 15-member World Cup squad.

Friday 12 January
The prolonged form slump finally caught up with Virender Sehwag who was sacked from the Indian one-day team for the first two one-dayers against the West Indies while Sourav Ganguly expectedly staged a comeback along with in-form all-rounder Joginder Sharma. Wielding the axe on non-performers, the national selectors also dropped Irfan Pathan, Mohammad Kaif and Dinesh Mongia from the 15-member squad announced by BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah in Rajkot for the first two ODI's to be played in Nagpur and Cuttack on January 21 and 24 respectively. Sehwag, was, however included in a provisional 30-member squad for the World Cup which also named and included a host of youngsters like Tamil Nadu batsman S Badrinath, Saurashtra batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, Delhi paceman Ishant Sharma, Mumbai's Rohit Sharma and Rajesh Pawar. The final 14-member World Cup squad will be announced by February 13 as per the guidelines of the International Cricket Council.

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Sunday 29 October
Indian skipper Rahul Dravid gestures as he talks with Australian captain Ricky Ponting after loosing by six wickets in the ODI match of the ICC Champions Trophy in Mohali. India suffered the ignominy of an early exit from the Champions Trophy after a six-wicket thrashing at the hands of Australia who romped into the semi-finals without much fuss at Mohali. The Indians managed to score 249 for eight on a good batting strip with Virender Sehwag (65) and Rahul Dravid (52) being the top scorers but Australians comfortably overhauled the score with 4.2 overs to spare. The victory ensured that Australia moved into the semi-finals as the champion team from Group A and will now take on New Zealand in the first semi-final here on Nov 1. South Africa, who emerged as the champions in Group B, will clash with the West Indies in the second semi-final in Jaipur on November 2. The final is scheduled to be held in Mumbai on Nov 5.

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Indian captain Rahul Dravid talks to BCCI executive secretary Ratnakar Shetty, as chief selector Kiran More and secretary Niranjan Shah look on after the selectors' meeting in Mumbai. Sachin Tendulkar today returned to the ODI squad after a long injury layoff while all-rounder Dinesh Mongia earned a surprise recall for the upcoming tri-series in Sri Lanka. Tendulkar, out of action for close to four months following a shoulder surgery, expectedly found his way back into the 15-member team after being declared fit two days back. The national selectors also chose to ignore veteran leg spinner Anil Kumble who has been out of the ODIs for long but was widely speculated to stage a comeback after emerging as the highest wicket-taker in the Tests in the Caribbean. Former captain Sourav Ganguly, currently testing himself out for Northamptonshire in the English county, continued to find himself out of favour.

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Wednesday 19 April
Rahul Dravid and Pakistani skipper Inzama-ul Haq jointly hold the DLF Cup following their cricket match at the Sheikh Zayad Cricket Stadium, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In a remarkable turnaround after their 6-wicket defeat in the first match, India recorded an emphatic 51-run series-equalling win in the two-match DLF Cup tournament against Pakistan. After scoring a competitive 269 for 5, India bowled out Pakistan for 218 in 45.2 overs to register their 18th win in last 24 matches. It was also India's 25th win at a neutral venue against Pakistan who have played each other 64 times. The Indian victory was set up by the batsmen and especially the 138-run partnership between Sehwag and Rahul Dravid who once again led by example with a fine 92. Later, Irfan Pathan and Ramesh Powar starred for the hosts with the ball, claiming three wickets each to take the wind out of Pakistan's sails.

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Supporters of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rahul Dravid hold posters during the match against Pakistan in the DLF Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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Irfan Pathan and skipper Rahul Dravid congratulate teammate Harbhajan Singh after winning the first ODI against England in New Delhi. Harbhajan conjured a mesmerising spell to plot England's downfall as India pulled off a dramatic 39-run victory in a low-scoring first one-dayer at the newly renovated Ferozeshah Kotla. After top-scoring with 37 in India's modest total of 203, the Turbanator swung the game in India's favour with a career-best haul of 5-31 to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the seven-match series. The off-spinner was well supported by his Punjab teammate Yuvraj Singh who chipped in with two wickets as England were bowled out for 164 in 38.1 overs.

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Wednesday 22 March
England's Andrew Flintoff celebrates the dismissal of Indian skipper Rahul Dravid on the fifth day of the third Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India crashed to their seventh lowest total to allow a depleted but spirited England to win the Test and square the series 1-1. resuming the overnight score of 18 for 1, the hosts were all out for just 100 runs to leave England winners by a huge 212 runs with spinner Shaun Udal picking up 4 wickets for 14 runs and man of the match and man of the series Flintoff grabbing 3 wickets for 14 runs. Sachin Tendulkar, who scored just one run in the first innings and was hooted by the home crowd, scored his highest score in the series with 34 runs. The victory was also England's first on Indian soil since David Gower's 2-1 series triumph in 1984-85 against Sunil Gavaskar's team.

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England's Andrew Flintoff celebrates the dismissal of Indian skipper Rahul Dravid on the fifth day of the third Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India crashed to their seventh lowest total to allow a depleted but spirited England to win the Test and square the series 1-1. Resuming on the overnight score of 18 for 1, the hosts were all out for just 100 runs to leave England winners by a huge 212 runs with spinner Shaun Udal picking up 4 wickets for 14 runs and man of the match and man of the series Flintoff grabbing 3 wickets for 14 runs. The victory was also England's first on Indian soil since David Gower's 2-1 series triumph in 1984-85 against Sunil Gavaskar's team. England, without their top five players, now go into the seven-match one-day series beginning in Delhi on March 28.

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Rahul Dravid addresses a press conference after a practice session in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The Indian skipper today rebutted charges that the Indian team violated the spirit of the game when it appealed against Inzamam-ul Haq for obstructing the field in the first ODI saying "If that had been the case, the umpires and match referees would have taken action." Inzamam became only the second Pakistani cricketer to be ruled out obstructing the field at Peshawar on Monday when he blocked a throw with the bat while trying to regain his crease. Later in his newspaper column, the captain criticised the Indian team for making the appeal, saying it was against the spirit of the game since he was only trying to protect himself against the quick throw.

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Monday 16 January
Virender Sehwag congratulates his teammate Rahul Dravid, after Dravid scored a century against Pakistan on the fourth day of the first Test match in Lahore. Replying to Pakistan's first innings score 679 for seven, Sehwag smashed a breathtaking 247 and put on an epic unfinished 403-run opening stand with Rahul Dravid to put themselves close to breaking the world record opening partnership. India's new opening pair was just 11 runs short of breaking Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy's long standing world record for opening partnership established against New Zealand in Chennai in 1955-56. Only an hour before the start of the match on Friday, former captain Saurav Ganguly was seen on the pitch with Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell, in what has been described as an "animated discussion" causing intense speculation about whether he was refusing to or insisting on opening the batting with Virender Sehwag.

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India skipper Rahul Dravid sits on the pitch during a practice session, a day before the first Test against Pakistan in Lahore. Dravid is facing his sternest challenge as captain on whether to include the experienced Ganguly or the in-form Yuvraj in the team. The Indians, seeking to repeat their 2004 series-winning performance this time also, will also have to sort out their opening combination and have to decide whether Gautam Gambhir or Wasim Jaffer gets the nod to partner Virender Sehwag. India will play three Tests and five ODIs during their seven-week tour to Pakistan.

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Indian skipper Rahul Dravid offers sweets to the cancer patients at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, Pakistan's biggest charitable cancer hospital in Lahore. Indian cricketers celebrated the Muslim festival of Eid with cancer patients in the hospital run by former cricketer Imran Khan.

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Indian skipper Rahul Dravid congratulates Anil Kumble as they celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lankan Tillakeratne Dilshan along with other teammates on the last day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in New Delhi. Kumble produced another memorable display of spin bowling at the Feroze Shah Kotla as India snubbed a late fightback to record a thumping 188-run win and take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-Test series. Kumble returned with four for 85 as the Lankans were dismissed for 247.

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World XI Test team player Muttiah Muralidaran of Sri Lanka assists teammate Rahul Dravid of India with a stretching exercise during a training session in Sydney. Dravid was today handed back the captaincy of the Indian team for the forthcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka and South Africa, a decision which casts a deep shadow on Saurav Ganguly's long reign in the hot seat. The one-day series against Sri Lanka begins on October 25 and consists of seven one-dayers while the five-match series against South Africa commences on November 16.

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