Born on January 11 1973, Rahul came into a Maharashtrian Deshastha family inIndore. His father worked in a company which made jams (hence the nicknameJammy) while his mother was a professor of architecture.
Dravid started playing cricket at the age of 12, and represented the state at theunder-15, under-17 and under-19 level.
Rahuls talents were first spotted by former cricketer Keki Tarapore who was coaching ata summer coaching camp. He went on to score a double century for his school on debut
The talent to play cricket was in Dravid as much as in any youngster his age. He wasselected to make his Ranji Trophy debut in February 1991 against Maharashtra in Pune
Opportunities came thick and fast since and he made his Test debut for India in 1996against England.
Although busy cracking runs, Dravid also attended St. Josephs College of Commerce inBangalore.
He however, soon joined ranks with fellow greats like VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly andSachin tendulkar to usher India into a new age of fierce and solid cricket. Dravids mainweapon was his solid technique with the bat.
Considered the heartthrob of the entire country, Dravid chose to break many when hemarried Vijeta Pendharkar, a surgeon from Nagpur in 2003.
The couple have two sons - Samit (born 2005) and Anvay (born 2009).
Laurels came thick and fast for Dravid who has always been grateful to his parents andhas thanked them for helping him achieve the things he has.