Major teams India, Scotland, ACC Asian XI, ICC World XI, Karnataka, Kent
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Rahul Dravid is the best No. 3 batsman to play for India who effortlessly blends classical style with the new age professionalism. He already averages around 60 at that position, more than any regular No. 3 batsman in the game's history. Dravidís test cricket playing earned him the nickname 'The Wall' as he expertly stonewalled against the best attacks. His complete potential came to the forefront under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. He transformed himself into a smart finisher in the middle-order and then strung a series of fantastic performances in Test matches. His golden phase started in Kolkata in 2001, when he made 180 to supplement VVS Laxman's classic effort of 281 against Australia. But from then on, there was no stopping him as Dravid won the heart of millions of cricket fans, saving India Tests at Port Elizabeth, Georgetown and Trent Bridge, winning them Tests at Headlingley, Adelaide, Kandy and Rawalpindi. As India finished off the 2004 Pakistan tour on a winning note, on the back of Dravid's epic 270, his average crept past Sachin Tendulkar's. By the time he entered his 30s, Dravid was already paralleled with great Indian batsmen, alongside Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar.