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Last Updated:  Friday, 27 December, 2002, 14:49 GMT

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid
Born: 11/01/73
Team: Karnataka
ODI debut: 03/04/96
Past World Cups: 1999

Right-handed batsman
Right-arm off-break bowler

For great World Cup performances read: Rahul Dravid.

At the 1999 World Cup, the player displayed his awesome batting prowess by smashing home two centuries and scoring the most number of runs in the tournament.

He is also a batsman who can be relied upon to steady the ship if wickets fall.

This time around he will most likely add another string to his bow by taking on the role of wicketkeeper, although it is a high-risk strategy and may curb his influence with the bat.

Apart from his one-day brilliance, he is also a fine Test cricketer.

He became the third Indian to score centuries in both innings of a Test, during a match against New Zealand back in 1999.

But arguably his best performance was reserved for his outstanding display as supporting batsman to VVS Laxman in the Calcutta Test against Australia in 2001.

While Laxman struck 281, Dravid scored 180, in what can only be described as one of the greatest performances by an Indian cricket team.

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