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Dravid gets birthday wishes from Kohli, Sehwag

Last updated on: January 11, 2017 15:46 IST
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Former India captain Rahul Dravid speaks at the fifth Convocation Ceremony of the International Institute of Sports Management in 2015

IMAGE: Rahul Dravid was flooded with birthday wishes on Twitter. Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/

Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, turned 44 on Wednesday and warm birthday wishes poured in from the cricket fraternity.

Former explosive Indian opener Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to wish his former team-mate a very happy birthday.

"He played in the V. But was the biggest C. Commitment, Class, Consistency, Care. Proud to have played together. Happy Birthday #RahulDravid," Sehwag wrote in a series of tweets.

Labelling Dravid as a ‘selfless’ human being, former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif also extended his warm wishes to Mr. Dependable.

"Happy Birthday #RahulDravid. One of the most selfless, likeable human being ever and the biggest reason to love the name "Rahul"," Kaif wrote on Twitter.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted, "Here's wishing a very happy birthday to former #TeamIndia skipper Rahul Dravid #Legend #Dravid."

Meanwhile, newly-appointed limited-overs captain Virat Kohli thanked Dravid for being a great role model for aspiring cricketers.

Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Virat Kohli, left, with Rahul Dravid. Photograph: BCCI

"Happy Birthday Rahul Bhai. Thank you for your encouragement & for being a great role model for all the budding cricketers out there," Kohli said.

Wishing ‘gentleman’ Dravid a very happy birthday, former India paceman Irfan Pathan said, adding that he was extremely lucky to have a senior player like him.

"A very happy birthday to a special teammate and a legend of the game! Happy Birthday #RahulDravid , wish you all the best in the year ahead,"veteran batsman Gautam Gambhir tweeted.

Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel also extended birthday greetings to the former India captain, saying, "True gentleman & GREAT WALL of #Indian #cricket Wishing #RahulDravid a very Happy Birthday. DID YOU KNOW once he took 2 wickets in 2 balls!"

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also lauded his contribution to cricket in its birthday wishes.

"He was one of cricket's greatest batsmen, with 24,208 international runs, the 6th highest of all time. Happy 44th Birthday to Rahul Dravid!" the world body said on its official Twitter page.

Often regarded as one of the greatest batsmen ever to grace the game, Dravid appeared in 164 Tests and 344 ODIs for India and notched up more than 10,000 runs in both the formats of the game in his trophy-laden career.

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