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Dravid to ring day one bell

Dravid celebrates his century at Lord's
Dravid celebrates his century at Lord's

India legend Rahul Dravid will ring the bell on day one of the England v India Test match at Lord's on Thursday 17 July.

Dravid played 164 Tests and 345 one-day matches for his country in a magnificent career, which included scoring century in his final Test appearance at Lord's in 2011.

Now 41, he also made his first Test appearance at Lord's in 1996, hitting 96, and enjoyed a hugely successful 17-year international career before retiring in 2012.

For most of his time in an India shirt Dravid shared the India batting order with Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, forming a much lauded line-up.

He has a long history with MCC, having earned Honorary Life Membership of the Club in 2008.

He is also a current Member of the World Cricket committee, and made a century for Club in their Champion County fixture in 2011.

Dravid's most recent visit to Lord's was less successful though when he was bowled first ball by Paul Collingwood in the MCC v Rest of the World Bicentenary celebration match on 5 July.

The tradition of inviting former players or people with a strong association with the game to ring the five minute bell was introduced in 2007 by former MCC Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw.

Rahul Dravid career

Matches Runs Average 100s High score
Tests 164 13,288 52.31 36 52.31
ODIs 344 10,889 39.16 12 39.16

Highlights: Dravid makes Test ton at Lord's in 2011

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