Team India celebrate Rahul Dravid's 49th birthday. Photo | @MdShami11 Photograph:( Twitter )
Team India head coach Rahul Dravid turned 49 on Tuesday (January 11). After Day 1 of the 3rd Test in Cape Town, Indian players celebrated Dravid's birthday as the former captain cut cake in the dressing room.
Team India locked horns with South Africa on Day 1 of the third and final Test at Newlands, Cape Town on Tuesday (January 11). The opening day was also head coach Rahul Dravid's birthday as the former Indian captain turned 49.
On Dravid's birthday, Virat Kohli-led India won the toss and opted to bat first in Cape Town. Riding on skipper Kohli's gritty 79, the visitors managed only a below-par 223 in the first innings before the Dean Elgar-led hosts went to stumps at 13-1, trailing the Indian team by 210 runs. While the day wasn't an ideal one for Team India, with the batters once again failing to capitalise on starts and score big, the atmosphere in the dressing room was jubilant as the national side's players celebrated Dravid's birthday in style after end of proceedings.
Pictures of Dravid cutting his birthday cake and the likes of Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav, batting coach Vikram Rathour, etc. being around the birthday man went viral. Pacer Mohammed Shami shared images of the celebration on his official Twitter handle.
Ahead of the start of the third and final Test, on Tuesday, Dravid was wished by commentator Pommie Mbangwa on-air to which the former Indian skipper said, "As you get older you don’t know what to feel when it’s your birthday. You are a year older. But it’s nice, some nice wishes from friends, family, and fans. So very grateful for all of that."
At present, the third and final Test is interestingly poised as the Indian pacers haven't allowed SA batters to run away with the game in response to India's 223. At tea on Day 2, SA are 176-7, trailing India by 47 runs.