Rahul Dravid Marriage: How He Found His Mrs. Dependable

Rahul Dravid needs no introduction. I mean, who doesn’t know him? He stood like The Wall during grueling test matches, and his name was Mr. Dependable when it came to one-day internationals, and yet always had a sweet Jammy persona when he was off-field. Thus the news of a Rahul Dravid Marriage was big news in the country. This Indore-born Maharashtrian is known for his down-to-earth nature, and when it came to choosing his wife, he chose a brainy girl who had nothing to do with cricket. The anticipated Rahul Dravid marriage happened in 2003, and his marriage is both an arranged marriage and love wala. We take a closer look at his wedding, wife and their love story here.

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The Rise of Mr. Dependable a.k.a Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid was born on 11th January, 1973 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh in a Marathi family. His dad worked at Kissan Jams, havng given him the nickname Jammy. His mum was a professor of architecture. When he was still young, his family moved to Bangalore, Karnataka where he developed a keen interest in cricket while growing up. He eventually played cricket for the state team, and represented the Karnataka Cricket Team in high-profile national level cricket tournaments. Dravid made his international début in the year 1996 when he started playing for the national cricket team. Since then, he has gone to create several records and won numerous accolades for himself and for the nation. So yes, being an eligible bachelor, it was obvious people were wondering when the Rahul Dravid marriage would happen.

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Finding The Love Of His Life

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Rahul Dravid’s love story is a mix of all sorts. It has all the elements to make it an adorable love tale since it is all about falling in love at first sight, staying true to your beloved, and eventually getting the parents’ seal of approval to the relationship. Rahul Dravid and his wife Dr. Vijeta Pendharkar (yes, she is a surgeon!), met first in their childhood.

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His wife, Vijeta was born in the year 1976. Her father was an officer in the Indian Air Force officer (Wing Commander) and her mother worked as a dietician. Vijeta was youngest of the three siblings, and the family originally belonged to Nagpur. She completed her higher studies from the city, and due to her hard-working studious nature, Vijeta managed to get admission in the Government Medical College in Nagpur where she studied medicine.

It was much before Vijeta was born that the Pendharkar family had known the Dravid family. Vijeta’s father, who was in Indian Air Force, was posted in Bangalore from 1968 to 1971, and it is during that phase that he happened to meet Dravid’s father, and the two families soon grew close. Their family friendship crystallised over a period of time, and it is said that the young Rahul sort of took a liking for Vijeta. In an interview in 2003, before the Vijeta and Rahul Dravid marriage, certain old childhood friends of Vijeta shared that Rahul would often make it a point to meet Vijeta whenever he visited Nagpur. Since the families had close ties, and were Maharashtrians, considering a match between Rahul and Vijeta would have been the next most plausible thing to happen, paving the way for the Vijeta and Rahul Dravid Marriage.

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The Private Rahul Dravid Marriage Ceremony

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It is said that the families started having the discussion of the Vijeta Pendharkar Rahul Dravid marriage somewhere around the year 2002. But the cricket world cup was due in 2003, and Rahul had to prepare for it. For this reason, the families unanimously decided to have the wedding festivities after Rahul returned from the world cup in early 2003. It is said that the duo got engaged though. His soon to be wife Vijeta even visited South Africa in 2003 during the world cup to see Rahul’s game but the couple made it a point to keep their love story under wraps. It was finally when the couple were back in India that their respective families decided to fix an affirmative date for the Vijeta Pendharkar Rahul Dravid marriage. Eventually, it was decided that the couple would have a traditional Maharashtrian wedding ceremony in Bangalore, the home city of the Dravid family.

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Rahul Dravid and his wife Vijeta Pendharkar tied the knot on 4th May, 2003, in the Border Security Force (BSF) Training centre at the outskirts of the city. The ceremony began at 9:30 AM, and lasted for six hours, and included every Maharashtrian wedding custom. His wife was decked up in traditional Maharashtrian bridal wear. It was strictly a no-media affair, and it is said that Rahul had earlier a put up a request to media to allow him some privacy. Thus no photos or videos of the wedding we’re made public. The guests were accommodated at the BSF training centre with the bridegroom’s family taking nearly 70 rooms to accommodate the guests. For this reason, even security was high, and not a single media personnel was permitted into the venue. Most of the information amassed about the wedding was through insiders, and the security was so high that even guests who entered once were not allowed out till the end of the wedding. Rahul is said to have invited only two cricketers to the wedding, and they were Dravid’s old buddies – Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad. The two attended the occasion.

The formal Vijeta Pendharkar Rahul Dravid marriage ceremonies ended by 3 PM, after which all the guests were taken to a premium 5-star hotel for a lunch. The hotel was also the venue for the reception, and in the evening the newly-wed husband and wife made an appearance on a dais outside the main entrance of the hotel. It was for the media shutterbugs, to get their photos and lasted only 10 minutes. While Rahul thanked the media for respecting his privacy, Vijeta did not speak anything. Dravid held a reception later on 6th May exclusively for his friends and cricket team-mates. It was then followed by a reception in Nagpur after some days. The doting pair was finally espoused, and definitely looked delighted to be together.

Life After The Rahul Dravid Marriage

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Rahul and wife Vijeta were blessed with their first son in 2005 and chose the name Samit. They had their second child, a son, in 2009, whom they named Anvay who can be seen in the photo above. Rahul and Vijeta’s wedding has been a successful one, and they are a pair definitely made for each other. If Rahul is The Wall then Vijeta is definitely The Pillar supporting it. We wish the pair a happy married life and the very best.

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