Rahul Dravid Announces His Retirement from Test Cricket
The former captain and "The Wall" and "Mr. dependable" of the Indian Cricket Team has announced his retirement from test cricket today in a press conference at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). He said that he was fortunate to play with some of the finest players of the world cricket.
The legend said the press, “I admired them, learnt from them and I leave the game with wonderful memories and strong friendships. It is a great gift to have”. During the 16 years of his international career Dravid managed to win the hearts of millions of people with his batting and with his attitude on and off the field. Rahul Dravid is an actual gentleman in the “gentlemen’s game”.
Rahul Dravid praised the coaches, other Indian captains with whom he played and the Indian team selectors during the press conference and he said that his decision of retirement is not based on his recent failure in Australia.
Rahul Dravid had a wonderful career and was an integral part of the team India. The stats of Rahul Dravid should be focused on how many balls he has faced in the test cricket instead of runs he scored as that describes his character and his ability as facing each ball in test cricket is a new challenge and Rahul Dravid has faced this challenge for 31,258 times. No other batsman in the world has faced more than 29000 balls in test cricket. Dravid scored 13288 runs in his test career which is the second best for the Indian Cricket Team only after Sachin Tendulkar. Rahul Dravid played 164 test matches for india and he scored his 13288 runs with a brilliant average of 52.31 which had been consistent throughout his career. He scored 36 centuries and 63 half centuries.
Dravid started his test career at the legendary ground of Lords (England), and scored 95 runs and missed his century by only 5 runs and Saurav Ganguly who scored a century in the same match (debut match for him too), snatched the limelight from Darvid. And after that throught his career, Dravid stayed out of the limelight for most of the time but was only remembered when the Indian Team needed their “Wall” the most.
Dravid has been one of the most important players for the Indian cricket team and will always be missed at no 3 in the batting line-up.
What the world says about him!
'I can't recall beating him more than one ball in a row'- Jason Gillespie'The game will be a little poorer without him'- Jacques Kallis "'I've been very lucky to have a really good association with Rahul. He's probably the nicest guy - no he is the nicest guy - that I've met in cricket.” –Shane Watson "It will be a big hole to fill."-Sunil Gavaskar "Dravid is not only a great cricketer but also an ambassador of the game, a role model and a gentleman. Runs apart, he is a cricketer who should be emulated by the youngsters." -Arun Lal "There was and is only one Rahul Dravid. There can be no other. I will miss Rahul in the dressing room and out in the middle. I have shared the best moments with him. Our many century partnerships are testimony to the hours we spent together in the middle. For someone who has played 164 matches and over 13000 runs, no tribute can be enough."- Sachin Tendulkar