By A Correspondent:
Of the Big Three Legends in Test cricket history, Rahul Dravid on Friday announced that he was making way for the younger players.
Making this announcement in the presence of BCCI president N Srinivasan and cricketer Anil Kumble at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium, Dravid said “I would like to announce my retirement from domestic and international cricket,” he said. However, he would continue to play in the IPL captaining the Rajasthan Royals.
“I would like to thank the Indian fans, both here and around the world. I would also like to thank the selectors, who rarely get any mention for their support.”
“I have failed at times, I will leave the game with sadness. I will always miss the Indian dressing room.”
Despite failure in Down Under, Dravid is still retiring on a high. Even though India had a miserable series in England, it was only Dravid who withstood the English aggression with two centuries following up his three tons in the Windies. In the process he notched up his 35th ton surpassing Sunil Gavaskar’s record.
Last year, Dravid announced his retirement from the ODI cricket while still on England tour.
Dravid made his Test debut against England at Lord’s in 1996 and has scored 13,288 runs from 164 Test matches at an average of 52.31.
Rumours of his impending retirement have been rife after he failed miserably with the bat in the disastrous tour Down Under. He scored 194 runs in eight innings at an average of 24.25.
The third member of the ‘Big Three’ Sachin Tendulkar (38) has struggled for form since reaching his 99th international century a year ago and at 38, could soon be expected to limit his participation to test matches only.
The stylish right-hander, one of cricket’s most technically sound batsmen, also has 12 hundreds in one-day internationals.
Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday paid rich tributes to Rahul Dravid, saying there can be “no other” cricketer like him.
“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, he said.
By A Correspondent: