Dravid to announce Test retirement

Dravid to announce Test retirement

By: || Updated: 01 Jan 1970 12:00 AM








New Delhi: India's
batting stalwart Rahul Dravid is likely to announce his retirement from
Test cricket tomorrow, bringing the curtains down an illustrious career
which made him the second highest run-getter in the longer format till
now.

Although there hasn't been any official confirmation of the
news but the BCCI today sent a media release about Dravid holding a joint
press conference along with president N Srinivasan at the M Chinnaswamy
Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

"Mr N Srinivasan, President, BCCI,
and Mr Rahul Dravid will address the media at 12:30 pm on Friday, 9 March
2012, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru," the release stated.

The
39-year-old Dravid had a disastrous tour of Australia where he scored only
194 runs in eight innings at an average of 24.25. Even more disappointing
was that Dravid popularly known as "The Wall" was bowled in six out of the
eight innings as the Australian pacer Ben Hilfenhaus repeatedly breaching
his defence with ease.

There has been intense speculation about
Dravid's impending retirement ever since he failed with the bat during the
Australian tour.

Dravid had already announced his retirement from
ODI cricket after the away series against England when he was surprisingly
recalled in the shorter format due to his stupendous performance in the
Test series where he scored three centuries in four matches.

One
of India's greatest ever Test players, Dravid had scored a whopping 13,288
runs in 164 Tests at an average of over 52 which made him second highest
scorer behind Sachin Tendulkar. He has hit 36 centuries and 63 half
centuries with 270 against Pakistan being his highest score.

He
also has a very impressive ODI record where he had scored 10,889 runs at
an average of shade less than 40. He has 12 centuries and 83 half
centuries in the shorter format.

Under his capataincy, India won
away Test series in the West Indies as well as England but had a
disastrous 2007 World Cup where they were out in the first round.




Also read: I've
learnt to accept things: Rahul Dravid





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