I leave with sadness but also with pride The Wall bids adieu

I leave with sadness but also with pride The Wall bids adieu

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

Bangalore: India’s batting ace Rahul Dravid today announced his
retirement from International cricket.

Dravid, the second most
prolific batsman in Test history, drew curtains to his 16-year-old
marathon Test career at a press conference in Bangalore.

He made the announcement with BCCI president, N Srinivasan and former
teammate and captain Anil Kumble.

Rahul Dravid said that it was time for him to make way for youngsters. He
said that he had a wonderful run and the time was right. He also said that
the recent Australia series did not impact this decision. He thanked his
friends and family to have supported him during his career.

"I thought over it after we came back from Australia and decided to
retire, I was very clear in my mind. There was no one point which was
fixed for to be my last day, it came gradually and with a thought. I did
speak to Sachin and others, all were supportive of my decision," said
Dravid during the press conference.

Speaking on his retirement
the BCCI President, N. Srinivasan, said that he will be surely missed in
the team.

Teammate and former captain of India, Anil Kumble ,
said that it was an honour to play with him.

He also said that Dravid has been an exceptional talent reassuring
presence in the dressing room.

The 39-year-old Dravid had announced his retirement from ODI cricket in
England last year after been surprisingly recalled in the ODI team due to
his stupendous performance during the Test series against England in which
he scored three centuries.

Dravid has played in 164 Test matches
since making his debut against England at the Lord's in 1996. He has
scored 13,288runs for an impressive average of 52.31 and aggregates second
only to Sachin Tendulkar who has 15470 runs in 188 Test matches.

nicknamed the 'Wall' for his dour defence, is also a world record holder
in the number of Test catches. He took 210 catches, mostly in the slip

He is the first of the three ageing greats of Indian
cricket, besides Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, to retire.

Karnataka batsman had a wonderful tour of England but his performance in
the recent tour of Australia was below par, prompting calls that it was
time for him and Laxman to hang their boots.

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,
known for his solid technique, was bowled in six out of the eight innings
with Australian pacer Ben Hilfenhaus repeatedly breaching his defence with

In an illustrious Test career, Dravid hit 36 centuries and
63 half centuries with 270 against Pakistan being his highest score. In
ODIs, he has compiled 10,889 runs in 344 matches for an average of 39.16.
He also slammed 12 ODI centuries and 83 half centuries.

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.

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

According to sources in the BCCI, there is a
possibility that the BCCI might arrange for a testimonial match for Dravid
--- which brings in a possibility that he might just play a Test match
against New Zealand at home before he calls time on his international

Dravid, however will be seen leading Rajasthan Royals in
the upcoming fifth edition of Indian Premier League.

Also read:
for youngsters to make history: Dravid

will miss the Indian team: Dravid on his retirement

-With inputs from PTI

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